From the blog
Heather Asher

SAVE THE DATE! Ms. JD’s Seventh Annual Conference: Stronger Together is Set for March 5-6, 2015

Ms. JD is proud to announce that its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law will be March 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, in partnership with UC Hastings College of the Law.  While the conference is several months away, Ms. JD is working to bring you our best conference yet! This year’s conference will feature: Young trailblazers from various segments of the legal profession, who have used their creativity and grit to forge their own career paths, and will help you identify steps you can take TODAY to build your career. Leaders from Women’s Initiatives and Affinity Groups, who will…

read more

Annie Little

The JD’s Life Coach: Meeting Your Inner Jury

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence! To apply for the Writers in Residence Program, please read this post and submit all of the necessary information and materials to by Saturday, November 1, 2014!  Inner critic. You’ve heard the term. You know what it means. You’ve heard the internal voice. Or voices. Not like a “hearing voices” or “multiple personalities” thing. But more like a group of individuals judging you. Like your own inner jury. Well, guess what. It’s totally normal. In his book, True Purpose, Tim…

read more

Susan Smith Blakely

Is Making Partner Enough for Women Lawyers?

Making partner in a law firm has been the traditional "pay off" for most lawyers.  It is when they have confirmation that they "have arrived" as legal practitioners.  Although there are trends away from that these days with a growing focus on the "life" part of the work-life balance for both men and women, partnership remains a real draw for most lawyers in private practice. Today we are seeing a reversion to one-tier partnership by large firms like DLA and Akin Gump, and we can expect to see other firms falling in line in the future.  Although that restructuring can…

read more


Recap: Determined to Rise: A Conversation on Law, Leadership and Being “The First” w/ Paulette Brown

On October 27, 2014, we sat down with Paulette Brown, the President-Elect of the American Bar Association. She spent an hour answering Ms. JD community members' questions. When she takes the reins as President, Ms. Brown will be the first African-American woman to lead the ABA. Ms. Brown is also a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer and has served in many other positions, including as in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies and a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.…

read more


A New Attorney Pens a Love & Thank You Letter to Basketball

The start of the 2014-15 NBA basketball season has finally arrived!  Being a fan of the game has enriched my life in immeasurable ways.  This year, though, I will be seeing it with new eyes: as a newly licensed attorney. I was sworn in as an attorney in the Empire State late last month.  The fact that I officially became a lawyer so close to the start of the 2014-15 NBA basketball season has a special serendipity.  It was during law school that I fell in love with basketball.  Looking back, I could only have fallen in love with the game…

read more


Really? Men Are Welcomed Too?

During Orientation Week for the newly admitted 1Ls at our law school, student organizations were petitioned to place information tables encouraging students to engage in extracurricular activities. For our newly created National Women Law Students' Organization (NWLSO) chapter we had vivid brochures, a sign-up sheet, and enthusiastic Board Members answering all sorts of questions. More than 50 women approached the table and showed a genuine interest in participating and becoming part of the NWLSO. We were all very excited. There was a lot of movement and the table was rarely ever empty. Yet, as we tried to welcome all, we…

read more


The LSAT: How to Read the RC Passages (part 1)

There are several things I encourage my tutees to do when reading an RC passage (and I do recommend reading the passage first, thoroughly, and then working through the questions, rather than skimming the passage and then having to come back to it again and again for each question) (and one reason for this recommendation is that many questions require a ‘global’ understanding of the passage; they can’t be answered by just looking at one part of the passage): 1. Paraphrase as you go: put each sentence into your own words.  This will ensure that you actually understand what you…

read more


Tips for How Women Lawyers Can Chart a Different Course - #2

Though the road may be paved with bumps and hiccups, women lawyers can absolutely chart their course, a different course by implementing proven strategies to create the career of their dreams. Below are critical habits along that path to a fulfilling and prosperous career. Become a masterful time manager. Yep, as women, we often wear too many hats. To stay focused and invest the requisite time to create the professional experience you crave, you must assess and evaluate on an ongoing basis, “is this worth my time”. Often, we can outsource some of the tedious tasks of existence such as…

read more


What “Stronger Together” Means to Ms.JD Board Member Julie Silverbrook

Ms.JD is hosting its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Stronger Together on March 5 & 6, 2015 at UC Hastings College of the Law. In the lead up to our annual conference, Ms.JD board members, staff, and annual conference participants will share what our conference theme “Stronger Together” means to them. To me, stronger together means . . . That we work together to not only improve the culture of the legal profession as a whole, but also to devote some time to helping other individuals within our ever-growing networks achieve professional fulfillment. Self-empowerment is the key…

read more


Deliberate Brand Creation- Extrovert or Introvert?

As the seasons continue to shift deliberately this October,  we continue our Deliberate Brand Creation this week.  As I said last week, I'm putting my own spin on Oprah’s October 2014, “What I Know For Sure” column in her O Magazine.  As I’ve said in the past, I have a lot of appreciation and respect for Oprah’s presence in this world. This week, let's explore how being genuine or "real" about who you are is such a big part of your deliberate brand creation.   I like to call it "owning" who you are. I am not a fan of labeling…

read more


U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern

Job Title:  U.S. Policy and Advocacy Summer 2015 Law Student Intern Department: U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. The Center engages in cutting-edge impact litigation, policy analysis, advocacy, research, and public education throughout the world, to achieve women’s equality in society and to ensure that all women have access to appropriate and freely chosen reproductive health services. Internship Summary: The Center’s U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program is looking for…

read more

Courtney Gabbara

Ms. JD Pre-Law: Top 10 Tips To Success At Any Law School Fair

Reflecting back on my pre-law school days, I remember the amount of leg work that goes into researching law schools. Besides basic web browsing, I worked hard to talk to attorneys and gain hands on experience that would help shed some light on how to make myself a competitive applicant.  This is when I learned about law school fairs—an organized event where I could actually interact face to face with the decision makers to my law school fate! As a poor undergraduate student, I cannot emphasize enough how important of an opportunity this was for me. Now, as an admissions…

read more

Jeena Cho

Sex & Money: Why Compassion Matters for Lawyers

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is currently seeking pre-law and law school students, as well as legal professionals, to serve as its 2015 Writers in Residence! To apply for the Writers in Residence Program, please read this post and submit all of the necessary information and materials to by Saturday, November 1, 2014!  I'm sitting with my client who is grieving the death of his wife. She died from cancer. They spent and borrowed every penny in an effort to save her life. As I sit with him, I realize how poorly law school has prepared me for this moment. I think back to my 1L…

read more


A Part-Time Law Program Equals Full-Time Studying

When I made the decision to apply to law school, I barely gave full-time attendance any thought.  I was returning to school after more than 5 years and was instantly attracted to the idea that I could pursue a law degree through a flexible, part-time workload without giving up too much of my life.  I did not even give a second thought to 4 years of studying.  In fact, I thought, “what’s another year to 3 years, it will be over before I know it.” During my first 2 years, I had very few good days where I enjoyed law…

read more


LSAT Vocabulary

One question we are often asked concerns the vocabulary required to do well on the LSAT. Students worry that they might need an especially large vocabulary, or perhaps a working knowledge of legal or logical terms. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look and find out what you need to know before you take the LSAT. The good news is that most of the words you will see on the LSAT will be of the simple, everyday variety. This would include a wide range of words such as “city” or “witness” or “fuel.” Most native English speakers would…

read more

Local Networking Sponsors