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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Katherine Frye

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD's Attorneys Across America series seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Katherine Frye runs her own practice in North Carolina. We asked Katherine a few questions.  Where do you practice law? Raleigh, NC Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? Our legal market is competitive; however, it is also an interesting mix of individuals. Our area has a tremendous number of transplants to…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Cyndie Chang

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, this new series seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Cyndie M. Chang is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Duane Morris LLP. Where do you practice law? I’m the managing partner of Duane Morris LLP in Los Angeles, California. Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? I’m in large urban market, Los Angeles, California.  There are a significant number of lawyers…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Katie Woods

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, this new series seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Today, we are interviewing Katie Woods, a native of St. George Utah who is practicing at Barney McKenna. You can learn more about Katie here.  Where do you practice law?  St. George, Utah Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture?  The legal market here is good. There are many attorneys, but there do not seem…

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2014 Judicial “Firsts”

As we enter 2015, let's celebrate notable "firsts" for women in the judiciary that occured in 2014: Diane Humetawa, the first Native American female federal judge Leslie Abrams and Eleanor Ross, the first female African-American federal judges in Georgia Pamela Reeves, the first female judge in the Eastern District of Tennessee Pamela Pepper, the first female judge inthe Eastern District of Wisconsin   Nancy Rosenstengel, the first female judge inthe Southern District of Illinois  Elizabeth Dillon, the first female judge inthe Western District of Virginia Carolyn McHugh, the first female Tenth Circuit judge from Utah  Staci Yandle, the first female LGBT judge to the Southern District of Illinois and the first…

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What “Stronger Together” Means to Ms. JD Board Member Janet Wallace

Ms. JD is hosting its Seventh Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Stronger Together on March 5 & 6, 2015 at UC Hastings College of the Law. In the lead up to our annual conference, Ms. JD board members, staff, and annual conference participants will share what our conference theme “Stronger Together” means to them. To me, stronger together means . . . I'm a better lawyer--indeed, a better person--because of the brilliant materminds with whom I associate (here's looking at you Ms. JD team).  I firmly believe in the great African proverb that says, "If you want to go…

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Resolved: Ms. JD Board Members’ New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!  New Year's Resolutions are one of my favorite things. I'm actually horrible about making and keeping them (unlike my husband who resolved to run at least one mile every single day in 2014--and then actually followed through, rain or shine), but I love a fresh start, a new beginning, the first page of a new calendar, all the promise that a new year holds. I asked my fellow Ms. JD board members to share their resolutions for 2015. I love the focus on friendships, personal development, being present, and fun! Carla Laroche: My New Year's resolution is…

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A Firm of Their Own: Mikayla Kellogg and Kelly Van Aken

I've been following the law firm of Toscano Kellogg & Van Aken since the firm launch, not only because the partners were law school classmates of mine, but because it's wonderful to watch two smart, dynamic women (along with their male partner, Eric) pave a new path for themselves. It also helps that they have beautiful branding--ever since going through the Ms. JD re-branding process, I have a newfound appreciation for a good brand! I asked Mikayla Kellogg and Kelly Van Aken to tell us what it was like to take the leap from BigLaw and give us some insight on the challenges and rewards of building…

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Sharing Her Passion: The Nominees

For the first time in Ms. JD history, Ms. JD will be honoring exceptional women in connection with our annual conference, Passion Forward, which will take place February 21-22nd, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The Passion Forward Awards will celebrate women who have demonstrated passion for their careers and shared that passion with other men and women. Over the next few weeks, Ms. JD will be introducing all the nominees. To read about the recipients of the 2014 Passion Forward Awards, click here. To purchase a ticket to attend the awards, please click here.The Sharing Her Passion Award will be awarded to  a woman who has…

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Letters from Uganda: Mary Nakale

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University! Contribute to the GEF by clicking here.Mary Nakale is a 2011  Ms. JD International Scholar in her 3rd year at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to…

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Letters from Uganda: Gracious Atuhaire

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University! Contribute to the GEF by clicking here.Gracious Atuhaire is a 2011  Ms. JD International Scholar in her 3rd year at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to…

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