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No Longer Pre-Law: How To Get Involved And Stay Involved With Ms. JD When You Start Law School

All of us at Ms. JD have really enjoyed the kick off of our Pre-Law Program.  From the fantastic blog posts to seeing our Ms. JD Fellows pay it forward with their advice for Acing Law School, it's been a lot of fun.  We're excited for everything that's still to come for our Pre-Law Followers this Fall and Spring. We're also very aware that many of our Pre-Law followers will no longer be Pre-Laws as they start law school in a few short weeks.  If you are among them, we want to be the first to welcome you to this crazy wonderful profession we call law…

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Ms. JD Press Release: Heather Byrd Asher Named Ms. JD Executive Director

Katie Larkin-Wong, Chair of Ms. JD’s Board of Directors, announced that the Board unanimously voted to appoint Heather Byrd Asher Executive Director of the organization. “As a woman who has successfully navigated Harvard Law School and a top national law firm, we think Heather will bring a wealth of valuable experience to our community.  The Board felt she was a perfect fit for our culture and we look forward to accomplishing even larger goals with Heather as part of our leadership team." Carla Laroche, the Ms. JD Board Member who chaired the Executive Director search, stated, “Ms. JD received applications…

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Letter from Ms. JD President Regarding our Rebrand!

Hello Ms. JD Community,  Well, it has been over a year in the making but in a few short days, Ms. JD will be  unveiling our brand new website and officially unveiling our new brand. We are so  proud of everything we’ve accomplished and we want to thank all of you for your  input and support.  It had been seven years since Ms. JD’s founding and seven years since we had evaluated our website and our brand. We knew there were some things that needed  updating. After all, when Ms. JD’s website had been created, Wordpress didn’t exist,  Facebook was in…

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The Ms. JD Passion Forward Awards Honorees Are ...

For the first time in Ms. JD history, Ms. JD will be honoring exceptional women in connection with our annual conference, Passion Forward.  The Passion Forward Awards will celebrate women who have demonstrated passion for their careers and shared that passion with other men and women and will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Olive and June in Austin, Texas.  To purchase a ticket to attend the awards, please click here.  We were overwhelmed by the responses to the first-ever Ms. JD Passion Forward Awards and cannot wait to share all of the nominees stories with our readers on…

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Five Business Development Tips For Young Associates from MCAA

I had the enormous pleasure of attending the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's (MCCA) Pathways to Diversity Conference in New York earlier this week.  You can check out my twitter feed (@kmlarkinwong) for some of the highlights.  I learned a lot in the various sessions and got the opportunity to meet and network with some pretty incredible inclusion-minded lawyers.  It was inspiring and exciting. One of the last panels I attended was titled Law Firm-Law Department Collaborations for Diversity and Inclusion.  Moderated by Elizabeth Campbell, a Partner and the Chief Diversity Officer at Andrews Kurth, the panel discussed various collaborations between law…

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Ten Tips Summer Associates Can Learn From Lean In

This article first appeared in the June 24, 2013 issue of The Careerist. It was authored by Grover Cleveland and Katherine Larkin-Wong. A Seattle-based lawyer, Cleveland is the author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks. Larkin-Wong is a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and President of Ms. JD. Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, has dominated recent conversations about women in the work force with her book Lean In—Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. We were struck by how many of Sandberg’s “lessons” apply to lawyers generally (both men and women) and to summer associates…

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Win $1,000! Share Your Vision of Equity In The Legal Professsion!

The ABA Gender Equity Task Force needs your voice and your vision!What is your vision of equity in the legal profession? We want to know! Based on different backgrounds and experiences, everyone has a different view of equity and what it means to the profession.  Women, men, Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Lesbians, Gays, lawyers with disabilities . . . everyone has a different lens in which to view “equity”.  To try and capture a range of those views, the ABA Gender Equity Task Force is hosting a contest on Twitter to encourage the discussion and exchange of ideas on equity in…

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Ms. JD Invites You To Click Your Heels For Gender Equity!

The ABA Gender Equity Task Force needs your participation and promotion of our virtual march for gender equity.  Participating is as simple as clicking your heels three times. 1. Click on this link to the website. 2. Click the vote button next to the red shoes.3. Click the submit button.  Then you have “Clicked” your heels for gender equity. Why is this important and what is the point? The visual of hundreds of thousands of people descending on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the sea of people coming together for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 has…

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She Leads: Interview with Edith Perez - Keynote Speaker at ABA WILL Academy

From the moment Mary Cranston introduced Edith Perez as the keynote speaker for the ABA Women In Law Leadership Academy (WILL), I felt a connection to her.  It wasn’t just that she spent 26 years of her career at the law firm that I also call home; it wasn’t just that, like me, she was petite, or that we both came from rural beginnings. There was something about her that drew you in. Maybe it was that, despite being a petite woman, she commanded a room full of hundreds. Maybe it was that she projected an optimism that was contagious.…

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Happy New Year Ms. JDs! We’re celebrating 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013. (Post 2 of 2!)

Yesterday we told you about the AWESOME year we've had working, writing, and meeting our community.  Well, we're even more excited for 2013! We've got lots of big plans!Here's a sneak peek at a few:1. We're going to continue giving you access to top women in our profession. We're so excited to be working with Kirkland & Ellis to bring you a conversation on leadership and entrepreneurship with ABA President Laurel Bellows.  You can attend the event yourself in Chicago or at any of our viewing parties across the nation.  You can even bring it to your own school. Click…

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