By Katherine Larkin-Wong • January 24, 2016
Dear Ms. JD Supporters:
Ten years ago, a small group of law students came together to address a problem: women being treated unequally in their law school classroom. To raise awareness, they formed a blog called Ms. JD. Ten years later, Ms. JD is 10 different programs serving a community of women Determined to Rise. And rising we are. In its short history, Ms. JD has produced incredible women leaders who are holding leadership positions in the ABA, NAWL, and their local bar associations, are executive directors of national non-profits, top producing associates and partners in their law firms, starting their own firms, and reimagining what it means to be a JD as entrepreneurs. For me, Ms. JD’s community is becoming everything we always imagined it would.
This year, Ms. JD is also embarking on her own new adventure: our third leadership transition in the history of the organization. Raychelle Tasher, a current Ms. JD Board Member, former Ms. JD Fellow, and an incredible woman, has taken over as President of Ms. JD effective January 1st. Raychelle will tell you that she is a testament to the value of Ms. JD. Raised in an immigrant family, Raychelle was the first person in her family to go to college and the first to attend law school. She found Ms. JD because she was searching for guidance and mentors. Ms. JD’s blog offered her advice while her Ms. JD Fellowship Mentor encouraged her to seek out leadership positions. As a 3L, Raychelle became the first African-American woman Vice Chair of the ABA Law Student Division and has mentored and encouraged many women coming up behind her. Today, Raychelle is a Clerk to Chief Bankruptcy Judge Kathy A. Surratt-States in Eastern District of Missouri.
Raychelle has big dreams for where Ms. JD will go next (check back tomorrow to read all about them!) and we have an incredible team that will make it happen. I am excited for the plans that Raychelle has and cannot wait to lead a few of her initiatives in my year as Ms. JD’s Immediate Past President. None of this can happen without the support of our incredible community so I hope you will join me in continuing to support Ms. JD in ensuring that every woman lawyer has the opportunity to rise.
Here are a few ways that you can get involved:
- Join us at #SuperwomenJDs on February 19th at NYU. In addition to awesome programming, and fantastic speakers, we'll be celebrating Ms. JD's 10th Anniversary and the leadership transition! If you can't join us for the entire conference, please be sure to join us for the Ms. JD Honors Friday evening where we'll recognize men and women who are doing making a difference in our community. (Tickets available here.)
- Sign up on Ms. JD's Volunteer form and let us know how to get you involved!
- Show your support by donating to #MsJD10!
- Write for Ms. JD! Tell your own story, the story of a woman who inspires you, or a man who has been a supporter of diversity and gender issues for our TIM Initiative series.
- Start your own National Women Law Students Organization on campus or affiliate your Women Law Students Group with Ms. JD.
Though I never intended for it to be this long, it has been my honor to serve this community for the last five years. I have met amazing people, seen leaders come into their own, and been constantly envigorated by the spirit with which you all approach your jobs and life. There is no doubt in my mind that we are changing the world and the legal profession. While my role may be changing, I look forward to continuing my support of Ms. JD and hope to see you at one of our events or on the blog very soon!
With lots of Ms. JD Love to this Incredible Space,
Ms. JD, Immediate Past President