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Help Select the Blawg 100

Attention Blawgger and Blawg Lovers! The ABA Journal is working on their list of the 100 best legal blogs, and they'd like your advice on which blawgs you think they should include and / or what practice areas you'd like to see represented in the Blawg 100. We know what we love and we hope that you'll fill out an Amici form and tell the ABA Journal what you love. Use the Blawg 100 Amici form to tell them about a blawg——not your own——that you read regularly that you think other lawyers should know about. If there is more than one blawg you want…

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A Call for Papers from Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University Women's Studies Progam Presents: The 9th Annual Graduate Conference Saturday, October 29th, 2011 Call for Papers: "Critical Feminist Pedagogies: Toward an Education of Activism" This conference attempts to detangle the tricky and creative work that is “feminist” education and to bring activists and critical thinkers/educators together to share our visions of feminist pedagogy. We are interested in how you as community activists, students, artists, educators, and future-educators encourage critical thinking and enthusiasm in learners. We want to share our passions, talents, and skills through syllabi, curriculum, and workshops. We invite individuals, activists, groups, artists, scholars, and educators to…

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To Assess Your Career Prospects‚ Fire Yourself

The author of this article, Karen Kaplowitz, is President of The New Ellis Group, a business development consulting firm specializing in business development strategy, training and coaching for law firms and other professional service providers.If your current firm collapsed‚ like Howrey or Heller Ehrman‚ or some other calamity caused you to be thrust on the job market suddenly‚ how marketable would you be to another firm? To assess your self–sufficiency and survivability‚ ask yourself these questions: - Which clients could you count on to use your services if you were out of your current firm? How much revenue would they generate in the…

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MCCA Invites Gen Y Members to Make Their Voices Heard

MCCA, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, has launched its Workplace 2020 Initiative and we are inviting all Gen Y lawyers (born in 1980 or after) to take a survey on how Gen Y lawyers feel about their workplaces and what they would do to change their workplaces for the better. This survey is for all law students and attorneys born after 1980, not just those who identify as part of an underrepresented group.MCCA's Workplace 2020 Initiative, a set of research studies and programming designed to assist the legal profession in revamping its approach to human resources is designed to prompt…

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Ms. JD in Toronto: Women’s Caucus

Written by one of Ms. JD's 2011 Fellows, Kimberly Watson, this is the third installment in Ms.JD's series "Ms.JD in Toronto" covering issues related to women and gender at the ABA's 2011 Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  A few of the Ms. JD Fellows had the opportunity to participate in the Commission on Women/Young Lawyers Division Round Table held in Toronto at the ABA Conference during the Women's Caucus. It was a fantastic event that brought together all generations of females in the legal community. At the beginning, the fellows were asked to share what Millennials are looking for from…

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Tips for the Impending Interview Season

 This post is written by Shannon Frankel, a blogger and former lawyer turned stay at home mom.  You can read Shannon’s blog at: http://butidohavealawdegree.blogspot.com. Ahhh, it’s June.  Exams are over, and the summer is here.  But lest you law students get too relaxed, remember: For many of you, interviews are just around the corner.  I’ve been there, done that, and I remember it well.  In all fairness, when I was going through the on-campus interview process at Penn Law in 2003, the climate was certainly different.  Firm offers were plentiful, and pretty much every student I knew received one.  If they…

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Lose the Schmooze: Seven Ways to Make Networking Genuine

This post, featuring Ms. JD board member Katie Hayes, is written by ForbesWoman author Katie Phillips. The original post can be seen at the ForbesWoman blog She Negotiates.Every evening before bed, you glance at your iPhone’s calendar to see what tomorrow brings. Hoping for a calm, relaxing evening watching your favorite reality shows and sipping wine on the couch, you’re dismayed when you see in bright red text: “Networking Mixer, 7:30.” With a groan, you wonder what could’ve possibly possessed you to be so ambitious. You begin frantically running through excuses in your mind because, at the moment, nothing sounds…

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Join Ms. JD to Support the Global Education Fund - Tickets Available Now

Ms. JD and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP are excited to invite you to celebrate the launch of the Ms. JD Global Education Fund and its inaugural scholars, Ugandan law students Joaninne Nanyange and Monica Athieno.On June 21, we'll be hosting a reception featuring remarks by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.In addition to our core mission to increase the representation of women in the legal profession in the United States, Ms. JD aims to support the rise of women…

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NALP Survey: What Law School Classes are the Most Valuable

“Hands-on learning (skills courses, judicial internships, clinics, etc.) are the most effective preparation for law practice." - NALP survey  NALP, the association of legal career professionals, recently published their 2010 Survey of Law School Experiential Learning Opportunities and Benefits. The survey of over 900 associates reports on what types of experiential learning opportunities the associates took part in during law school as well as how those learning opportunities benefited them in their legal practice. In a time when many law firms are calling for law school graduates with practical skills, the survey provides useful data on how student can get the…

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