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Join Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund Program!

Interested in women’s issues, international development, fundraising and education?  If yes, consider supporting us as our next part-time, unpaid, Global Education Fund program volunteer!  Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund (“GEF”) to enable women in developing countries who otherwise would not have access to further education pursue a legal education.  Each year, GEF has made it possible for two Ugandan women in each class year to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda. The part-time and unpaid Global Education Fund program volunteer will be responsible for: Helping to lead outreach and program development…

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4 Conflict Resolution Tips for Lawyers

Naturally, your profession as a lawyer puts you in the middle of a lot of conflict. Sometimes this conflict is indirect, while other times it directly involves your clients. Knowing how to resolve conflict successfully is integral to success. Conflict Management Tips and Strategies Whether you work in family law, business law, criminal law, or any specialty in between, conflict is a major part of what you do. There’s almost always some sort of problem that your client is dealing with and it’s up to you to help them identify a solution and proactive strategy for pushing forward. The problem…

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An Ode to the Martys: A Father’s Day Reflection on RBG and Work Life Balance for Women Lawyers

      RBG, a documentary about the lif­e of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a surprise hit of the summer. If you haven’t seen it yet, the movie does not only focus on RBG’s “notorious” legal career, but also delves deeply into Ginsburg’s marriage to her husband, Marty. After seeing it twice, I’d argue that RBG is a love story and, in my opinion, a love story many women lawyers really need because it shows us a great example of how two professionally successful people made their careers and their marriage fit together.      If you…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

This month, in light of the Roseanne tweet fiasco, I am changing the usual Q&A format of my column to address some of the other lessons for lawyers from the debacle. The main lesson, of course, is don’t be offensive or demean people. Hopefully, that needs no further explanation. I spend significant time teaching about strategies lawyers can use to exercise good judgment, build relationships and enhance their trust and credibility. From that perspective, the Roseanne incident provides a case study of actions to avoid. The analogy is not perfect, because the Twitter incident was extreme. But there are still…

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Jannet M.

The Barred Life: A Series of Indefinite Length - Part I

PART I A Personal Thing, but a Family Affair I’m a December graduate of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and took the February 2018 California Bar Exam. The month is May but I've been an emotional wreck since February. I write this post sitting two days away from knowing my fate and an alien feeling has come over me - my emotional wreckage is finally settling. The closer I’ve gotten to the result date, the more I let go of my anxiety, fear, numbness, and desire to control. This is a major breakthrough I'm profoundly proud of because I've…

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Career Directions Outside of Being a Lawyer for Lawyers

Becoming a lawyer is a professional dream that many people share. Many people want to become a lawyer due to the allure of the job as well as the potential for high compensation. While many people do end up having very long and successful careers as a lawyer, there are some situations in which someone may decide that they no longer want to pursue that career. If you are a lawyer and would like to switch into a different career path, there are a variety of different types of jobs that are great fits for people with a legal background.…

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LSAT Prep Has Staggering Costs for Certain Students

Recently a young Native American woman and aspiring lawyer asked me if I knew any free or low cost LSAT prep courses.  I had previously tried to dissuade her from law school--just as my grandfather had given me 29 Reasons Not to Go to Law School before I enrolled--but alas, she, like I, was determined.  I didn’t know much about LSAT prep but soon felt the shock of the $1300 price tag.  Soon thereafter, the $1300 grew much more significant when I realized the enormous negative impact of high-cost prep courses, especially on low-income people and people of color, but…

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Sponsor Spotlight: Legal Kid and The Little Lawyers

This Friday, June 15, 2018, Ms. JD is hosting its “Ready to Rise” one-day academy in law and leadership for middle school girls (grades 6-8). This academy is designed to introduce young girls to the legal profession and allow them see themselves as future members of it. Ms. JD wouldn’t be able to hold important events like this without the help of our wonderful and generous sponsors. Today, we are so excited to showcase one of our #WeSupport sponsors: Legal Kid. In the summer of 2016, Legal Kid, Inc. began as a conversation among a group of strong and skillful…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Retaining Valuable Associate Lawyers—- But for How Long and Why?

For those of you who care about what is going on in Big Law, here is a new development worth checking out --- and with critical eyes. Weil Gotshal & Manges announced last week that the firm "hopes to improve associate retention by cutting the wait for partnership" from 9 1/2 years to 7 1/2 years.  Sounds good, right?  Still a long time to wait for partnership, but better by two years.  The firm also stated that "substantially all" of the 7 1/2 year associates will be promoted to partner or counsel. That takes a little more explaining.   New partners…

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Clearing Two Big Hurdles

When I visit Bar Conferences and Lawyers in Transition Committees around the country, I often hear the same two hurdles identified by potentially transitioning lawyers. How will I know who I am if I’m not a lawyer? (a/k/a the Identity Hurdle) How will I be able to afford NOT being a lawyer? (a/k/a the Financial Hurdle) I never dismiss either the Identity Hurdle or the Financial Hurdle. I acknowledge that both are real. But I’ve found that they are sort of tied up in each other and both are definitely surmountable. So, let’s be impolite. Let’s talk about money. Interestingly…

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