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.
The conferences have previously been held in Austin, Washington D.C., New Haven, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 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.
LaddHer Up is a unique program for women law firm associates in the earlier stages of their careers to personally engage with women general counsel for transparent 2:1 career strategy discussions, as well as professional development on expanding personal networks, effectively pitching to potential clients, and building skills for a general counsel role in the future.
NWLSO Leadership Academy
Ms. JD's National Women's Law Students Organization (NWLSO) Leadership Academy is Ms. JD's initiative created to further its mission of supporting and improving the experiences of women law students. The Leadership Academy will build a national network of women's law association leaders empowered to lead their law student organizations, leveraging ideas and inspiration from their new connections with other law student leaders. Additionally, the leadership academy class will provide participants with tools to develop the professional skills to help them succeed and serve in leadership positions beyond law school.
Ready to Rise
Ready to Rise is a one-day academy in law and leadership for middle school girls, grades 6-8, with fun and engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, and great snacks! By providing opportunities for education and interaction with women law students and attorneys, Ms. JD’s Ready to Rise academy will allow girls to see themselves as future members of the legal profession advocating for clients, serving as members of the judiciary, running for political office, launching innovative businesses and reaching back to share their education with other girls in their communities.