Mahira Siddiqui

Ms. JD Fellowship: One Year and Looking Back

As a recent law school graduate, a little over halfway into my first year in the big, bad legal world, I’ve recently been reflecting on my most important and fulfilling law school experiences. Not surprisingly, Ms. JD’s prestigious fellowship falls at the top of the list. As a 2013-14 Ms. JD fellow, I was fortunate to work with a wonderfully diverse and passionate group of women nationwide, each with their own unique experiences that will undoubtedly add to the ever changing legal profession and the advancement of women in the workplace. Each year, the Ms. JD fellows are responsible for…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Staying on Track with Helen Wan’s THE PARTNER TRACK

Helen Wan is Associate General Counsel at the Time Inc., a division of Time Warner Inc., and the author of the debut novel THE PARTNER TRACK (St. Martin's Press), about a young Asian-American woman up for partnership at a prestigious corporate law firm, and how gender, race, and class politics complicate her journey up the corporate ladder.  The Wall Street Journal calls THE PARTNER TRACK "an engaging and suspenseful debut novel...reminiscent of Tom Wolfe.  The pleasures of this novel lie in character and plot...with solid psychological insights into the partner-associate relationship."Your book discusses how race, gender and class play out…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Elizabeth Pederson

Elizabeth Pederson is the Founder and Inaugural President of Ms. JD. She graduated Order of the Coif with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Interest Fellow and the Symposium Editor on the Executive Board of the Stanford Law Review. Since graduation, Elizabeth clerked on the Northern District of California and served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A’s Office. She will join the Trial Team of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office in January. Prior to law school, Elizabeth served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. She holds a M.P.A. from…

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Mahira Siddiqui

A Gift of Women’s Leadership from Shirin Ebadi

As the year draws to a close, a moment of reflection seems appropriate. I am officially halfway through law school and I am fortunate to be entering the legal profession during such exciting times. The year 2012 proved to be victorious for women. The 113th Congress will have 20 female senators, the most ever in U.S. history. In the Golden State, the federal bench in Oakland for the Northern District of California is the first major federal courthouse in the country to have an all-female bench of both lifetime appointees and their magistrate colleagues. Moreover, five of the six judges…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring the Honorable Stuart Hing

The Honorable Judge Stuart Hing was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, in July 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for 23 years. He is active in the Community and Education Foundation of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association including its voter project, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, in which he was the only male board member, Charles Houston Bar Association, Centro Legal de la Raza, Alameda County Bar Association, St. Vincent de Paul, and his own outreach program.…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Know your law school; Love your law school

Once you know your law school, you’ll love your law school. It’s 9:43 PM (PST) on a Wednesday night as I write this post. I just got off the phone with my Law Career Services counselor regarding a muddled cover letter in dire need of revamping. This man knows how badly I want to work at a particular legal aid organization here in San Francisco. Due to my manic schedule this semester, I wasn’t able to meet with him in person to discuss editing (read: rewriting) my cover letter. He generously offered an after-hours telephone appointment and assured me he…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Teresa Friend

Teresa Friend is the Director and Managing Attorney at the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), a Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Since 1993, Teresa has overseen staff, interns and legal and social service volunteers in executing legal and advocacy services on behalf of individuals who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Teresa received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and her J.D from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). After clerking for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court, she entered private practice, where she specialized in civil…

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Mahira Siddiqui

One Essential Trait of a Leader Is…Global Consciousness

Editor's Note: This post was submitted in response to Ms. JD's She Leads essay prompt: "One Essential Trait of a Leader is ..." Ms. JD: She Leads will take place October 5, 2012 in Washington, DC and will feature keynote speeches from Marne Levine, the VP of Global Public Policy at Facebook and the DQs.  To learn more about Ms. JD: She Leads and to register, click here.Global consciousness. There is a dire need for leaders to understand yesterday, today and tomorrow’s affects of globalization. Realizing and implementing a sense of global consciousness into the predominantly client-driven legal profession, for…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Zahra Billoo

Zahra Billoo is the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area chapter (CAIR-SFBA), the nation’s largest American Muslim civil rights organization. As a community organizer and civil rights advocate, Billoo strives to promote justice and understanding at local and national levels. She represents victims of discrimination and advocates for positive policy changes that uphold civil rights for all. Billoo is a 2010 recipient of the San Francisco Minority Bar Coalition’s Unity Award and a 2011 recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California’s Public Interest Attorney of the Year Award. In honor of…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Daljit Dhami

Daljit Dhami is an Associate Counsel at Amalgamated Transit Union in the Washington D.C. Metro Area where she focuses on traditional labor law, internal union administration, and pension and 401k matters. Her past experience involved civil rights issues, labor and employment law, and personal injury cases. Dhami previously served as a Migrant Staff Attorney at the Fresno office of California Rural Legal Assistance representing agricultural workers in various types of litigation, including wrongful termination/discrimination cases, representative actions involving wage and hour issues and sexual harassment claims. Dhami served as Co-President of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California Foundation…

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