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A Letter to Our Community

As an organization, Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. While we do not endorse candidates for political office, Ms. JD is concerned with how the election and the messaging throughout the election cycle may impact the self-confidence, self-worth, and career goals of the female law students and lawyers we support. We do not want these challenging events to diminish the incredible drive, passion, and commitment we see within our community. You inspire us on a daily basis. We as women are no strangers to adversity. During this difficult time, we…

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Important Updates from Ms. JD

Dear Ms. JDs: They say that your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.  This past week, a lot of people have been talking about Ms. JD and we are humbled and grateful for the wonderful things they’ve been saying: At the beginning of the week, Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel at Walmart, talked about the value of Ms. JD at the Citibank Law Conference and mentioned that our leaders are “model associates” for their commitment to women in the profession.   Paulette Brown credited an interview with Ms. JD as THE…

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Ms. JD Statement Regarding the Recent Gun Violence in the United States

On behalf of Ms. JD and its Board of Directors, we are deeply saddened and concerned by the recent gun violence across this nation. These senseless acts of violence beg the question: how do we unite this nation to see all people as human beings, not threats? Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the Dallas police officers, and to all others who have lost loved ones to gun violence. This significant issue has sparked protests and demonstrations by people and organizations across the world that share our concerns. And so, we stand…

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Ms. JD 3.0: Ascending To New Heights… A Letter From Raychelle Tasher, Ms. JD’s New President

Ms. JD 3.0: Ascending To New Heights Dear Ms. JD Supporters,  I found Ms. JD about 4 years ago as a 2L student at Florida A&M University College of Law. I remember reading a Facebook post about the Ms. JD Fellowship and the mentoring experience women law students, could receive through the program. That same day, I eagerly applied; not even thinking that I would really get selected. But I was selected, and quickly became a part of the Ms. JD family! That year I joined the 2012 Ms. JD Fellowship class and was mentored by Florida Supreme Court Justice…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ms.JD Board Member Raychelle Tasher

1. My favorite sport is basketball and my favorite player is Kevin Durant. He’s from my homestate of Maryland. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland but moved to Coral Springs, Florida my junior year of High School.  2. My favorite color is purple. 3. My favorite pizza is thin crust peperoni and pinapple. Yum! 4. I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I crossed at Florida &M University in Tallahassee, FL, Spring 2007. I am the #17 out of 56 women. ​                                  …

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Caribbean-American Heritage Month: Meet Jamaican born Attorney Stacy-Ann Telfer

June 2015 was proclaimed National Caribbean-American Heritage month by President Barack Obama on May 29, 2015; click here to read the full proclaimation. During this month we celebrate the amazing accomplishments of Caribbean-Americans across the United States. Here, at Ms. JD we are celebrating female attorneys of Caribbean-American heritage who are blazing their own path in the legal community through their unique culture and traditions.  To kick off Caribbean-American heritage month, I had the privileage to interview Attorney Stacy-Ann Telfer. Learn more about her below!  Please tell us about your Caribbean-American heritage. What country are you from? I’m from the island of Jamaica.  I was…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Ms. JD Honors Awards Reception

Ms. JD will host its annual Ms. JD Honors at Madame Tussauds in the heart of San Francisco on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30pm-8:00pm. The reception will recognize the recipients of the 2015 Ms. JD Honors, given to women and men who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with others. Attendees will see Ms. JD present the first-ever TIM Initiative Award. Ms. JD launched The Incredible Men (TIM) Initiative in 2014 to celebrate men who are active champions for women’s advancement in the legal profession. These men not only value equality and diversity in the profession, but…

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2015 Ms. JD Honors: And The Honorees Are…

Ms. JD will be honoring exceptional attorneys in connection with our annual Conference, Stronger Together, which will take place March 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. You can purchase tickets for the conference and the cocktail awards reception here.  We were overwhelmed by this year’s nominees. The Conference Committee had a difficult time deciding which amazing women and men to honor. On that note, we are pleased to announce the Ms. JD Conference Award Honorees and give you a preview of their stories. Women of Inspiration Award - The Woman of Inspiration Award was designed to go to a woman…

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The 2015 Ms. JD Fellowship Application is now open!

The Ms. JD Fellowship, one of our most popular programs, is now open for applications! In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on…

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5 Tips on How to Get Involved in Law School Extracurriculars

In law school, many students choose expand not only their analytical skills but also their leadership skills. I can attest that by my 3L year, I was the National Vice Chair of the ABA Law Students Division, Secretary of my law school’s Student Bar Association, BLSA Recruitment Chair, Moot Court & Advocacy Board Executive Board Member and a host of other roles that kept my down time limited. I took advantage of every leadership opportunity presented and got involved in all types of organizations as a law student. Even though many law students feel as if you have to choose…

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