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Supporting Women In The Law

The first woman Presidential candidate ran for office in 1872. The next female contender didn’t come along until about a hundred years later, when women had already secured the right to vote for over half a century. Predictably, neither of these women won a single electoral vote. Even though I knew these facts, I was still shocked when, on a recent trip to Disney World’s “Hall of Presidents,” I saw 43 animatronic versions of men appear on the stage, representing the 43 men who have served as President of the United States. It was one thing to know that we…

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Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School—Time for Those Pre-Combat Inspections

  The beginning of summer is the perfect time for law students to conduct pre-combat inspections (PCI). Pre-combat inspections are a management tool that the Army uses to make sure that every soldier brings to battle every piece of required equipment, every time. And importantly, PCIs ensure the equipment is in proper working order. Pre-combat inspections consist of soldiers physically laying out for inspection each item of equipment they will need for a mission. The inspections are often highly regimented with detailed checklists and completed according to a prescribed layout diagram. For instance, soldiers may be assigned a 5 x…

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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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mlbrown

5 Lessons For #SuperwomenJDs From The 2016 Ms. JD Conference

On February 19, 2016, I attended my first Ms. JD Conference as a Ms. JD Fellow. The eighth annual Ms. JD Conference at New York University School of Law offered a wonderful opportunity to network with inspirational attorneys, law students, and pre-law students. Additionally, I learned a wealth of information from the esteemed speakers, regarding topics such as intersectionality, social media presence, and the advancement of women in the profession. As I reflect on the Ms. JD Conference on Women in the Law: Superwomen JDs, there are five lessons that I would like to share.   1) Strike your superhero pose. We…

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Mary Wagner

Tough Enough?

The scene in the courtroom still haunts me more than a decade later. I remember the tears that sprang hot to my eyes as I shut the door behind me and walked down the corridor, thinking "I am not tough enough to do this job." I was a law student then, a seasoned criminal prosecutor now. And from time to time, out of nowhere, still comes that memory. It is seared into my consciousness, a testament to "collateral damage," and a mother's grief—two mothers, in fact—and consequences reaped by horrific acts, and how nothing in life, either evil or good,…

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Brownstone Scholarship Program

Brownstone Scholarship Program is offering an annual scholarship to all law and pre-law students. This scholarship is merit based, requires an essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 dollars towards their costs of education. All of the application details and the 2016 essay question are available on our website at this link: Brownstone Scholarships. I have also attached a brief overview for your reference. Please let me know if you have any questions about the scholarship. We look forward to reading submissions from students. Kindest Regards, Robert Sirianni, Jr. (855) 776-2773

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Mary Wagner

Law School at Forty

The words are enough to strike terror into the hearts of most attorneys I know. They are the first words you speak when you address the Wisconsin Supreme Court in an oral argument. The words are ritual, standardized and formal. And I was about to say them myself…if I just didn’t faint. I have a framed photo on my desk at work. It dates from perhaps a year before I started law school at the age of forty, and only a few months before I would break my back in a riding accident, spend three painful months in a body cast, and have…

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mlbrown

Meet #Superwoman Diane L. Rosenfeld

The Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award is given to a woman who inspires others by her commitment and passion to her work. Diane L. Rosenfeld, who has a long history of advocating for issues concerning violence against women, truly embodies the spirit of the Woman of Inspiration Award!  Previously, Ms. Rosenfeld served as an Executive Assistant Attorney General in Illinois where she provided legal policy advising on women’s rights, among other issues. She then moved on to serve as the Senior Counsel to the Violence Against Women Office (now the Office of Violence Against Women) of the U.S. Department…

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Mary Wagner

Law & Disorder

The burly blond with the gold chains nestled in his chest hair sits in the stuffy conference room across the wood table, mulling his options. His wife—short, pert, neatly coiffed and crisply dressed—sits beside him, supportive, argumentative, loyal to a fault. He has been charged with disorderly conduct stemming from a violent evening a month ago when, according to her three-page hand-written statement to police, he scared the hell out of her and roughed her up. It made her—at least temporarily—regret the presence of his many guns in their house. She sits in front of me now to explain it…

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Mentorship Matters: The Ms. JD Fellowship Experience

Last summer, Ms. JD awarded fellowships to 13 soon-to-be third-year law students from across the country.  I had the great fortune and honor of being selected as a 2015 Ms. JD Fellow. For those interested in learning more about what the Ms. JD Fellowship offers, I am writing to share a bit about my experience as a fellow thus far and encourage you to apply to this one-of-a-kind opportunity. First, to provide some background, Ms. JD launched the Ms. JD Fellowship in 2010 in order to promote mentorship and professional development for aspiring female attorneys.  In addition to being part of…

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