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jjembapa

Failure Turned Inside Out: Pay It Forward

Name: Kimberly Amrine Professional Title: Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Frost Brown Todd, LLC Sector: Private Law School: George Washington University Law School Things eventually came to a head. Like many recent college graduates, Kim did not know what she was going to do after she graduated from Northwestern University. After all, she did not particularly love school. So, she packed up her little Honda Civic and moved to Washington D.C. Her interest in politics eventually led her to apply for jobs on Capitol Hill. But most of the jobs on the Hill were unpaid and she needed to…

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abell

Re-thinking the OCI Process: Is This Law Firm a Good Fit for Me?

I recently participated as a mock interviewer to prepare rising second year law students for their on-campus interviews (otherwise known as “OCI”). OCI begins right about now when rising second year law students are also learning whether they have been accepted to write for a law journal and/or will compete on Moot Court -- both of which are important in garnering a coveted summer associate position. To put it simply, it is a very stressful and competitive time. The OCI interviews are very quick -- about twenty minutes or less -- and serve as the initial screening process for law firms.…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—What I wish I knew, Part 1

At work, I try to take twenty-minute walks twice a day with some friends. During these walks, we stretch out our legs, get some exercise, and talk about the craziness of our cases. Often times the topics of student loans, what I wished I knew before law school or Trump’s antics come up. While I will refrain from discussing my views on politics here, I do want to discuss the other two, potentially in multiple posts. Student Loans I am fortunate that I do not have student loans, but that does not mean I do not understand and sympathize with…

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mKYCZwhJPG

Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I am new at the firm, and I have a legal assistant who has already saved me several times. She is invaluable, and I wanted to show my appreciation, so I invited her to lunch. At first, she eagerly accepted, but as the date was approaching she declined, saying she thought it was better if she did not go to lunch. How can I show my appreciation without having things get awkward? A: Yes. I realize the reference to “the date,” was not intended as a pun, but that may be part of the issue. Your legal assistant may…

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DeeEsq

Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I possess the internal fire to manifest my desires. Summer has finally arrived.  In this month of fireworks and rising temperatures, are you stoking your internal fire to manifest your desires and intentions?  You have to stay the course.  Manifesting the desires of your heart requires work.  You must have a clear vision of your goals and do everything feasible on your end to bring them to fruition.  Once that’s done, the real work begins.  You have to release control of your desires to the universe and allow them to manifest at the right time and in the right…

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Sappho

Summer & A Sigh of Relief

The past month and a half has been a difficult time for me. We have had illnesses (my children, my partner, and I), sadness, stress, and transition difficulties. In addition, the number of work hours from my current job dropped, and I am working less than part-time. After several agonizing weeks, and consultation with several individuals, I made an important, yet difficult decision to postpone taking the bar. It came down to finances and personal health issues impacting my family and I -- I chose my family. The decision was not easy to make. I still feel slightly disappointed. Yet,…

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gennieantono

#MsJDPreLaw: “What type of law are you interested in?”

Although we (obviously) haven't gone to law school yet, people LOVE asking pre-law students this question.  A few years ago, my pre-law self would have smiled politely and shrugged in response. ("I think I like law......??") It took me a lot of research and introspection to come to my (current) answer, which is: "I'm generally interested in corporate transactional work. I find Funds very interesting, although at some point I also want to explore deal/M&A work." So what can a pre-law student do to come to a more concrete answer about his/her legal interests? Research, research, research! (1) Google, (2)…

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skreed

Skirting the Ceiling: Sexual Harassment and the Intern’s Dilemma

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was asked out on a date by another intern at our office. She awkwardly and politely declined, and we laughed about it a little later because it was so unexpected. My friend asked me if I thought it would be weird at work for the two remaining weeks she had there. I said that I didn't think so, but that if it was, she could always explain to the guy that she just didn't think it was professional to date within the work place. Little did we know that the next…

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hrohn

Going Virtual: An Option to Achieve Balance

There is no question that working parents struggle with trying to “have it all.”. Having worked full-time, part-time and then "opted out" to care for my young sons, I have come to the conclusion it will always be hard. Each presents its own challenges in achieving balance (yes, even stay-at-home moms find it hard to find time and energy to nurture their own personal interests and keep one foot out the door in between careers) so major kudos to all you working and non-working parents out there!! I worked full-time at law firms in estate planning for a few years, then…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Good News for Women Lawyers With Families

Here is some very good news for women lawyers with family responsibilities.  In her article for Above The Law, Staci Zaretsky describes a new program for women litigators who no longer can make traditional law firm practice work because of childcare responsibilities and other aspects of family life.  She outlines a "hot new trend" of lawyers leaving law firms to join what she describes as a growing field of litigation finance and highlights the efforts of Fulbrook Capital Management in developing a program to fit the needs of women lawyers. Known as "Virtual Women in Law," the program is Fulbrook's…

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tatumw

Citizen’s Academy: From a Pre-Law Perspective

I recently participated in and completed a Citizen’s Academy. For those that are unfamiliar—and believe me, I was unfamiliar before participating—a Citizen’s Academy is a program that provides a deeper look into local government’s inner workings including operations, policies, and services. My local citizen’s academy was a three-hour long class that met once a week for two months. During the program, we received visits from various local agencies including the District Attorney’s office, Shared Hope International (a human trafficking organization), and various Sheriff’s Units including Property Crimes and Street Crimes. We also had the opportunity to tour local facilities such…

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GOSOLOFORSUCCESS

Why a Woman CAN Take a Break from the Law

My mother has a saying: “Women can have it all…just not at the same time.”  She was a stay at home mom.  Once my sister and I were older, she went to the New York School of Interior Design and started her own design business. I thought I could prove her wrong.  I started in banking, went to law school at night while working a full-time job and worked my way to become president and general counsel of a financial company. I enjoyed immense responsibility, put in long hours, and made good money. I figured that if I became indispensable…

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nicolemoriniere

Career Profiles: Janine Sickmeyer, NextChapter

This month I had the opportunity to have an exchange with one of the ABA's 2017 Women of Legal, Janine Sickmeyer, the CEO & Founder of NextChapter, a web application for attorneys to prepare, manage and file bankruptcy cases online. As a business leader and entrepreneur, Janine provides strategic vision and direction for NextChapter and is particularly fascinated in the intersection between law and technology in the bankruptcy market. In addition to being selected as one of ABA's Legal Tech Resource Center's Women of Legal Tech 2017, Janine is also a Pledge 1% Women Who Lead of 2017. I had a few questions for…

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KatieDay

ABALCC #LegalCareerChat Featuring Ms. JD’s President, Raychelle Tasher

On June 28th, Ms. JD joined ABA Legal Career Central for a #LegalCareerChat featuring Ms. JD President, Raychelle Tasher. Raychelle shared her tips for taking on leadership roles as a new lawyer or law student, how she got involved in the ABA and Ms. JD, and advice for those interested in clerking. Check out a recap of the chat below!   [View the story "#LegalCareerChat Featuring Ms. JD's Raychelle Tasher" on Storify]  

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KatieDay

Apply to be part of Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Academy!

  Ms. JD's National Women's Law Students Organization (NWLSO) Leadership Academy is Ms. JD's initiative created to further its mission of supporting and improving the experiences of women law students.  The Leadership Academy will build a national network of women's law association leaders empowered to lead their law student organizations, leveraging ideas and inspiration from their new connections with other law student leaders.  Additionally, the leadership academy class will provide participants with tools to develop professional skills to help them succeed and serve in leadership positions beyond law school.   The Leadership Academy will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017…

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