Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending January 29, 2016

Senate confirms Wilhelmina Wright as U.S. judge in historic appointment. In a recent visit to Harvard Law School Attorney General Loretta Lynch called criminal-justice reform “a transformative issue of our generation." It’s difficult to wake up one morning and have that epiphany: You haven’t really found your passion—at all. Here at 8 tips that can assist you in discovering your passion. 5 Leadership Traits of Innovative Leaders. Lawyers are oftentimes interrupted while working. Kate Mangan discusses, "How To Avoid Billing for Interruptions." Ashley Fletcher is a 2L student at Seton Hall University School of Law. During the summer of 2015,…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending January 15, 2016

Alice Armitage and Robin Feldman discuss, "A More Practical Model for Law Schools," specifically the importance of rethinking the standard law school model — a series of required classes, some of which have little connection to the work most students will actually do as lawyers. Google Taps Former High-Ranking Obama Official As Policy Chief Jenny Foss discusses the importance of cover letters. She states, "done well, a cover letter gives you the chance to speak directly to how your skills and experience line up with the specific job you’re pursuing." Bounce Back from Rough Law Grades to Get Your Real Dream…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending December 18, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named TIME's Person of the Year. Three tips for showing your excitement for a company without copying directly from its “About Us” page For the first time in history, a female-only team of scientists will make a scientific expedition to Antarctica. Lawyers are one of the groups of people that tend to suffer from burnout. Although the term is often used, Kate Mangan provides advice about recognizing and preventing lawyer burnout. Elana Gross discusses, How to Ask for Help When You’re Overwhelmed at Work. Amal Clooney is partnering with nonprofit 100 Lives to create…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending December 4, 2015

In a historic transformation of the American military, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said on Thursday that the Pentagon will open all combat jobs to women. Salesforce.com, may serve as a model for companies wanting to examine the compensation differences between their female and male employees. "Haben Girma may be the first deaf-blind student to graduate from Harvard Law School, but her disability has not hindered her awe-inspiring success." She recently gave the opening address at the White House for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and gave a Ted talk about public service lawyers as…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 20, 2015

Michelle Obama Celebrates Veterans Day With the First Female Grads of Ranger School Despite women now representing 18% of equity partners at big firms; much more can still be done to increase diversity.  Professional networking is important at every stage of a career. However, certain life events, such as pregnancy, can be a focal point for seeking out community. Sometimes you inadvertently say things that scare your colleagues into thinking something's much worse than it is. Here at 4 questions that can make you more likeable at work. Ashley Fletcher is a 2L student at Seton Hall University School of…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 6, 2015

Justin Trudeau promised in June that half his cabinet would be female if he was elected Canada’s prime minister. Since taking this post Trudeau has named 15 women to a cabinet of 30, including Jody Wilson-Raybould, an aboriginal lawyer from British Columbia as minister of justice and attorney general. These are errors that are made by job seekers. So, before you go on another coffee date or submit another resume, check to see if you’re making any of these three subtle—but critical—errors. Randi Zuckerberg provides insight on mentorship and how mentoring women eradicates barriers and dramatically expands success. Tanisha Bailey-Roka…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 30, 2015

The New York Times addressed the Law School Debt Crisis at a time when law schools are reporting bar pass rates as low as 30%. Above the Law shared the experiences of the law students involved while Paul Campos shared his thoughts over at The Atlantic. So, what is the answer to increasing debt and decreasing bar pass rates? Justice Ginsburg's "cautious radicalism" was profiled, outlining the success of her approach of fighting for what you care about in a way that will lead others to join you. Alexandra Petri's piece on famous quotes, the way a woman would have to…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 23, 2015

President Obama nominates 2 women, Lisa M. Fairfax and Hester Peirce to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). If they are confirmed by the Senate, four of the five SEC commissioners will be women, a first for the agency. How do you get ahead in the competitive legal industry? During a recent luncheon at Duane Morris attorneys discuss this topic and provide advice. The Ford Foundation announced the appointment of legal scholar and author Michelle Alexander as a senior fellow. Ms. Alexander will be contributing to the Foundation’s work on democracy, rights, and justice. Surviving law school is difficult enough, but…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 16, 2015

Are you ready for the brave new world of lawyering? Traditional relationships between law firms and in-house legal departments are changing as new technology and changing business models offer clients alternatives to the traditional big law model. What is the appropriate punishment for a juror who disobeys instructions from the judge? In this case, it was more jury duty. Equal pay hit the headlines this week as Jennifer Lawrence revealed what she really thinks about pay inequality in Hollywood and lots of women could relate to the feelings she described when negotiating. If she inspired you to start negotiating harder for…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 9, 2015

The importance of Mentorship vs. Sponsorship, and how an individual can Maximize Both. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln law professor was one of 15 people nationwide named to a Federal Reserve Board of Governors advisory group. List of the ten women who have been pioneers in their various industries including education, politics, business arts, media, science and more, were honored by the National Women's Hall of Fame, whose mission is to showcase "great women … inspiring all." It’s not a question of “if” disasters will happen, but “when.” That’s why it’s crucial to be as prepared as possible to avoid total…

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