KatieDay

Congratulate our 2020 Ms. JD Honors Award Recipients!

Join us in congratulating the 2020 Ms. JD Honors Awardees! We are thrilled to be awarding these incredible individuals and organizations for their support of women in the legal profession! The Ms. JD Honors awards will be presented on Thursday March 12, 2020 in Chicago, IL from 5-7pm. Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Claire Parsons Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a…

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editor

Welcome Ms. JD’s 2020 Writers in Residence

We are thrilled to introduce our 2020 Writers in Residence, a group of writers from diverse backgrounds who will provide monthly topics on a broad range of topics on the Ms. JD blog. The Ms. JD online community provides a space for members of the legal profession to engage and support the inclusion and advancement of women in the law. Our past writers have provided some of our most thought-provoking, encouraging, and honest content.  Ms. JD's 2020 Writers in Residence Authors and Topics:   Natasha Alladina: Practice Pointers - What I Wish I Had Learned in Law School Leigh Creighton Bond: Everything is Reproductive…

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prianka

Interviewing Esha Bandyopadhyay, Principal- Desi Advocacy: Spotlight on South Asian Women in the Law

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Esha Bandyopadhyay, a Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson P.C. As an experienced attorney handling intellectual property and technology-related commercial matters, she has represented an array of clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Esha has litigated high-stakes issues regarding medical devices, computer software and hardware, consumer products, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, among several other topics. Esha received her J.D. at the age of 22 from Berkeley Law School, and prior to joining Fish & Richardson in 2018, she has been a partner at Kirkland & Ellis…

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Desiree Goff

Poised for Growth: Technology and Law

Becoming a tech savvy, innovative attorney will open up new opportunities and career growth in whatever law practice you envision. Whether you are on the transactional side or the litigation side of practice, understanding and implementing technology is essential. As a contract attorney, understanding and incorporating smart contract technology as the situation necessitates is warranted. As a litigator, being able to navigate e-discovery and utilizing electronically stored information in the course of litigation is increasingly essential. Additional challenges include presenting this e-discovery in a technology limited courtroom. I can still remember my first jury trials in which each courtroom was…

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claireeparsons

A Galentine’s Day Reflection on the Value of Female Friendships

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on February 13, 2018. Two years later and it still resonates. Happy Galentine's Day!             Today is Galentine’s Day, a completely made up holiday popularized by a TV show, Parks and Recreation, that hasn’t aired in years. Unlike Valentine’s Day, this “holiday” is intended to honor female friendships rather than romantic relationships. To say the least, the episode which featured this holiday and the character who invented it, Leslie Knope, was memorable. As Malcolm Gladwell tells us, a “sticky” message from an extraordinary communicator can carry an idea far…

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Crystaleellison

Am I wearing too many hats? Learning how to juggle it all: Always stay focused!

Welcome to my first blog of 2020! Within the first month of the year my home team, the Kansas City Chiefs, managed an astonishing victory, basketball legend, Kobe Bryant’s sudden death rocked the nation, and the impeachment trial of the 45th president of the United States has commenced. I have managed to bring in the New Year with a mammoth caseload, a whopping 150 criminal cases at the Public Defender’s office. What a mixed emotional January it has been! I’m completely ambivalent to what this New Year will bring. The kickoff to the New Year has produced so many different emotions and reactions. Each of…

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nalladina

Practice Pointers - Avoiding a Haphazard Career

Some lawyers always knew they wanted to go to law school. Some went because they didn’t go to medical school (me) or didn’t know what else to do after college (also me). But either way, we all spent our academic years crushing it so we’d have bright careers ahead of us. And then we finally get there – the pinnacle of success that is the oh-so-coveted first real lawyer job. And it’s hard. And we’re working a ton, trying to get through the literal and figurative motions of day-to-day lawyer life. First year goes by, then the second, and so…

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katalintarjan

What does a legal career look like for you?

Most people when they think ‘lawyer’ they think about attorneys arguing at court. But legal careers are actually much more diverse than what you see on those legal shows on TV, that’s why it’s important to learn about different career paths before you decide on one.   Do you know those personality tests that ask you to go back to your childhood to find out what it is you want to do with your life? I love those! It always makes me kind of proud to find out I am doing the exact same thing that I imagined for myself…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: When To Say ‘No Thanks”

"You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."  William Faulkner When I first graduated from law school I had a successful interview at a small firm.  We discussed employment terms, including salary and a start date and they told me they would send a formal offer letter.  The letter never arrived and after leaving several phone messages over the next few weeks, I finally was told that the firm was not going to hire anyone new.  I still remember the devastation I felt after finally realizing that my very first job…

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nalladina

The number one piece of career advice I’ve received? “Can’t hurt, might help.”

“Can’t hurt, might help.” That’s what the partner I was working with said to me when I was a year or so into my big law career. The context? I can’t quite recall. But insert your situation of choice, and I promise you, those four words can work wonders. Deceptively simple, “can’t hurt, might help” has the extraordinary ability to silence the naysayers that live in my mind. You know the ones – they tell you you’re not smart enough or that the question you want to ask is stupid. And they get louder and more deafening right when you…

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