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Ms. J.D. Interviews Lawyer-Turned-New York Times Staff Editor

​ Ms. Jenee Desmond-Harris Apart from the fact that we share a name (spelling notwithstanding), thus solidifying her cool in my book. Ms. Desmond-Harris has enjoyed two thoroughly satisfying careers that, to the outside eye, may seem like completely separate spheres.  Ms. Desmond-Harris is a Lawyer-Turned-Staff Editor for the New York Times. Her resume is the dream for both the law nerd and the conscious writer!  From Howard-to-Harvard Law- to Stanford as a Journalism fellow, her educational pedigree is nothing short of top-notch. She spent almost four-years at one of the nation’s top firms K&L Gates, practicing law. So, one…

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Ms. JD Interview with Katrina Lee, Law Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Today’s guest on the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog is Professor Katrina Lee from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where she teaches business of law, legal negotiations, and legal writing. She is also author of the new business of law coursebook, “The Legal Career: Knowing the Business, Thriving in Practice.” Prior to academia, she was a litigator and equity partner at Nossaman LLP. Professor Lee earned both her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Hi Professor Lee! Let’s start with: What is the business of law? Can you share some of the themes…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Interview with NY AAG Kristen Vogel

This past Spring and Summer, during my internship in the Attorney General’s Litigation Bureau, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Vogel served as a model for the approach I hope to bring to my professional life. My primary lesson from her about soft skills as a female professional was an unspoken one: there is a delicate balance that should come naturally. Kristen always spoke her mind, but made it clear that her opinions were unbiased. She dealt with everyone in the same way, had patience, and stated otherwise negative things in a matter of fact way. While I may have been afraid…

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To be a More Zealous Advocate, See Yourself in Your Clients

I have been blessed to have my parents, siblings, teachers, and friends as my lifelong advocates. These people have helped shape my beliefs through good conversation and have shown me how important it is to approach all challenges with optimism and grace. However, the attorney who enabled my family to immigrate to the United States from India was also my advocate. Without his work, I would not have had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally here. His advocacy inspired me to become an attorney and pursue externship experiences which would enable me to use my skills to serve and…

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Going Virtual: An Option to Achieve Balance

There is no question that working parents struggle with trying to “have it all.”. Having worked full-time, part-time and then "opted out" to care for my young sons, I have come to the conclusion it will always be hard. Each presents its own challenges in achieving balance (yes, even stay-at-home moms find it hard to find time and energy to nurture their own personal interests and keep one foot out the door in between careers) so major kudos to all you working and non-working parents out there!! I worked full-time at law firms in estate planning for a few years, then…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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In Praise of Independent Women Lawyers

Happy Independence Day!  Yes, it is about small town parades, fireworks and sparklers, burgers on the grill, mountains of ice cream, and being together with family and friends. It only comes once a year, so knock yourself out!  But, during the festivities, do not forget about the "independence" part. I am not just talking about the Declaration of Independence or what it has meant to the evolution of this country where we all enjoy freedoms and independence unparalleled in the world.  That is the focus, but it goes much further than that.  It is about national independence and also about…

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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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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

Mantra: I will practice being fully present in all aspects of my life and will take the time to observe the beauty that surrounds me. Spring is in full bloom!  We are surrounded by all of the beauty that the season brings, but have you actually stopped to appreciate what’s blooming right under your feet?  Are you really present in every moment, or are you overwhelmed by work, stress, and matters beyond your control?  Professional obligations have a way of removing our focus from enjoying life, but distractions can give us the energy to effectively tackle those obligations.  In my…

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Ms. JD Pre-Law: Interview with Amy Flanagan Bogle, Director of Human Resources at Clifford Chance US

Today's interview is with Amy Flanagan Bogle, Director of Human Resources at Clifford Chance US LLP. Clifford Chance is a truly global law firm, with offices in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Hi Amy, thank you so much for joining us on the Ms. JD Pre-Law blog! To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where did you grow up, what did you study at university, and how did you decide on a career in HR and law firm management? Amy: I grew up outside DC in suburban Maryland, the youngest of seven. I…

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A Review of The FBA—Tampa Bay Chapter’s “Staying in the Game: Getting to the Top.”

When you walk to any corner of the University Club of Tampa, you're immediately struck by the beauty of a sun-kissed Hillsborough River. You're eye-level with a helicopter, and a bit further off you spot a sailboat.  The beauty of Tampa isn't lost on me at that moment and being surrounded by a room full of 100 plus successful attorneys and judges; you get a sort of invigorated feeling. I'd like to tip my hat at this moment to all of those who put on such a great event.   I'll start by saying that overall, I thought the program…

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