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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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Barriers To Women Taking The Bar Exam

The bar exam is a rite of passage and major source of stress for all new lawyers, but for women in the profession, there are unique challenges. When coupled with the standard challenges that exist for both genders, it’s clear that women face an uphill battle when it comes to passing the exam and pursuing long, successful careers in the Field. Challenges Women Face The bar exam is something that law students dread from the moment they enroll in law school until the second they receive confirmation of a passing score. And it doesn’t matter who you are, there are serious…

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You’ll Move Mountains, Kid: By Mastering Minutes as a Mommy!

When I began law school as a single mother of two small children, I did not fully appreciate how much hard work it was going to take to be both a successful law student and a good mother at the same time.  It has been extremely hard.  At times, I have been very overwhelmed, stretched far too thin, and daydreamed about how nice it would be to have a personal assistant, babysitter and secretary at my disposal.  Since law school consumes a lot of brainpower and time on an everyday basis, it’s important to learn how to master your minutes…

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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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You have decided to re-take the bar. What next?

The decision has been made. You have signed up and sent in all of the necessary paperwork for the next bar examination.  You have marked the date(s) of the exam on your calendar and you know that you need to start studying, again, and soon. Everything outside of these two thoughts might seem blurry and potentially overwhelming but I assure you, you have the tools and y-o-u are capable. Whether this will be your second time or fifth time preparing for the bar, the following is food for thought about how you will position yourself to be in the best…

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The Journey: Writing Tips

From the moment we learn to write our names as children to the moment we take the essay portion of the bar exam and begin writing memos for clients, writing is an omnipresent activity that follows us through life. For some, writing is a delightful hobby and for others it’s a dreaded chore but either way, writing is vital to succeeding in law school and beyond. I’ve always loved to write. I recently found an old diary of mine from when I was ten years old. I vented into its pages my frustrations of having to share a room with…

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Center for WorkLife Law

This week is “Interview Week” at my school, during which several of my classmates will be interviewing for associate level positions while many others interview for summer internships. Implicit bias in interviewing and hiring has been an interest of mine for some time, but it seems even more relevant around this time of year. As I was researching however, it became apparent to me that eradicating implicit bias in hiring practices means nothing without an overall system that supports both women and people of color once they enter the workplace and keeps them there. This is how I discovered the…

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Insecure at Work: Being Authentically You Without “Switching It Up”

A friend of mine introduced me to the HBO hit Insecure and it became my Sunday guilty pleasure. For those who have not seen it, Issa Rae stars as Issa, a black woman who works at a non-profit and spends most of the season re-evaluating her career and love life. Her best friend Molly, played by Yvonne Orji, is a black woman navigating Biglaw who is also struggling in the dating world. In one scene, Molly’s law firm partner approaches her about talking to the new summer associate who is an outspoken black woman named Rasheeda. The more seasoned lawyers…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Alan Bryan

Alan Bryan 2017 Ms. JD TIM Initiative Award The following questions were formulated based on Alan's profile. 1. You served on the American Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission; you are an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and helped found its NAWL Challenge Club program; and you are a board member of DirectWomen. You are involved in many other organizations aiming at the advancement of women in the legal profession and you have received several awards attesting to your dedication to diversity in the legal profession. As a man, why is it so important to…

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What #PROPELS Ms. JD Board Member Diana Stern

All of us at Ms. JD are gearing up for our Ninth Annual Conference themed Ms. JD P.R.O.P.E.L. "Promoting Retention, Opportunity, Partnership, Excellence, and Leadership" which will take place March 3, 2017 at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law.  You can learn more about the conference here.   1. Three things that #PROPEL me are: 1) Curiosity - I love learning new things! I am lucky to be intellectually curious because, while it gets me down the rabbit hole some times, it is a huge source of motivation both in my work and personal life.  2) My friends, family, and mentors - I would not be where…

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