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Welcome 2018 Writers in Residence

We are excited to introduce the 2018 Writers in Residence, which consists of a small group of columnists who provide monthly articles on the Ms. JD Blog. Our online community provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers, law students, and pre-law students. In the past, our writers have given rise to some of Ms. JD's most inspiring, hilarious, and provocative content to date. I’m excited to introduce this year’s Writers: Amy Impellizzeri: Lawyer Interrupted Ani Torossian: Ms. Cyberlaw Brittany Wiegand: Selfie with no filter: the 1L life Claire Parsons: Tips from a New Equity Partner who Never Thought She’d Make…

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Take Two: It’s just the beginning

Whew it’s December. This year has flown by rather quickly. I can’t believe that 2017 is almost over. I was just talking with a friend the other day about her birthday party, only to realize that it was five months ago. It’s crazy how time flies by (when you are having fun), but also when you are busy. I have to keep reminding myself what day it is because all the days mesh together. Being a part of the Writers in Residence Program has taught me to appreciate what we have. There’s a saying that we want what we can’t…

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Take Two: The Season of Giving

Jingle bells, Jingle bells...Don’t worry I won’t be singing Christmas songs until AFTER Thanksgiving. People forget that between Halloween and Christmas is a very important holiday, where we remember what we are most thankful for and to whom. Foremost, I am thankful to my family who has always been there for me, cheering me on, and encouraging me to never give up. 2017 has been whirlwind of adventures, from starting a new job, moving 80 miles to an unknown city and area, and becoming completely independent. I relied on my family every step of the way. I learn a lot…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Should I Go To Law School?

When I was in law school, I met several attorneys, and I would always ask the same question: what advice do you have for someone in law school? Too often the answer was “I wish I never went” or “Don’t go to law school.” Later when I was asked for advice on whether to go to law school, I would joke and say no, but I would also ask the person why. It’s a question that’s never truly thought about. Why? Why do you want to go to law school? Why do you want to be a lawyer? What’s the…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

It’s September. Schools are starting up again this week. October is next month and in three months, 2017 is over. Where did the summer go? August seemed to disappear in a blink of an eye. It is incredible to think that I have been at my current job for almost five months when it feels much longer. Albert Einstein once said that “time is an illusion” and the dividing line between past, present and future is an illusion. Lately, time has been slipping through the fingers, not knowing what day it is, but knowing whether it is a workday or…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Workplace Antics

My company recently went through a takeover. Needless to say, the changes that came with it are anything but sunshine and butterflies. Every week, new policies and procedures are implemented, forcing employees to conform. People are being shuffled around, most of the time without much notice, leaving the rest of the team to refocus and distribute cases.  Since the takeover, work has been more stressful, especially when the thought of not meeting our yearly goal is over our heads. Every day I come home, exhausted, ready to fall asleep at 5pm (or during work at 2pm, take your pick). Despite…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—What I wish I knew, Part 1

At work, I try to take twenty-minute walks twice a day with some friends. During these walks, we stretch out our legs, get some exercise, and talk about the craziness of our cases. Often times the topics of student loans, what I wished I knew before law school or Trump’s antics come up. While I will refrain from discussing my views on politics here, I do want to discuss the other two, potentially in multiple posts. Student Loans I am fortunate that I do not have student loans, but that does not mean I do not understand and sympathize with…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—-J.D. Advantage

It’s been over one year since I graduated law school (thank you Facebook for reminding me). In that time, I have experienced the ups and downs of life. Twice I moved apartments and cities. I found a full-time job that I truly enjoy and has a great work environment. Overall, I’ve been very fortunate despite what life has thrown at me. As the Class of 2017 begin studying for the bar, there’s a spectrum of feelings and emotions surging. While studying is important, so is your health. Remember to take care of yourself, exercise, get out of the house, and…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—New Job, New City, New Experiences

In my last post, I discussed tips for finding a job, and I can honestly say that one of those tips got me my job. Referrals. My friend referred me to the Human Resources Director of her employment, and two interviews later, I accepted a job as Recovery Specialist with the company. As a Recovery Specialist, my primary responsibility is recovering money for insurance companies for claims they paid for on behalf of their members. This job entails negotiating on the phone and a high volume of cases. Accepting this position meant I had to move eighty miles to a…

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Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Finding a Job

IT’S APRIL!!! I’m excited because it means that March is over, and I only have to wait another month (hopefully) before the results are released. Last month went by a lot quicker than I thought. I went back to my full-time work weeks between my job and internship. I’m the type of person that needs to stay busy and don’t necessarily know what it means to “do nothing.” I get bored with doing nothing, so I’m glad I have somewhere to be 9-5 Monday through Friday. Every month when it’s time to write a new post, I come up blank,…

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