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NAWL Annual Meeting in Review: Trust Issues

Last week I attended the National Association of Women Lawyers' Annual Awards Luncheon and the surrounding programs.  Being in a room with so many amazing women is quite the experience- if you haven't attended a similar event, I highly recommend it.  (Shameless plug:  The 4th Annual Ms. JD Conference taking place April 1-2, 2011 in Los Angeles is a great place to do this).   While the programming surrounding the luncheon didn't necessarily have a theme, I observed a common thread that transcended the separate topics: Trust.  Here are some lessons centered around the importance of trust in the world of women lawyers:Trust yourself.  One statistic…

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jessie

Like What You’re Reading? Click Here

They say there's no such thing as a free lunch, but this comes awfully close: Thanks to GoodSearch you can earn money for Ms. JD every time you search the internet or make an online purchase.  Ms. JD relies on donations to provide content and services free of charge and without commercial advertising. Now you can support our cause without spending a dime!GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, and watch the donations add up!…

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pmdlaack

Confidence Crisis

Successfully navigating the legal profession takes a great deal of confidence.  There are partners and clients to impress, clients to find (and keep), trials to prepare for, and deals to close.  During my years as a big firm and in-house commercial real estate attorney, I had more than one crisis of confidence.  I also noticed my equally talented female peers having the same such crises.  You know what it sounds like:  “I’m sorry to bug you Mr. Partner, but I’d like to talk to you about…;” or “I know this might sound crazy, but here is what I think;” or…

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jessie

An Invitation from 85 Broads

Last week 85 Broads extended its membership rate for Vision 20/20 to Ms. JD's readers. (See below). Now comes another great opportunity. Ms. JD readers are invited to attend an event with Laura Liswood, author of The Loudest Duck, on May 13th for the same price as 85 Broads members. Follow the link and enjoy!From April, 15th:What do BOBBY KENNEDY, SUSAN LYNE, NOMI GHEZ, NIKO CANNER, CINDY PADNOS, and ASWATH DAMODARAN all have in common? They are speaking at 85 Broads NYC conference! And as a Ms. JD Reader you can attend for half off! Register here and put "Ms…

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pmdlaack

How Do You Respond to Good News?

How many of you have heard some good news recently?  How did you respond to it?  Seems like an odd question, but did you know that what distinguishes good and poor relationships is not how you respond to disappointments, but how you respond to good news?  That means that there is a right way and a wrong way to respond when you hear good news.  The best way is called “active constructive responding,” and researcher Shelly Gable created a matrix showing the different response styles.  Here is an example of the different response styles using the good news of a…

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Susan Letterman White

Leadership, Power, and Politics: How Can You Obtain the Power to Shape Action in Your Organization?

Law firms, governmental agencies, law schools, corporations, not-for-profit agencies, industry groups, and small businesses are organizations. Organizations are systems of government; they are “intrinsically political,” says Gareth Morgan in his classic book, Images of Organization. What does this mean for you? Attaining personal power in any organization depends upon understanding how the power necessary to make decisions and shape action is actually assigned. If your goals include attaining power in your organization or developing a book of business from a current client or target client organization, you must understand and successfully manage yourself in the political waters of the organization.…

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Susan Letterman White

The Skills for Leading in the Current Legal Landscape Are ...

Any woman who graduated from law school and passed a bar exam is capable of developing all the necessary skills to lead her organization. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Do not buy-in to the idea that you need charisma or a particular temperament. Do not let anyone convince you that you must be magically endowed with the right leadership traits or style. Good leadership flows from continually learning and refining the right set of skills for the unique context of your law firm, practice group, in-house law department, law school, or other legal organization. Leadership is a process…

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Ms. JD Staff

Submit Your Questions for “Ask Ms. JD”

Don't forget to submit your questions for the new "Ask Ms. JD" monthly series! Starting in February, the board members and staff of Ms. JD will answer questions submitted by Ms. JD readers that we have selected as being relevant to the Ms. JD audience. To submit a question, please e-mail staff@ms-jd.org. (When we reproduce the question, we will not identify the source.)

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Ms. JD Staff

Ask Ms. JD: A New Monthly Series

Welcome to the inaugural post for the new "Ask Ms. JD" monthly series! Starting in February, the board members and staff of Ms. JD will answer questions submitted by Ms. JD readers that we have selected as being relevant to the Ms. JD audience. To submit a question, please e-mail staff@ms-jd.org. (When we reproduce the question, we will not identify the source.) Let the questions begin!

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Ms. JD Staff

NYC Bar’s 2009 Diversity Benchmarking Report

The New York City Bar has released its 2009 Diversity Benchmarking Report. The report tracks diversity within the 94 law firms that signed on to a Statement of Diversity Principles in 2004. In an article in their newsletter about the report, the City Bar has framed the results as surprising given the economic downturn: In a 'jobless recovery,' it is often those at the bottom of the power pyramid who are hurt first – through cut hours, cut paychecks, and layoffs. In New York City law firms, that bottom rung is the most diverse, with greater representation of women and…

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