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Announcing the Ms. JD 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2014 Summer Public Interest Scholarships!  Five winners will receive a $500 scholarship to support their continued commitment to public interest work this summer. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our annual support of women pursuing public interest careers, as part of our ongoing efforts to support mentoring and career development at home and abroad. Winners will post on the blog each month this summer to start a discussion about the unique role of women public interest attorneys in the profession. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S.…

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Ms. JD Executive Director Recruiting

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ): MS. JD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECRUITING   Ms. JD is excited to be receiving such a strong interest in the Executive Director position. Candidates have been asking great questions and, in an effort to ensure everyone receives the benefit of the answers, we want to share some of the frequently asked questions with you. Additional information and the application materials are available here: QUESTIONS ABOUT MS. JD What is Ms. JD’s structure? Ms. JD is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to their Board responsibilities, many Board Members learn key leadership skills by…

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Attorney-Adviser (New York Regional Office)

Attorney-Adviser Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Position Number:         14-EX-1084260-DQ Location:                      New York, NY Compensation:            $102,677.00 to $198,614.00 Grade:                          SK-13/14 Overview: The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.  This Attorney-Adviser position is located within the National Examination Program in the New York Regional Office, New York, NY. The Compliance Inspections and Examinations program administers the SEC's nationwide examination and inspection program for registered self-regulatory organizations, broker-dealers, transfer agents, clearing agencies, investment companies, and investment advisers. For more information about the…

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Attorney-Adviser Division of Trading and Markets Position Number:         14-EX-1090344-KR Location:                      Washington, DC Compensation:            $127,928.00 to $215,503.00 Grade:                          SK-16 Overview: The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.  This position is located in the Office of Market Supervision in the Division of Trading and Markets in Washington, DC. The Division of Trading and Markets establishes and maintains standards for fair, orderly, and efficient markets. The Division regulates the major securities market participants, including broker-dealers, self-regulatory organizations (such as stock exchanges, FINRA, and…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Equal Pay Day is Important for Young Women Lawyers

Today, April 8, is Equal Pay Day – the day each year that we bring special attention to the mandate for women to catch up to what men earn for equal work.  Help make this the last time that we need to commemorate Equal Pay Day by making it the last one ever.   Contact your representatives in Congress to urge them to pass the best version of the Paycheck Fairness Act now, without delay.  There is no longer any justifiable excuse to ignore this inequity, and I do not consider this to be a political issue.  It is a…

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Negotiating Past Gender - Workshop and CLE

The Georgetown Women's Legal Alliance, the student group for women at the Georgetown University Law Center, is organizing a workshop and CLE for women in the DC Metropolitan area on April 25, 2014. The workshop will teach women techniques to become a successful negotiators in the workplace. More detailed information is below. We hope that you will be able to join us!  Event Information Negotiating Past Gender: Workshop and CLE Date: April 25, 2014 Time: 2:30pm-5:40pm (registration begins at 2:00) Location: Georgetown University Law Center, McDonough Hall Room 203 Cost: $225 for practitioners ($75/hour of CLE credit) 3 CLE Credit-Hours…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: public interest=pink-collar ghetto?

At the moment I am not practicing law. After nearly seven years as a public defender, I am now working in a law school career development office, helping students who hope to work in the public sector. I am, therefore, typical of women lawyers: more likely to work in the public sector, and more likely to leave the practice of law. It's hard for me to think of myself as a statistic. I'm an individual. Yet, apparently, I'm also a cliché. But why are women so much more likely to work in public interest? I think there are three main reasons: while many…

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Owning Your Awesome

This month, my message is not the one I originally intended to share with you. But this idea just fell plop into my lap, and it was as if the universe said, “you have to share this in April.” And you know, when the universe speaks, it behooves you to listen. So this month, I’d like to share a few ways for you to ‘own your awesome.’ And not just in that happy, feel good pop psychology way. Own your achievements and abilities so that you can accurately assess and share what you have to offer the professional world. While…

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Laura Bladow

Event Recap: Building Her Power Base: Improving Diversity on Law Reviews

On April 3, Ms.JD and New York Law School hosted a special program on the 2012-13 Law Review Diversity Report at Fish & Richardson, P.C. in NYC. In case you missed it, Ms. JD live tweeted it and created a Storify recap!   [View the story "Building Her Power Base: Improving Diversity on Law Reviews" on Storify]

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Sarah Mateja, 2013 AmeriCorps JD Member: Serving Our Nation’s Veterans

As a member of the Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program, Sarah Mateja is working with the Allegheny County Veterans Treatment Court to serve Veterans struggling with substance abuse issues. Sarah, a law student at Duquesne University School of Law, does much more than assist Veterans in the courtroom. She manages the clinical aspect of the court, which divert qualified Veterans from jail to treatment programs. Equal Justice Works interviewed Sarah to learn more about her experiences.   Q: What are some challenges that Veterans face when adjusting back into civilian life? A: We see a lot of Veterans struggle to…

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