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What’s a “Girl” to do?

I recently participating in a business case competition at my institution. Depending on what team you were assigned to, the challenge was to create a diversity plan for a local bank, alcohol distributor, or energy company. During the introduction meeting a business school professor gave a short talk on presentation best practices. I was buying in until it came to the close of her talk, at which point she said, "Now, five years ago I wouldn't have had to say this but I find that I do need to say it these days. Now, men, when I say 'Dress professionally'…

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like

I spent approximately half of my undergraduate career in a shirt that said "This is What a Feminist Looks Like". Ok, lets be honest, it was shirts...plural. I had at least four shirts and one hoody that announced that I was a feminist. I may or may not still have two of them. I spent the other half of undergrad in shirts with various plays on the word vagina, but that's another story. I've interned at the Feminist Majority Foundation, volunteered with HRC, been a fundraiser for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and run a college women's center... and…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Networking within the Law School!

For the last several months, I've been looking at how networking varies in different legal fields.  This month, however, I'm going to take a hiatus and post on something slightly different.  I’m posting on law school networking because of a couple personal experiences I’ve had in the last few weeks.       Now, for some of you Law School Networking means attending bar review on Thursday nights, making friends among your classmates, or spending some extra time with a professor.  I think all of those things are important parts of law school networking.  (Indeed, you can hear me and many other…

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Ms. JD Wants to Know…

What's the best women's law school event you've ever been to?Your answer will help women law students across the country! Ms. JD is looking for great ideas that will help others start and run a successful women's law group.We're working on a publication that will serve as a resource to Ms. JDchapters, National Women's Law Student Organizations (NWLSOs) andwomen's law student groups. We will be launching the publication atour conference this March.So email us. We would love to hear your thoughts on:-The best kinds of women's law events and programs and why you think they worked-The best ideas for starting…

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How to Get Involved in the Global Education Fund and Ms. JD’s Fundraising Efforts

As you've no doubt gathered from all the posts, emails, and tweets (yes Ms. JD tweets), we're pretty excited about the launch of the Global Education Fund and the announcement of Makerere University's Gender Mainstreaming Division's Ms. JD International Scholars.We plan to celebrate this great new program and raise money to support future efforts to support women in law school at regional events around the country.  Stay tuned for details on events in New York City this December, with Yale Law Women this fall, in Washington, D.C. and Chicago in early spring, and of course in Los Angeles at our…

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International Scholar Monica Athieno

Editor's Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched its Global Education Fund and awarded its first grant to the Gender Mainstreaming Division at Makerere University in Uganda.  Monica was one of two students chosen by the Division to attend the law school under the grant.My name is Monica Athieno born to Kuman (tribe) parents from Kaberamido District, Uganda. I was born on the 3rd January 1990 and I grew up in Soroti District where my father was working at the time.I attended primary education in Soroti Primary School and my father catered for my and my other siblings’ education. I lived…

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Ms. JD

Ms. JD Announces Global Education Fund and 2010-2011 International Scholars

Grateful for the educational opportunities we have had in the U.S., Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  This year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda!Joaninne Nanyange wants to become a human rights activist for women and children after she earns her law degree from Makerere University.   Monica Athieno wants to be a judge who ensures…

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Highlights from the First Annual D.C. Student Networking & Leadership Summit

On Saturday, September 25th students from D.C.-area law school schools convened at Georgetown University Law Center for the First Annual D.C. Student Networking & Leadership Summit Sponsored by LexisHUB.  The event featured an impressive group of speakers, each sharing the tools needed to succeed in their respective fields. A few common themes emerged from the panel discussion: Stay true to yourself and do what you love.  It’s important to find your voice. Network, network, network.  Even after you have the job of your dreams, remember that law firms are businesses too.  Also, you never know when you are going to shift gears…

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The End Is Only The Beginning: Who You Know

Growing up, I remember hearing people say, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Since my parents had always stressed the importance of education and working hard to get what you wanted out of life, I gave this saying little credence.  I was convinced that, in the end, those who studied and worked hard would prevail in the end.  I haven’t come to doubt this belief; however, I have come to realize that sometimes it takes both factors working together to accomplish the goals that you set for yourself.Nowadays, people talk a lot about networking.  But what does…

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Ursula Furi-Perry Esq.

Ms. Prof: It All Starts in Law School! Networking Tips for Law Students

Your professional career doesn’t start when you graduate law school—rather, it begins during law school. If you are a current law student, you shouldn’t just be aiming to get through your classes and coursework; you should also aim to build, cultivate and maintain a professional network of peers, attorneys and legal professionals.A new academic year is beginning. Take this opportunity to work on your networking skills and start establishing your professional network.Ten tips to consider:1. First, establish professional, cordial relationships with your professors. Introduce yourself; impress in class by being prepared and attentive; and be polite, friendly but proper.2. Talk with…

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