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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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Maximizing the Value of Post–Merger Partner Retreats

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. Even though many partner retreats have become casualties of the recession‚ firm mergers tend to be one circumstance in which firms are still willing to invest in a retreat. If your firm has recently merged and you are invited to a retreat‚ it is critical to have a strategy to take maximum advantage of the event. Prepare beforehand‚ by answering some of these questions‚ so you can use the retreat to initiate concrete new…

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1L Tip of the Day: Start Thinking About the Exam on the First Day of Class

Editors Note: Ms. JD is pleased to be sharing some of our favorite posts about success in law school as part of our commitment to helping you start the school year off right.  If you're enjoying these tips, sign up for Ms. JD's National Women Law Students Organization by clicking here.  You'll get Ms. JD's top blog posts delivered to your inbox every Friday, special notification about Ms. JD events in your area, and a once-monthly newsletter designed specifically for law students all for free! To learn more about NWLSO, click here.This post was authored by Alison at The Girl's Guide to Law…

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Beyond the Books: Upcoming Opportunities for Law Students and Applicants

For People of Color, Inc.'s annual personal statement review for law school applicants is going on now. Statements must be submitted by 5pm PST Monday, Sept. 19th. San Francisco's Equal Justice Society is accepting applications for a a fall law clerk as well as it's 2012-2013 Motley Fellowship. Legal Voice, formerly the Northwest Women's Law Center, is looking for legal interns for fall 2011. Looking for free or low cost bar exam prep? Fall is the perfect time to look into becoming a campus representative for commercial bar prep companies. Information for Kaplan and Themis can be found online but students should check…

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Working Mother’s 2011 List of the 100 Best Companies

Working Mother Magazine released their 2011 List of the 100 Best Companies today. Working mother accepts applications from companies from December to March of each year. Each application contains over 650 questions that examine each company’s culture, policies, and practices. While this list isn’t law specific, many of the companies do have legal departments within them and may give attorney-moms an idea about what other sectors of business are doing to best attract and accommodate employees with children.   This year’s list includes companies that pay for up to 20 days of backup child care per year (Cisco), companies where than…

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Work-Life Balance and President Obama

Guest Author Lauren Stiller Rikleen is the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law. she is also the president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and the Exectuitve-in-Residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family. The national frenzy over whether President Obama should have cancelled his family vacation because of the country’s fiscal crisis offers a textbook case of hypocrisy at work. It also sends all the wrong messages about working fathers and their family responsibilities. That symbolism is particularly important when the working father is the president of the United States.We’re Always at…

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Beyond the Books: Upcoming Opportunities for Law Students

The school year has officially begun, which means not only outlines and lectures but also job hunting and networking. Ms.JD is happy to pass along conference and fellowship opportunities for women law students. Law Students for Reproductive Justice is now accepting applications for their fellowship program. Deadline is November 1, 2011. Drowning in Debt? Learn How Government and Nonprofit Workers Can Earn Public Service Loan Forgiveness - An Equal Justice Works Webinar - Sept. 8, 2011. Registration is now open for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair.It's Your Time: Women Taking Action - bipartisan event for women interested in running for office…

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Counsel: Caught in the Middle

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 you are a "Counsel" in your firm‚ does that mean you are still on an upwardly mobile track with the potential to become a partner or have you reached the end of your professional climb? Most firms in which counsel tracks are a possible route to partnership use "Counsel" designations to evaluate incoming laterals or promising senior associates before either side makes the kinds of commitments partnership entails. To insure that being…

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National Women’s Law Center Helps Launch “HERvotes”

In recognition of the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and the anniversary of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington, a coalition of women's organizations, representing millions of women, announced plans to counter the attacks on women's economic and health security through a new multi-organization effort, HERvotes. The goal is to mobilize women voters in 2012 around preserving women's Health and Economic Rights (HER rights.)"Current attacks against Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and Title X are attacks against women, plain and simple," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the…

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