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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - March President’s Message

#Iwilltry, #InternationalWomensDay Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day. Founded in the early 1900s to rally against injustices to women, International Women's Day focuses today on celebrating recent advances of women around the globe. March 8, as fate would have it, is also my birthday. I was named after my grandmother, Marguerite. On my 16th birthday, my grandmother gave me a ring that belonged to her mother. It was a simple gold band engraved with three words: I will try. As she handed me this gift, my grandmother said, Words to live by. And so, I have tried. I will…

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South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - February President’s Message

Happy Valentine's Day Last week, I was in a craft store looking for Valentine's Day decorations. As I walked through the picture section, I saw a poster that read, "Let her sleep. When she wakes, she will move mountains." I stood quietly for a while, just thinking. Young or old, thick or thin, tall or short, all of us have accomplished amazing things in our lives. All of us, some despite great odds, have graduated from law school and passed bar exams. All of us have been blessed with strength, intelligence and ambition. But some of us, I might say…

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Recap: Ms. JD’s #StrongerTogether Conference

Ms. JD's Seventh Annual Conference, in partnership with UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco. [View the story "Ms. JD's #StrongerTogether Conference" on Storify]  

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Walk the Walk: Why #StrongerTogether Features LOADS of Women and Minority Owned Businesses

We are one week out from welcoming the Ms. JD Community to San Francisco for the Stronger Together Conference and we could not be more excited.  (Don't have your tickets yet?  Well get on it!  Click here.)  I'm particularly excited to show off the city that I now call home.   One thing that was particularly important for me in planning this conference was to give you a taste of our city but not just of San Francisco ... that would never be enough for me ... I wanted to give you a taste of all of the incredible women and…

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San Francisco Food & Drink Guide

Brandi Robinson and Sherry Truong are first year law students at UC Hastings, Bay Area natives, and co-founders of the newly formed Hastings Food & Wine Law Society. As serious enthusiasts of all things gastronomic, we’ve been eating our way through San Francisco for years. Below we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and bars—including a few time-honored favorites as well as some current standouts. For more information or further suggestions contact either of us at: Happy eating! RESTAURANTS Nopa 560 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117 Nopa is pretty much everything you want, all of the time. It has a…

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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Ms. JD Honors Awards Reception

Ms. JD will host its annual Ms. JD Honors at Madame Tussauds in the heart of San Francisco on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30pm-8:00pm. The reception will recognize the recipients of the 2015 Ms. JD Honors, given to women and men who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with others. Attendees will see Ms. JD present the first-ever TIM Initiative Award. Ms. JD launched The Incredible Men (TIM) Initiative in 2014 to celebrate men who are active champions for women’s advancement in the legal profession. These men not only value equality and diversity in the profession, but…

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Pump Up Playlist for Ms. JD’s Annual Conference

Ms. JD's Annual Conference is almost here!  Here's what we are bumping here in the Bay (yay) Area in preparation for getting Stronger Together. 1.  Independent Women Part 1, Destiny's Child 2.  Just a Girl, No Doubt 3.  Who Run the World, Beyoncé 4.  Express Yourself, Madonna 5.  Bo$$, Fifth Harmony 6.  Stronger, Britney Spears 7.  Wannabe, Spice Girls 8.  San Francisco, Foxygen  

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Heather Asher

Ms. JD’s Stronger Together Conference on March 5-6, 2015:  You Need to be There!

Ms. JD’s Annual Conference, "Stronger Together," in San Francisco will start with the Ms. JD Honors awards ceremony on Thursday, March 5th and continue on Friday, March 6th with all day conference panels and activities.  Being on the “inside” I have had the advantage of talking with the speakers, reading the applications in support of our award honorees and seeing the effort that everyone at Ms. JD puts into the conference activities.  I know how amazing the conference will be, so now I am sharing my list of why you should also be there and excited! Networking, Networking, Networking: The conference will be…

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Why I Talk About My Kids in Class

I’m delighted that our new Ms. JD chapter at UC Hastings will be co-hosting Ms. JD's Seventh Annual Conference on Women in Law, with its emphasis on creating communities of support for law students and young lawyers. One of the recurring themes of such gatherings is supporting efforts to combine a meaningful career with family responsibilities (my colleague Joan Williams, who will deliver welcoming remarks at the conference, uses this term to refer to caregiver responsibilities that both men and women may have for young children, aging parents, or other loved ones). As Joan and others have so persuasively argued,…

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Stronger Together: Lessons from An Honoree

I am excited to attend Stronger Together in support of Kate Kimpel, a recipient of the Women of Inspiration Award. I had the privilege of working with Kate for four years at Sanford Heisler Kimpel, a public interest litigation firm that combats gender discrimination in the workplace.  Kate, like the other honorees, does the impossible.  She manages the firm’s DC office; serves as lead counsel on class action cases and individual matters; teaches a class at Yale Law School; runs a blog that produces weekly original content surrounding women and work; and somehow still manages to offer endless support to those around…

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