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Happy New Year Ms. JDs!  We’re celebrating 2012 and Looking Ahead to 2013. (Post 1 of 2!)

To Our Ms. JD Community:Happy New Year!  Over the next two posts, we'll be celebrating some of our favorite moments of 2012 and looking forward to 2013.  Most importantly, we want your help in determining what we're going to deliver for you this year!  We thought we'd start by looking back over some of our best moments of 2012:1. In January, Ms. JD hosted our first ever Ms. JD regional event, bringing together women from law schools around the Bay Area to watch the hit documentary Miss Representation.  We had so much fun that we repeated the event in DC and then…

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Help Ms. JD Celebrate the Holiday Season With the Gift of Women’s Leadership

Happy December Ms. JD!  For our law student community, December brings with it the promise and dread of the end of the semester - the race to the finish line with finals and papers.  Take a deep breath and know that you're going to do great!  For our community of lawyers, December brings everything that goes with the close of another business year.  We hope you're all not just surviving but thriving! Here at Ms. JD, we're dedicating December to celebrating the gift of women's leadership.  As you know, this year has been all about leadership for us.  Since January, we've been…

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Exciting News!  Ms. JD Nominated to ABA Journal Blawg 100!

It's always exciting to be recognized for the hard work that we, as a community, do here at Ms. JD.  It's especially exciting when you're recognized by the ABA.  Today, the ABA Journal unveiled a list that we're very proud to be on: the ABA Journal's 6th Annual Blawg 100 List!  It's not our first time on the list, but it's a proud moment nonetheless especially considering the company that we get to keep!The important thing to remember is that this nomination recognizes all of the incredible content that YOU ALL create!  It's your personal stories, your advice, your participation in this online…

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Ms. JD’s Law School Finals Exam Tips Round Up

As everyone heads into the Thanksgiving holidays, there's the excitement for turkey day and time with friends and family, the lure of Christmas carols, stores filled with holiday cheer, and ... for all of our law school women, the DREAD OF FINALS. Never fear!  Ms. JD is here to help.  I thought about writing a post dedicated to my best finals tips and tricks and then I realized that I didn't need to because over the years almost all of my tips and tricks have come from these very pages of Ms. JD.  Therefore, as Thanksgiving gift to you, I'm putting…

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Top Ten Tips for Brand New Associates!

My law school classmates and I have been at our jobs for about a year now.  In some cases, new associates have started and in others new associates are starting shortly.  We are by no means experts, but I thought it might be nice to reflect on what we've learned and offer some tips.  So, I emailed a few friends and asked them to tell me what they wish they'd known or what they think they've learned. The result is a Top 10 List that, while it won't make Letterman, might help you as you're starting your new job!So, without…

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Fifteen Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD President Katie Larkin-Wong

1.    I was born in South Louisiana but grew up in Missoula, Montana.  Both have had a profound influence on me.  Louisiana and my Cajun family gave me my passion for food.  Happy, sad, excited, nervous?  We feed it!  Montana keeps me grounded and I still feel most at home in the mountains.   2.    I had the pleasure of attending President Obama's inauguration and inaugural ball in 2009.  3.   I love to travel.  Road trips, plane trips, train trips up the East Coast, I love them all!  The second time I ever traveled abroad, I lived in New Delhi, India…

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Overheard at the Ms. JD, Lateral Link, and Haynes Boone Mid-Level Associates Forum in Dallas, Texas

Last Friday, Ms. JD and Lateral Link hosted a Mid-Level Associates Forum in Dallas, Texas.  The event, which was sponsored by Ms. JD Law Firm Sponsor, Haynes and Boone, was an incredible success.  I was lucky enough to attend and get to hear the incredible advice offered by panelists Marilyn Moore Basso, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Celanese Corporation, Anne Johnson, Partner at Haynes and Boone, and Christina Marshall, Associate at Haynes and Boone.  Mardy Sackley, Managing Director at Lateral Link moderated the panel and offered her own perspective from her time as a big law partner.  Below,…

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A Letter to Ms. JD’s Staff from Tonesha Curenton, 16 Years Old

Note: Last week, Ms. JD was lucky to receive the following exchange from Tonesha Curenton, a 16 year old woman from Charlotte, North Carolina.  It reminded us why we chose to practice law and encouraged us to continue to help women across the country find their path to success in the legal profession.  We received permission from Tonesha and her parents to publish her letter because we knew you would enjoy her story.  We hope it brings as much joy to your day as it brought to ours.  Subject: STAFF OF MS. JD PLEASE READ! Dear Staff of Ms. JD,…

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Ms. JD Joins NWLC Blog Carnival in Celebration of Title IX with “On Graduations and Championships”

When Ms. JD was asked to contribute to NWLC’s Title IX blog carnival, I considered writing about how Title IX made it more acceptable for women to participate in law.  But as I thought more, I realized Title IX’s story is really about two generations who grew up in different worlds because of how the law changed our social constructs.  The strong women in my life tell that story best.  It explains why my Mom never got to play organized sports and why my sister was an all-state softball player.  I called them both on Sunday night and asked them…

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Letter from Ms. JD’s President: Happy Summertime!

Dear Ms. JDs,It's officially summer!  Summer can mean vacations, barbeques with family and friends, and lots of fun in the sun.   All of the 3Ls have graduated, the rising 3Ls and 2Ls have started summer internships or classes and those of you destined to be 1Ls next fall are making final decisions, putting down deposits or learning you've come off the waitlist!  To all of you, I say congratulations!  For the attorneys among us, summer can bring summer associate classes and new interns whose excitement for the law is contagious and can bring a pick-me-up that your practice might…

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