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The National Association of Women Lawyers 2009 Annual Awards Luncheon

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) will be holding its 2009 Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 23, from noon to 2 pm, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The honorees include: Marcia Greenberger, Founder & Co-President of the National Women's Law Center; the General Mills Legal Department; LexisNexis; Holly Fujie, President of the State Bar of California; Nicole M. Liechty; and Saretta C. McDonough, Chair of the NAWL Mentor Program Committee. For more information about the event and to register, click here.

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Ms. JD

Finding a Safe Harbor Mentor

Ed. Note: The following article, by April A. Christine, comes to Ms. JD from the Los Angeles Lawyer. barristers tips BY APRIL A. CHRISTINE Los Angeles Lawyer March 2009 Finding a Safe Harbor Mentor A PERFECT STORM OCCURRED in October 1991 when three storms combined into one off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The combined storm created waves 10 stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, whipping the sea to heights that only a few witnessed and fewer survived. While the perfect storm, as memorialized in a book and recounted in cinema, was a historic event, it can…

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jessie

ABA Nominations: light on the ladies

13 = nominations for ABA leadership under consideration 4 = number of female nominees (and three of the four are at-large, as opposed to Board of Governors spots) 0 = number of women of color nominees (actually all the nominees, both male and female appear to be white) So what is going on at the ABA? 

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Anonymous

Taking a Break

Even in these rough economic times, Anna Stolley Persky reports that taking a vacation is still a good thing. The necessity of relaxation doesn’t change based upon the economic climate,” says Manning, a principal at Manning Sossamon. “The only difference may be how lavish that retreat is.” However, leaner staffing due to layoffs may mean more difficulties scheduling time off and some question whether taking advantage of cheap fares might be a "good way to get yourself fired." If you decide to take a vacation, Wall Street Journal columnist Ben Worthen offers some tips, including: make sure there's wireless Internet…

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jessie

Networking Matters

I know it's hard to make conversation at cocktail receptions, follow-up by email, reach out for advice, and ask for favors. But it's worth it. How do I know? Because every single job I've ever had I got because someone (almost always a woman) I knew through my professional and social networks helped me get it. Yup. Job 1: I got my first job in high school as a ballet dancer and instructor because one of my teachers knew another teacher who knew a company director ... Job 2: I heard about an opening for summer camp counselors from a…

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Anonymous

Event Announcement: Backpack to Briefcase

Backpack to Briefcase A Transitional Program for Law Students, Recent Graduates and Junior Associates Hosted by: New York City Bar - House of the Association 42 West 44th Street, New York Thursday, April 30th, 2009 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New York City Bar and The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), along with Co-sponsors the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) and Ms. JD, are pleased to present: "From Backpack to Briefcase ® A Transitional Program for Law Students, Recent Graduates and Junior Associates." This event is a transition program for law students, new graduates and junior associates…

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Peg

Networking is hard

Okay, so I'm the lawyer who has been writing the seven part series titled "A Junior Associate's Networking Plan". I know, I know, I owe Ms. JD a couple of installments of that series, which I promise to get to soon. Anyway, I recently found myself on the receiving end of a friend's networking efforts and it was hard for me. Therefore, I thought I would write here to tell you about how hard it was for me but also share how I talked myself into doing that which I knew I should. Background: My good friend, who is an…

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Anonymous

ABA to Honor Five Women for Achievement Award

The American Bar Association has announced the five women it will be honoring with the 2009 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.These women are:Helaine Barnett - a veteran legal aid attorney;Loretta Tuell - a name partner at Andersen Tuell, which was one of the first D.C. firms to have a native woman as a founding partner;Vanessa Ruiz - D.C. Court of Appeals Judge;Linda Addison - Fulbright & Jaworski partner; andArnette R. Hubbard - Cook County Circuit Court Judge.For more information on these extraordinary women and this award visit http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/04/aba-to-honor-five-women-for-achievement-award.html. 

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Ms. JD

PAR’s Annual Conference: Strategies for Advancing Women in Turbulent Times

The Project for Attorney Retention, or PAR, will be hosting its second annual PAR Conference for Law Departments and Law Firms. The topic of the conference this year is 'Strategies for Advancing Women Lawyers in Turbulent Times.' The conference will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Marvin Center in Washington DC. Panel speakers include women attorneys and professionals from various firms, organizations and companies, including UPS, Sidley & Austin, Fenwick & West, Clorox and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Topics will range from 'Is WorkLife Balance a Fatality of the Faltering Economy? Pro-Active Solutions' to 'Firm…

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Staci Zaretsky

“Stunning Disparity” in Women’s Ability to Make Partner According to ABA Study

According to the latest results from a recent ABA study, there is a "stunning disparity" in women's ability to make partner at firms both large and small. The study will track the careers of 4,160 lawyers who entered practice in 2000 over a 12 year span. In firms of two to 20 lawyers, just 19 percent of female respondents had been made equity partners, while 30 percent of the men had. In firms of 51 to 100 lawyers, the gap was even wider, with 6 percent of women now equity partners, and 22 percent of men. At the mega firms,…

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