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The Passing of Lorraine Power Tharp, NYSBA’s 105th President

It is with sadness that Ms. JD, and the New York and American legal communities have learned about the passing of Lorraine Power Tharp, the New York Bar Association's 105th President and only the third women to hold that position. Lorraine Power Tharp was an active and engaged member of the bar, committed to her practice and to making a difference in others' lives. As president, and among other things, she created the Task Force on Increasing Diversity in the Judiciary and the Presidential Summit. This Summit continues to occur annually, where experts and legal professionals meet to discuss important…

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Law Firms Turning to Family-Friendly Culture

Citing handheld devices, home offices, part time schedules, on-site daycare, and longer maternity leaves, a Los Angeles Times article describes techniques that law firms are using to create a family-friendly culture that accommodates personal lives. In the article, Deborah Epstein Henry, founder of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, comments on the female attrition rate at firms, pointing out that losing a second-year associate can cost a firm between $200,000 and $500,000. The article goes on to report that law firms are promoting alternative client-attorney bonding opportunities. "Spa get-togethers, women's poker night, wine tastings, cooking classes, antiquing outings, self-defense training," Henry rattled off,…

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Call for Submissions: Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession announced their 2008 Video/Essay Competition: Put your video and writing skills to work! Create a 3-minute YouTube video and/or craft a 6-page essay to tell us what you think about Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here? Open to young lawyers and law students, winners will receive $500 and award winning entries will be posted on the Commission's website. Entries must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Central Time on December 31, 2008. Click here for more information and contest rules. Questions? Contact Barbara Leff…

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Named as McCain’s Running Mate

[Ed. Note: Ms. JD will be featuring the biographies of some of the professional women who have figured prominently in this year's presidential election. Some are Democrats, some are Republicans; some are lawyers, some are not; all have dealt with work-life balance issues throughout their careers. Note that this series is not exhaustive - we encourage Ms. JD bloggers to post about other women who they feel belong in this series.] This past week, presumptive presidential nominee John McCain named Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2008 election. While not an attorney, Governor Palin provides…

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National Association for Women Lawyers Report: Actions for Advancing Women Into Law Firm Leadership

On July 16, 2008, the National Association for Women Lawyers released a report on Actions for Advancing Women Into Law Firm Leadership.  This report was based on the National Association of Women Lawyers National Leadership Summit. To view a copy of the report, click here.

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The Power of Storytelling in Your Legal Practice

[Ed. Note: Paramjit Mahli, of the Sun Communications Group, and author of this article, is a former journalist who has worked with international news organizations including CNN Business News, and now helps small to mid-sized law firms get in front of their target markets effectively, efficiently, and expeditiously. Her job is to let the lawyers do what they do best – practice law – while she takes care of all their public relations.] How do attorneys connect with their audience without losing themselves in legal-speak? The art of story telling can help lawyers communicate in a way that is captivating…

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The Law School Don’ts

Ed Note: This summer, Ms. JD solicited advice from students across the country. Here are some of the law school “don’ts.” Thinking about getting a pet? A student at the University of Oregon School of Law warns: Don’t do it! You will live in the law school your first year, moving only between your classes, the library, and your bed. Don’t do it! Joanna L. Visser, University of Pennsylvania Law School, offers this piece of advice: Don't be a stress-magnet. Starting law school is a stressful and intimidating experience for everyone. Because of the shared anxiety, it is possible for…

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The 50 Best Law Firms for Women - 2008

Click here to go straight to the list. Flex-Time Lawyers and Working Mother Magazine have just released their 2008 ranking of "The 50 Best Law Firms for Women." You can download a PDF of the press release from www.flextimelawyers.com. Firms were evaluated on their workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement of women and retention of women, among other factors. According to the press release, applications were up 30% from last year. Ms. JD's coverage of the 2007 list can be found here.

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Money Matters

Ed Note: This summer, Ms. JD solicited myths and truths from law students across the country. Many students discussed student loans, budgeting, tuition payments, and other “money matters.” A common theme? Create a law school budget—and then stick to it. Jennifer Paige Friend, Walter F. George School of Law, writes that student loans are awesome. Well, sort of. Yes, student loans are awesome! I would not be in law school without them. However, every dime you spend, you have to pay back and a lot more. Resist the urge to go shoe shopping with those loans, even if the perfect…

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The Socratic Method Myth

Ed. Note: This summer, Ms. JD solicited law school myths from law students across the country.  Many students discussed the Socratic method, most agreeing that it isn’t as bad as the myths indicate. A student from the University of Pennsylvania Law School writes: Before law school, I was certain the Socratic method had two functions: intimidation and embarrassment.  Every student, I thought, would be looking at me to misstate a case holding, and the professor would eagerly await a misstep to inform me of my intellectual inferiority. Thus, the first time I heard my name shouted from the front of…

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