By Paloma M Guerrero • October 09, 2017•Ms. JD, Conference
On September 22-23rd, I traveled across the country to attend the Ms. JD's Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy: from Las Vegas, NV to Cambridge, MA. A little over two weeks later and I am still feeling the excitement and inspiration I garnered from being in a room full of incredible women in leadership roles at their respective law schools. A little over two weeks later and I have implemented ideas and suggestions given to me from speakers, and other attendees in my own law school. A little over two weeks later and I see the attendee's on Facebook cheering each other on and establishing a powerful network.
I lead the OUTLaws organization and the Immigration Law Society, one recently restored and the other completely novel, at the William S. Boyd School of Law. Before attending the Leadership Academy I felt overwhelmed. When I got there I realized most law schools have similar if not identical organizations at their schools which meant I had 44 potential sources for recommendations on how to lead my organizations. Accordingly, I asked around. Before the first night even ended, I had pages full of ideas on events, community service, and mentoring implementations each organization could do.
I feel so grateful at the opportunity to have attended and hear from influential speakers and learn so much about what it means to be a woman in the law profession. I really wish everyone at my law school had the chance to attend because an event like this is empowering. There is simply nothing like it. I would encourage everyone to apply and attend next year!
Thank you so much to all of the people who made an event like this possible, it was one of the best experiences of my law school education so far.