Heather Asher

Ms. JD Launches Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council - Positions Open!

Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information on NWLSO and the resources it provides is available here.

To further the development of women law students and the leadership pipeline, Ms. JD is expanding NWLSO by establishing a NWLSO Leadership Council that will provide national leadership opportunities for law students dedicated to advancing women in the law. Chair positions will function as the inaugural national and regional leadership for the NWLSO Leadership Council.  The term for Chair positions will start in January 2017.  The Chair positions will be selected through a selective application process outlined below.  Ms. JD encourages you to apply!

The ideal candidates for the Chair positions are entrepreneurial self-starters who are passionate about the success of women in the law!  Because this will be the inaugural year for these leadership positions, this first class will have significant opportunity to shape the responsibilities and parameters of the Chair positions going forward.

Application Deadline:  September 7, 2016

The NWLSO Leadership Council will be composed of one National Chair, Regional Chairs, each representing one of the Regions (listed below), as well as up to two Regional Committee Vice-Chairs for each region.

Available Chair Positions and Responsibilities:

National Chair:

  • Serve as chief liaison to Ms. JD Board
  • Chair NWLSO Leadership Council
  • Present ideas for and propose direction of NWLSO
  • Create a NWLSO Service Project and Toolkit
  • Serve as liaison to National Law Student Affinity Groups (NBLSA, HNBA, ABA, LSD)
  • Produce a quarterly report to the Ms. JD Board
  • Communicate with Ms. JD President and Executive Director
  • Lead or assist with planning of NWLSO events
  • Coordinate with NWLSO Newsletter Editor to promote NWLSO announcements and events
  • Schedule and lead monthly meetings with Regional Chairs
  • Serve on a substantive committee
  • Publish blog posts
  • Create web based events and live programming
  • Attend Ms. JD Conference and Ms. JD Board activities

Regional Chairs:

  • Have executive authority over the activities and business in his/her region
  • Produce a quarterly report to the NWLSO National Chair
  • Lead or assist with planning of NWLSO events at affiliate chapters
  • Solicit law student volunteers as needed to complete regional business
  • Maintain institutional knowledge, including producing an official transition report at the end of the term
  • Implement directives from Ms. JD Board and National Chair
  • Maintain membership log of women’s organizations in region
  • Serve on a substantive committee
  • Coordinate with NWLSO newsletter editor to promote NWLSO announcements and events
  • Schedule and lead monthly meetings with Regional Committee
  • Responsible for adding new leadership within the region to Ms. JD listservs (National and NWLSO Newsletter) each year during transition
  • Publish blog posts
  • Create web based events and live programming
  • Attend Ms. JD Conference

Regional Committee Vice-Chairs (up to two for each region):

  • Attend monthly regional meetings
  • Assist Regional Chair with regional business
  • Solicit and coordinate with volunteers as needed


  • Midwest Region: OH, KY, WV, IN, MI, IL
  • Great Plains: KS, NB, IA, MO, WI, MN
  • Western Region: AK, CA, WA, HI, OR, NV, UT, WY, ID, MT, ND, SD
  • Rockies: CO, NM, AZ
  • Northeast Region:  CT, NY, VT, MA, RI, ME, NH, NJ
  • Mid-Atlantic Region:  VA, PA, DC, MD, D
  • Southwest Region: TX, LA, AR, OK
  • Southeast Region: TN, FL, GA, NC, SC, AL, MS, PR

Application Materials:

The following application materials should be sent to applications@ms-jd.org with the email subject “NWLSO Application.”  All documents should be submitted together as one pdf.

(1) Cover Letter.  Your cover letter should identify the Chair position sought.  If you seek a Regional Chair or Vice-Chair position, please specify your designated Region (Regions are determined by the state in which your law school is located).  Applicants not selected for their desired position will automatically be considered for other positions.  For example, an applicant seeking the National Chair position that is not selected for that position will also be considered for a Regional Chair or Regional Vice-Chair position.

Your cover letter should specifically address how you have demonstrated the following:

  • Proven commitment to diversity
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Ability to work with various groups and individuals and build partnerships
  • Ability to manage a distributed network of volunteers
  • Strong communication and organizational skills

The cover letter should also address the issues you would focus on during your term if selected. 

(2) Resume

(3) Two References. Please list references that can speak to the skills and characteristics outlined above.

(4) Certification. Signed certification statement that states: “I certify that I am a registered law student at [insert your law school].”

Eligibility: Incoming first year law students, second year law students, and third year law students.

Term Length: One year starting in January of the following year. Chairs will be selected in Fall 2016, be observers, and then begin their term in January 2017.

Time Commitment: The time required for the Chair responsibilities will vary throughout the one year term.  Applicants should be able and willing to devote 10-20 hours per month to fulfill the Chair responsibilities.

Compensation The Chair positions are unpaid volunteer positions. The positions do not include funding for travel.

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