By Danielle Allison • April 27, 2020•Ms. JD
Ms. JD is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors recently elected a new slate of officers and welcomed five new members.
Leading the Board is newly elected chair, Maleaha Brown, who is an attorney at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. “It’s an exciting time to be stepping in as Board Chair,” said Brown. “During my tenure as Chair, Ms. JD will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and the Board is energized by Ms. JD’s growth and enthusiastic about our future.”
Brown is the fifth Board Chair in Ms. JD’s 14-year history. She became involved with the organization in 2015 as a Ms. JD Fellow. Thereafter, she served as Ms. JD’s Fellowship Director before joining the Board of Directors in 2017. Brown served as a leader on the Board in her previous roles as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Governance Committee. “Ms. JD’s mission resonates deeply with me as a first-generation attorney navigating the legal profession that consists of less than two percent of black women. I believe passionately that Ms. JD is an essential organization whose work to support and improve the experiences of intersectional women law students and lawyers has never been more critical.”
Brown is joined by a dynamic slate of Officers, including:
- Vice-Chair – Diana Stern, Product Counsel, Stripe, Inc.
- Chief Financial Officer – Etherial Edetan, Senior Tax Attorney, ExxonMobil
- Secretary – Katie Day, Attorney, Covetrus
Ms. JD welcomes its new leadership slate at the same time as it brings on several new Board Members who bring diverse experience and expertise that is aligned with the organization’s purpose. They include:
- Kristen Corpion, Founder, Corpion Legal Group, P.A.
- Hailey Hillsman, Student, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Carlos Eduardo Julca, Counsel, Keysight Technologies
- Ashley Lhérisson, Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Secondee, Goldman Sachs
- Simone Otenaike, Associate, BakerHostetler LLP
“A diverse board of talented professionals who are passionate about the mission of Ms. JD is absolutely fundamental to our organization’s continued success,” said Danielle Allison, CEO of Ms. JD. “I am thrilled to welcome these tremendous individuals to the Ms. JD board, and to have the opportunity to partner with Maleaha Brown and the entire board as we work to empower aspiring and early career women attorneys.”
About Ms. JD
Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Ms. JD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of law students and recent graduates and supported by a small group of independent contractors. Founded at Stanford Law School in 2006 by a group of female law students from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, UCLA, UT Austin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and Yale, Ms. JD is a 501(c)(3) incorporated in California.
Serving as a unique nexus between the profession and the pipeline of diverse attorneys, Ms. JD provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and law students. Ms. JD celebrates women’s achievements, addresses remaining challenges, and facilitates continued progress by bringing legal practitioners and law students together to share in an ongoing conversation about gender issues in law school and the profession. To learn about all the amazing things Ms. JD does and the volunteers that make it possible, please visit ms-jd.org.
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