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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Non-Partisan Legislative Counsel

For this month’s public interest career spotlight I spoke with Kelly Pfundheller, non-partisan counsel for the Washington State House Committee on Local Government. I met Kelly when she came to give a presentation to my class on the bill creation process. She had the kind of bubbly enthusiasm about her work that I usually identify with people trying to convince me that World of Warcraft builds valuable life skills, or that I should come to their Society of Creative Anachronism meeting and learn how to joust. “Oh my goodness,” I thought, “this woman is a democratic processes nerd. That’s awesome!”…

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noorain

Congratulations to the 2012 Winners of Ms. JD’s Summer Public Interest Scholarships!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of Ms. JD's 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships, Michelle Born and Judith A. Pond!Selected from over fifty applicants nationwide, the recipients demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting women in the law through public service careers. Michelle and Judith will each receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work.Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the award-winning essays of Michelle and Judith that answered the question: "What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge?" We'll also be featuring the outstanding…

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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Animal Law is Getting Hot

Inspired by the Animal Law CLE hosted this month by the University of Washington chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund that I belong to, I decided to spend this month focusing on the public service aspects of the emerging field of animal law. How I Became Interested in Animal Welfare How did I get interested in animal welfare? Probably the same way most people do - as a child. I’d always liked animals, in the way that little girls do. When I was small I would tell adults who indulgently asked, “What do you want to be when…

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Sonya Passi

The Family Violence Appellate Project: Founding a Nonprofit as a Law Student

Sonya is a 2L at UC Berkeley School of LawI must begin with a shout out to Ms. JD. As a result of people reading my first blog post six weeks ago, I met a very inspiring survivor of domestic violence, heard from two attorneys interested in working on a pro bono case with FVAP, and received our first case referral. In case you doubted the reach and influence of Ms. JD and your own blog posts, doubt no more. In the last six weeks the FVAP team has accomplished a tremendous amount. We have hosted two very successful board…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Follow Your Passion To A Non-Profit

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on October 18, 2011. Yesterday I attended a program at George Mason University Law School on public interest and non-profit job opportunities.  Among the panelists was Reena Glazer, the Assistant Director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project at the Pro Bono Institute (“PBI”) in Washington, DC.  I really liked some of the things that she had to say, and I want to share them with you.Ms. Glazer is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Duke University School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of…

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SierraMarie

Public Interest Paths: Representing Kids As a CASA Lawyer

One of the things that led me to even think about a career in the law was my experience volunteering as a guardian ad litem. I found out about the position when reading the novel My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Feel like sobbing hysterically? Give it a read). In the book the main character, a child, was represented by a GAL lawyer in a legal action against her parents. Years later, I was scrolling through volunteermatch.com one day and I found a posting for guardian ad litem volunteers needed at the local courthouse. I was about to leave the…

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cmulder

The Offbeat Path: Public Defender

 Welcome back to the third installment of The Offbeat Path! This month is particularly special to me, as our interviewee, Caitlin Gossett, is a friend from Notre Dame, which is where we both attended law school! I hope you’ll enjoy her story. Please feel free to contact me at carissa.mulder@gmail.com if you have questions, comments, or would like to discuss being profiled!  Caitlin, in her own words:  I am a native of Boston, Massachusetts.  I grew up in Mission Hill, a neighborhood in Boston.  I started undergrad at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Xavier is a Catholic, historically…

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noorain

Tomorrow is the DEADLINE to Apply for Summer Public Interest Law Scholarships!

Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships. Winners will receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2012 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify. Applications are due no later than March 31, 2012. Recipients will be notified no later than April 10, 2012.To apply, please send us the…

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cmulder

The Offbeat Path - International Human Rights (Part 2)

Hello again!  Through an odd quirk, I wound up interviewing Leah Boyd, who also worked for IJM, the organization from last month, so I'll skip the general background information this time. Please shoot me an e-mail at carissa.mulder@gmail.com if you would like to be interviewed for the blog or have any questions you'd like me to ask. Cheers!Leah's Background:I grew up on a farm in Kansas, went to Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA and majored in Political Science.  After graduation, I took a year off and worked for my dad on our farm because I wanted a break from reading and writing…

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Sonya Passi

The Family Violence Appellate Project: Founding a Nonprofit as a Law Student

Sonya is a 2L at UC Berkeley School of Law. Ladies, this blog is a call to arms. It is an appeal for help, advice, ideas, and support. And most importantly, it is evidence that we don’t have to wait to pass the bar to make a difference . . . Across California, survivors of domestic violence are either losing custody of their children or are being forced into joint custody with their abuser. This has grave consequences, not only because it perpetuates the danger to themselves, but because at least half of all batterers who abuse their partners also abuse…

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