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Ms. JD is excited to announce the 2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees!

Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Jessica Brown Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Keli Knight, Yondi Morris & Jessica Reddick, the Founders, Owners and Partners of Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group and KMR Legal Staffing Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue…

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lawyergirl

“Litigating for Our Childrens Rights to Education: What else could I do with my time?”

This blog post is based on an Invited Editorial in PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES magazine, New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council Sept 2000 - Article by Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans JD, ScM and DIR It sounds sexist but true: educating my learning disabled son disproportionately consumes my family’s resources – compared to the time, cash and lost income I spend on the academic life of my gifted, beautiful daughter who is four years younger. She is easy to educate; bright-eyed and pretty, she loves learning and absorbs new data, sounds and new experiences like a sponge, able to recall moments from a trip…

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chelco55

Meet Kimberley Motley: The Only American, Westerner, and Woman to Practice Law in Afghanistan

Say hello to Kimberley Motley, the first American and foreigner to hang a shingle in Afghanistan in 2009. She began her practice defending foreign prisoners, and it has evolved into an international litigation practice where she represents Afghan men and women, international and foreign companies, NGOs, embassies, and people around the world. She has achieved countless victories throughout her career, handling many heartwrenching cases and single-handedly bringing justness to Afghanistan. Some of her most remarkable successes include a case where she helped an imprisoned teenage rape victim receive a presidential pardon from former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, and a case where she brokered a…

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lawyergirl

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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fmjay-2nYR

Top Ten Tips for Law Firms to Make the Most of Summer Programs

Dear Readers- I hope you are well and that your August is off to a great start.  Last week I wrote a post with 10 tips for summer associates to make the most of summer programs. As legal internships draw to a close and we are now knee-deep in on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country, I thought it would be a good time to share my top 10 tips for law firms who are deciding on offers for their current summer classes and conducting interviews for their summer programs for 2017. Whether you are a law student, law firm or legal department, this…

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lawyergirl

Beijing Plus Twenty Plus One: International Law Protecting Womens Rights

“It was twenty years ago today” began a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, recalling to listeners that some things remain constant across time. So too in 2015 a portrait that graces the wall of academia in Virginia illustrates this point: Only by close observation could one find the sole woman nestled along the rear of the desk, seated alongside a lamp. (see photo below). It should be no surprise therefore that womens progress towards equal opportunity for employment to do the hard work of saving posterity by ensuring health and security for all in paid employment in the…

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fmjay-2nYR

Top Ten Tips for Summer Associates to Make the Most of Their Summer

Dear Readers- I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the your summer.  As we wind down the last hours of July and begin a new week and month tomorrow, we are reminded that summer associate programs are drawing to a close at law firms and for in-house legal departments.  We are also gearing up to begin on-campus interviewing and job fairs across the country.  Whether you are a law student who is participating in one of these summer programs or getting ready to begin the fall interviewing process looking for a job, you will find the following article useful.  It…

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AzinAbedian

Stronger Together: An interview with Ashley Overhouse

Ashley Overhouse, the founding member of UC Hastings NWLSO chapter shares her law school journey of being a female law student and how building a successful network of mentorship has inspired her to give back to the legal community. Tell me a little bit about yourself? I’m a California native, born and raised in San Jose. I recently graduated from UC Hastings with my juris doctor, and in the process of completing my LL.M. at SOAS, University of London. I specialize in international environmental law, and will be looking at environmental issues within California after I take the Bar Exam…

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fmjay-2nYR

Defining Success in the Law

Hello Ms. JD Aficionados! I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the summer so far.  Many of you may be summer associates in law firm summer programs across the country, others of you may be getting geared up for on-campus interviewing in the next several weeks, while some of you may be practicing attorneys with a few years under your belt.  Whatever the case may be, each of us can use some advice about how best to define success in the context of where we are in our careers, and some do's and don'ts.  In that…

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lawyergirl

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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