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Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts, will Keynote the 2016 8th Annual Ms. JD Conference

Ms. JD is proud to announce that Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of the United States of America, will keynote the 2016 Ms. JD 8th Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs.   Ms. JD chose Anna Maria as the 2016 Ms. JD Keynote because she embodies this year's conference theme, Superwomen JDs. Anna Maria first found her superpowers like many young women, as a Girl Scout, and since then she has always been actively involved in social engagement. Anna Maria pursued a bachelor’s degree in American history from Yale University before aiming her sights on a juris doctorate at the…

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Heather Asher

The Top Five Reasons to Attend Ms. JD’s Superwomen JDs Conference on February 19!

Ms. JD looks forward to welcoming attendees from across the country to its 8th Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Superwomen JDs, on Friday, February 19th at NYU School of Law.  Registration and speaker information is available here.   For those that are wondering why people continue to travel each year to Ms. JD’s annual conference, below are the top five reasons that you HAVE to attend this year’s conference. 1.  Diversity: Ms. JD is focused on supporting women in the law, but recognizes that gender is only a part of what impacts women’s experiences.  At the conference, you will see…

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Reputation Is the Next Currency

Young professionals have a lot on their mind today, not least of which is surviving in the world of our chosen career endeavor. We are constantly conscious of our social adaptability and the overall ability to fit in.  With the growing reliance and integration of technology, we no longer have the comfort of hiding behind solid walls. We are all connected, and how we portray ourselves in the greater universe is, at the end of the day, all we have. Our reputation is our most valuable asset, and it is the currency of the future. In our world today, people…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week ending February 12, 2016

Paulette Brown, American Bar Association President, laments law as 'Least Diverse' Profession. After dismal finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Carly Fiorina is no longer in the 2016 presidential race. When announcing her decision on Facebook she specifically addressed her female readers, stating in part, "to young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman." Raquel Baldelomar discusses, "nearly twice as many women than men ages 18 to…

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Stacking Bread On The Baby

I know smart women.  I know plenty of smart, successful women.  I count among my close friends the general counsel of a major professional sports team, a partner and former hiring chair of an Am Law 100 firm, a law professor who also holds a Ph.D., and the director of marketing and business development of an Am Law 200 firm, just to name a few.  By all measures, these women seem to have found a way to have it all: accomplished legal careers, loving spouses, happy families, fulfilling friendships, and even social lives. Their designer clothes are neatly pressed.  Their…

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#SuperwomenJDs: Ms. JD Board Member Jane Rosales

As we prepare for Ms. JD's Eighth Annual Conference, we are asking each of our board members and volunteers to reflect on their superpowers and superheroes/superheroines.  Feel free to join us by posting your own responses to the questions below.  Better yet, join us for an out of this world conference on Friday, February 19, 2016 in NYC! 1. What is your superheroine avatar? 2. What is your superheroine theme song?  I couldn't pick just one song so I made a playlist of all the songs that are fun or inspiring or the type of music you need to listen to to get stuff…

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Desi Lance

The Importance of Getting Involved

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin   I think one of the most effective ways of learning is by doing. Yes, an argument can be made that some people learn better by watching or listening; however, I believe that the majority of lawyers (no matter which type of law they practice) learn predominately by doing; by getting involved and immersing themselves in the relevant legal process. For example, I learned a little bit about what tax regulations and case law consider to be income as I sat…

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Office Hours with Professor Alice Armitage

This week, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Alice Armitage, associate professor of law at UC Hastings and director of Startup Legal Garage. A warm welcome and many thanks for her willingness to contribute to this series with the following interview:   Office Hours  What drew you to law school? First as a law student and then as a professor. My path to law school was more of a winding road than a direct path. In college, I never considered going to law school and, in my senior year, was planning to go directly to grad school in…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Is It All Bad News For Women Lawyers?

I have written before about the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) most recent Annual Survey on the progress of women lawyers.  At first blush, it's pretty discouraging --- as it has been for the previous eight years. I am especially disappointed with the reporting on the gender compensation pay gap.  Equal work should mean equal pay.  These figures appear to be affected by a lot of gender bias and failure to recognize that men and women approach work differently.  It should not all be about billable hours.  Regrettable to be sure. However, I recommend that you keep an open…

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Ms. JD Help Changed My Life. Donate & Change Another’s

When I was accepted to work for the NAACP National Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, I had just enough money saved to pack my bags and move from Los Angeles, CA to Baltimore, MD.  The job was paid, but the housing, transportation, and everyday necessities simply made it so everything would balance out. However, the extra money the JD scholarship provided me, took me from just being “alright,” to being able to find comfort in such an unfamiliar place for me. Experiencing the Baltimore/D.C. area was equivalent to living in a dream! It’s absolutely amazing, and although our supervisors took us…

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Dealing with Bar Exam Stress and Anxiety

I know that taking the bar exam is incredibly stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Everyone feels a lot of pressure and anxiety leading up to test day. The problem is that stress and anxiety can affect your bar exam studying, and ultimately, your performance on test day. There is good news. I’ve put together 4 simple steps to help you manage your bar exam stress, power through your practice, and ace the bar exam! STEP 1: Talk to yourself. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but we all talk to ourselves at some point or another, and…

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A Parliament of OWLs (Older Wiser Learners): Bog Bite, or the importance of proofreading

“Bog bite,” said W.  “I wrote that, and my computer thought, sure, bog is a word, so no spelling mistakes there.  I proofread it OVER and OVER, and never saw it.” H reported looking at a will, written by another attorney several years earlier, in which [NAME] appeared repeatedly, in places where the client’s name should have been.  Good thing the client wasn’t dead yet! Having taught my laptop, against its protestations, that Purposivism is so a word, it has decided to forever auto-capitalize the P.  Apparently, my editing brain agrees that Purposivism deserves capitalizing, because I am blind to…

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Women Leading Change: Profile of the Honorable LaJune Lange

Leaders are global citizens who recognize the reality of our shared humanity and common destiny. This realization is motivation to embark on a journey to create a more just world. On this journey, leaders seek to make a lasting impact which transcends borders and uplifts our global village. The Honorable LaJune Lange exemplifies the qualities of a global citizen and leader in her daily life. Judge Lange is on a mission to make justice a lived reality across the globe. The global citizen is rooted in core values. Throughout her career, Judge LaJune Lange has demonstrated the qualities of global…

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#SuperwomenJDs: Ms. JD Board Member Chibundu Nnake

As we prepare for Ms. JD's Eighth Annual Conference, we are asking each of our board members and volunteers to reflect on their superpowers and superheroines/superheroes.  Feel free to join us by posting your own responses to the questions below.  Better yet, join us for an out of this world conference on February 19, 2016 in NYC! 1) What is your superhero/superheroine avatar?                  I love to cook, rock dope sneakers, and being a Centaur.  As Stringer, I get to rep the Brown & Gold of Iota while rocking some Ms. JD purple. My…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Poor Treatment for Women Lawyers?

I started practicing law in the late 1970's.  Yes, that long ago.  My books are full of anecdotes about the poor treatment of women lawyers in those days by senior lawyers in law firms (almost all men) and judges, as well.  Clients didn't treat us so well either. I believe that we have come a long time since those days when some of the lawyers in my firm thought that I should use the professional name "S. Smith Blakely" because it could just as easily be associated with a male attorney.  FYI, I did not do that, but I knew…

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