Janet

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An Incredible Man (and the Making of a Champion): TIM Initiative featuring Matthew O’Leary

Seven years ago, when Matthew O’Leary and I were still fresh out of law school, wide-eyed and swimming with big sharks, we ran into each other at a wine festival. Two brand new lawyers talking shop in the summer sun. Somehow the discussion turned to women in the law and Matthew informed me that “women in the law are now equal--just look at law school enrollment!--and they just need to catch up in the partner ranks.” Full stop. Whaaaaa? I vowed NEVER to do business with him.   Two months ago, Matt and I opened O’Leary Wallace LLP. I’m going…

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AmandaChan

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Inspiring Women Human Rights Lawyers

While Amal Clooney may dominate headlines for her fashion and much more importantly, her work in human rights and women’s rights, it is important for women lawyers--aspiring or practicing alike--to know about more of the many inspirational women human rights lawyers around the world. They have diverse experiences, and the paths they have taken serve as models for other women lawyers to follow and expand upon. Fatou Bensouda is the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She has been serving as the Prosecutor since 2012. She previously served as a deputy prosecutor in the ICC for eight…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Sweetiehoneybaby-That’s not my name

Last month, we talked about making a positive first impression and how maintaining that impression can be key to building a respectable reputation in law, in court and at the office. This month we are going to focus on how to respond when others make sexist comments that could undermine that positive impression you worked to make and solid reputation you built. Two days into my new summer internship, I was reminded of an issue that I had read about just two weeks before the start of my 1L year, the use of sexist nicknames in court, when a young…

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DeeEsq

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Monthly Mantra: Finding Health and Wellness in the Law

I will intentionally and mindfully sow seeds today that will benefit my life tomorrow. June is planting season.  A time when we sow seeds with the expectation of harvesting in the future.  A successful gardener envisions the fruits of their labor, but also understands the diligence that is required between sowing and reaping.  Many of us can articulate our future goals and desires, but fall short when staying the course between vision and achievement.  Seeds take time to grow and require work and patience on a daily basis well before they produce fruit.  Goal setting is just the beginning.  Taking…

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BrookeFaulkner

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Specialties That Actually Thrive In Rural Areas

If you’ve ever seen Hollywood’s version of females in the legal field, you’d be convinced that we were all small town gals who fulfilled our dreams of moving to the big city by obtaining our law degrees. Of course, that’s not always the case. Sure, plenty of us left our hometowns for bigger and better things, and that might have been due to the fact that rural lawyers face certain stigmas: first, you won’t make much money in a small town, and second, you’ll need to maintain a general practice if you want to succeed. The idea that specialty lawyers…

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eynavepstein

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Getting Your First In-House Job

We have all seen that in-house job description that requires, you guessed it, prior in-house experience. With so many lawyers wanting to go in-house, we often hear from frustrated attorneys asking us how they can get that first in-house job, since they don’t already have in-house experience.  While it can be difficult, it is not an impossible task. There will always be some companies that hire lawyers directly from law firms.  Usually, these are companies with larger legal groups that are essentially run like captive law firms.  These departments are typically staffed with many attorneys, often highly specialized, and have…

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hheapbaldwin

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Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Council Seeking Candidates for the Role of Director of Communications

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. The NWLSO Leadership Council is still seeking candidates for the role of Director of Communications. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is passionate about the success of women in the law. Candidates with relevant writing experience, such as drafting and/or editing newsletters, emails, and announcements, are especially encouraged to apply. Because this is the…

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skreed

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Skirting the Ceiling: Finalizing that First Impression

My 1L year is done! Behind me are long days and nights spent cramming for exams and right around the corner lies my first day of work at the local District Attorney’s office and my first day in court as an advocate! Anticipation for these two big Firsts got me thinking about another big first—the First Impression. Research shows that the first impression matters significantly and can be monumentally hard to change. So, whether it be the first 30 seconds or the first day in court or on the job, follow these four tips to finalize the first impression that…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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A Strong Message about Leadership for Women Lawyers

Today I write to you about effective leadership, recognizing that yesterday effective leadership intersected with politics in the American experience.  However, there should be nothing of partisan politics in seeing that experience for what it was:  Killing the messenger. When I speak to audiences of attorneys and law students about effective leadership, as addressed in my book, Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, one of the concepts that I stress is taking responsibility for your own actions and not killing the messenger.  It is a fundamental theme of effective leadership, as recognized by the most well-respected global…

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bg3orge

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Creating Work-Life Balance in the Legal Field

I had the pleasure of speaking with attorney and mother, Elise Buie, last month about achieving balance between work and life while maintaining a law career.  Of the many things that Elise brought to light for me, I think the thing that stuck with me the most is the fact that in terms of providing appropriate accommodations for pregnant or nursing women, we have come so far. I have nursed and pumped in some pretty awful, dirty places. The ferry bathroom is at the top of my list (both in the terminal and on the ferry). But, I have also nursed…

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