Keeping it Social! Using Social Media to Stay Connected: A Q and A with Tiffany Blackmon

For most of us, social media has already permeated many aspects of our lives, from identifying meals that are Gram-worthy to trying to figure out what new Tik Tok dance everyone is talking about. Others are starting to discover new ways to stay connected while we physically distance. I admit that I have been a casual social media user who often finds herself identifying missed opportunities for development. For this post, I chose to connect with someone in my network who has identified how to best leverage social media platforms for her. This month, we will hear from Tiffany Blackmon,…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How to Prevent Anxiety During Interviews

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self..” – Soren Kierkegaard I have several colleagues who get really nervous during interviews.  They are all very accomplished in their fields and any organization would be lucky to have them.  One man sweats uncontrollably, to the point where the damp begins to seep through his shirt.  Another colleague loses her train of thought and forgets to make the most salient points about her work.  A third colleague gets so nervous he really is unable to listen to what questions are being asked and he comes across as…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: #MillenialMom - Parenting and Working in a Pandemic (5/5)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "#MillenialMom: Parenting and Working in a Pandemic" featuring Katie Larkin-Wong and Jonathon Wong Register today at

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Desi Advocacy: Conversation with Nadia Aziz, Directing Attorney - Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

This month, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Nadia Aziz, the Housing Directing Attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Ms. Aziz graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2007. Prior to leading indispensable litigation and policy advocacy efforts throughout Santa Clara County in her role at the Law Foundation, she served as a Housing Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid.   Can you tell me how the recent events surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic have impacted your clients? I know eviction moratoriums are something that housing advocates are pushing for in this trying time; can you speak a little bit…

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Ms. JD Responds to Urgent COVID-19 Need With #WhyMsJD Campaign Joining #GivingTuesdayNow

Ms. JD is responding to meet the needs of early career women lawyers and law students by launching the #WhyMsJD campaign to shine light on the many ways the organization promotes the success of law students and recent graduates and outline how the community can join Ms. JD in supporting this group. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020. #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an…

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Join Ms. JD for a Global Day of Unity - May 5, 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow

On May 5, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level. Will you be one of them? We will be one of those participating organizations and we need your help! By joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.  Here is how you can get ready to give: 1.    Give. On May 5, go to and donate. It is Ms. JD’s great desire to continue to support the advancement of women in the…

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Ms. JD Announces New Board Leadership and Members

Ms. JD is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors recently elected a new slate of officers and welcomed five new members. Leading the Board is newly elected chair, Maleaha Brown, who is an attorney at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. “It’s an exciting time to be stepping in as Board Chair,” said Brown. “During my tenure as Chair, Ms. JD will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and the Board is energized by Ms. JD’s growth and enthusiastic about our future.” Brown is the fifth Board Chair in Ms. JD’s 14-year history. She became involved with the organization…

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The Future of Law: The Legal Workforce of the Future

When most people think about the people who work in law firms and legal departments, they think of lawyers, paralegals and secretaries. However, increasing competition, new technology and a heightened focus on the business of law has fueled the growth of non-lawyer roles in the legal industry.  In his work, in Tomorrow’s Lawyers, legal futurist Richard Susskind predicted a fracturing and disruption of the legal industry along with a proliferation of new roles within the legal industry.  A recent Robert Half survey found that nearly 60% of lawyers surveyed reported that their law firm or company plans to fill non-lawyer…

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The Influencers: The All-Woman Texas Supreme Court

Being a Texan (non-native, but proud nevertheless), I love tales of interesting episodes in Texas history. There are many, but one of my favorites tells of what may be the most unusual state supreme court ever.   The events in our story occurred almost a hundred years ago. At that time, the Supreme Court of Texas consisted of a chief justice and two associate justices. You will be forgiven if you assume that in 1924 and 1925 all three sitting justices were male. This fact would come to pose a problem for the governor and the court.  At the time, fraternal organizations were…

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Combating Anxiety and Depression During COVID-19

Social distancing is in full effect, numerous counties and states have implemented stay home orders, schools and daycares across the U.S. have been closed, and you’re still trying to work and maybe even homeschool your children at the same time.  Sound familiar?  The struggle is real folks.  Admittedly, I’m generally a realist rather than an optimist.  However, I must be intentional during this time with my work schedule, socialization and mindset, or I’ll inevitably become anxious about the hundreds of things I can’t control during this global pandemic. Like many of you, as a litigation attorney, I spend much of…

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