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Heather Asher

Ms. JD’s 2017 Annual Conference - Tell Us Your Thoughts!

Ms. JD is extremely thankful for the attendees that filled the room, speakers that informed and inspired and for all the dedicated volunteers at Ms. JD's 8th Annual Conference "Superwomen JDs" at NYU School of Law on February 19, 2016.  Please take a moment to view the conference recap, reflections from a Ms. JD fellow and photos. We're now moving forward!  Please click here to tell us what you want to see at Ms. JD's 9th Annual Conference in 2017!

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Join MSJDN on May 12 to celebrate military spouses in the legal profession!

You are invited to attend MSJDN’s Annual Reception on Thursday, May 12, 2016! Our yearly celebration brings together the legal and business communities with military spouse attorneys to learn about how these amazing men and women balance a legal career with the unique demands of the military lifestyle. We recognize employers who support our members and express our gratitude to those making a difference for military families in the workplace. This year is special as MSJDN marks its 5th anniversary and celebrates the incredible changes in licensing and support for military spouse attorneys accomplished in those five years. We look forward…

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The Law and Reality TV- Reflection on “Sisters in Law”  and the Impact on Black Women Attorneys

WE tv launched the premier to its newest reality show at the end of March called “The Sisters in Law".  The show follows 6 black female attorneys in Houston, Texas. Now, I must admit that I am obsessed with watching reality television shows, and I like my reality television really dramatic.  "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and basically any reality TV show on VH1, 9 times out of 10 is set to record on my DVR. And you better believe I’ve been tuned into the “Sisters in Law”.  But, I often find myself internally conflicted watching many of my favorite…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Lots and Lots of Ms. JD Love!!

It is no secret that I am a massive fan of Ms. JD. Over the last year or so, I've found myself warmly welcomed into the Ms. JD community by an incredible group of lawyers and law students—mentors, who have all been wonderfully generous with their time and advice. At the same time, however, I had also only interacted with many of these amazing women online through the Ms. JD blog and other social media platforms. April, therefore, has been a particularly exciting month. I had the opportunity to meet not one—but two—of my superstar Ms. JD mentors in-person when…

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My Late-bloomer LSAT (and Law School) Success Story

When I was 28 years old, I was working as a Communications Director for a legislator in California. This was the first time in my life that I was exposed to legislation or lawmaking; I was worried that at my age, any ship that would get me close to being able to work in crafting legislation had sailed. It wasn’t until I met a woman, herself in her mid thirties and a 2L, that the possibility of going to law school entered my mind. Fast forward 2 years. A few weeks ago, I received word of my acceptance to Northwestern Pritzker School…

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The Benefits of a Judicial Internship: An Interview with Hon. Wilma Guzman.

The legal profession has many unique experiences to offer a future attorney.  One way of gaining experience in the legal field is through an internship with a judge.  Serving as a judicial intern can have a lasting impression on the direction of your career as an attorney because not only can an internship help you to be a more favorable candidate to potential employers, it also exposes you to different court processes you would not get in law school, including the thought processes of a judge and lawyering skills of other attorneys. I interviewed Justice Wilma Guzman, an accomplished magistrate serving…

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FREE 6-Month Trial ABA Membership

Ms. JD is proud to share this opportunity with you on behalf of the American Bar Association. The ABA is experiencing an unprecedented era of female leadership. Women are leading the ABA’s Board, task forces, committees and practice specialty groups. You can be part of the ABA’s Community of Powerful Career Women. The ABA is offering a free 6-month trial ABA membership and free practice specialty group. Join by May 31, 2016, for a chance to win a $500 Brooks Brothers gift card. Terms and conditions apply. Photo Credit: American Bar Association 

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10X10: 100 Mentor and Allies, Part 1

Below you will find the first ten women on our list of 100 Mentors and Allies--women who we have met and gotten to know, women who have set superlative standards for excellence in everything they do. In Franks's words: "You will recognize some, but not most.  But know this - Ms. JD is all about your network and I bet more than ninety percent of these women would gladly take your call.  You have the makings of your list now and you’ll add names with each passing year."  **** I'm thrilled to launch this list with one of the best mentors and allies I've…

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Ms. Pre-JD: Soft Skills and Meeting Delida Costin

Just last week, I had the incredible opportunity to hear Delida Costin, a Ms. JD Writer-In-Residence, speak to a group of pre-law undergraduates at Columbia University. Delida has worked as general counsel at, where she assisted with their sale to LinkedIn, and at Pandora, where she also built the legal team that took Pandora public and served as the first senior vice president and secretary. Most recently, she founded a law firm. Hearing her share with us some of this wealth of personal experience served as an amazing learning opportunity. She spoke extensively on the difference between working in-house and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Being a Women Lawyer of Color is a Particular Challenge

Recently, I was asked to speak to a bar association made up of minority women.  I was fully equipped and engaged to do that.  The issues that I write about are applicable to all women lawyers, and I always welcome as much diversity as possible in my audiences. However, this request was a little different.  This time, I was being asked to address the issues challenging women of color in our profession because they are minorities.  As much as I love to speak to most audiences, I respectfully declined.  Not because it was an audience made up of women unlike…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending April 22, 2016

African-American abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 Bill. Law 360 recently released their 2016 list of the 100 Best Law Firms for women. 5 Types of Networking Events That Are Actually Worth Your Time During interviews candidates are generally asked, "What Are You Looking for in a New Position?" Here are 4 steps for answering this common question. Law students are often encouraged to try taking notes by hand. New studies show that students who take notes by hand outperform those who type. Ashley Fletcher is a Class of 2018 student at Seton…

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2016 Public Interest Scholarship Competition

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the opening of our 2016 Summer Public Interest Scholarship Competition! The winners of this year’s Public Interest Scholarship Competition will each receive a $500 scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law.  Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2016 at least 35 hours…

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Life in the Law School Lane: 4 Stages of Law School Symposium Planning as Told by Kanye West

This time last year, I was accepted onto the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. I was honored to get to do cite checks that would last hours and judge professors, who are probably much smarter than I ever will be, on their scholarly work.  In the midst of this, I applied for a Managing Board position – because every law student needs more work – and was selected as an Assistant Programs Editor. In that role, I helped plan this year’s Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium alongside three amazing and extremely hard-working journal members. It took place on March…

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That Pre-Law Millennial: Pre-Law Night at Latham!

Thanks to the initiative and enthusiasm of Katie Larkin-Wong, the Immediate Past President of Ms. JD, the New York office of Latham & Watkins recently hosted a Pre-Law Night for over 40 undergraduates from Columbia, NYU and Fordham. And what a fun night it was! Our generous hosts served us a delicious hot dinner (as an undergrad there are few things I love more than free food), and a panel of Latham lawyers and staff gave us lots of helpful pre-law advice, such as: Your LSAT score and 1L grades are crucial. Treat studying for them like a full-time job.…

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Yes, You Can:  Be Healthy

According to the World Health Organization:  "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."  Most everyone understands, at least on some level, the importance of being healthy.  The mental and physical benefits of following a healthy lifestyle are significant.  Consistently making healthy choices can lead to a longer life.  However, in the world of practicing law, notoriously known for stressful environments, eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can be challenging, at best.   The key is doing something, no matter how small, and doing it consistently. Being healthy doesn't…

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