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Lawyering in a Crisis: What Five Puerto Rican Women Did in the Aftermath of a Major Hurricane

Imagine living with no power for 10 months as a result of two major hurricanes and having to prepare for a third one. Or imagine being grateful for having your power back after 6 months but still having a blue tarp for a roof. That was the reality for thousands of Puerto Ricans this week when Beryl, the first hurricane of the season, formed in the Atlantic. I think we can all attest to the gut-wrenching feeling of anticipation the day we were expecting Hurricane María last year. Gazing out the window with my sister at 5:00 am still feels like yesterday,…

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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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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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Why We Love NWLSO (And You Should Too!)

  By this time last year, our Ms. JD chapter was up and running. Our pilot project, the Student Mentorship Program, proved to be the most engaging one. Ms. JD is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the support of women in law school and the legal profession, and the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO) is Ms. JD's student arm, which aims to support women during their time in law school by providing them with both professional and academic resources. At the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, NWLSO was established to bring women together and create a space…

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7 Reasons We’re Excited to Have a Ms. JD Chapter in our School

                         There is no such thing as "can’t."                           There is such a thing as "won’t," "don’t want to," "don’t choose to," "don’t adopt this as my priority," but there is no such thing as "can’t." "Can’t" represents a lack of choice.  And when we resign ourselves to a reality that does not include individual choice, we accept barriers others would impose upon us.  —Colonel Linda Strite Murnane, Esq.    When I attended Ms. JD’s Passion Forward conference this past February, my belief that women coming together are capable of doing…

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