Ms. JD's Annual Conference on Women in Law
Ms. JD's 12th Annual Conference on Women in Law: "When Women Lead"
March 13, 2020
Sponsored by Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Simpson Thacher, Neal Gerber Eisenberg; DLA Piper, Chapman and Cutler LLP, GoArmy JAG, U.S. Navy JAG, U.S. Air Force JAG. Community Sponsors: BWLA of Greater Chicago, Inc., Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Military Spouse J.D. Network, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and NAWL.
The 2020 Annual Conference was Ms. JD’s first-ever virtual conference with a focus on a central tenet of Ms. JD: “When Women Lead.” The sessions highlighted women in leadership and encouraged all women—from pre-law students to well-established lawyers—to engage as leaders. Conference speakers focused on areas to explore new opportunities, networking with organizations like Ms. JD, and acknowledging that “your path is your path” as keynote speaker Wendy Webb Williams shared. Despite the virtual setting as opposed to the historic planned location of Chicago, everyone greatly enjoyed the conference and left feeling empower as leaders.
Ms. JD's 11th Annual Conference on Women in Law: "Speak Up"
March 15, 2019
Sponsored by Morgan Lewis, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz, Latham & Watkins LLP, GoArmyJAG, Fox Rothschild LLP, Weil, Drinker Biddle, Paul Weiss, Penn Law Women's Association, Morrison Foerster, U.S. Air Force Jag Corps, U.S. Navy JAG Corps, Munger, Tolles & Olson, Davis Polk, and Rosie's Cupcakes.
The 2019 Annual Conference had a simple, but powerful message: "Speak Up." In all of the sessions, we were encouraged to continue speaking up at home, in the workplace, and in our community. The conference featured practical sessions about entering and thriving in public interest, in-house, and law firm careers. We also acknowledged that though we don't always need to say sorry, it's important to acknowledge when mistakes happen and we learned how to recover from them. Everyone enjoyed the practical advice, diverse panelists, and of course, Rosie's Cupcakes.
Ms. JD's 10th Annual Conference on Women in Law: "Her story"
Los Angeles, California
March 9, 2018
Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz, Sidley Austin, Morrison Foerster, Army Jag Corps, Morgan Lewis, UCLA Law Women, U.S. Navy Jag Corps, U.S. Air Force Jag Corps, UCLA Law Women LEAD, California Women's Law Center, Military Spouse J.D. Network, Center for Women in Law, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, LGBT Bar of Los Angeles, Munger, Tolles & Olson, Clementine, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, National Association of Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, Japanese American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
The 2018 Annual Conference was all about telling "Her Story." With this milestone 10th Annual Conference achievement, Ms. J.D. had the opportunity to talk about how the organization started, where it is today, and Ms. JD's plans for the future. The breakout sessions provided riveting advice on Shameless Self-Promotion and how to sell yourself and your story --hosted by Paula Edgar. We discussed practical advice for combating sexual harassment in the workplace with the Beyond #MeToo breakout session. Michelle Banks and Stacey Hallerman explained "Her Story" in a fireside conversation. We learned about digital marketing, the path to the bench, and the path to public interest, and that was half of the fun!
Ms. JD's 9th Annual Conference on Women in Law: P.R.O.P.E.L.
March 3, 2017
Sponsored by Jenner & Block, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz, Army Jag Corps, Major, Lindsey & Africa, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Sidley Austin, U.S. Navy Jag Corps, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Center for Women in Law, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, The LGBT Bar, Alliance for Women, National Association of Women Lawyers, Military Spouse J.D. Network, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Northwestern Pritzer School of Law, Epstein Schwartz.
This conference focused on promotion inclusion, opportunity, partnership, and excellence in the legal community. The break-out discussions drew intersectionality to the forefront of women's issues also provided insight on successful tips for young lawyers in every pathway in the legal industry --from running a solo practice -to- becoming an international leader.
Ms. JD's 8th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Superwomen JDs
New York, New York
February 19, 2016
Sponsored by Army Jag Corps, Arnold & Porter LLP, Fish & Richardson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Paul Weiss, LLP, Sidley Austin, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, U.S. Navy Jag Corps, U.S. Air Force Jag Corps, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
This conference brought aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in the profession.
Ms. JD's 7th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Stronger Together
San Francisco, CA
March 5-6, 2015
Sponsored by Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corp, Army Jag Corps, Arnold & Porter LLP, Fish & Richardson, Latham & Watkins LLP, Lieff Cabraser Heimann Berstein, Merrill Corporation, Microsoft, Morrison Foerster, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright, O'Melveney & Myers LLP, Sidley Austin, U.S. Navy Jag Corps, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
At Ms. JD, we believe that we can be #StrongerTogether. This conference focused on mentors, sponsors, champions, community...and how we can all rise together in the profession.
Ms. JD's 6th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Passion Forward
February 21–22, 2014
Sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Passion is critical part of the legal field, and Ms. JD shared knowledge and practical tools to display your passions! Passion Forward provided students and early-career attorneys with new ways to show off what they are passionate about, and ultimately give them an edge in the marketplace. Programming helped students and young lawyers use their passions to achieve success!
Ms. JD's 5th Annual Conference on Women in Law: She Leads
October 5, 2012
Sponsored by LexisNexis, Haynes Boone LLP, Baker Botts, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Ms. JD doesn't just want you IN the law, we want you to LEAD the law! She Leads helped prepare students and early career attorneys with the skills they need to be a successful. The conference was designed to help identify the skills needed to hone now to be ready to lead tomorrow.
Ms. JD's 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law: Stand Up! Stand Out!
Los Angeles, California
March 31-April 2, 2011
Sponsored by Irell & Manella LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, McCarter English LLP, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Paul Weiss and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Stand Up! Stand Out! was a conference for law students and junior attorneys focusing on the skills and knowledge these new lawyers need to distinguish themselves and succeed in the profession.
Ms. JD's Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Avenues to Advancement
November 20-21, 2009
Ms. JD’s Third Annual Conference on Women in Law highlighted the different career paths available in the legal profession, the changing definitions of success, and the personal and professional infrastructure that best promotes retention and advancement of female attorneys. The conference fetaured more than 20 panels and workshops on topics as broad-ranging as effective mentorship, navigating the economic downturn, and avoiding a "mommy track."
2008 Ms. JD Student Leadership Summit
New York, New York
April 4-5, 2008
Sponsored by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Ms. JD held a Leadership Summit on April 4-5, 2008, in New York City to found a national organization of women law students. At that time there was no national organization that represented women law students across the country, despite reports that women are now less likely than men to apply to law school and continuing statistics that women are less likely than men to reach the highest echelons of the legal profession.
Legally Female: What Does It Mean to Be Ms. JD?
Yale Law School
March 31, 2007
Co-sponsored by Yale Law Women
Legally Female: What Does It Mean To Be “Ms. JD”? was a collaboration between Yale Law Women and the national blog, Ms. JD, that explored the status of women in the legal profession. The conference sparked collaboration to improve the standing of women in legal careers and law schools.