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Living Passion Forward: How Lisa Salazar Lives Her Passion

Editor's Note: Ms. JD's Annual Conference, Passion Forward, will take place February 21st-22nd in Austin, Texas.  In the months before the conference, we are pleased to be bringing you posts from our conference speakers.  To learn more about Passion Forward or to register for the conference yourself, click here.  We look forward to seeing you in Austin!My Top Five Passions Are:TwitterLinkedInGoogle+FacebookInstagramSeriously, I love my job. I am the luckiest person I know. I work in a terrific place that sees the value of the services that I and my team provide.To me, Passion Forward means ….This is what social media is all about—sharing…

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Anna Gruber

How the Legal Profession is Bridging the Gap between the Sexes

The gender pay gap within the legal sector has been widely reported over the past few years and, even with certain sex discrimination acts in place, there is still a gap in pay between men and women across the world. However, we are beginning to see a level playing field emerging within the pay remit for male and female lawyers at lower level positions. What we need to see now is the higher level management partnerships catching up. A recent survey undertaken by the Law Society in the UK  found that, on average, female lawyers in the top level positions…

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Ms. JD International Scholar Update

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Here is an update from the Program, along with some brief updates from the Scholars.With financial support from Ms. JD Global Education Fund, the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) has purchased some text books which were identified by the scholars. These books have been placed in the GMD Resource Centre for the scholars to access.…

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Ms. JD International Scholar Update: Joannine Nanyange

 Editor's Note: Joannine Nayange is a 2010  Ms. JD International Scholar studying law at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to the Global Eduction Fund.  Joannine Nanyange reports:I hope you entered the new-year well and I also hope it is turning out to be fruitful. 2013 is so far a very good year for me in terms of studies and social life. When we reported back for semester II, there was a course unit that I really wanted to offer. It is called Clinical Legal Education. It basically deals with Public Interest Law which involves taking legal aid and justice to the…

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It’s Time to Confirm Caitlin Halligan

By Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women's Law Center (Cross-posted from NWLC's blog). For the second time, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to approve President Obama’s nomination of Caitlin Halligan to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Halligan, a talented appellate lawyer, was first nominated in September 2010, and an outpouring of bipartisan support quickly followed from prominent lawyers, law-enforcement officials, women’s legal organizations, and others from around the country. Even so, a minority of Senators insisted on filibustering her nomination, and they have succeeded in blocking it so far.  In the meantime,…

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Fifteen Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD Vice President Janet Wallace

1. In addition to writing at Ms. JD, I write at my personal blog, This Confetti Life. I believe the meaning of life can be found in confetti. Some of the Ms. JD Board Members disagree with my philosophy, to which I respond by sending them confetti. 2. I spent a summer interning at The White House where I wrapped the President’s presents. I did some other things, too, but mainly I wrapped little gold boxes in shiny gold wrapping paper, tied with shiny gold ribbon, and stickered with shiny gold Presidential seals. 3. I studied the History of Art…

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Kellie Wingate Campbell

Let Women Vote: Attorney-Suffragettes

So many of us take for granted the simple voting privileges embodied in the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which came into existence in the fall of 1920. We seldom discuss or acknowledge the forty-year battle fought on many fronts by brave women (and men) who were imprisoned and assaulted on account of their efforts to gain women the right to vote. I highly recommend the riveting movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ in which Hilary Swank brings to life the historical figure Alice Paul, attorney and suffragist. It’s difficult to imagine a woman lawyer at the turn of the…

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One Essential Trait of a Leader Is…The Ability To Turn Ideas Into Action!

I think one of the most important aspects of leadership is the ability to effectively address the needs and circumstances of the community you wish to serve. It’s one thing to have a vision and listen to the needs of employees and individuals living in the community you wish to serve. A good leader or visionary knows how to take ideas to the next level and apply their vision to innovative strategies and programs.  It’s important for all communities, especially the underserved to feel their voices are heard. In my experience, both personally and professionally, communities feel most represented when…

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One Essential Trait of a Leader Is…Self-Awareness

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.One essential trait of a leader is self-awareness. While great leaders need a variety of different characteristics and skill sets, I think self-awareness is one of the most important.A great leader takes the…

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Walking Away from the Dream Job (Twice) and Never Looking Back: by Lisa Forbes

I have made two job changes during my career as an attorney, and both were met with the same line of questioning: You’re doing what?  You’re going where?  Why would you do that?  Fantastic…after months of battling my own inner demons (particularly that irritating overachiever who tends to define herself by what others think of her decisions and, therefore, always wants to go to the “best” law school, law firm, etc.), now I have to deal with my colleagues and mentors making me feel like I’m making a huge mistake.  Rewind ten years to me, about to graduate from Harvard…

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