Heather Asher

Press Release:  Ms. JD Board of Directors Elects New Executive Board Members


CONTACT: Heather Asher, Ms. JD Executive Director, director@ms-jd.org

DATE: March 10, 2016


On February 19, 2016, Ms. JD held its Eighth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, themed “Superwomen JDs,” at NYU School of Law. At the conference, Ms. JD announced the promotion of Ms. JD Board Member Raychelle Tasher to her new role as President. Previous Ms. JD President Katherine M. Larkin-Wong will remain on the board as Immediate Past President.  Ms. JD Board Member Elizabeth Hague will transition into the role of Vice President, taking over for Ms. JD’s previous Vice President, Janet Wallace.

Tasher remarked that “Ms. JD is extremely grateful for Katherine and Janet’s great service to Ms. JD and their continuing commitment to pursuing the advancement of women in the legal profession. Through their unique blend of inspiration, enthusiasm and hands-on work, they have provided a foundation that will allow Ms. JD to not only continue fulfilling its mission through its current programs and events, but to expand into new areas.”  Tasher noted that during her term as President she plans to extend or create the following Ms. JD programs and initiatives:

  • NWLSO: Ms. JD’s National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO) will be expanded to provide national leadership opportunities and host an annual Leadership Academy that will provide student leadership training.
  • Women of Color Initiative: This new initiative will create projects and programs to promote retention of women of color in the legal profession along with creating proactive dialogue with other diversity groups and bar associations.
  • Pre-law: Ms. JD will continue providing a broad of array resources for pre-law students, which includes a blog series, webcasts, podcasts and in-person events, with an increased focus on first generation college students.

Larkin-Wong stated that “I cannot think of a more exciting time for Ms. JD.  The board is undergoing its third leadership transition in the midst of Ms. JD’s ten year anniversary.  Raychelle is a perfect example of what Ms. JD has accomplished over the past ten years – she joined Ms. JD as a law student in the Fellowship program and gained mentorship from senior lawyers and support from other ambitious women law students and later joined the Board and gained leadership skills by leading the Fellowship program.  Now, as a lawyer on the rise, Raychelle is using the skills obtained through Ms. JD to lead its Board into the next phase.  As a former law student member, then NWLSO lead, Elizabeth has similarly grown with the organization.  I cannot wait to see what they are able to accomplish.”

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 legal professionals. 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’s online community provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and law students. Ms. JD’s programs provide law student fellowships, public interest scholarships and international scholarships for foreign women law students.  With campus chapters throughout the nation, Ms. JD is also home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization.

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