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A Team Effort: Carly Alameda on Competition and Collaboration in In-House/Law Firm Alliance

The next generation of leaders in the legal world must master companies’ evolving expectations of in-house counsel and maximize the use of outside counsel.  Carly Alameda, a business litigation partner at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, wants to make sure women are positioned to, at the very least, share equally in that leadership.  “The numbers of women attorneys currently in leadership positions and positions of influence should be much better, especially in law firms,”  Alameda explains.  “And the current evolution in the legal marketplace presents an opening for new leaders to emerge.  This is a perfect opportunity for…

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tammyzhu

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Join the Conversation:  What if Alienation is Not a Universal Feeling?

It was neither preaching nor praying that made a better person of me, but one or two people who believed in me better than I deserved, and I hated to disappoint them.  I recently went to a holiday party where two white male law firm partners were asking each other why we see so many female associates leave big law starting around their fifth year and what firms can do to keep them.  They were concerned that women leave for reasons beyond the firms’ control, such as appealing in-house positions or to devote more time to parenthood.  I told them…

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nicolemoriniere

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Getting from A to B: Transitioning from Law to Tech

It took me about three months to complete my transition from law into legal tech, from the time I made the decision until I found and was hired at an exciting legal tech startup. During this time, I reached out to my network, did a lot of reading and attended numerous events.  Although I benefited from many resources during my search, I also found it more difficult given that I was going down a non-traditional career path for JDs. Hopefully, my experience can help provide an example of one way to transition from the traditional legal industry to a career in legal…

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alexislamb

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The Road Less Traveled: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Many entrepreneurs go through The Darkness - eating instant ramen, crashing in their parents' basement, remortgaging their house, fearing monthly cable bills or paying rent  -- before The Big Success Break, as do many who seek a transition to an alt-path.   While not all alternative legal careers involve entrepreneurship (though in later blog posts we'll speak with lawyers turned entrepreneurs), when it comes to our careers, we are our own entrepreneurs.  We are companies of one.  We are selling our labor and skills and that unique bit of ourselves that only we can offer.  We are convincing others to invest time, money, capital, and goodwill…

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KatieDay

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Sparking a Change: Women in IP Law feat. Biana Borukhovich

When I started law school I knew I wanted to be involved in Intellectual Property law, but I'd be lying if I said the thought of entering a male-dominated industry wasn't intimidating. The more I got involved with IP law, the more I realized that there were amazing women in the field who had achieved great successes and paved a way for women to follow. They served as an inspiration to me, and I hope through this Sparking a Change series, they can serve as an inspiration to you. I'm excited to introduce Biana Borukhovich, an attorney from New York who focuses…

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NWLSO Leadership Council

Ms. JD is excited to be expanding NWLSO by establishing the Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council! Meet the members of this inaugural council! Traci Gibson, National Chair Traci Gibson is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and two minors in Africana Studies and Business Administration. She transitioned into law school a mere ten days after graduation and is currently a third-year student at The University of Houston Law Center. During her law school career she has served as the Vice President of the Labor and Employment Society, the Community Outreach Director for…

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nicolemoriniere

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Lawyers can be techies, too: An Introduction to Legal Tech

First things first, what is legal tech? Originally, the term referred to the technology and software tools, products, and services targeted at or created for the practice of law, namely law firms (such as e-discovery or matter and practice management, and including well-known companies such as Lexis Nexis and WestLaw). A new generation of companies is now changing this definition to include companies focusing on disrupting the practice of law and innovating in the legal industry, much like startups in other industries such as education or healthcare. Why should law students or practicing lawyers care about legal tech? Legal tech…

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KatieDay

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Ms. JD is excited to announce the 2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees!

Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Jessica Brown Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Keli Knight, Yondi Morris & Jessica Reddick, the Founders, Owners and Partners of Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group and KMR Legal Staffing Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue…

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AliciaMeriland

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How to Make Your Small Law Firm Look More Professional

Larger law firms have a tendency to be heavy-handed with their professionalism. They can afford to be, and all of their expenses are easily justified. As a small law firm, you may not have the same kind of budget. You need to be able to outshine competitors with pockets far deeper than yours. A few small touches can take you a long way in setting a high standard of professionalism for your small law firm. Use a Great Web Designer Being a legal professional and being a web designer are two completely different things. You may be an excellent tech…

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latancs

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Brand Tip #10: Managing a Brand

Once you’ve explored the basics of identifying and developing a brand, then you're ready to start managing it. Managing a brand means (i) monitoring its reputation; (ii) analyzing the competition and opportunities for synergies; (iii) protecting the brand through trademark maintenance, an understandable policy and the pursuit of infringers; and (iv) crisis management. Focus groups and surveys are effective means to gauge the perceptions of your audience and measure it against your own view of your brand experience. These activities serve important functions in both brand development and, as the life cycle of the brand increases, in brand management. Given…

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