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Ms. JD Honors - Submit Your Nominations!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s next annual conference at the University of Miami School of Law on March 9, 2018. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations.     Woman of Inspiration…

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Jmnakamoto

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: Be Gritty.

A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through my social media feed when I came upon a TEDTalks video from 2013 by Angela Lee Duckworth about her study on the predictors of success. In the beginning of her presentation, she described what she and her team set out to find and where they went looking for it.  They tried to predict success across a plethora of activities and professions where they might be doomed to failure.  They tried to predict who would succeed after joining the military, or who would do well at the spelling bee.   Automatically in my…

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SofiaSmith

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Establishing an online presence for new lawyers

Becoming a lawyer is a long and arduous process, and no one seems to tell you that once you go out on your own that journey gets more difficult. Growing your law firm or finding new clients isn’t easy, but there are a few proven strategies that can help you out tremendously. It all starts online Whether it’s on their phone or computer, most people find the services and businesses they need on the internet. This makes it the logical place to start. However, the competition is tough since there are hundreds of lawyers competing for the same few clients…

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Skirting the Ceiling: Standing Up to Gender Steretypes

This summer we’ve talked a lot about standing up to sexism in the workplace. As summer winds down, I have one last story to share. Not too long ago, I observed a trial in which the male defense attorney made the following remarks to the young victim on the stand, “Your least favorite subject is math, correct? I’ve always found that females, such as yourself, aren’t as good at math and are better at subjects like English. I know I was always better at math.” He then paused and waited for the victim’s response. Seated in the gallery, my jaw…

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Sappho

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Watching from the inside, Looking Outwards

As my colleagues and friends finished the bar exam last week, I thought at length about them, and my decision to postpone taking the bar exam. During the two day marathon, I received a few messages from friends who were taking the exam, and inquired about how I was doing. I did not answer their questions about how I was feeling. Instead, I focused on encouraging them to persevere. Several of them are now preparing for this Saturday’s MPRE. Off and on, my feelings went from elated to disappointed to utterly angry at myself for not taking the exam. At…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Women Lawyers Need Balance

Every year at this time, I put Best Friends at the Bar on hold to spend time with family and friends.  It is a month-long hiatus that I know is enviable but that I feel entitled to after all these years.  And I LOVE it.  I will be at the Massachusetts shore with friends and at the Maine shore with family, and I can't wait for the games to begin! It is not that my work is over or that my desk is clear. That is not the case at all.  I am completing the manuscript for a new book, on deadline…

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Women’s Bar Leadership Summit: Succeeding with Strength and Savvy

Join us in New York City on August 10 and 11 for our annual women's bar leadership summit--a time to get inspired and share ideas with others who are involved in women's bar associations, sections and committees. A welcome reception hosted by Fordham University School of Law and featuring a screening of Balancing the Scales will be held on Thursday, August 10. Then on Friday, August 11, we will have a full day of programming and opportunities for networking. Our luncheon keynote speaker will be litigation superstar Roberta Kaplan. For more information, go to www.ncwba.org

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Susan Smith Blakely

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Women Lawyers Should Avoid the Heat

Yes, it is very hot this summer in most parts of America, but this is not the kind of heat I mean. The heat I am talking about occurs when boys and girls start fooling around on the job.  There is no place for this in the law profession, and I hope you know it.  I made it clear to you in my first book, Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law (Aspen Publishers 2009).  Presenting yourself as a professional to avoid mixed or wrong sexual/relationship messages is serious business and needs…

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Law School Reform: Accepting GRE scores and what it means for LSAT takers

Law schools have been struggling for the last several years with low enrollment, high tuition and low bar passage rates.  As a result, law schools have been experimenting with getting back to the pre-2008 momentum when law schools around the country flourished. The first experiment began in 2013 when then President Barack Obama endorsed a 2-year accelerated J.D. program.  The accelerated program was designed with the intent to allow prospective students who were hesitant to apply to law school because of the mounting debt the opportunity to complete law school sooner with less debt.  Although some law schools like New…

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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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