Liz Vaysman

Work, Life, Leadership: A Conversation with Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Pennsylvania Bar President Thomas G.Wilkinson

Ms. JD, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association invite you to join us for: Work, Life, Leadership: A Conversation with Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson and Pennsylvania Bar President Thomas G.WilkinsonKathleen and Thomas Wilkinson are spouses leading the two largest Bar Associations in Pennsylvania.  Join us for an evening where Kathleen and Tom will discuss firsthand how to succeed in the legal world while maintaining your private life.  It is a night not to be missed!  You will leave with knowledgeable insight on both the professional and personal skills needed to succeed in today's modern…

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Liz Vaysman

Ms. JD loves PHL!

Last month, Ms. JD had its first ever event in the city of brotherly love: the Ms. JD Local Philadelphia Event: Speed Mentoring!  The event was hosted by Temple University Beasley School of Law and brought together enthusiastic students and young attorneys from the area.  Students took-in invaluable advice from our seasoned attorneys: Debbie Epstein Henry, Roberta Liebenberg, the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker, and Ronda Goldfein.  Each speaker focused their discussion on a particular topic of guidance in the legal world.  After the mentoring sessions, attendees enjoyed a networking reception kicked off by Dean JoAnne Epps. After the jump, read…

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Liz Vaysman

Externship Etiquette

I might not be a networking expert, or a love guru, but with my fair share of jobs and internships I can safely say I am a wiz at workplace interactions.  I’ve worked in offices with as little as 3 employees to as many as 1000, and in environments that range from legal, to private, to non-profit.This week I had a scare that maybe I was too comfortable with my skills.  I received a calendar invitation for a “Professionalism Meeting" with a few of my supervisors.  My paranoid mind started to race: Was my dress too short last week?  Should…

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Liz Vaysman

Thinking Ahead for the Bar: the New York Bar’s Pro Bono Requirement

On September 14, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals adopted a new rule that establishes a pro bono requirement for those applying to the New York State Bar.  Applicants who are admitted to the NY Bar after January 1, 2015 are required to complete fifty qualified pro bono hours.  This applies to you if you are graduating May 2014 or later, and plan to take the NY Bar.  Even if you do not plan to take the NY Bar, other states are considering implementing a similar requirement. WHO?  Applicants admitted to the bar after January 15, 2015; so…

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Liz Vaysman

Fifteen Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD Board Member Liz Vaysman

1.  My family immigrated to the US from the Soviet Union when I was two years old.  On the way to the US, we lived in Italy for 3 months because we were robbed by gypsies, forcing us to stay for a few months while my Dad painted houses to raise money.  Sometimes I imagine what my life would have been like if I grew up in Italy! 2.  We ended up settling in Reading, PA where I spent most of my life.  It is home of the Reading Railroad that is on the Monopoly board, even though the railroad…

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Liz Vaysman

American University Washington College of Law recognizes Ms. JD: She Leads!

Editor's Note: This post was written by Farrah Champagne, a second-year law student at American University Washington College of Law who covered Ms. JD's Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law. Women and the Law Program Hosts Dynamic Fifth Annual Ms. JD Conference Designed to Cultivate New Women Leaders This fall, American University Washington College of Law hosted the Ms. JD: Fifth Annual Conference on Women and the Law. The dynamic, full-day conference was themed She Leads, and was designed to cultivate the next generation of women leaders. The Women and the Law Program at the law school co-organized…

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