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Recap: Ms. JD’s #SuperwomenJDs Conference

Ms. JD's Eighth Annual Conference on Women in Law took place on Friday, February 19, 2016 at NYU School of Law! If you couldn't make it to the event, check out the recap below. And stay tuned for some recap blogs!   [View the story "Recap: Ms. JD's #SuperwomenJDs Conference" on Storify]  

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All I Really Need to Know About Being a Woman in the Law I Learned From Ms. JD

Some of you may remember when Robert Fulghum's book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, became a New York Times bestseller. The first essay in the book, from which the book's title is drawn, lists lessons learned in kindergarten that are widely applicable (be kind, share, clean up after yourself). As I end my tenure on the Ms. JD Board of Directors, I am reflecting on the many things I learned over the years from Ms. JD. I'd venture that all we really need to know about being a woman in the legal profession we can learn from Ms. JD. The archives are full…

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Meet #Superman Joseph K. West

Each year, the Ms. JD Honors recognize exceptional members of our community in connection with our annual conference. This year, our Eighth Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs, took place at NYU School of Law on Friday, February 19. The Tim Initiative Award is given to a man who is an active champion for women’s advancement in the legal profession. Ms. JD launched The Incredible Men (“TIM”) Initiative in 2014 to celebrate men who not only value equality and diversity in the profession, but earnestly and enthusiastically support women and women’s initiatives. This year's awardee for this honor is Joseph K. West.  Joseph is a Partner…

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Remembering the Legacy of a Black, Queer, Feminist: Dr. Pauli Murray

I attend the Howard University School of Law; home to famous and influential graduates such as Thurgood Marshall, Charlotte E. Ray, L. Douglas Wilder, and my ‘she-ro’, Dr. Pauli Murray. As you walk down the halls of Howard Law, you will undoubtedly stumble across not only Dr. Murray’s picture hanging from the walls, but a beautiful conference room, dedicated to the trailblazer.  Interestingly, and almost assuredly unintentionally, this beautiful room reflects Dr. Murray’s character, spirit, and appearance.  The room is both elegant and feminine, but with definite touches of a more masculine decorative style.  It is comforting and inviting, but…

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Meet #Superwoman Denise Henning

Each year, the Ms. JD Honors recognize exceptional members of our community in connection with our annual conference. This year, our Eighth Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs, will take place at NYU School of Law on Friday, February 19, with the Awards Reception taking place from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to network and meet extraordinary women and men from around the country. There's still time to register!  The Sharing Her Passion Award is given to a woman who has practiced for more than ten years and who inspires young career women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship, and by sharing her passion…

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Mentorship Matters: The Ms. JD Fellowship Experience

Last summer, Ms. JD awarded fellowships to 13 soon-to-be third-year law students from across the country.  I had the great fortune and honor of being selected as a 2015 Ms. JD Fellow. For those interested in learning more about what the Ms. JD Fellowship offers, I am writing to share a bit about my experience as a fellow thus far and encourage you to apply to this one-of-a-kind opportunity. First, to provide some background, Ms. JD launched the Ms. JD Fellowship in 2010 in order to promote mentorship and professional development for aspiring female attorneys.  In addition to being part of…

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Reputation Is the Next Currency

Young professionals have a lot on their mind today, not least of which is surviving in the world of our chosen career endeavor. We are constantly conscious of our social adaptability and the overall ability to fit in.  With the growing reliance and integration of technology, we no longer have the comfort of hiding behind solid walls. We are all connected, and how we portray ourselves in the greater universe is, at the end of the day, all we have. Our reputation is our most valuable asset, and it is the currency of the future. In our world today, people…

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Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts, will Keynote the 2016 8th Annual Ms. JD Conference

Ms. JD is proud to announce that Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of the United States of America, will keynote the 2016 Ms. JD 8th Annual Conference, Superwomen JDs.   Ms. JD chose Anna Maria as the 2016 Ms. JD Keynote because she embodies this year's conference theme, Superwomen JDs. Anna Maria first found her superpowers like many young women, as a Girl Scout, and since then she has always been actively involved in social engagement. Anna Maria pursued a bachelor’s degree in American history from Yale University before aiming her sights on a juris doctorate at the…

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Lawyers Must Focus on Their New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Readers- Happy 2016 to you all!  I hope that your holidays were filled with much laughter, joy and memorable times with family and friends.  As we are well into January and celebrating Martin Luther King Day this week, it is a good time for us to reflect on our wishes and goals for the year. New Year's resolutions are top of mind, and we should all think about where we are headed in 2016.  In January 2012, I began writing my monthly column "Paradigm Shift" for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and my first installment, which originally published on January 10, 2012, focused on New Year's resolutions.…

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Finding Inspiration in the New Year

Dear Readers: I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season. It is hard to believe that the end of 2015 is upon us, and the New Year is just around the corner. As we finish year-end client work and administrative responsibilities over the next couple of weeks, it is a great time for us to take a step back and reflect on all that we have accomplished this year, and what we have left unfinished; what we did well, and what we could have done better; what we have won, and what we have lost; and whom we have inspired, and who…

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