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New Positions Available for Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Council!

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information on NWLSO and the resources it provides is available here.

To further the development of women law students and the leadership pipeline, Ms. JD is expanding NWLSO by establishing a NWLSO Leadership Council that will provide national leadership opportunities for law students dedicated to advancing women in the law. All positions will function as the inaugural national and regional leadership for the NWLSO Leadership Council.   The term length is one year already having begun in January 2017.  The positions will be selected through a selective application process outlined below.  Ms. JD encourages you to apply!

The ideal candidates for all positions are entrepreneurial self-starters who are passionate about the success of women in the law!  Because this is the inaugural year for these leadership positions, this first class will have significant opportunity to shape the responsibilities and parameters of the positions going forward.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

The NWLSO Leadership Council is comprised of National and Regional leadership. At the National level, the NWLSO Leadership Council is composed of one Chair, one Vice-Chair, one Director of Membership, one Director of Communications, and one Secretary. At the Regional level, the Leadership Council is composed of seven Regional Chairs, seven Regional Committee Vice-Chairs (one per region, with the possibility of up to two per region), and seven Secretaries (one per region).

Regions:

  • Northeast Region: NY, CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME
  • Mid-Atlantic Region: PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA, DC
  • Midwest Region: KY, OH, IN, IL, MI, WI
  • Southeast Region: TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, FL, PR
  • Southwest Region: OK, AK, LA, TX
  • Great Plains Region: ND, SD, NE, KS, MN, IA, MO
  • Western Region: CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, CO, AZ, NM, ID, MT, WY, AK, HI

Available National Positions:

  • NWLSO Director of Membership
  • NWLSO Director of Communications
  • NWLSO Secretary

Available Regional Positions: 

  • Regional Chairs: Southwest Regional Chair, Great Plains Regional Chair, Western Regional Chair
  • Regional Committee Vice-Chairs: Northeast Regional Committee Vice-Chair
  • Regional Secretaries: All seven regions

NWLSO Director of Membership

Distribute information regarding the membership process to Regional Committees
Compile regional membership statistics and make them available to the Regional Committees
Maintain updated data regarding regional membership
Work, through communication with Regional Committee Vice-Chairs, to reactivate inactive chapters and establish contact at law schools that do not have NWLSO chapters
Attend biweekly Leadership Council meetings
Perform such other functions and exercise such further duties as the National leadership may assign
Produce an official transition report at the close of the term

NWLSO Director of Communications

Coordinate internal and external communication of information
Maintain and disseminate information on the NWLSO listserv and newsletter
Implement National and Regional communication policies and procedures and develop Region-specific policies as needed
Develop and execute, with the approval of National leadership, NWLSO’s public relations strategy
Develop press kits and prepare press releases, presentations, and talking points for external audiences
Attend biweekly Leadership Council meetings
Perform such other functions and exercise such further duties as the National leadership may assign
Produce an official transition report at the close of the term

NWLSO Secretary

Maintain and distribute the minutes and agenda for all Leadership Council meetings
Develop an operational calendar of all Regional events
Maintain frequent communication with all Regional Secretaries
Coordinate the Leadership Council meetings, including the meeting sites and dial-in information
Attend biweekly Leadership Council meetings
Perform such other functions and exercise such further duties as the National leadership may assign
Produce an official transition report at the close of the term

Regional Chairs

Have executive authority over the activities and business in his/her region
Act as Regional Director of Advocacy
Attend biweekly Leadership Council meetings
Produce a quarterly report to the NWLSO National leadership
Lead or assist with planning of NWLSO events at affiliate chapters
Solicit law student volunteers as needed to complete regional business
Implement directives from Ms. JD Board and National leadership
Maintain membership log of women’s organizations in region
Serve on a substantive committee
Coordinate with NWLSO newsletter editor to promote NWLSO announcements and events
Schedule and lead monthly meetings with Regional Committee
Responsible for adding new leadership within the region to Ms. JD listservs (National and NWLSO Newsletter) each year during transition
Publish blog posts
Create web-based events and live programming
Attend Ms. JD Annual Conference
Produce an official transition report at the close of the term

Regional Committee Vice-Chairs

Assist Regional Chair with regional business
Act as Regional Director of Membership
Maintain frequent communication with NWLSO Director of Membership
Attend biweekly Leadership Council meetings
Solicit and coordinate with volunteers as needed
Perform such other functions and exercise such further duties as the Regional Chair may assign
Produce an official transition report at the close of the term

Regional Secretaries 

Maintain and distribute the minutes and agenda for all meetings of the Regional Committee
Develop an operational calendar of Regional events
Coordinate the Regional Committee meetings, including the meeting sites and dial-in information
Collect and maintain Regional Chair and Regional Committee Vice-Chair(s)’ reports for the Regional Committee meetings
Attend biweekly Leadership Council meetings
Perform such other functions and exercise such further duties as the Regional Chair may assign
Produce an official transition report at the close of the term

Application Materials:

The following application materials should be sent to Hitomi Heap-Baldwin, the NWLSO Vice-Chair, at nwlsovicechair@ms-jd.org with the email subject “NWLSO Application.” All documents should be submitted together as one PDF.

(1) Cover Letter. Your cover letter should identify the position sought.  If you seek a Regional position, please specify your designated Region (Regions are determined by the state in which your law school is located).  Applicants not selected for their desired position will automatically be considered for other positions.

Your cover letter should specifically address how you have demonstrated the following:

  • Proven commitment to diversity
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Ability to work with various groups and individuals and build partnerships
  • Ability to manage a distributed network of volunteers
  • Strong communication and organizational skills

The cover letter should also address the issues you would focus on during your term if selected. 

(2) Resume.

(3) Two References. Please list references that can speak to the skills and characteristics outlined above.

(4) Certification. Signed certification statement that states: “I certify that I am a registered law student at [insert your law school].”

Eligibility: Incoming first-year law students, second-year law students, and third-year law students.

Term Length: One year, beginning in January 2017 through January of the following year. 

Time Commitment: The time required for all responsibilities will vary throughout the one-year term.  Applicants should be able and willing to devote 10-20 hours per month to fulfill their responsibilities.

Compensation: All positions are unpaid volunteer positions. The positions do not include funding for travel.

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