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Ms. JD Celebrates: Board Member Keisha Stanford

Editor's Note: In our final post celebrating Ms. JD's birthday month, board member Keisha Stanford looks back at what Ms. JD has done for her and the way serendipity played an important role. Ms. JD has taught me that our paths are as much about serendipity as they are about preparation. More than four years ago, in the midst of a stereotypical 1L freak out, I received an email about a conference in New York. Every rational part of me (i.e., that little voice reminding me that I had reading to do, outlines to prepare, practice exams to take) said…

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Ms. JD Celebrates: Happy Birthday from Justice Duffly!

Editor's Note: In a continuation of our Ms. JD Celebrates posts, Justice Fernande Duffly offers her perspective on Ms. JD's mentoring programs, sponsorship, creating a pipeline of future leaders, and why she invests time in the Ms. JD Fellowship. Let's hope we're creating future women judges like Justice Duffly! Mentoring of many shapes and sizes is important. One of the most important is your mentor/sponsor within your law firm or other legal work environment. This is the person who will take you under his or her wing and provide good work opportunities, the kind of choice assignments that lead to…

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Ms. JD Celebrates: Happy Birthday from Kelly Hoey!

Editor's Note: Kelly Hoey is a connector, business strategist, and co-founder of Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) a mobile accelerator geared toward supporting women entrepreneurs. Before going into the business world, Kelly was an attorney and professional development manager at White & Case. Kelly has been a Ms. JD supporter since the beginning and we are thrilled to have her writing a piece as part of our sixth birthday celebration. Why You Must Celebrate Ms JDWhen I was asked by then President-Elect, Katie Larkin-Wong to write a post for Ms JD’s birthday celebration, my answer was an immediate Yes! This is…

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Ms. JD Celebrates: Happy Birthday from Pat Gillette!

Editor's Note: Pat Gillette is a partner at Orrick and the founder of the Opt-In Project a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women in the workplace.  She also serves as a Commissioner for the ABA Commission on Women in the Professsion.  Pat was a Ms. JD Fellowship Mentor for the Ms. JD Fellowship Class of 2010.  This piece is part of Ms. JD's Sixth Birthday Celebration.  Ms JD is celebrating its birthday. And the timing could not be more perfect. As we see more and more political speak that…

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Ms. JD Celebrates: Bobbi Liebenberg, Former Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Editor's Note: This post by Bobbi Liebenberg is part of our birthday celebration! Bobbi was the President of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession when we co-founded the Ms. JD Fellowship. To support programs like the fellowship, give Ms. JD a birthday present! Just click here. Ms. JD is now a precocious six year old, and I am delighted to join in the celebration of its founding. It has already established itself as one of the leading national organizations for women law students and young women lawyers. Its blog and Library are “go-to” resources, and its national conferences, scholarship…

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Ms. JD Celebrates: Here Are Our Current Plans for This Year!

Dear Ms. JDs, We’re back and as promised, we’re answering the all-important question: what can you expect from Ms. JD in the coming year?  We’re kicking off March with a celebration of Ms. JD’s sixth birthday.  If you haven’t noticed, our Ms. JD logo has her party background on and we’re going to spend this month doing just that.  We’ll have posts from a number of board members talking about what Ms. JD means to them.  You’ll also hear from some of Ms. JD’s most prominent supporters about why they support Ms. JD.  Look for all of these posts under…

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A Letter from Ms. JD’s New President, Katie Larkin-Wong

Dear Ms. JDs, It is with a great sense of pride, excitement, and a bit of good nerves that I step into the roll at Ms. JD’s second President.  As Elizabeth and Karen elaborated this morning, Ms. JD has grown from a blog and an idea six years ago to an incredible organization providing community, mentorship, and support to women lawyers around the world.  Elizabeth and Karen have left big shoes to fill and I am incredibly grateful to them and the entire board of Ms. JD for trusting those of us coming up in the organization to fill them. …

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Ms. JD Celebrates Six Wonderful Years with a New Generation of Leadership

Six years ago, women from twelve law schools around the country met at Stanford Law School to start a conversation.  We shared a vision to connect women law students and support one another to reach ever greater heights within the legal profession.  Ms. JD was born.  It has been our great privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of Ms. JD since its inception.  Ms. JD is more than an organization, it is a community.  As a community, we’ve expanded from a blog and a dream to create a range of programs including the National Women Law Students Organization, the only national…

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Announcing the 2011-2012 Ms. JD International Scholars!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the 2011 Ms. JD International Scholars: Gracious Atuhaire  and Mary Nakale!  Ms. JD launched its Global Education Fund last year to support women in third-world countries who dream of becoming lawyers but do not have the resources to pursue legal educations.  Thanks to your support, Ms. JD is able to partner again with the Gender Mainstreaming Division at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to make the educational dreams of our Scholars possible. Ms. JD continues to support the studies of our 2010 Scholars, Joaninne Nanyange and Monica Athieno, who have returned to Makerere University for their second year of law school!  All International Scholars are chosen…

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Frank Kimball: Ms. JD’s Champion

The entire Ms. JD team is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Frank Kimball, and our hearts go out to his family and friends. As young women in the law we've heard countless times about the importance of having a champion -- somebody who is more than a mentor, somebody who is invested in your success.  Frank was Ms. JD's champion.  He mentored her, helped her, guided her and looked out for her.  However, more than that he invested some of his personal success in her success.  He really cared about her and went above and beyond in giving of…

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