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Join us for a Ms. JD’s First Annual Cocktail Benefit and Silent Auction to Benefit the Global Education Fund!

Please join Ms. JD on August 3, 2012 for a cocktail benefit in San Francisco featuring a silent auction, life-size Jenga and other games by homefrys, music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, limited open bar, and more. The event celebrates the Ms. JD Global Education Fund and its scholars, Ugandan law students Joaninne Nanyange, Monica Athieno, Gracious Atuhaire, and Mary Nakale.View our silent auction items here!To learn more, make a donation, or purchase tickets, click here.  On that page, you can also watch our video which features the first two GEF Scholars.  We'll premiere a new video featuring the second two scholars, Gracious…

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Marne Levine to be a Keynote Speaker at Ms. JD: She Leads!

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is excited to announce that Marne Levine, Vice President, Global Public Policy at Facebook, will be the lunchtime keynote speaker at Ms. JD: She Leads on October 5, 2012.  Find out more about Marne Levine below! Marne Levine is Vice President, Global Public Policy at Facebook.  In this role, she manages the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and non-governmental organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology.Marne joined Facebook from the Obama Administration, where she served as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House and Special Assistant…

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Walking Away from the Dream Job (Twice) and Never Looking Back: by Lisa Forbes

I have made two job changes during my career as an attorney, and both were met with the same line of questioning: You’re doing what?  You’re going where?  Why would you do that?  Fantastic…after months of battling my own inner demons (particularly that irritating overachiever who tends to define herself by what others think of her decisions and, therefore, always wants to go to the “best” law school, law firm, etc.), now I have to deal with my colleagues and mentors making me feel like I’m making a huge mistake.  Rewind ten years to me, about to graduate from Harvard…

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Best of Levo League: Week Ending April 6, 2012

How the Deschanel Sisters are Changing the Way We Think About Women in Primetime TVEmily and Zooey have been on the silver screen for a long time-- but never before have two sisters had primetime TV slots on the same network centered around their two strong female characters. Levo's Managing Editor Elizabeth Burke looks into the qualities that make Temperance Brennan and Jess Day strong and confident women. Career Strategy from the Life of Miss Piggy: Branding and Poise Will Get You EverywhereShe was a teaching figure in many of our childhoods, and now she's back to teach us to…

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Ms. JD Celebrates: Happy Birthday from Debbie Epstein Henry!

Editor's Note: In a continuation of Ms. JD's Sixth Birthday celebration, Debbie Epstein Henry, author of Law & Reorder, shares her insights about the benefits of getting involved with Ms. JD.  To read more about Ms. JD's plans for the year, click here. To give Ms. JD a birthday present, click here. The Benefits of Getting Involved with Ms. JDWhen I got involved with Ms. JD at its inception, I thought it was the right thing to do.  Here was a group of dynamic young women who had a wonderful mission to achieve gender parity and create an empowering community…

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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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