Heather Asher

SAVE THE DATE! Ms. JD’s Seventh Annual Conference: Stronger Together is Set for March 5-6, 2015

Ms. JD is proud to announce that its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law will be March 5-6, 2015 in San Francisco, in partnership with UC Hastings College of the Law. While the conference is several months away, Ms. JD is working to bring you our best conference yet! This year’s conference will feature: Young trailblazers from various segments of the legal profession, who have used their creativity and grit to forge their own career paths, and will help you identify steps you can take TODAY to build your career. Leaders from Women’s Initiatives and Affinity Groups, who will…

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Heather Asher

Another Great Writing Opportunity!

Calling all authors!  The ABA's Woman Advocate Newsletter is seeking article proposals and authors for the upcoming Fall 2014 issue, which will have the theme "Young Lawyers." The newsletter team is looking for articles under this general theme that are focused on tips and/or points of interest to women litigators who are new to the practice of law.  Possible topics might include Leadership for Young Lawyers, Tips for Taking Your First Deposition, E-Discovery 101, Associates at Trial, Seeking--and Finding--Meaningful Careers, How Law Schools Are Preparing New Lawyers for the Job Market, Young Lawyers Moving In-House, Finding Your Way When You're New to…

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Heather Asher

Event with Paulette Brown, ABA President-Elect: Philly, Chicago, Houston, Detroit and Miami Added!

Determined to Rise: A Conversation on Law, Leadership and Being "The First" with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the ABA Please join Ms. JD on October 27, 2014 for an engaging conversation with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association (ABA).  When she takes the reins as President, Ms. Brown will be the first African-American woman to lead the ABA.  Ms. Brown is also a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer and has served in many other positions, including as in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies and a municipal court judge. In private…

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Heather Asher

Press Release:  Election of New Board Member Akunna Cook

Katie Larkin-Wong, Chair of Ms. JD’s Board of Directors, announced that the Board unanimously voted to appoint Akunna Cook to the Board.  "Akunna brings a wealth of experience to Ms. JD's Board," Katie stated regarding Akunna joining the Ms. JD Board.  "We were impressed by her commitment to fostering diversity, her past success promoting institutional change to remove barriers to women's promotion in the foreign service, and her international experiences. We are excited to welcome her to the team." Akunna graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy…

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Heather Asher

Fifteen Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD’s New ED - Heather Byrd Asher

1.  I was born in Atlanta, GA, but moved around a few times (Rochester, Chicago and the Virginia suburbs) before moving back to Atlanta when I was 11. 2.  I met my husband in Ghana during a study abroad program in my junior year of college.  He was visiting family there and we met through a mutual friend that he bumped into on the street.  We found out that we lived only 20 minutes from each other in the U.S. and…now we’re celebrating our five year wedding anniversary. 3.  I have a 20 month old son who has unfortunately learned…

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