torikeith

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The Best Career Advice I Ever Received: Remove the Golden Handcuffs

I knew pretty quickly that practicing law was not a fit for me.  I tried private practice with a small firm, a large firm, and government, and I tried really, really hard to like being a lawyer.  At each position I had a great salary, incredible benefits, and amazing coworkers and bosses.  Some aspects of the work I liked (writing, arguing motions, travel) but most of it I hated (the antagonism, billable hour, lack of control over my personal life).  At various times along the way, I’d become frustrated and stuck so I took classes and personality tests, scoured job…

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natalieyello

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Five Tips You Haven’t Heard About Interviews and Callbacks

Interviewing for a position at a law firm can seem scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Just like any other test or assignment in law school, as long as you prepare beforehand and keep your cool throughout, you will do great! 1. Get Your Head Right Before the Interview A positive and happy headspace will go a long way in an interview. If you feel content on the inside, it will inevitably show on the outside. In order to get into a positive headspace, do things that you love to do before your interview! Listen to your favorite song, eat…

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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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Susan Smith Blakely

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Legal Residencies?  It’s About TIme.

The subject of legal "residencies" is up for discussion again.  I have written about this before, and I am happy to see that it continues to be considered among the solutions for a still weak legal job market but also, and most important, as a way of improving the practice skills of recent law graduates. Everyone is familiar with the medical residency.  It is a requirement of medical education in America, and it involves medical school grads spending a couple of years at hospitals for on-the-job training and little sleep.  It prepares them for real world practice and for being…

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DrArtikaTyner

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Women Leading Change: How to Become a Drum Major for Justice

A drum major for justice is a leader who breaks down barriers that restrict access to justice and creates new inroads to freedom. Attorney Melanie Bates is a drum major for justice who has committed her life’s work to effecting social change. Ms. Bates is a Policy & Communications Associate with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of the Nation’s Capital. Early in her life, Bates recognized the important leadership role of lawyers and decided to unleash the transformative power within her hands to create change. Her dream was to become a lawyer in order to ensure that every person,…

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Interviews with Past and Present Writers in Residence

With great enthusiasm, we introduce you to the Ms. JD Writers in Residence Interview Project! We hope you find the advice, thoughts, and insights shared by some past and present Writers in Residence to be helpful to you as you contemplate whether you'd like to join the law blogging community. This Project is also meant to serve as a helpful resource to current "blawgers". If after reading these interviews you'd like to learn more about the Ms. JD Writers in Residence Program, please feel free to send your inquiry to wir@ms-jd.org.  I hope you all enjoy reading the following interviews,…

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Paramjit

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10 Practical Tips To Get Young Attorneys On The Path to Building a Book of Business

Dear Ms. JD, We are officially in September – where has the year gone? As 2015 is rapidly approaching, evaluating your career and practice goals is key to stay ahead.  Are you ready for it? OR…are you still struggling with the same issues you had in your business at the beginning of the year? Check out these ten practical tips to get you on the right track: Are you planning to fail or planning to succeed? Have a plan. Nothing complicated just a simple plan. Create 90 days or monthly goals (actions) Plan and schedule business development every day. Decide what you plan…

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Susan Smith Blakely

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A Good Start for Women Lawyers Educating Male Colleagues

There is a new book out that is worth the read for all women lawyers --- and for their male colleagues.  That book,  Sponsoring Women:  What Men Need to Know, was not written solely with male lawyers in mind, but it sure fits the bill. That is no big surprise because the author, Ida Abbott, is a lawyer and has been helping employers develop, manage and retain legal talent since 1995. I am particularly excited about this new book because the theme of "men sponsoring and supporting women" has been high on my list of "must do's" for a long…

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PURSUE YOUR PASSION

Pursue Your Passion will focus on actionable goals and turning those goals into a professional development plan.  Participants will work alongside trainers to turn their passions into a personal brand by using what they've learned throughout the day.  Goal Setting Lead Trainers:  Anne Collier, Founder & Professional Certified Coach, Arudia Andi Groomes, Partner and Strategic Business Development Coach, Threshold Advisors Manar Sweillam Morales, President & CEO, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Katie Slater, Professional Coach, Career Infusion Personal Development Lead Trainers: Juliana Ashley, Attorney, Speaker and Career Strategist Amanda C. Ellis, Esq., Vice President of Search, Special Counsel Stephen Fairley, CEO, The Rainmaker Institute Karen Kahn, Founder and Managing…

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kroseatkinson

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Have JD, Will Travel: The Hustler’s Life

Happy February everybody! Welcome to this month’s installment of ‘Have JD, Will Travel,’ the blog that explores what happens when a law school graduate tries to use her passport to make her dreams of a nontraditional legal career a reality. January’s blog was an introduction to my approach to the blog in the coming year: honesty, bravery and all that jazz. This month, I’ll take a tiny step back and give you the back-story of how I got to where I am, where I am now, and my thought process along the way. Before I begin, like any good legalista,…

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