Ms. JD Responds to Urgent COVID-19 Need With #WhyMsJD Campaign Joining #GivingTuesdayNow

Ms. JD is responding to meet the needs of early career women lawyers and law students by launching the #WhyMsJD campaign to shine light on the many ways the organization promotes the success of law students and recent graduates and outline how the community can join Ms. JD in supporting this group. #GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020. #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an…

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Join Ms. JD for a Global Day of Unity - May 5, 2020 #GivingTuesdayNow

On May 5, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level. Will you be one of them? We will be one of those participating organizations and we need your help! By joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.  Here is how you can get ready to give: 1.    Give. On May 5, go to and donate. It is Ms. JD’s great desire to continue to support the advancement of women in the…

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Ms. JD Announces New Board Leadership and Members

Ms. JD is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors recently elected a new slate of officers and welcomed five new members. Leading the Board is newly elected chair, Maleaha Brown, who is an attorney at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. “It’s an exciting time to be stepping in as Board Chair,” said Brown. “During my tenure as Chair, Ms. JD will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and the Board is energized by Ms. JD’s growth and enthusiastic about our future.” Brown is the fifth Board Chair in Ms. JD’s 14-year history. She became involved with the organization…

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The Future of Law: The Legal Workforce of the Future

When most people think about the people who work in law firms and legal departments, they think of lawyers, paralegals and secretaries. However, increasing competition, new technology and a heightened focus on the business of law has fueled the growth of non-lawyer roles in the legal industry.  In his work, in Tomorrow’s Lawyers, legal futurist Richard Susskind predicted a fracturing and disruption of the legal industry along with a proliferation of new roles within the legal industry.  A recent Robert Half survey found that nearly 60% of lawyers surveyed reported that their law firm or company plans to fill non-lawyer…

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The Influencers: The All-Woman Texas Supreme Court

Being a Texan (non-native, but proud nevertheless), I love tales of interesting episodes in Texas history. There are many, but one of my favorites tells of what may be the most unusual state supreme court ever.   The events in our story occurred almost a hundred years ago. At that time, the Supreme Court of Texas consisted of a chief justice and two associate justices. You will be forgiven if you assume that in 1924 and 1925 all three sitting justices were male. This fact would come to pose a problem for the governor and the court.  At the time, fraternal organizations were…

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Combating Anxiety and Depression During COVID-19

Social distancing is in full effect, numerous counties and states have implemented stay home orders, schools and daycares across the U.S. have been closed, and you’re still trying to work and maybe even homeschool your children at the same time.  Sound familiar?  The struggle is real folks.  Admittedly, I’m generally a realist rather than an optimist.  However, I must be intentional during this time with my work schedule, socialization and mindset, or I’ll inevitably become anxious about the hundreds of things I can’t control during this global pandemic. Like many of you, as a litigation attorney, I spend much of…

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Practice Pointers – Finding Your Tribe

March 2020 has been… rough. Uncertainty abounds, and Tiger King reigns supreme. Zoom is no longer just something my dog does when she’s got way too much energy. Life’s surreal right now. Very surreal. I’ve been doing my best to get through each day without a mental breakdown, and some days have been especially tough with incessant fears and tears. But this isn’t a post about my anxiety. It’s about what’s been helping me navigate this upside-down world we’re living in: the people in my life. In the past, I’ve rolled my eyes at all the “find your tribe and…

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Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How To Deal with a Perfectionist

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.” – Anne Lamott Have you ever encountered the kind of people who expect the impossible from others?  They view anything less than perfection as a failure.  They hyper-focus on your mistakes and they never seem to notice all the things that you do right.  You, my friend, have encountered a perfectionist.  While at first blush this term may seem like a compliment, the reality is that it is not.  Perfectionists should really be called “imperfectionists” because they don’t look for the perfection in others - they look for their imperfections.  There is a…

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Space Debris- Never Friend Always Foe

According to NASA space debris is non-operational man-made objects in outer space. They include but are not limited to non-functional space crafts, abandoned launch vehicle stages, mission related debris and fragmentation debris. Why is space debris a problem? Space debris is considered problematic because it can cause damage in outer space and on the ground upon Earth re-entry. It can cause damage to space crafts and in some cases even space crew if the impact of the collision is pronounced enough.  Last, but not least, space debris causes space pollution. Currently there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in…

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Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Maximizing Opportunities, Maintaining Productivity & Exercising Good Judgment in Challenging Times (4/21)

Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit Webinar Series "Maximizing Opportunities, Maintaining Productivity & Exercising Good Judgment in Challenging Times"  with Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder of DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing & Executive Consultant of Axiom Register today at

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