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And Then She Saved: Tips for Staying on Budget While Maintaining a Social Life

Anna Newell Jones is a clerk for the State of Colorado. No stranger to education debt and a woman with a penchant for pretty things, Anna found herself over $23,000 in debt in 2009. She decided to change things. She went on a spending fast…and created a blog about it. Thanks to the bus and learning to live with overgrown haircuts, by March of 2011 Anna was debt free. All on a clerk’s salary. Anna was recently asked for tips on how to keep costs low without forfeiting friendships, here are Anna’s tips on how to stick to a budget…

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Letters from Uganda: Monica Athieno’s Second Semester

Most female law students are at least a little bit daunted by the fact that women are only 17% of equity partners and that women of color are only 3%. While we all know that we will work to change those numbers during our careers, the uphill battle is a bit intimidating. For women in Uganda, the horizon looks even more alarming. There, over 45% of women over 25 years old have no education at all. Enter the Ms.JD Global Education Fund. In the United States, where 99% of women over the age of 25 have had access to some education and…

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Letters from Uganda: Joaninne Nanyange’s Second Semester

Most female law students are at least a little bit daunted by the fact that women are only 17% of equity partners and that women of color are only 3%. While we all know that we will work to change those numbers during our careers, the uphill battle is a bit intimidating.  For women in Uganda, the horizon looks even more alarming. There, over 45% of women over 25 years old have no education at all. Enter the Ms.JD Global Education Fund. In the United States where 99% of women over the age of 25 have had access to some…

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Canada’s National Association of Women and the Law releases Gender and the Law Manual

Ms. JD recently published our National Women Law Students' Organization Handbook to rave reviews. The handbook is a guide for women law students who are organizing or leading a NWLSO or NWLSO affiliated women's group on their law school campuses. If you found that guide helpful you should also take a look at a guide put out by Canada's National Association of Women and the Law. While there are some cultural differences between legal education in the United States and Canada, the manual makes it clear that American and Canadian women face many of the same issues. According to the National Association…

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Expecting and Confronting Rejection

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.Dealing with rejection is part of the life of a rainmaker. Success in attracting and retaining clients requires a lot of persistence‚ often in the face of apparent rejection. It usually takes time to establish relationships to the point where you will be considered for new work‚ and you need to remain top of mind so that when a prospect or client has new work they will think…

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Beyond the Books: Upcoming Opportunities for Law Students - October

The 2012 Sarah Weddington Prize forNew Student Scholarship in Reproductive Right is accepting submissions until March 5, 20121. The ACLU is looking for Spring and Summer legal interns. The Center for Reproductive Rights is looking for a legislative fellow, legal fellow, and legal intern. The National Partnership for Women and Families is hiring a senior policy advocate as well as a number of interns. Tickets are now onsale to network and celebrate at the Women's Law Project's Annual Party.  

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Ms.JD’s National Women Law Students’ Organization Chapter Handbook Now Available Online

Ms. JD is happy to announce the publication of our 2011-2012 National Women Law Students' Organization Chapter Handbook.  This resource,available free to law students, ia a guide to founding and running a successful student organization...and chaning the face of the legal profession. We are greatful to our generous sponsors for making this handbook, and projects like it, possible. Founded at Stanford Law School in 2006 by a group of female students from law schools across the country, Ms. JD remains close to her law school roots as home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO). Last year, we discovered that…

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Negotiating Gender Roles

A recent study conducted by Michael Morris, Columbia Business School, and Emily Amanatullah, McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that women who fare worse in salary negotiations do not do so for lack of capability or motivation to bargain effectively.Published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the study points to a number of reason that women come out behind men during salary negotiations. According to the research, “observers are more likely to form negative impressions of a self-advocating negotiator if the negotiator is female rather than male.” This means that a woman’s…

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The Art of Great Referrals

The author of this article, Karen Kaplowitz, is President ofThe New Ellis Group, a business development consulting firm specializing in business development strategy, training and coaching for law firms and other professional service providers.Do you automatically delete mass emails seeking recommendations for lawyers that do not relate to your own work? Are you disappointed when you are contacted personally about legal work that is outside your field? Every opportunity to refer work to other lawyers is a chance to help colleagues‚ to reward lawyers who have referred work to you‚ and to make new friends who may reciprocate. Responding effectively to requests…

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Registration Now Open for The Road to Independence Webinar

Have you read the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s newest book The Road to Independence? Are you thinking about starting your own firm? Are you someone who is considering hanging out your proverbial shingle after law school? Well, here is your chance to hear from women who have come before you. The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will be hosting a webinar and teleconference on Monday, October 24th. The program will feature authors from the book sharing knowledge from their own experiences.  Panelists Amanda Green Alexander, Julie Fershtman, Georgialee A. Lang, Roberta D. Liebenberg, and Karen…

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