Friday, June 21, 2019, at the University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas

     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.

Ready to Rise is open to rising 6th-8th grade girls.  Registration is now open.

Ready-to-Rise Program Agenda 

8:00am Registration & Breakfast

9:00am Welcome & What Do Lawyers Do?

  • Introduction to Law and Lawyering
  • Legal Lingo Flashcards
  • Legal Lingo Bingo
  • Inspiration Break: Lawyers as Judges
  • Becoming a Supreme Court Justice Mock Confirmation Process

11:15am Lunch & Texas Women Lawyers Scavenger Hunt

11:45am Keynote Speaker: Amanda Edwards

12:00pm How Do I Become A Lawyer?

  • Path to Becoming a Lawyer
  • Inspiration Break: Life as a Law Student
  • What Can I Do With a Law Degree? Panel Discussion

1:05pm Group Photo & Break

1:20pm What Are My Rights and Responsibilities?

  • Social Media Smarts
  • The Truth About Bullying
  • Immigration
  • Borders Game
  • Immigration Debrief
  • Inspiration Break: Living Your Dreams
  • #DeclareYourAmbition Video and Exercise
  • Group Chat

3:30pm Tour of the Law School

4:00pm Book Exchange and Closing Reception

Kendra Scott Gives Back!

Benefiting Ms. J.D's Ready-To-Rise Leadership Academy for Middle School Girls!

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Kendra Scott will host a Kendra Scott Gives Back Party, benefiting Ms. J.D's Ready-To-Rise Leadership Academy. This event will take place at:

Kendra Scott City Centre
816 Town and Country Blvd #131
Houston, TX 77024

Cupcakes and champagne will be provided! For every order placed, a gift will be given to one of the 60 girls attending the Leadership Academy, and 20% of all sales will benefit Ms. JD's programming in support of women in law.

If you cannot attend, but would like to support, you may do so by calling the store at 713-965-4115 between 5:00-8:00pm CT to place a phone order.  (Please mention Ms. JD when you call.) Free shipping is available on all remote orders! 

R.S.V.P. for Kendra Scott Gives Back here!


Many Thanks to Our Sponsors!






Community Sponsors


If you are interested in sponsoring the academy, please contact Ms. JD's Executive Director, Danielle Allison at

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