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The New York Restructuring Legal Market: Thoughts From an Industry Leader

Lorraine McGowen is a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, where she formerly served as Co-Chair of the Restructuring Group.  She is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and Chair of firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives.  She was also selected as a 2010-2013 New York Super Lawyer, Metro Edition, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.How is the restructuring/bankruptcy legal market of today different from that of 2008-2011? From 2008-2011, most bankruptcy cases were straight liquidations. Bondholders could do one of two things: immediately liquidate the assets and take their losses, or “pretend and extend.” A "pretend…

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The New York Corporate Legal Market: Thoughts from an Industry Leader

Sharon Bowen is a partner in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins, New York office. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and received the New York State Bar Association's 2011 Diversity Trailblazer Award.  Appointed by the Obama administration, Ms. Bowen currently serves as Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.   What is your opinion on the status of the New York corporate legal market?  This year began with a somewhat slow start, but the market has since heated up.  There is an abundance of cheap money because the federal funds rate is so…

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Using Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness to Increase Focus and Memory During Periods of High Stress: A Beginner’s Guide

In a previous Ms. JD blog post “Mindfulness in Manhattan,” you mention ways to find tranquility in the hustle and bustle of New York City.  Can you recommend methods to find peace in law school settings (e.g., classrooms, the library, and even the exam room itself)?Have a sanctuary—a place where you go, whether that is under your favorite campus tree, perched on a sunlit windowsill in the library or curled up on your favorite armchair at home—where you go to find your inner calm.  I personally don’t do any work in my bedroom because my bedroom is a place for…

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Finals: How to Eat, Sleep and Study for Maximum Success!

How to eat: Focus on nourishing yourself.  After a long day of studying, cook or eat your favorite healthy foods.  If it’s relaxing for you, cooking at the end of your day will give your brain a break and relieve stress.  Eat light, healthy meals interspersed with healthy snacks you love to keep you focused and keep your energy up. How to sleep: People are different; it’s all about knowing yourself.  Some people can sleep less than others. The night of the exam I value sleep over study.  Sleep is so important for being able to think on your feet.  At least during…

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From the Founder of A Girl’s Guide to Law School: Find Your People, Know What You Want

Ms. JD was proud to host Alison Monahan, Columbia Law graduate and founder of The Girl's Guide to Law School, as a panelist in our Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law. In case you missed her at the conference, here is a little bit more about Alison: Personal Law School Experiences For me, law school was really weird in a lot of ways.  Coming from California to an ivy league, New York law school, the aggression was a shock. It took me a while to find my people.  When spending time with someone, ask yourself how you feel…

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Journey to She Leads: Tips on Obtaining Funding to Attend NWLSO Events

Jennifer Goodwillie, co-president of the Women's Law Caucus and the NWLSO chapter at The University of Texas School of Law (UT), brought a group of NWLSO members to Ms. JD's Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, "She Leads." Jennifer obtained funding from UT's Center for Women in Law and Student Affairs Office. Jennifer had the following advice for NWLSO chapters seeking funding to attend Ms. JD events: 1. Ask for funding early.  Schools are really busy with on-campus recruitment during August and September, so it's more difficult to get a chance to sit down with the deans during those months. 2.…

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Ms. JD’s 2012 Conference, She Leads: Student Thoughts

Ms. JD hosted its Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, "She Leads," on October 5th, 2012.  Here is the story of what being a part of the 2012 Ms. JD Conference meant to a group of students from The University of Texas School of Law. At She Leads, UT Law NWLSO co-president Jennifer Goodwillie learned the importance of self-promotion. "While hard and good work may get me through a law school exam, it won't necessarily get me where I want to go in my career," she stated. "It's important to be vocal about what you want.  If you want to go into a meeting, ask.…

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Post She-Leads Thoughts with Judge Nancy Gertner

"We should not be satisfied with a 15% or less ceiling of equity partners. The goal is not to enable individual women to become part of that 15%. The goal is to shatter that percentage."Throughout her career, former district court judge and professor at Harvard Law School Nancy Gertner has approached women's issues with the words of Rabbi Abraham Heschel in mind: "The opposite of good is not evil; it is indifference." At Ms. JD's 2012 Conference, Judge Gertner spoke of "Feminism Stalled." "For the past three decades," Judge Gertner stated, "the law school pipeline has been spewing women graduates…

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