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The Bulldog Ballerina: 4 Tips for Success in an Alternative JD Career

Avery Blank strategizes with individuals and organizations worldwide to help them attain their business, leadership, career, and policy goals. She has worked in the public sector at all levels of government including experience at the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the private sector at Johnson & Johnson, and non-profit consulting with the University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security. Blank graduated as a Rose Zetzer Fellow with a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Colgate University. Avery Blank presented her first case in the seventh grade. She…

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Comparison of the EU and USA Laws - Protecting Jobs When Pregnant

One striking difference between Europe and the USA is their election laws. Many nations in Europe are still ruled by a Royal family: Netherlands, Belgium, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark and Spain just to name a few.  This alters the perspective regarding national elections: electing members of a Parliament and local officials is relatively close to the wishes and desires of the local electorate because in the big picture the larger governing structure remains overall the same. And, the pan-European election system for the members of the European Union government in Brussels and Strasbourg and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD Executive Director Danielle Allison!

1.  My husband, Shannon, and I met through a blind date and got married in Saint Lucia. 2.  I love jewelry and accessories.  I had a record number of 20 handbags in elementary school, which I switched out daily.  Not much has changed since then. 3.  I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and still prefer it to sharing photos and memories on social media. 4.  I enjoy setting goals and crushing them.  In the fifth grade I wrote down my dreams: being elected president of my elementary school, president of my class every year of high school, and president of…

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Part-Time Law, Full-Time Life: Seeking Balance in a Tilted Profession

Work-life balance. Flex-Time. Part-Time. All three terms are ones regularly heard on the lips of students, faculty, and practicing attorneys. These terms make older generations wince, while younger students and associates seek jobs with descriptions matching one or all three. Many at Ms. JD have discussed these issues: Lori Johnson wrote of her struggle with baby boomers in her office not understanding the importance of choosing family or personal time over billable hours. Ally Kennedy Garcia, Founder of the Association of Mother Immigration Attorneys, posted a worksheet with helpful tips to consider while attempting to build work-life balance into a busy schedule. Many others on…

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So You want to be An International Lawyer: Keynote in Reproductive Health in a Pluralist Legal World

The sound of freedom that resonates from civil and political rights rings hollow to a newborn who has low birth weight, because the baby's mother had no access to a clean workplace, good nutrition or adequate prenatal care.  And, what good are political and civil rights to a different baby, whose Mom died in childbirth or who has lost a parent due to an accident, or whose parents are debilitated by occupational disease, or to the baby who may suffer personal injury due to the effects of a parent's exposure to toxic substances, or whose father has terminal cancer? The…

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Hillary Clinton, Respectability Politics, and the Crisis of Modern Feminism

The results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election represented a failure on many fronts. It was a failure of the American commitment to diversity, openness, and refuge. It was a failure as a check on corporate greed, wealthy interests, and predators of the poor and vulnerable. It signified a societal sickness— with our obsession with celebrity culture and worshipping of money as status. It displayed a majoritarian callousness to the calls for equal dignity by marginalized groups – by racial and ethnic minorities, the transgender community, immigrants, religious minorities, the gay and lesbian community, the disabled community, and women –…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Liani Balasuriya

Liani Balasuriya 2017 Ms. JD Student of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Liani's profile. 1. What made you want to be involved in the Northwestern's Women's Leadership Coalition? I’ve been interested in women’s leadership issues since high school. I was the only woman on the executive board of my high school newspaper, and I believe being a woman affected how my peers perceived my leadership. I was also surprised by how few women ran for Student Council President. After graduating high school, I went to college in D.C. and volunteered at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters…

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Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Amazon’s Kelly Jo MacArthur and Lia Moeser will be the #MsJDPROPEL Keynote Speakers!

Ms. JD is excited to announce that Kelly Jo MacArthur, VP & Associate General Counsel at Amazon, and Lia Moeser, Corporate Counsel at Amazon, will be the keynote speakers for #MsJDPROPEL! The conference will be held on March 3, 2017 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. To see the full conference schedule and purchase tickets, please click HERE. Read on to learn more about our keynote speakers! Kelly Jo MacArthur Kelly Jo MacArthur is VP & Associate General Counsel at Amazon. In her current role she wears two hats – she leads legal efforts for Amazon’s physical retail initiatives (Amazon Books…

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Ms. JD is excited to announce that Laurie Robinson Haden will keynote the Ms. JD Honors Reception!

Laurie Nicole Robinson Haden—an award winning lawyer and agent of change—truly personifies the 21st century businesswoman whose skills, passion and commitments are multi-faceted and the beneficiaries of her associations and accomplishments are many. Laurie Robinson Haden is the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation. In 2015, she was tapped by CBS Corporation for a new role within the Litigation Department reporting to the Head of Litigation. In this new position, she oversees and manages outside counsel, directs legal strategy, and participates in alternative dispute resolution. In addition, she continues to spearhead important law department initiatives, including CBS’ in-house…

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