By Carla and Cherice • January 05, 2014•Writers in Residence
Hello, NPRG readers!
We are excited to go on this year-long journey with our readers as we discover the different career opportunities women of diverse backgrounds have taken and share the advice they have to offer. For NPRG’s first blog post, we thought we would introduce ourselves, explain why we created this blog, and provide more details about the interesting conversations we plan to have this year.
We are Cherice Landers and Carla Laroche; close friends and lawyers with interests in international development, community development, criminal justice, politics, media, consumer protection issues, mentorship, public service, education, and many other areas we’ve learned about through our travels, education, and social interactions.
Cherice Landers is originally from the Boston area (Go Pats!), and is a second-year corporate associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in New York. Cherice graduated from Princeton University, Columbia Law School, and the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Carla Laroche is a Ms. JD Board member and she is currently a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She graduated from Princeton University, Columbia Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Carla’s hometown is Baldwin, New York, but she is enjoying her Sunshine State lifestyle.
We met over eleven years ago on our very first day of college at Princeton University. During orientation, our fathers, in typical “eager parent” fashion, presented their respective daughter’s bios to one another and, determining that their daughters should be friends, introduced us.
Since that day, we’ve watched, helped, and laughed with each other through the trials and tribulations of figuring out what we want to be when we grow up. When we were younger, we dreamed both of being lawyers and of not being lawyers. At one point, Cherice interned as a speech pathologist, while Carla flirted with the idea of teaching elementary school. We ultimately decided to pursue law degrees, however, to take advantage of the power a legal education wields in developing and keeping open a variety of opportunities across our broad areas of interest in legal and non-legal professions. Career paths today rarely resemble the linear paths of our parents’ generation. Instead, we’re encouraged to try different things and seize new career opportunities whenever (and wherever) they present themselves. Recognizing and capitalizing on such opportunities are art forms. We’re hoping this blog will help us and our readers as we try to master these valuable skills.
In seeking out legal heroines to emulate in fashioning our careers, we had few examples to choose from, especially with respect to women of color. There were not many professionals with JDs on TV, in books, and otherwise accessible to us who “looked like us.” This is not to say we could not and did not look to others for support; in addition to the few, but powerful, famous women in the law such as Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we also had and continue to have an amazing network of strong women and men offering support and advice in our daily lives. When young girls dream big dreams, however, knowing and seeing that someone like them dreamed similar dreams is invaluable. It gives us hope that we can achieve similar successes and even go further than those who came before us.
Because we did not have such an opportunity, we want to seek out and give our readers access to the diverse faces of women with legal educations through NPRG. We will interview women who have JDs, yet, keeping with our interest in non-legal opportunities, are no longer practicing law, or never practiced at all. Through this blog, we will give readers an opportunity to see that there are successful women whose faces have been lacking in social media and whose dreams may resemble their own. These women exist and this blog will bring their accomplishments to the forefront.
We hope our readers find the lineup of impressive and diverse women we will interview interesting and their advice useful. We invite you to share the names of women whom you would like us to include in this blog. Please contact us at email@example.com and include their contact information and why you think they would be great NPRG interviewees. We look forward to and will thoughtfully consider all suggestions from our readers.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading.
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