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How to ace your first year of legal practice (for the woman private law firm associate attorney)

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Ms. JD Conference

  1. 1. Owning it!Your first year of practice and beyond2011 Ms. JD Conference Southwestern Law School<br />
  2. 2. Challenges for Women<br />Very narrow window of time to get pulled into the network <br />Women not picked up as quickly as their male counter-parts<br />Women dropped more quickly than their male counter-parts<br />Superiors afraid of giving women feedback<br />Superiors afraid of hurting women’s feelings<br />
  3. 3. Helping the harried partner<br />
  4. 4. Behind every accusation is a cry for <br />
  5. 5. You represent the client<br />
  6. 6. Assume no intermediary<br />To seem confident,you must be confident<br />To leverage everyone’s talents and experience, be willing to change your position<br />To serve your client best, defend your position until someone convinces you that you’re wrong<br />
  7. 7. Own the problem/be the solution/ask for feedback<br />
  8. 8. Think horizontally<br />Your partner is the coach and you are the player; s/he wants you to win<br />
  9. 9. Yes, you can win that motion<br />Yes, but not with that motion<br />Yes, if we characterize the facts differently<br />Yes, if we convince the judge to expand the law <br />Yes but here are the problems with our position <br />Yes and here are some potential solutions to those problems<br />If have to say no, display that you’ve given serious thought to getting around the negative reply<br />The answer is always“yes”<br />
  10. 10. I can do that!!<br />
  11. 11. Stride in<br />Introduce yourself (hand shake) to anyone you don’t know<br />Make eye contact<br />Choose the best available seat<br />Brief small talk <br />Restate the question<br />Say what you did to answer it<br />Answer the question<br /> We have an excellent chance of prevailing if . . . <br />We have the following problems<br />The client should understand that . . . <br />We need to learn more about this . . . <br />
  12. 12. Failing<br />Apologize <br />Tip-toe into the room<br />Stare at the floor<br />End your sentences on upswing . . . ??????<br />Limply shake my hand<br />Um, like, y’know<br />I think, I guess, I believe . . . . . <br />Admit defeat right away<br />Make excuses<br />De-value yourself<br />
  13. 13. Ask for advice/give up too soon <br />Stay inside the lines<br />Miss a deadline <br />Argue instead of problem solve<br />Be unable to answer follow up questions<br />Be unable to back up opinion when partner disagrees with you<br />Give up your position too easily<br />Refuse to give up your position/see other side<br />Say “oh yeah, I didn’t think of that; sorry”<br />Cry<br />10 more ways to fail<br />
  14. 14. You are not a widget<br />And no one wants you to be<br />