In addition to the blog, Ms. JD hosts and facilitates a number of programs throughout the year. All Ms. JD programs are provided without membership fees to students nationwide thanks to the generous support of our donors. Please consider supporting this work; every donation makes a difference.
The National Women Law Students Organization. Ms. JD has campus chapters at law schools across the country. Together, these chapters form the National Women Law Students' Organization (NWLSO). NWLSO chapters participate in various Ms. JD projects, including the annual conferences, student workshops, and regional networking events. Through NWLSO, Ms. JD has created a “rapid response” network that connects professionals to students and spreads news about women in the law, job opportunities, resources, and events.
The Fellowship. Each spring, in conjunction with the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Award, Ms. JD selects 20 second year law students as Fellowship Winners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitation to ABA and Ms. JD events, Ms. JD matches the law students with mentors from among the Commission's alumnae of commissioners and Brent Award Winners. The one-year program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.
The Writers in Residence. Each year Ms. JD invites guest bloggers to serve as Writers in Residence at Ms. JD. The Writers in Residence each pen one post per month, are featured on the site, and participate in various Ms. JD events throughout the year, including a Writers in Residence event at Ms. JD's annual conference.
The Ms. JD Reference Library on Women in Law. Ms. JD’s Library is the most comprehensive collection of resources on women in the law. Two years after Ms. JD launched the Library, the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law partnered with Ms. JD to expand the database. Today the Library includes more than 500 resource abstracts for books, articles, reports, and best practice recommendations on topics ranging from work/life balance and retention issues to stereotyping and gender bias in evaluation and compensation systems.
Ms. JD's Annual Conferences. Each year Ms. JD gathers women from law schools and legal markets around the country for a summit on the progress made by and remaining challenges for women in the profession. Ms. JD will hold our fifth national conference in Washington, DC in Fall 2012. The conferences have previously been held in New Haven, New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Past speakers include former New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye, Allstate General Counsel Michele Mayes, Shell Oil General Counsel Catherine Lamboley, Slate.com's Dahlia Lithwick, and District Judge Joan Lefkow.
Ms. JD's Student Leadership Research. In 2010 Ms. JD released the first original research report on the representation of female students among law review staff and management. Follow-up studies on law review selection processes and student organization management are planned for summer 2011. In addition to this empirical research, Ms. JD also features interviews with female EICs, highlighting their achievements and exploring the challenges they often face.
Public Interest Scholarships. Each spring Ms. JD awards summer stipends to law students committed to working in the public interest. Past recipients have used their stipends to intern at the ICC in the Hague, the JAG Corps, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the Equal Justice Foundation.
The Global Education Fund. Grateful for the educational opportunities we have had in the U.S., Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations. With the Global Education Fund, these women would not have access to further education. In its first year Ms. JD's Global Education Fund made it possible for two young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda!