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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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On Friendship and Football: Memories of Frank Kimball

 This weekend, I was saddened to learn that the profession lost one of its greatest members, Frank Kimball.  Frank’s love of Michigan football and his support for Ms. JD were unwavering.  He will truly be missed.I first met Frank at Ms. JD’s 2009 Conference, Avenues to Advancement, held at Northwestern Law School in Chicago, Illinois.  I’m not sure how it happened, but Frank and I ended up discussing our mutual love for college football, and a friendship was born.  After the conference, Frank would periodically email me, sharing words of wisdom and advice to a young lawyer trying to navigate…

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Two Confessions, Two Things I Didn’t Know, and Two Bar Exam Tips

A confession: on the first essay on the first day of the California Bar Exam, I spent 20 minutes writing on the completely wrong area of law.  As in: the question was, quite clearly, about torts, and I was writing a criminal law essay. A confession: on the last performance test on the last day of the California Bar Exam, I had no idea what one of the five questions was even asking of me.  As in: when I got to the question, I was baffled. What was the question even getting at? My Bar experience was bookended by two terrible moments.…

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Speaker Spotlight: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Next week, Ms. JD and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP will host a reception in New York City to celebrate the launch of the Ms. JD Global Education Fund and to help raise funds for its two inaugural scholars, Ugandan law students Joaninne Nanyange and Monica Athieno. Sadly, I will not be able to make the trek to the East Coast to attend what promises to be a wonderful event in honor of a worthy cause. However, when offered the chance to interview the keynote speaker, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, I jumped at the opportunity. But you’ll have to attend the June…

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A Year Later: Reflections on Studying for the Bar Exam

Ed. Note: This summer, back by popular demand, Ms. JD is pleased to feature a series of posts on bar exam prep.  The series will include some of our most highly-read articles from past years, as well as new content for all those taking on the bar exam challenge.  Good luck!  Just one year ago [now three years ago--wow!], my law school class and I were studying for the California Bar Exam--sitting through BARBRI lectures, cursing timed essays, and spending hours in coffee shops drinking espresso and making flashcards (and complaining).  For those of you currently studying, I've collected a few bits of advice, one…

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Studying for the Bar Exam: Three Outlines

Editor's Note: This summer, back by popular demand, Ms. JD is pleased to feature a series of posts on bar exam prep. The series will include some of our most highly-read articles from past years, as well as new content for all those taking on the bar exam challenge. Good luck! Last spring, I met with a newly minted attorney who shared with me this tip for passing the California Bar Exam: Start with a long outline and reduce, reduce, reduce.  She suggested that I make an outline for each subject and reduce each outline to no more than ten…

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