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Former Ms. JD Fellow Sonya Passi Starts Domestic Violence Organization

Sonya Passi is a 2012 Ms. JD Fellow and the Founder & CEO of FreeFrom. Sonya received her B.A. and M.Phil from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College). While at Cambridge, she founded the Cambridge Domestic Violence Action Group, which educated college and high school students about issues of domestic violence. Sonya went on to receive a J.D from UC Berkeley School of Law. During her second year of law school, Sonya founded the Family Violence Appellate Project ("FVAP") which, in less than four years, has fundamentally changed the legal landscape in California by providing, for the first time, free appellate legal…

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He(ar)(re), us! Blawg writing as illumination & organization

haiku: I write. Without it I would self-destruct. Breathing can be elusive. As a young associate I attended a meeting where I was only one of two women and the only woman of color among nearly twenty attorneys. We women were not shrinking violets in the back reserving our opinions and sitting on our hands: we were at the table, very vocal, leaning in long before Sheryl instructed us to. A few days later, I ran into one of the attorneys who were at the meeting. He rushed to tell me about this fantastic meeting he attended where there were…

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LAW AND DESTINY

The laws of physics create order over the world, gravity limits the boundaries of our planet and daily human capacity. Society, in contravention of the laws of science, is inherently random and exhibits chaos. Where in this great cosmic mix does one find the rule of law? Some people become lawyers because they want to make money, others join the Bar because they seek power. Justice? On the first day of my law school classes Prof Sam Dash pronounced words to the effect of: if you are interested in fairness and justice there is a door in this room and…

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SUPERWOMEN TIPS FOR TAKING THE BAR EXAM

As a second generation lawyer whose father jumped the legendary hurdle of passing the New York Bar the first try, the Bar was quite high for me when taking my Bar exam, even though I was in a land far away, the Commonwealth of Virginia. I did and I did, but I recall that it was as much a question of stamina and personal discipline as much as it was about legal information and knowledge of law. The old adage that Law School has nothing to do with practicing law has, years later, proven to be untrue. Staying awake and using my…

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lawyergirl

International Law Protecting Women Lawyers: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health

NOTE: This  MsJD BLOG IS BASED ON MY June 2016 professional development course (PDC) Session No. 769 at the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SAFETY ENGINEERS (ASSE) SAFETY 2016 entitled: Remember the Ladies: Gender Equity for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Programs under International Law Document and the video after the course will have been given at the Body of Knowledge (BOK) LINK at asse.org Special thanks to my co authors!  Morgan M. Bliss, M.S., CIH, EOC Safety Officer, Dignity Health and Aubrey HB, Ph.D. Chief Data Scientist, Sirius XM Canada. First Lady Abigail Adams was the wife of the second United…

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lawyergirl

My Mom works as an International Legal Diplomat (Happy Mother’s Day)

The questions of worklife balance are one facet of professional life among MsJD members that are universal--- important no matter in which nation one finds work or which part of one's family needs and deserves full attention at some moment in time. For those of us living life on the cutting edge of law and technology and governance, well sometimes at the cutting edge, one simply gets cut and bleeds. Social values have changed; it is now possible to view mothering and paid work as inextricable tasks, benefiting children as well as parents and thus supporting a healthier society. But…

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lawyergirl

Text of SUPERWOMEN JD Acceptance of Award

Dr. Ilise Levy Feitshans JD and ScM and DIR Author, Council of Europe handbook for Parliamentarians on the Ratification of the Convention Preventing Medicrime (English and French text coe.int) Ms-JD Writer in residence on international Law Ms-JD Superwomen-JD Award Recipient 2016 Thank you for inviting me and I welcome my guests Hon. Obaid Noori of the United Nations in New York who was my classmate in Geneva, Jennifer Alden of the Japan Society in New York and my brother Fred who lives nearby. I was born and raised on a self-contained island, different from its surrounding nation. I graduated high school…

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Remembering the Legacy of a Black, Queer, Feminist: Dr. Pauli Murray

I attend the Howard University School of Law; home to famous and influential graduates such as Thurgood Marshall, Charlotte E. Ray, L. Douglas Wilder, and my ‘she-ro’, Dr. Pauli Murray. As you walk down the halls of Howard Law, you will undoubtedly stumble across not only Dr. Murray’s picture hanging from the walls, but a beautiful conference room, dedicated to the trailblazer.  Interestingly, and almost assuredly unintentionally, this beautiful room reflects Dr. Murray’s character, spirit, and appearance.  The room is both elegant and feminine, but with definite touches of a more masculine decorative style.  It is comforting and inviting, but…

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Strength in Numbers - To the Polls We Go

On November 8th, 2016, we will elect the 45th President of the United States. Who are we voting for? What issues do we care about? Keeping up with the debates and polls can be a daunting task. In conjunction with going to school/work, working out, spending time with family and friends, keeping up with the elections is an easy task to write off. However, we need to pay attention. Here’s why. Voting is a hard-earned right. The suffragettes, worked tirelessly to give us the right to vote. From 1840-1920, women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and…

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A Woman of Wine and Business: An Interview with Bottle Rush Founder Tamara Lover

This week, I interviewed my dear friend Tamara Lover about her company Bottle Rush, which she founded when she was pregnant with her first child and launched while she was pregnant with her second. The idea for Bottle Rush was born out of necessity.   When Tamara, the co-founder, graduated from wine school her friends discovered they had their own personal sommelier on speed dial.   As word spread, requests for the perfect wine pairing and gifts increased. A lot. Tamara quickly realized she needed to figure out a way to automate her services so that everyone could have their own wine expert at their…

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