Passion Forward

Ms. JD: Passion Forward

February 21-22, 2014 

Austin, Texas

The Sixth Annual Conference on Women in Law in partnership with the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law

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Passion Forward presents young and aspiring attorneys with the chance to learn the skills that will give them career control.   Find your voice, show off your passion, and start on the journey to your dream career.  At Passion Forward, participants will learn the skills to  identifyand showcase their passions so that they can be in control of where their career is headed.  APPROVED FOR 1 CLE TEXAS ETHICS CREDIT FOR FRIDAY.

First, we will help you identify what you are passionate about and how to harness your personality strengths to best market those passions.  No more trying to fit yourself into what others think of as the "right" way to do something.  We'll work together to figure out what marketing tools are best for you!  Then, our knowledgeable presenters will teach you to skills that will enable you display your passion and set yourself apart in the new economy (one that is increasingly technological and digital).  Learn from practitioners who are making their dream careers happen by finding their voice!  They are using powerful tools like social media, blogs, and the platforms that come with getting involved in organizations that share their mission to drive their careers.   Finally, we’ll leverage the power of women supporting women by guiding you in the creation of your personalized master plan to ensure that you leave the conference ready to deploy the skills you've learned.  In short, you will walk away from the first day of Passion Forward with your new plan for YOU Inc.  

Ready to take control of your career by owning your passions?  Then register for Passion Forward today! 

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Still not sure?  Check out our agenda and speakers below!  Whether you want to start your own firm, work in public interest, head to big law or in-house, our diverse speakers have done it all and they will be here to help you work on creating YOU Inc.  Develop your YOU Inc. Board by connecting with our group of national leaders who are here because they want to help you!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

6:00 – 8:00 pm    Ms. JD Passion Forward Awards Cocktail Reception at Olive and June

For the first time in Ms. JD history, Ms. JD will be honoring exceptional women in connection with our conference.  The Passion Forward Awards will kick off our weekend of commiting to pursuing our passions by focusing women who have demonstrated a gritty determination to create change and improve the communities around them.  They have achieved incredible results and they will show you how you can too.  The honorees are:

Women of Inspiration: Lily Dorman Colby, Paula Edgar, and Margrethe Kearney

Road Less Traveled: Jennifer Alton

Sharing Her Passion: Roberta (Bobbi) Liebenberg

Women's Strength in Numbers: Military Spouse JD Network 

To learn more about the incredible honorees, click here.  To purchase your ticket to the Passion Foward Awards cocktail reception, click here.  You or your organization may also tell the Honorees congratulations.  To learn more click here.

Friday, February 21, 2014

8:00 – 9:00 am      Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 10:45 am     Session 1: Find Your Passion

11:00 – 12:00 pm   Breakout Session 2a: Display Your Passion (Choose One - For Attorneys CLE is pending in Texas and California)

-Social Media
-Op-Eds & Blogging
-Getting Involved

12:00 – 1:30 pm     Lunch & Keynote Address by Reshma Saujani

1:30 – 2:30 pm       Breakout Session 2b: Display Your Passion (Choose One - For Attorneys CLE is pending in Texas and California):

-Social Media
-Op-Eds & Blogging
-Getting Involved

2:45 – 4:45 pm       Breakout Session 3: Pursue Your Passion

 5:00 – 6:30 pm     PASS it Forward Reception

We invite all participants and speakers to join us for an informal networking event and reception which will give our attendees, sponsors, panelists, and community guests an opportunity discuss the day's events, plan for future collaboration, and promote their passions.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

9:00 – 6:00 pm      Women in Law Institute

Building on the first day of Passion Forward, the Center for Women in Law will host an all-day, intensive workshop for law students, judicial clerks, and LL.M.’s.  Included in the Ms. JD Conference registration, the Center will train participants in effective communication, self-promotion, and networking.

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Location and Transportation Information

Are you a law student interested in attending? Take a look at these pages for tips on funding your trip to Passion Forward, how to find support from your law school, and a check list for planning your trip

Thank you to all of our conference sponsors: 

Thank you to all of our co-sponsor organizations: 

Thank you to our Conference Planning Committee!

For all questions, please contact the Conference Coordinator, at

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