victoriawillingham

Techlegality: Virtual as the New Reality

As the global health crisis continues, it has become increasingly evident that “virtual is the new reality” in many scenarios. From law school classes to court proceedings, online platforms have become the primary resources for staying connected. These transitions largely came out of necessity to allow individuals to fulfill their educational requirements or to maintain law and order. In other instances, the use of online forums developed out of creativity. From family meetings and birthday parties to live concerts and happy hours, people have been determined to connect despite the circumstances. At the height of the transition to using online…

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carron-nicks

The Influencers: (She was a) Frontier Justice

Some people might dispute whether Esther Hobart Morris was actually a judge. Technically, she was a Justice of the Peace and a non-lawyer to boot. But she was hearing cases before the first women law students had entered law schools. I’d say she counts.  Judge Morris’s life reads like a John Ford western. As I learned more about her, I pictured Harry Carey, Jr., as her hard driving, hard drinking husband and the inimitable character actress Marjorie Main as the judge herself, loud spoken, sarcastic, and a little rough around the edges - just like you might expect of a woman who…

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nalladina

FREE Virtual Bar Exam Summit - June 5-7, 2020

Bar exam prep sucks. There’s nothing else to say about it. It just sucks. And now, given the pandemic, there are the added questions of when various state bar exams will happen, how bar exam prep timing will change, and oh yes, whether licensure delays will impact your job prospects. Awesome sauce. Well, I have some good news. A former Ms. JD Writer in Residence is on a mission to make bar prep more bearable and effective, especially in what is sure to go down in history as the strangest year ever to take a bar exam. Her name? Kerriann…

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KatieDay

Ms. JD’s 2020 Public Interest Scholarship: APPLICATIONS OPEN

Ms. JD is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 Summer Public Interest Scholarship Program!  The recipients of the 2020 Public Interest Scholarship Program will each receive a scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our support of women pursuing public interest careers and soften the burden faced by folks who accept public interest internships, which are often unpaid.   Eligibility The Scholarship is open to all law students who currently identify as women, or who have previously lived as a woman (or girl) and…

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Desiree Goff

Decoding the Language of Inventorship and Why it Matters

I was recently asked by a client what classifies one as an inventor. This can be broken down to the technical elements and definitions including conception, reduction to practice, collaboration and contribution to claims. But what struck me about this question is that subjects which seem obvious to us as attorneys are often complete mysteries to our clients. It takes recognition and effort on our part to break down the shroud of legalese that can pervade our profession in order to help them.  Any profession has a certain amount of definition-based language, which once understood, helps those not trained in…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Michelle Travis, law professor and Dean’s Circle Scholar at the University of San Francisco School of Law has published a new book, Dads for Daughters: How Fathers Can Give their Daughters a Better, Brighter, Fairer Future. Even though I am not a dad, I found the stories fascinating and inspiring. Travis blends meticulous research with endearing and thought-provoking stories of fathers who help expand opportunities for women. It is an easy, uplifting read that I highly recommend. I had the opportunity to interview Professor Travis about the book and her insights on supporting women at work: Q: In the book…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: Building and Maintaining a Practice with Clients You Love - Webinar

Editor's Note: Ms. JD 2020 Writer in Residence Paula Jones is offering a free webinar on Tuesday, May 19. Check out the details below!  Please join me for this complimentary webinar, enabling you to realize a client base with whom you truly love to work. In this webinar, you'll:  · Learn how to network to find clients you love · Learn what to listen for, to identify which clients will work best with you · Figure out if your client values your services – within the first ten minutes of meeting · Learn to heighten your sense of awareness about…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Working at Home During Coronavirus

      I know that you probably have read articles on line recently with advice about working from home in the age of coronavirus.  The themes are generally the same.  Here is my take on it for young lawyers. I believe that the best way to survive an extended isolation and working from home is to maintain a ROUTINE.  Establishing a routine and sticking to it will reap huge rewards when the time comes to go back to brick and mortar places of business.  You will have created fewer bad isolation habits.  Routine also will help you establish a healthy mental…

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Watch Michelle Obama’s Becoming with Ms. JD on 5/22 at 8 PM ET

We cordially invite you to join our watch party of Michelle Obama's Becoming on Friday, May 22 at 8 PM ET via Netflix. Gather your significant others, family, roommates, pets, or plants to watch this riveting documentary about Michelle Obama's journey from a curious kid in Chicago to high-profile attorney, First Lady, and changemaker.  RSVP TODAY: http://bit.ly/msjdwatchparty  

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LawMom8721

The Atomic (Female or male) Law Student

As I write this my palms are sweating, as I have never been so bold to put my opinions, let alone my writings in the forefronts. I am writing to discuss what I have penned, the "Atomic Female Law Student." *I realized as I wrote this I do know an Atomic Male who works really hard with his wife to be active in the home and family- so this isn't just for women.  Atomic has a few definitions, relavent to this discussion is the one found in Oxford's Dictionary to mean: "of or forming a single irreducible unit or component…

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