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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown 2017 Ms. JD Sharing Her Passion Award The following questions were formulated based on Jessica's profile. 1. Since joining your firm, Gibson Dunn, in 1995, you have been a frequent author and lecturer on gender, diversity, and leadership issues. You are currently a member of the firm's Diversity Committee, and you served on the firmwide Professional Development Committee for 13 years. When and why did you decided to speak on such topics and be involved on those Committees? When I joined the firm in 1995, about 13 percent of equity partners at all major law firms were women. In 2005,…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group

Knight, Morris & Reddick (KMR) Law Group 2017 Ms. JD Women's Strength in Numbers Award   1. How did you come about opening an all African-American female attorney law practice?  KMR came to be because the three of us each have entrepreneurial spirits and wanted to own and operate a business on our own terms. Yondi mentioned the concept of starting a practice and I was completely on board. She and Jessica had been having conversations around starting a business, so the three of us met to discuss.  As far as the fact that the practice is owned by all…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Lisa Horowitz

Lisa Horowitz 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Lisa's profile. 1. What is Talent Management ("TM")? Talent Management involves a cross-section of activities typically broken down into two major categories: talent acquisition and talent development (e.g., training, career planning, mentoring, assignments and performance management). It includes activities aimed as enhancing diversity and inclusion. I have focused my post-law practice career on talent development and advancing diversity and inclusion. 2. How and why did you transition from practicing law to Talent Development?   I transitioned to a career in Talent Development after an…

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What #PROPELS Ms. JD Board Member Diana Stern

All of us at Ms. JD are gearing up for our Ninth Annual Conference themed Ms. JD P.R.O.P.E.L. "Promoting Retention, Opportunity, Partnership, Excellence, and Leadership" which will take place March 3, 2017 at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law.  You can learn more about the conference here.   1. Three things that #PROPEL me are: 1) Curiosity - I love learning new things! I am lucky to be intellectually curious because, while it gets me down the rabbit hole some times, it is a huge source of motivation both in my work and personal life.  2) My friends, family, and mentors - I would not be where…

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Linaya

2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Daissy Dominguez

Daissy Dominguez 2017 Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Daissy's profile. 1. Why did you decide to open your own practice, Dominguez Legal Justice Center, LLC (DLJC), as opposed to work for an already established public interest organization or law firm? When I started law school my intentions were to work for a legal aid organization serving low and moderate income communities. I spent my entire law school career interning and volunteering with legal aid organizations. I became a lawyer to be able to have the knowledge and tools to support our communities. When I…

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Eat Your Way Around Chicago While Celebrating Talented Women!

I’m a 1L at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. As the annual Ms. JD conference approaches, many of you are travelling to Chicago and wondering whether (and how) you should explore the culinary opportunities this city has to offer. One great way to complement the Ms. JD conference is to plan your Chicago foodie experience around celebrating the accomplishments of the extremely talented women behind many of the city’s best restaurants. Below are just a few of the awesome women whose culinary genius will make you glad you visited Chicago, as well as the names, locations, and cuisines of…

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“Eat Now and Caffeinate” at The Goddess and the Baker

The Goddess and the Baker, who’s newest of three locations is on one of the busiest corners in the Loop, is bustling all day. When I sat down with Fran, the shift supervisor at 225 N. LaSalle, she told me the those truly dedicated to a good cup of coffee can beat the morning rush on weekdays by stopping by at 7:00AM when the store opens, whereas those who are looking for a livelier atmosphere should come in for boozy drinks and half-off snacks for Happy Hour from 5:00-7:00PM. Although the mint green walls, trendy décor, and Instagram-worthy cakes and…

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What #PROPELS Ms. JD Board Member Jane Rosales

1. Three things that #PROPEL me are: (1) my family and friends  (2)  (3) My amazing family, friends, and partner Roy, who keep me grounded and remind me to find the fun in life. 2. I #PROPEL others by:  My personality type is INFJ ("the Advocate"), which means I'm idealistic, but also action-oriented. As an attorney, I like to think I ask the hard questions and know how to make a plan to take ideas and make them real.    3. I think Ms. JD #PROPELs others by:  Letting female law students and attorneys know they're not alone. The legal profession…

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Asian Food in Chicago

When I move to a new city, one of the first things I do is explore the Asian food scene. After a semester at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, I’ve discovered that Chicago has an amazing variety of restaurants that serve generous portions of delicious, authentic Asian food. I hope you get to try out some of these places when you visit Chicago in a few weeks for the Ms. JD Conference! Chi Cafe: When you’re in Chicago, you should definitely spend some time in Chinatown, which is easily accessible by the Metro Red Line. My go-to place in Chinatown…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Liani Balasuriya

Liani Balasuriya 2017 Ms. JD Student of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Liani's profile. 1. What made you want to be involved in the Northwestern's Women's Leadership Coalition? I’ve been interested in women’s leadership issues since high school. I was the only woman on the executive board of my high school newspaper, and I believe being a woman affected how my peers perceived my leadership. I was also surprised by how few women ran for Student Council President. After graduating high school, I went to college in D.C. and volunteered at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters…

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