Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Presents: Women In Appellate Law

The U.S. Supreme Court, the Circuit Courts, State Supreme Courts - these are hallowed halls that make final decisions about where American jurisprudence is going next.  Who are the women who appear and argue before these courts? What is it like to prepare for an oral argument or finalize your first appellate brief?  If practicing appellate law is your goal, what are the steps you should take to get there?  Our distinguished panelists who practice appellate law in a variety of offices throughout Washington, DC will give you their insights and tell a few stories from their experiences along the way.Please…

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Laura Bladow

Announcing our Passion Forward Keynote Speaker, Reshma Saujani!

Ms. JD is very pleased and excited to announce that Reshma Saujani will be giving the keynote address at our Sixth Annual Conference, Ms. JD: Passion Forward! The author of Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way and the founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma is living #PassionForward. The first 50 conference registrants will recieve a free copy of Reshma's book at the conference, so register today!In addition to being an author and the the founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma is the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City. Following her passion for public service,…

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Laura Bladow

The Basics: Inside the Jackson vs. AEG Live Trial

If you have not followed the Jackson vs. AEG Live trial, this post will break down the basics of the case in preparation for Women in the Courtroom: Inside the Jackson vs. AEG Live Trial, a Ms. JD National Programming Event on December 11th. Don't forget to register today to reserve your seat for this unique glimpse into the trial team behind this high profile case. The Plantiff: Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother, and his three children Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson.  AEG Live’s negligence in hiring, retaining or supervising Dr. Conrad Murray, the individual convicted of involuntary manslaughter of Michael…

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Laura Bladow

Women in the Courtroom: Inside the Jackson vs. AEG Live Trial, a Ms. JD National Programming Event - December 11, 2013

Join us for an interview with key O’Melveny attorneys that served on the recent Jackson vs. AEG Live trial. For those unfamiliar with the trial, Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson, alleged that AEG Live employed an incompetent doctor whose negligence led to her son's death. With parties, witnesses, and issues ripped from music headlines, the Jackson v. AEG Live was one of the most-watched trials of the past year. Panelists include partner Marvin Putnam, and counsel Kathryn Cahan and Jessica Bina Stebbins. The program will offer an inside look at the trial process, discuss the challenges and unique opportunities presented by women in the courtroom, and create a unique opportunity to discuss leadership and…

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Laura Bladow

Driven to Succeed: Women in Energy

There is no denying that the energy industry is an important part of the Texas economy.  But what does it take to succeed as a woman in energy?  What traits or skills should you develop to be primed success in the energy industry regardless of your practice area?   Please join Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP on November 14, 2013, for an hour of networking followed by a dynamic panel discussion among successful professionals in energy. Our speakers will provide insight on the primary drivers to their success and what you can do to develop them yourself.  …

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Laura Bladow

Book Review - Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way

Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Reshma Saujani is just the right mix of inspiration and research with practical applications for pursuing your ambitions. Jump the Line – The main message of Saujani’s book is that women spend too much time playing it safe, when they should be stepping up to take risks and lead. All too often criticism and a fear of failure prevent women from taking big risks and achieving big payoffs. Saujani asserts that women need to set the criticism aside and find confidence in themselves to jump the line.…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD’s Passion Forward Awards

For the first time in Ms. JD history, Ms. JD will be honoring exceptional women in connection with our annual conference, Passion Forward, which will take place February 21-22nd, 2014 in Austin, Texas.  The Passion Forward Awards will celebrate women who have demonstrated passion for their careers and shared that passion with other men and women. There are six awards available. Consistent with Ms. JD’s mission of supporting law students and young lawyers, four of the awards will go to a woman or group of women who have been practicing law for ten years or less. One award will go to…

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Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Announces the 2013 Ms. JD Fellows

Ms. JD has awarded Fellowships to 18 law students. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession.  The winners reflect a full range of diverse interests and backgrounds, with women pursuing opportunities in public interest, academia, and private sector in every region of the country.  The 2013 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are: Celina Caban, CUNY School of LawBrandy DeOrnellas, Harvard Law SchoolKelsey Green, Northwestern University School of LawAnisha Gupta, Berkeley LawTeresa Gutierrez, Loyola Law SchoolIrene Lehne, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel UniversityAllie McDonald, Northwestern University School of…

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Laura Bladow

Join us for the Ms. JD South Florida Kick Off Event!

As the Ms. JD community continues to spread across the country, we are pleased to announce the South Florida Kick Off Event! Law students and lawyers of all genders are welcome to join us for this informal wine and cheese networking event. With this initial meeting we aim to generate awareness and engagement of our local law schools and law professionals in South Florida.When: 06/19/2013 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm  Where: Planning Consultants Group, 2 Alhambra Plaza, Suite 100, Coral Gables, FL 33134Please RSVP here. We hope to see you there! 

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Laura Bladow

Join the Passion Forward Conference Planning Committee!

Are you passionate about changing the face of the legal profession? Do you enjoy event planning? Join the conference planning committee for Ms. JD’s 6th annual national conference, Passion Forward, taking place in February 2014! To apply, please complete this questionnaire by 11:59 pm PST on June 2nd. The Conference Planning Committee will work directly with Ms. JD's Board of Directors and Conference Coordinator to select speakers, design activities, and generally plan and promote our 2014 Conference.  Membership on the Committee is an excellent opportunity to take on a leadership role in a highly visible national organization. Conference Planning Committee Leaders will be regularly recognized…

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