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2 Days Left to Apply to the 2011 Ms. JD Fellowship

Every year lawyers flock to events featuring people like Judith Kaye, May Cranston, or Angela Bradstreet just to hear them speak.  But if you're a second year law student you're eligible for an opportunity to be mentored by women like this, one on one, for a whole year through Ms. JD's Fellowship.  Check out the list of mentors last year and you'll start to understand just how cool this is.The application process is very straightforward - just email résumé, transcript, and writing sample to Fellowship@ms-jd.org and be prepared to submit a statement of interest and be available for an interview…

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Anatomy of a Job Search: The Decision to Transition

If you hadn't guessed from my previous Anatomy of a Job Search posts on résumés and cover letters, today's announcement probably let you know that I've decided to wrap up my tenure at Ms. JD and return to life as a litigator.It's hard to know if and when to leave a job for "the next big thing."  I have a good thing going here. I work from home, I make my own schedule, I work for good friends who respect my opinions, every day I collaborate with super smart students and practice leaders, and I work on an inspiring issue. …

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National Law Review Student Legal Writing Contest: Submission Deadline this Friday!

Student submissions are now being accepted for consideration for publication in the March issue of the National Law Review.  Please note, that although students are encouraged to submit articles addressing Intellectual Property Law, they may also submit entries covering current issues related to other areas of the law. The deadline for entries is Friday, February 25th.  The National Law Review will also be accepting student submissions for publication in April and May as well.   The National Law Review is an on line database and magazine featuring content written by some of the nation’s premier law firms and attorneys.  For more information, please click…

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Highlights from the ABA-Mid Year Program on Women & Power

Last week, at the ABA mid-year meetings in Atlanta the Commission on Women in the Profession hosted a program entitled Women & Power: Getting Ambitious About Ambition.  Dr. Anna Fels introduced the topic and then turned the discussion over to Leslie Turner, General Counsel for Coca-Cola; Hilarie Bass, Global Operating Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig (and a Ms. JD Fellowship Mentor); and Cathy Hampton, Atlanta City Attorney.For me the highlights included:Anna Fels definition of ambition as the desire for the combination of mastery and recognition and her explanation that a person's motivation to achieve their ambition will be determined by the value…

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Where are the Women in Commercial & Appellate Litigation?

This question was raised by the women judges who sit in the First Department of New York's Appellate Division.  In a couple weeks they'll be putting on a program with the New York City Bar to discuss the issue further.  Looks like a great event, with an interesting panel of judges. The program is free with pre-registration.This question - apparently motivated by the anecdotal experience of the women in the First Appellate Department - is consistent with my experience as well. I know a few women in appellate work both in large and small firms.  None of them have a…

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NBLSA’s 3rd Annual Lobby Day: February 16th

Interested in working on the Hill? Join NBLSA, NLLSA, and HNBA-LSD for a discussion on careers in legislative advocacy at the 3rd Annual Lobby Day on February 16th. All panels will be held at Patton Boggs, 2445 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. John S. Wilson, Jr., Executive Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities will address participants at 2:00 pm. Panelists include attorneys from a range of agencies including the White House Office of Public Engagement, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and numerous congressional offices and lobbying firms. More information and a complete list of panelists available here.…

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Programming Preview:  Student Leadership at Ms. JD’s 4th Annual Conference

Ms. JD's 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Stand Up! Stand Out! is fast approaching (ahem, register today!).  One thing I'm really excited about is our Student Leadership Summit on Saturday, April 2nd. After the attorneys all go home, the law student will stick around for a full day of workshops and organizing.The morning will kick off with Lisa Horowitz's Career Strategy Session. More info on that here.Then, Ms. JD big-thinkers Noorain Khan and Katie Mattesich will be presenting the results of a year-long survey of student leadership best practices. These ladies have collected information from student groups around…

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This is What Equality Looks Like: The World We Want for Women and Girls!

This Friday, while I'm down in Atlanta attending the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's program on Women and Ambition the ladies at Harvard Law School Women's Law Association will be hosting their 5th Annual Conference titled This is What Equality Looks Like: The World We Want for Women and Girls!The schedule of events and panels looks great - with a balance of professional issues and a global perspective. I would encourage anyone in the Boston area to check it out! Registeration available here.

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Programming Preview: Career Strategy Session

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That's why we'll be replicating my favorite session from the 2010 WILL Academy at Ms. JD's 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Stand Up! Stand Out!Lisa Horowitz, past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and Director of Professional Development at McDermott, Will & Emery runs a career strategy session you simply cannot miss.  First Lisa starts you off by helping you identify a long-term goal - something 3 to 5 years off you'd like to accomplish. Maybe it's a new job, a new skill, a new client, a new city.…

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Deadline Approaching for Atlanta Program Registration

At this year's ABA mid-year meeting the Commission on Women in the Profession is hosting a really interesting panel on women  and their relationship to and perception of power and ambition.This is a topic I hit upon early on in my tenure here at Ms. JD as one of the issues at the heart of BigLaw attrition. My view is that women are discouraged from seeking power within institutions and in theworld more generally and that being a person of influence (big cases, big judgements, big companies at stake) is an important part of what make BigLaw practice satisfying to…

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