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How Stacey Hallerman Created Her Own Destiny with a Relentless & Inspiring Desire to Take Initiative

Stacey Hallerman is the definition of finding a need and filling it. For 6 years while working for a boutique food and drug law firm, she realized that her firm was outsourcing intellectual property work to other law firms and took it upon herself to learn trademark law. She bought books and studied IP law, specifically trademark applications that normally would be delegated to other firms. Inevitably by learning IP law, Stacey saved her firm thousands of dollars and grew as an IP lawyer. With every positon that Stacey took on, she made a point to never leave the firm…

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A Conversation with 2018 Ms. JD Honors Reception Keynote Speaker Lily Y. Hughes

“Always remember that no matter the toughest challenge that you’re facing, have faith that there is always an end to it.  Choose joy while going through hell, buckle up, know you are growing stronger and there will be light on the other side” were the last words that Lily Hughes gave me before ending our call. When Lily Hughes was only 11 years old she and her family immigrated from Hong Kong to East LA.  Lily’s mother was illiterate even in Chinese, and her father repair shoes during the day and was a busboy at night. From a young age,…

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How Following her Instinct and Passions took Heather Washington from the Law Firm to the Film Set

Go to law school, work for a firm, make lots of money, rinse wash and repeat. The typical story for most attorneys was not the path set out for Heather Washington. I had the opportunity to speak with Heather and pick her brain on how she became the Feature Film Executive that she is today. Heather is a Howard University and University of Pennsylvania Law School alum, and she relentlessly followed her inspirations in the Entertainment business. After working for two prestigious law firms, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and DLA Piper, Heather found her calling and her passion in…

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Michelle Banks: How Risk Taking and Dedication to Supporting Women Led her to a Successful Career

Michelle Banks is one of 2018 Ms. J.D "Her Story" Conference Key Note speakers. As a former EVP Sustainability & Global General Counsel, Michelle is currently an executive coach, a frequent speaker on leadership, and a nonprofit board member. Michelle completed her education at UCLA and continued to give back, not only through her organization LEAD but as an Executive Coach to corporate counsel. Michelle started her career by taking huge leaps of faith. At the first opportunity, Michelle flew to Japan and worked as the only woman at one of the largest Japanese trading companies. Her leaps of faith, perseverance, and confidence in herself, helped shape her career as…

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Ms. JD Herstory Series: “Inspirational” – Maleaha Brown

The Ms. JD Herstory Series is a project associated with the “Her Story ” themed 2018 Ms. JD Conference. It is a blog posting series that features summaries of interviews with members of the Ms. JD family conducted by Shanice Hinckson, a 2017-2018 Ms. JD Fellow. These summaries portray each person’s account of the influence Ms. JD has had on their lives. Furthermore, it highlights Ms. JD as an important contribution to the legal community and an advocate for stories that refrain from marginalizing the woman’s perspective. Inspirational “When I think of her story, I think about the movie ‘Hidden…

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Announcing the 2018 Ms. JD Honors Recipients!

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 Ms. JD Honors Awards! Sharing Her Passion Award - To a woman who has practiced for more than ten years who is inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and sharing her passion for the practice. Awardee: Leslie Richards-Yellen Women's Strength in Numbers Award - To two or more women who have partnered with one another to create a unique program, business, or organization. Awardees: Enieda Roman and Betty Francisco with the Latina Circle Road Less Traveled Award - To a woman who is using her J.D. in a unique, non-traditional, way to pursue an issue or cause that…

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#MsJDPreLaw at the NYC Bar’s LSAT/Law School Prep Series

Ms. JD was thrilled to co-sponsor the New York City Bar Association - Diversity and Inclusion Committee's LSAT/Law School Prep Series, held on January 5, 2018. In addition to a Law School Fair with representatives from schools around the country and workshops on the LSAT and personal statements, the event also featured two panels on "What to Expect & How to Succeed in Your 1L Year" and "How to Select & Apply to the Right Law School." #MsJDPreLaw spoke with a few of the law school admissions professionals at the fair and asked them: "What's one thing you'd like our pre-law readers to know about your school?"…

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Building your Brand and Network as a Pre-Law Student - #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangout (Ep. 01)

The Ms. JD Pre-Law Program is excited to launch the #MsJDPreLaw Mentoring Hangouts, a series of conversations between attorneys and pre-law students! Our first episode, on "building your brand and network as a pre-law student," will be streamed live at 12pm ET on Saturday, January 6, 2017, at tiny.cc/msjdprelawepisode1. Guest speakers are: Katie Larkin-Wong - litigation associate at Latham & Watkins, Commissioner at the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, and former President of Ms. JD Nikki Datta - Class of 2019 undergraduate at Columbia University, President of the Columbia University Women in Law and Politics, and 2017 Writer-in-Residence…

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Ms. JD’s Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Academy

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…

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Discrimination in the Law

Equality After many years of combat by the Universities, the Law Society, the Bar council and the Law schools the gender balance has been achieved with a current 49/51 split in the sexes entering the legal professions whether it be in the solicitors or the barrister ranks. However, the percentages change rapidly after a few years in the professions, from 25 to 40 years of age and do not recover after a period of time. Indeed, the female percentage of current judges is below 25%. What are the reasons behind these two factors? The falloff in women in the legal…

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