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Ari_Lopez

Ms. JD’s 2020 Public Interest Scholarship

My first day at the University of Nebraska College of Law changed my life forever- I know that’s basic but it’s the truth. I was nervous, anxious, and excited for this new chapter of my life to commence. As I stepped into the auditorium filled with my colleagues, however, I quickly realized that I was the only Mexican American woman in my class. I knew that students of color were underrepresented in law school, but I never expected to feel so out of place in that moment.  I come from a background where attending college, let alone law school, was…

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erikapaul

Ms. JD Public Interest Scholarship

Erika Paul Ms. JD ID: erikapaul   I come from a long line of strong women. My grandmother’s mother raised eight children on her own after her husband left the family without an explanation or monetary means to support her family. My grandfather’s mother raised her family once her husband left physically and mentally after World War II. My own mother, in her 20s, raised my brothers and me after my father left us to traverse this crazy world without him. Most people would perceive these events as tragedies, but the women in my family used these difficult circumstances to…

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nicoledjovin

Ms JD Public Interest Scholarship Application

              My name is Nicole D’Jovin Button and I am currently attending Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  My main goal after graduation is to secure a position in public interest and/or public service so that I can help provide legal support to a community of people who so desperately need it.   I chased my law school dream with a passion to fight incarceration, and along the lines found out that I also would like to help fight for women’s rights, disability rights, and fight for any other person who suffered an injustice in their life time.  I just feel like…

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PaulaMJones

Everything Nobody Ever Told Me: How to Prevent Anxiety During Interviews

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self..” – Soren Kierkegaard I have several colleagues who get really nervous during interviews.  They are all very accomplished in their fields and any organization would be lucky to have them.  One man sweats uncontrollably, to the point where the damp begins to seep through his shirt.  Another colleague loses her train of thought and forgets to make the most salient points about her work.  A third colleague gets so nervous he really is unable to listen to what questions are being asked and he comes across as…

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kirbygv12@gmail.com

How Coronavirus Can Impact Your Law School Admission

Covid 19 - Most law schools have moved classes online, canceled campus and events, and limited libraries and other facilities, as have other educational institutions. Students who are concerned about the effects on their transcript as they enter a dangerous workplace should begin preparing for final papers and exams early and use video conference tools to carry out group study sessions and feel less isolated. Schools are likely to pursue new policies to facilitate the transition; some of them have allowed their students to attend classes through passes or failures. In the coming months, law schools may have to reconsider essential…

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mjtimko13

Bringing Blue-Collar Roots to the Legal Profession - An Interview with Jennifer Frankola Crawford

For this month's post, I am thrilled to feature my fellow CUNY Law alum, Jennifer Frankola Crawford. Jennifer is an experienced attorney, arbitrator, and human rights advocate with blue-collar/working-class roots. As an arbitrator, Jennifer hears cases and renders decisions based upon New York State’s Insurance Law. In addition, Jennifer maintains an active practice in education law, representing families of children with learning disabilities and developmental delays. Further, Jennifer engages in pro bono work involving human rights issues, including handling immigration/deportation cases, and she collaborates with other lawyers to design and host CLEs.  In this interview, Jennifer describes how her family's history, including her parents' immigration to the United States, influenced her career trajectory. She also offers excellent advice to first-generation…

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slrahders

Announcing the Winners of the Ms. JD Summer 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition! The four scholarship recipients were selected from a large pool of highly competitive applicants. Ms. JD appreciates the level of passion and personal conviction that was exhibited in the application pool, and we are thrilled to support these students in their pursuit of public interest careers.   Royse G. Bachtel is a rising 2L at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA.  This summer Royse will be working as a summer legal intern at the Women’s Law Project, a public interest legal center that…

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nwilli67

How I Speak Up!

“Nicole, although your year-end review showed that you were among the top producers for the Georgia Families 360 program, we are unable to offer you a salary increase.  We hope that you will continue to advocate for the adoption assistance, foster care, and juvenile justice population as you have done this year so successfully.” Wow.  There I was, the third year in a row, not receiving the salary increase that was “guaranteed” to me when I interviewed for the position.  As an outreach care specialist, I was tasked with calling healthcare facilities, juvenile correctional facilities, and families to ensure they…

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slrahders

Ms. JD Summer 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition is Now Open!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2019 Summer Public Interest Scholarship Competition!  The recipients of the 2019 Public Interest Scholarship Competition will each receive a scholarship, up to $5,000 per recipient, to go towards their summer living expenses as they pursue careers in public interest law. Ms. JD is thrilled to continue our support of women pursuing public interest careers and soften the burden faced by folks who accept public interest internships, which are often unpaid.   Eligibility The Scholarship is open to all law students who currently identify as women, or who have previously…

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KatieDay

Webinar: Speak Up: Finding Your Voice and Taking Charge of Your Career

On March 6, 2019, Ms. JD Board Member Katie Day sat down with Jodi Flynn, Executive Coach and Founder of Women Taking the Lead for a webinar on speaking up. In this webinar, Jodi shares three stumbling blocks to speaking up and provides practical solutions. Want to learn more about speaking up? Join Ms. JD on March 14-15 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law for "Speak Up" our 11th Annual Conference on Women in the Law. Have questions about the stumbling blocks Jodi discusses? Want to pick her brain? Shoot her an email at jodi@womentakingthelead.com.  About Jodi Jodi Flynn of…

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