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Small Firm Life: Why I do Toastmasters

One of my mentors recommended that I join Toastmasters when I first graduated law school.  At first I was skeptical, I was on moot court and I do not get nervous when speaking in public so I wasn’t sure how I could benefit from the organization.  However, I decided to try it out, if nothing else, for the opportunity to network with other professionals in my community.  What is Toastmasters?  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Toastmasters, it is an international non-profit organization where individuals develop their public speaking skills.  Toastmasters meetings are usually held on a weekly basis…

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Balance? A Day in This OWLS’s Life

Balance -  really?  To attend law school (or have a career), while you are a mom, wife, homeowner, etc., you need a lot of support – hired or donated – to really have “balance.” You need someone to clean, cook, wash clothes, grocery shop, drive children, pay bills, and be home to oversee repair or service callers. Without that help, you have to cut corners, make sacrifices, and accept less. A nanny, stay at home spouse, parent, or other person could and often does provide this support, although that typically requires financial means – often not available to law students.…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms

A few months ago now, I started a series in this column to look at how (and whether) networking varies in different areas of the law.  After my column on networking and self-promotion in law firms, I received a request from a reader to do a column about networking and self-promotion for mid-sized law firms since my previous law firm column had featured Ashley Bauer of Latham & Watkins.  As the reader rightly pointed out, some of the strategies and tools Ashley spoke of were not as readily available in a small to mid-sized firm.  (I must digress for a…

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Ashley Dawn Rutherford Esq.

Savvy Shopper-At-Law: Fall Transition Pieces for the Frugal Attorney

I love autumn. It is by far my favorite season. I love vibrant colors, football jerseys, and Halloween costumes. And that just covers my love for fall fashion! However, in the mid-west, fall can be a short transition between hot summer days and the crisp winter weather. Other times, it can be a three month stretch of lovely, breezy football weather. Both of these weather patterns can be difficult to dress for. The following transition pieces can be found for an investment or a bargain (examples included!) and can help you transition your professional wardrobe to meet autumn’s weather demands.(1)…

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What Not to Do: It’s the Little Things that Count

First, to the Ms. JD members, Board, and readers..... thank you for your patience! I spent this summer preparing for the infamous three-day "adventure" otherwise known as the California Bar Examination.  I am happily done with that, and back to my Writer's in Residence Blog, "'What Not to Do.""It's the little things that count." This expression is often coined as cliche and not applied to the working world. In making friends, it’s the little things that count. In being courteous or polite, it’s the little things that count. However, in today’s economy, maybe we ought to apply this phrase to…

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Swimming in Small Ponds:  Going Home

I must apologize to both the editors of Ms. JD and its readers for not fulfilling my column-writing duties.  It has been a very difficult two months in moving back to Lexington, trying to find a job, and realizing that just simply will not happen, setting up a solo practice.  It has been emotionally draining and mentally exhausting.  If I had imagined unemployment to be some sort of vacation where I sit on the couch and watch General Hospital, well, it just hasn’t been.  I’m busier now that I don’t have a job than when I did.  But that’s a…

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Paula Edgar

Esquisite Paths: Chaumtoli Huq

Chaumtoli Huq is a dedicated advocate for her clients as well as a devoted partner and mother.  Prior to our conversation, I had heard a lot about her through professional circles, but we had only met in person once, so I was excited to hear her story.  During our conversation, I learned that we have several things in common, including a childhood aspiration to be an In Living Color “Fly Girl”, being the child of immigrant parents and that we are both lucky enough to have fantastic, supportive partners who support us in our careers and in parenting our children.…

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Ursula Furi-Perry Esq.

Ms. Prof: It All Starts in Law School! Networking Tips for Law Students

Your professional career doesn’t start when you graduate law school—rather, it begins during law school. If you are a current law student, you shouldn’t just be aiming to get through your classes and coursework; you should also aim to build, cultivate and maintain a professional network of peers, attorneys and legal professionals.A new academic year is beginning. Take this opportunity to work on your networking skills and start establishing your professional network.Ten tips to consider:1. First, establish professional, cordial relationships with your professors. Introduce yourself; impress in class by being prepared and attentive; and be polite, friendly but proper.2. Talk with…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Navigating Law Firm Statistics

As recruiting season gets into full swing, many students are contemplating the world of law firms for the first time. Three years ago, when I first began the process, I was utterly clueless. Though I had worked at a large law firm for five years before beginning law school, I worked in a business-related immigration practice group that was cut off from the rest of the firm. The business immigration world is relatively small, with only a few large firms having immigration practice. Consequently, any knowledge I had going into law school wasn’t of much use when contemplating other areas…

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Vado Porro

Running from the Law: Exercise & the Job Search

A little over three weeks ago, I made it through the bar exam.  Once that weight was lifted, it was time for me and many of my classmates to go back to doing what we have been doing for nearly a year now: job hunting. Job hunting is grueling and it is brutal.  It is also now a reality of many of our lives that we need to find a job soon.  In the coming months, as many of us remain jobless in this terrible market, we will face another issue: too much time.  This is where exercise comes in. I read…

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