Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending October 2, 2015

The Recorder's 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law share their most valuable career advice. Are you guilty of throwing in the kitchen sink when drafting briefs? Justice Kagan shares her tips on what it takes to be a good writer. Making the move in-house can be a shock to the system as you step outside your familiar law firm environment. Prepare for the transition by understanding what it takes to succeed. One key element is knowing whether you're cop, counsel, or entrepreneur.  Love it or hate it, networking can be the best way to find that dream job or next opportunity. Here's…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending September 25, 2015

The White House will nominate deputy counsel Jennifer O’Connor to the top legal job at the U.S. Department of Defense. Removing one word from your writing can make it sound stronger. The US government has a plain language mandate, and when they talk about omitting unnecessary words, they specifically call out prepositions as a potential problem. Professor Rollag of Babson College discusses that often our nervousness and reluctance in new situations keeps us from putting ourselves out there and taking advantage of life’s opportunities. There are lots of ways to keep stress at bay and maintain your cool. Here at…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

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

If you dream of becoming a SCOTUS law clerk, you'll want to clerk for one of these "feeder judges." Working as a paralegal can be good preparation for a career as a lawyer. When should you make the leap from paralegal to lawyer? BakerHostetler became the latest firm to move to a single-tier partnership structure.

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending September 11, 2015

“Advocacy and ADR skills intersect. You can’t effectively negotiate a settlement if you can’t analyze a case well." Mary Dunnewold discusses, "Mastering the New Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution." Each year, Fortune crowns 10 innovators, groundbreakers and game changers as MPW Entrepreneurs. The question is: Can people in powerful positions take reasonable leave? Fortune discusses the 6 policies that make it easier for people in leadership positions to take parental leave. Maxie McCoy discusses "How to Tackle Those Big Decisions in Life." International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde stated during her keynote speach at the W-20, a conference…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending August 28, 2015

Good communication skills are essential to every aspiring attorney, and those already in practice. Here are 3 Ways Law Students Can Become More Confident Communicators while they are still in law school. For every 10 years you’ve been working, you can add one page to your resume. These helpful questions can assist you in shortening your resume without losing important content. When you come across an open position that seems like the perfect fit for you, it can be tempting to submit your resume and cover letter as fast as humanly possible. Here are four mistakes that people make when…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending August 21, 2015

Many attorneys and law students hope to start their own firm one day but how do you cover the start up costs, particularly as a new attorney? Crowdfunding may be an option after all. Short sentences and a non-confrontational tone may be the secret to winning your argument before the Supreme Court. Increasing diversity is an issue for many high-profile industries. These four tips for tech firms could apply just as well to law firms. The issue of equal pay made it to the Presidential campaign trail.

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending August 14, 2015

As lawyers, we are professional writers. Learning how to write better is an ongoing process and one that can make a real difference for your clients. If you're currently job hunting, make sure your resume is working for you, not against you. Would you ever think about whether a potential future employer had children? Apparently, it can make a big difference to leadership styles. A new survey reveals 95% of hiring partners and associates believe recently graduated law students lack key practical skills at the time of hiring. California has already proposed requiring candidates for admission to the bar to…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending August 7, 2015

This week Paulette Brown made history as she was sworn in as President of the ABA. Ms. Brown is the first woman of color to lead the organization in its 137-year history and has placed increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession at the heart of her presidential initiatives for her 2015-2016 term. The Recorder announced their list of Women Leaders in Tech Law for 2015, including 10 "power players" who use their positions and achievements to advocate for women. Microsoft is using its power as a major client to drive diversity efforts at the law firms it hires. Microsoft already…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 31, 2015

This week Jen Welter became the first female NFL coach. Welter will join the Arizona Cardinals as a training camp preseason intern coach. Welter joins Sarah Thomas, who was hired by the NFL earlier this year and is the first female full-time game official. While we still have a long way to go in the boardroom, nearly 30% of new board members appointed in the last year were women. Unconscious bias isn't just something that men need to be aware of. A new Harvard study reveals that women and girls are guilty of letting unconscious bias affect their opinions of…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 24, 2015

Serving as first chair at trial is a big deal. Unfortunately, implicit bias appears to be one of the reasons women are underrepresented in this coveted position. An ABA report, First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table, analyses the numbers of women serving as first chair across a range of civil and criminal case settings and offers suggestions for how we can all work to increase the number of women leading litigation -- from female litigators ourselves, to judges, and even law schools. Fourty-four firms received The Women in Law Empowerment Forum's 2015 Gold Standard Certification.…

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