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Passion Forward: A Tribute To My Friend Gloria Borges

Editor's Note: Ms. JD was saddened to learn about the passing of a friend, colleague, and someone we all looked up to, Gloria Borges. Many of Ms. JD's community first met Gloria when she keynoted our 2011 Annual Conference in Los Angeles. While in the midst of battling stage 4 colon cancer, Gloria gave us a road map for success in the profession she loved so much. This week, we will honor her with a few tribute posts. To learn more about Gloria or the incredible foundation she founded, the WunderGlo Foundation, click here.“I’m not afraid of death.” This was…

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Update from Uganda: Watch Ms. JD International Scholars Joaninne and Monica Talk about Their Studies

Editor's Note:  This is a previous update on Ms. JD's Global Education Fund. Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund (GEF) has made it possible for two young Ugandan women, to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda.  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund  Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  The benefit will raise funds for GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and great food and networking.  Please click here…

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Special Offer for Our NYC Readers!

Ms. JD would like to offer ten lucky readers tickets to our NYC event next Tuesday, June 21, for $25 (a $50 savings)!The event features remarks by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, open bar, and great raffle prizes including a $1,000 luxury shopping package from the Carlisle Collection, pilates and yoga from Refine Method, and more!  The first 10 readers to email president@ms-jd.org with the subject line "Count me in on June 21st!" can purchase tickets…

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Communication Skills for Young Associates

Jay Sullivan, a partner at Exec Comm, offered advice on effective professional communication at an event co-hosted by Ms. JD and Columbia Law Women's Association at Columbia Law School.  The ability to communicate effectively, whether in a front of a large crowd or in a one-on-one meeting with a partner, can either enhance or hinder our career trajectories.  Despite the importance of oral communication, it is difficult to get honest feedback on how we come across.  Mr. Sullivan suggests the following:--Avoid looking nervous by focusing on one individual person for 5-7 seconds (the time it takes to complete one thought out loud)…

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Ms. JD Board member honored with Pinnacle Award

Ms. JD would like to congratulate one of our founding board members,Karen Hernandez, who was honored on April 29, 2009 with a PinnacleAward in the Individual in Services category from Athena San Diego.Athena San Diego is the premiere leadership organization forexecutive and middle-management women in San Diego's high-tech,biosciences, healthcare, defense, energy, clean-tech and servicessectors. The organization fosters personal and professional changethrough inclusion, risk-taking, education, recognition, and diversityof thought, thereby enhancing competitiveness and opportunity in theSan Diego business community. Athena San Diego began as an informalnetworking group and became a formal membership-based organization in1998. It is now among the most influential…

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Clippings: Words of Wisdom from the Lady Lawyers Who Came Before Us

I came across the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's Oral Histories of Women Trailblazers in the Law and thought I'd share the link. The project "prepares the oral histories of women pioneers in the legal profession nationwide" and includes contributors to Ms. JD's First Women Series, including Barbara Babcock and Judge Dorothy Nelson.

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New Report on How Firms Can Retain Women

The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers released a report on retaining women attorneys entitled: IT'S ABOUT TIME II: Examining Flexible Work Arrangements from the Attorney's and the Firm's Perspectives -- A Study of Part-time Policies in Georgia Law Firms.The study surveys 84 law firms in Georgia and finds that only 30% of firms have "formal, written policies regarding reduced time and flexible work arrangements." The report also looks at informal flexible work arrangements, citing "responses from 386 female attorneys to an online survey [which] suggest that informal arrangements make monitoring, scheduling, and other work-related responsibilities very difficult" for those who…

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Do Other Women Lawyers Prefer Working With Men or Women?

The February 2008 issue of the ABA Journal Magazine features an article entitled What Women Lawyers Really Think of Each Other. The answer? The ABA Journal surveyed 1,400 people, of which 58% were indifferent about the gender of their co-workers. The other 42% had preferences one way or the other with female supervisors over the age of 40 preferring to work with women because women lawyers "take direction better" (80%), "take constructive criticism better" (59%), and "have more discretion" (79%). Younger female attorneys under the age of 40 who expressed a gender preference, however, thought that "male supervisors give better…

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Allison Wolf Gives Advice on Rainmaking for Young Women Attorneys

Allison Wolf wrote an interesting piece on how to become a rainmaker as a young woman lawyer, even if you don’t view yourself as the conventional rainmaker. Wolf describes the stereotypical rainmaker as an extroverted man who “likes to talk” and is “a bit egotistical but keeps it in check” and "always out and about networking, attending events, and talking business.” Women who consider themselves for a rainmaking role, Wolf asserts, “determine ‘that’s not me’” based on the following reflections: “I’m not a grandstander.” “I don’t like to talk about my achievements.” “I don’t like networking events; I never know…

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Advice from the Author of “Ending the Gauntlet”

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly published an interesting interview with Lauren Stiller Rikleen, the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law. There's an interesting review of the book on Ms. JD here. To research her book, Rikleen, through interviews and research, identified many "misconceptions women have about work." The main misconception seems to be that women think "if they just come in, close their door, work hard and leave at the end of the day, that as long as they're doing good work, they will succeed." However, Rikleen maintains that success is about more than good…

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