Liz Vaysman

Stronger Together In DC Happy Hour

Please save the date for Ms. JD's upcoming happy hour and raffle, Stronger Together in DC! When:    Thursday, January 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Where:   Blackfinn, 1620 I St. NW, Washington, DC (near Farragut Square) What:     Casual atmosphere to connect with profressionals and students in the DC area while raising money for Ms. JD.  We will be raffling off prizes from Zophia, Pure Barre DC, Kiehls, and other great brands. Tickets:  $25 (appetizers and 2 raffle tickets) or $40 (admission for two, appetizers and 3 raffle tickets each).  Details and tickets here.  Don't miss this opportunity to jumpstart 2015 with…

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Liz Vaysman

What Stronger Together Means to Ms. JD Board Member Liz Vaysman

To me, stronger together means . . . Being surrounded by intelligent, caring, and motivational people that are on your team.  This includes men and women, friends and family, and professional colleagues. Remember that this means you are on their team too! I’m a member of the following professional organizations, which have demonstrated to me that there is strength in numbers . . .  I’m going to sidetrack a bit from this question.  Aside from professional organizations, I've experienced "strength in numbers" through other avenues.  I regularly take classes at a fitness studio where there is a wide range of ages and careers.  It…

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Liz Vaysman

The Rule of 8: Gaining Control of the Unknowns

Before heading to college, my best friend's dad gave us some advice.  He said you will succeed as long as you follow the 8/8/8 rule - 8 hours of school, 8 hours of play, and 8 hours of sleep.  I followed these rules to a "T" in college and it paid off.  I was able to balance academic productivity with health and maintain a social life.  Of course sometimes I strayed off course, but for the most part, this worked. Now, 8 years after starting college, I'm realizing that I need to set some similar guidelines for myself.  I've been in…

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Liz Vaysman

Wanted: Passion Forward Books to PASS-it Forward!

We are just three weeks away from Ms. JD’s Sixth Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Passion Forward!  Ms. JD prides itself on its women-helping-women mentality and its commitment to facilitating the interaction between current leaders in the profession and future leaders.  Passion Forward will be the premier event of the year for Ms. JD’s community of ambitious law students and successful attorneys to interact and plan for the year ahead. Many of those in Ms. JD’s community are already living Passion Forward and have published their stories.  At the PASS-it Forward Reception at Passion Forward we will be raffling off books written…

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Liz Vaysman

Registration Opens for Passion Forward! Ms. JD’s Sixth Annual Conference on Women in the Law

As the Co-Chairs of the Conference Committee, we are proud to announce registration is open for Passion Forward: Ms. JD’s Sixth Annual Conference on Women in the Law! For the past six months, the Board and the Passion Forward Planning Committee have been working hard to make this event possible, and we are looking forward to sharing it with you.  Register here. Passion Forward: Ms. JD’s Sixth Annual Conference on Women in the Law will be hosted in partnership with the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, TX on February 21-22,…

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Liz Vaysman

The Myth of 3L

We’ve all heard the saying: 1L they scare you to death, 2L they work you to death, and 3L they bore you to death.  I don’t know about the rest of the 3Ls out there, but I am not bored.  If anything, I am more scared than 1L and work more than 2L.  Aside from courses and clinic, involvement in activities, professional development, and god-forbid, personal time, there is a major weight put on 3L: the job hunt.  I’m not going to list methods I have tried or am trying, or how hard I think this year is with the…

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Liz Vaysman

Cruise Control: Passion Forward

To be perfectly honest, I’m still on the journey to find my passion.  As we all know, figuring it out is not easy, and for those who have figured it out, we don’t believe them or are incredibly envious.  One thing’s for sure – Ms. JD has directed me through this on-going journey.I became involved with Ms. JD in 2012 as the conference coordinator for She Leads,  Ms. JD’s Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law.  I took this position to earn some extra money over the summer.  I was my sister’s maid of honor and as you can…

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Liz Vaysman

“What I wish I would have known” with author Susan Smith Blakely

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Susan Smith Blakely, author of the Best Friends at the Bar books for young women lawyers, give career advice to a group of eager young professionals, including both men and women at the LadiesDC happy hour.  Susan emphasized the importance of helping all women succeed in business and how the best way to that is to craft Personal Definitions of Success. During the event, I was able to steal Susan away for a few moments for a short interview on what she wished she would have known through various phases of her…

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Liz Vaysman

Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From The Source

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls - worried about upcoming on campus interviews?  Need to perfect that resume and revamp your interview skills? Not sure your LinkedIn Profile is up to par? We are here to help you jump start your on campus interview success!On June 29th, Ms. JD, Major, Lindsey & Africa, and Latham & Watkins LLP are pleased provide a unique opportunity for you to meet and interview with experienced attorneys and review your resume. Cutting to the Front of the Line: OCI Preparation Skills Directly From The Source will take place at Latham & Watkins D.C. The half day…

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Liz Vaysman

Creating success at the Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in the Hit the Ground Running Bootcamp at Vinson & Elkins in DC.  It was truly an unbelievable experience.  I was given individual feedback from experienced attorneys on my communication, networking, and self-promotion skills while interacting with local leaders in the legal profession.  We learned everything from how to approach a cocktail reception to how to manage your LinkedIn page to the best way to get your point across to a boss.  After hearing each influential speaker, we broke up into small groups and practiced these much needed skills with seasoned…

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