Heather Asher

Join us for Ms. JD’s 8th Annual Conference: Superwomen JDs!  Early Bird Tickets Available Until 12/1

Ms. JD presents its Eighth Annual Conference on Women in the Law “Superwomen JDs” Friday, February 19, 2016 at NYU School of Law. A culmination of Ms. JD’s national programming, this conference brings aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in the profession.  An overview of the conference agenda is available below. Register Here! Limited Early Bird tickets will be available for students and professionals until December 1, 2015 (or whenever tickets are sold out). Directions to NYU can be found here and hotel recommendations will be posted soon. Superwomen JDs Conference Agenda…

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Meet Danielle Boccio, attorney and author

Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with Danielle Boccio.  Danielle is an attorney and an author based in New York.  I hope that you will enjoy reading about her career. 1) Please provide a brief summary of your professional background. I have worked at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, since September 2003.  Specifically, I work as a juvenile delinquency prosecutor in the Family Court Division.  I am in the Special Victim Unit as well as the Major Case Unit. 2) What prompted you to attend law school? Did you want to be a lawyer or did…

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A Non-Practicing Lawyer Identity Reflection

This past weekend, I attended the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Fall Annual Retreat at the beautiful Hotel Hershey (Hershey, PA). I look forward to this conference every year because it was the first organization since my activities in law school that made me feel welcomed to the profession. The women in this group are devoted to elevating women in the legal field and finding allies in doing so. I very much respect my colleagues and friends in this organization. The theme of the retreat was "Articulate Your Personal Brand," and honestly, it couldn't have come…

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Meet Melanie Gleason, an attorney (literally!) on the move in the fight for social justice

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Melanie Gleason.  Melanie is an attorney (literally!) on the move in the fight for social justice. I hope that you will enjoy hearing Melanie’s inspiring story. 1) Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? Before becoming a lawyer, I was a community organizer and educator. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I moved to Los Angeles where I worked with inner city youth as a middle school special education teacher. The isolation of South Los Angeles and how segregated it is from the rest of…

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The Magic of Professional Gravitas

Dear Readers- We are well into November, and the holidays are just a few weeks away. As we begin to develop our lists of goals and aspirations for 2016, it's a good time to think about additional ways we can make our mark with clients and potential clients. Being memorable and indispensable are key in these efforts. To that end, I wanted to share with you an article which originally appeared in August 2014 as an installment of my "Paradigm Shift" column in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about the magic of professional gravitas. In this installment, I explore what gravitas is…

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3 Things My Peers And I Wish We Had Known Before Starting Law School

Ms. JD has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. I couldn’t think of anything more topical to write about for a law school audience than the information my peers and I wish we had known before embarking on our law school journey.  My social network unanimously chose these three things as the most critical to one’s legal career. I can’t stress enough how pivotal these factors can be for one’s law school experience. With that being said, everybody who comes to law school possesses a different mindset, background, and network. What works for one person may…

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Invitation to Participate in the 2015 Ms. JD Law Review Diversity Survey

Ms. JD and New York University (NYU) Law Review invite flagship law review/journal faculty advisors, working in conjunction with flagship law review/journal editors, to participate in the 2015 Ms. JD Law Review Diversity Survey. This year, we ask that the survey be completed by Tuesday, December 15, 2015. We anticipate that this survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Please click here to participate in it. Survey data will be analyzed by external statisticians who have signed a confidentiality agreement, and NYU Law Review will discuss survey results in a corresponding report via the New York University Law…

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Exciting Internship Opportunity with ACLU in Los Angeles

LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project Legal Internships (Spring and Summer Deadlines)   Since early in our affiliate’s history, protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and those with HIV/AIDS has been at the forefront of our litigation, legislative and advocacy efforts. Recently, we have expanded our advocacy capacity in the areas of LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice and gender equity, creating a project dedicated to these issues.In the area of LGBTQ rights, the project works to protect and expand the rights of the LGBTQ community and those with HIV/AIDS from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender…

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Office Hours with Professor Philip Lee

This week, I would like to introduce you to Philip Lee, assistant professor of law at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Thank you so much, Professor Lee, for contributing to Ms. JD pre-law in such a meaningful way through this interview session.  Office Hours  What first drew you to law? I wanted to be part of a profession that could help protect the most powerless and vulnerable people in our society.  I realized in college that law, at its best, could do this.   How has your career trajectory evolved to include teaching law, and why did you…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending November 20, 2015

Michelle Obama Celebrates Veterans Day With the First Female Grads of Ranger School Despite women now representing 18% of equity partners at big firms; much more can still be done to increase diversity.  Professional networking is important at every stage of a career. However, certain life events, such as pregnancy, can be a focal point for seeking out community. Sometimes you inadvertently say things that scare your colleagues into thinking something's much worse than it is. Here at 4 questions that can make you more likeable at work. Ashley Fletcher is a 2L student at Seton Hall University School of…

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