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Heather Asher

A Little Inspiration:  Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Wins Multiple Diversity Awards

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP – a Ms. JD sponsor – has recently received a number of diversity awards. It is one of only eight firms in the country to be named to both the Yale Law Women “Top Ten Family Friendly Firm” and Working Mother’s “Best Law Firms for Women.” The California-based firm was also ranked No. 4 on The American Lawyer’s “A-List,” with special recognition for having the highest diversity ranking of any firm on the list. Diversity Committee Co-Chair Jay Fujitani told The American Lawyer that diversity is baked into the firm’s culture, noting that major committees…

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Sharpening your Skills

Around the corner we will find OCIs and anxious rising 2Ls who are creating color-coded charts and lists of firm interviews they’ve landed and strategies they’ll use. If you’re a pre-law student, you might feel momentarily shielded from OCI jargon and job interview stress. But as Abraham Lincoln aptly put it, “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” In that spirit of preparation, let’s discuss the importance of building mentorship and conversational skills – for that is more than half the battle and the terrain that stands before…

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Ms. J.D. Interviews Lawyer-Turned-Author Allison Leotta

Again, I’ve been afforded the great opportunity to delve into the world of a “Lawyer-Turned-Novelist.” This time Ms. J.D. interviews a former federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. She graduated from Michigan State University, and Harvard Law School. For twelve years Allison Leotta specialized in sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. She published her debut novel Law of Attraction in 2010, and received numerous accolades. Her novels have been referred to as “real,” “riveting,” and in my humble opinion, relatable! Allison currently lives outside of Washington D.C. with her family, no doubt contemplating her next huge legal thriller.  …

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending July 31, 2015

This week Jen Welter became the first female NFL coach. Welter will join the Arizona Cardinals as a training camp preseason intern coach. Welter joins Sarah Thomas, who was hired by the NFL earlier this year and is the first female full-time game official. While we still have a long way to go in the boardroom, nearly 30% of new board members appointed in the last year were women. Unconscious bias isn't just something that men need to be aware of. A new Harvard study reveals that women and girls are guilty of letting unconscious bias affect their opinions of…

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Susan Smith Blakely

More Lessons from the NAWL Conference 2015

In the last blog, I reported some of the content from the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Conference last week titled "Harnessing Our Power To Lead."  The topic of leadership in the law profession is very important to me, as evidenced by my new book, Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers.  The book emphasizes the importance of developing good leadership skills as senior lawyers and also as junior lawyers.  Ultimately, you will be called on to lead, and learning good leadership behaviors sooner rather than later will give you a head start on the group.…

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Meet the 2013-2014 Global Education Fund Scholars

Ed. Note: This is a previous entry highlighting two scholars funded by Ms. JDs' Global Education Fund.  In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University!  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit…

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Introducing Ms. JD 2012-2013 International Scholar Patience Winnie Apai

Editor's Note: This is a previous update on Ms. JD's Global Education Fund.  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  The benefit will raise funds for GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and great food and networking.  Please click here to purchase your ticket or donate to GEF.  Thank you for your support! In 2010 Ms. JD launched its Global Education Fund and awarded its first grant to the Gender Mainstreaming Division at…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Lessons from the NAWL Conference 2015

Last week I attended the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Annual Conference in NYC.  It was an especially good time for me to be with that group because my new book, Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, had come out the week of the conference.  Coincidentally, the theme of this year's conference was "Harnessing Our Power To Lead," and there was a lot of interest in the book.  It was a great time to connect with fellow women lawyers and catch up on what is important to them in a rapidly-changing profession. The breakout session,…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Brenda Abiria

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University!  Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San…

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Janet

Letters from Uganda: Joaninne Nanyange

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University! Contribute to the GEF by clicking here. Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10…

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Campaign for Greater Diversity in Legal Leadership at Temple Law is Hiring!

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law invites applications for a one year research fellowship on gender equality in multi-district litigation. The study will involve quantitative and qualitative analysis of gender disparities in leadership positions in MDL cases from 1991 to the present day. The fellow will be housed in the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice. The position will begin on or after September 15, 2015; an earlier start date may be possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning August 1, 2015. The salary will be $50,000 plus benefits. Minimum Qualifications: An excellent…

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Finding the Law in Your Courses

If you're anything like me and decided to attend a liberal arts school for college, you might realize that "pre-law" or legal education can be scarce. At first, I saw this as a deficiency in the curriculum. Now, I'm in my "Zero-L" or summer before law school. Preparation for law school enlightens me to share how important "finding the law" in any of your courses really is to your future legal career. I'm finding that writing, analyzing, and understanding are the key skills you need for law school. You can develop these techniques as an athlete on your school's soccer team;…

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Ladies of the House (and Senate): So you want to run for office?

When I was young, I had a motto that I doodled on notebooks or wrote in yearbooks: “Peggy in 2012.” It referred to my future campaign in the first Presidential election year after I reached the Constitutional age of eligibility. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t run in 2012. While I haven’t run for office myself (yet), I have had the chance to work on campaigns in various capacities over the years: from envelope-licking volunteer on 1992 Clinton-Gore to managing a city-wide candidate for city council in 2011. Plus, I’ve learned a lot from the legislators that I’ve worked with over the…

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Pay It Forward - An Interview with GEF Keynote Speaker Maria Jurua

Below is an excerpt from an interview with Maria Jurua. Maria recently served as a keynote speaker for the Global Education Fund's first networking and fundraising event in Washington, D.C. The event also featured keynote speaker Alice Waguthi Kinyua. Both Maria and Alice are graduates of Makerere University in Uganda and fellows at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Editor's Note: Ms. JD's Third Annual Global Education Fund (GEF) Benefit will be held on August 5, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at Monarch SF in San Francisco.  The benefit will raise funds for GEF and include live entertainment, a silent auction (with items totaling over $20,000 in value) and great food and networking.  Please…

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blamon

The Importance of A Professional Mentor

A professional mentor, be it someone you dine with once a month or someone you call daily, is essential for anyone pursuing a career. These mentors could be past advisers, professors, neighbors, or family. What's key is that they have your career development and mental health as a top priority when they council you. It's very easy to read articles that say how important a mentor is...but where do you look to find one? How do you connect (awkward courtship stories)? And most importantly, can you effectively create a long-standing relationship with them? I entered into college with an adviser…

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