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Chicago Neighborhood Guide

Chicago is a wonderful city, made up of a variety of unique and vibrant neighborhoods. As the 2017 Ms. JD Conference approaches, I thought I would share some of my favorite places to go in the neighborhoods surrounding Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Specifically, this guide will include top spots to grab a coffee or drink as you explore the city. STREETERVILLE Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is located in Streeterville, home to many graduate students and professionals. For coffee, check out Dollop Coffee Co. at 345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611. Dollop is a proven Northwestern student favorite,…

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Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Amazon’s Kelly Jo MacArthur and Lia Moeser will be the #MsJDPROPEL Keynote Speakers!

Ms. JD is excited to announce that Kelly Jo MacArthur, VP & Associate General Counsel at Amazon, and Lia Moeser, Corporate Counsel at Amazon, will be the keynote speakers for #MsJDPROPEL! The conference will be held on March 3, 2017 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. To see the full conference schedule and purchase tickets, please click HERE. Read on to learn more about our keynote speakers! Kelly Jo MacArthur Kelly Jo MacArthur is VP & Associate General Counsel at Amazon. In her current role she wears two hats – she leads legal efforts for Amazon’s physical retail initiatives (Amazon Books…

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Chicago Guide

I am a 1L at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and have been calling Chicago home for a few years now. I am excited that so many of you are coming to visit in a few weeks for the annual Ms. JD Conference! In preparation, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite places in the city. Even if the temperature is very cold (don’t forget your coat!), Chicago is a gorgeous city with so many great places to eat and have a good time! Close to Campus: On Northwestern’s Streeterville campus, there are so many places within…

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Grover E. Cleveland is a Seattle lawyer, speaker and author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer (which is now in its second edition). He is a former partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, one of the Northwest’s larger firms. His clients included the Seattle Seahawks and other entities owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. Grover is a frequent presenter on new lawyer career success at law schools and firms nationwide. Grover is an avid Ms. J.D. supporter, and he offers readers the opportunity to submit questions on his Ms. J.D. Blog here…

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Ms. JD is excited to announce that Laurie Robinson Haden will keynote the Ms. JD Honors Reception!

Laurie Nicole Robinson Haden—an award winning lawyer and agent of change—truly personifies the 21st century businesswoman whose skills, passion and commitments are multi-faceted and the beneficiaries of her associations and accomplishments are many. Laurie Robinson Haden is the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation. In 2015, she was tapped by CBS Corporation for a new role within the Litigation Department reporting to the Head of Litigation. In this new position, she oversees and manages outside counsel, directs legal strategy, and participates in alternative dispute resolution. In addition, she continues to spearhead important law department initiatives, including CBS’ in-house…

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Ms. JD is excited to announce the 2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees!

Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Jessica Brown Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Keli Knight, Yondi Morris & Jessica Reddick, the Founders, Owners and Partners of Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group and KMR Legal Staffing Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue…

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Submit your Nominations for Ms. JD Honors at #MsJDPROPEL!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s next annual conference, #MsJDPROPEL, at Northwestern Law on March 3, 2017. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 15, 2016.   Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations. Woman of Inspiration Award - To a woman who, regardless of her practice area or type of…

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Stronger Together: An interview with Ashley Overhouse

Ashley Overhouse, the founding member of UC Hastings NWLSO chapter shares her law school journey of being a female law student and how building a successful network of mentorship has inspired her to give back to the legal community. Tell me a little bit about yourself? I’m a California native, born and raised in San Jose. I recently graduated from UC Hastings with my juris doctor, and in the process of completing my LL.M. at SOAS, University of London. I specialize in international environmental law, and will be looking at environmental issues within California after I take the Bar Exam…

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Heather Asher

SAVE THE DATE - Ms. JD’s Ninth Annual Conference on Women in the Law

Ms. JD is excited to announce the date and location for its next annual conference - March 3, 2017 at Northwestern School of Law.  Stay tuned for more details! You can view information on the format and topics covered at the last conference here. The annual conference includes a reception honoring the recipients of theMs. JD Honors awards.  These awards are given to men and women who have made significant contributions to promoting women in the law. Nominations for the Ms. JD Honors awards are open until October 5, 2016 and nomination instructions can be found here.  We look forward to receiving your nominations and learning about more…

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