Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Alison Monahan

Alison Monahan started The Girls Guide To Law School to help aspiring lawyers have a better law school experience. She received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a member of the Columbia Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for a federal judge then worked as a patent litigator in a San Francisco BigLaw firm. She is also a current Writer in Residence for Ms. JD.The obvious question, why blog? It’s funny… I started this project actually as a book and I have written about three chapters of the book. I have a book proposal and a detailed…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Cynthia Chandler

Cynthia Chandler is the Co-Founder and recent-former Executive Director of Justice Now, a human rights organization working with women in prison and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons. She received her MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and JD from Harvard Law School. Cynthia has worked on issues of women’s health, racial justice, and prison industrial complex abolition for over 20 years. Before co-founding Justice Now, Cynthia founded and directed Women’s Positive Legal Action Network—the first organization in the US advocating on behalf of HIV+ people in women’s prisons. Cynthia has helped launch numerous…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Susan Rutberg

Susan Rutberg graduated from Cornell University and received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. Her 35 years in the law has been a combination of indigent criminal defense and innovative clinical law teaching. Rutberg was a criminal trial lawyer for 14 years with the Bayview-Hunters Point Community Defender’s Office in San Francisco, the Alameda County Public Defender and the San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office. She took a leave from the SF Public Defender in 1985-86 to serve as co-counsel in the successful defense of attorney Stephen Bingham, who was charged with murder and conspiracy. The government…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Laurie Levenson

Laurie Levenson is a former federal prosecutor. She was appointed assistant United States Attorney of the Criminal Section in Los Angeles where she was a trial and appellate lawyer before she attained the position of senior trial attorney and assistant division chief. She is currently a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School and Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. She received her A.B. from Stanford University and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. Her recent scholarship includes: Federal Criminal Rules Handbook (2010 ed. Thomson West); Criminal Procedure (Aspen Publishers 2008); Glannon Guide on Criminal Law (2d ed.…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Njeri Thuku

Njeri Thuku is a Resident Magistrate in Kisii located in southwest Kenya. Ms. Thuku received her Bachelor of Law with a minor in Economics from Keele University-U.K., a Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law, and a Certificate in Mediation and Arbitration from the International Law Institute, in collaboration with Georgetown University. Ms. Thuku is the recipient of the International Women Judges Graduate Fellowship, established by Golden Gate University School of Law and the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) in an effort to advance issues involving the role of women in international justice systems. As part of Black…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Now & Then: What It Means To Be A Feminist featuring Drucilla Stender Ramey

Drucilla S. Ramey is the former executive director of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the National Association of Women Judges. She is a former and current tenured member of the Golden Gate University School of Law faculty and became Dean of the School of Law in Fall 2009. Ramey's career has been devoted to diversity, equal opportunity and access in the justice system. She has chaired the ACLU of Northern California and the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women and served as a co-founder and board leader of California Women Lawyers. She received her BA from…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Putting a Face to the Name: Meeting the Ms. JD Board

We’ve all heard how important networking is. We’ve all heard Ms. JD is a great way to step into the legal field. What we don’t always hear is how Ms. JD establishes these connections.  Go on, read on..A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to have met a few of the lovely board members of this wonderful organization: Elizabeth Pederson (Founder and President of Ms. JD) and Katherine Larkin-Wong (prominent and active board member). They held the Ms. JD’s Bay Area Women’s Organization Meeting at my school, Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. Our neighboring women’s…

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Mahira Siddiqui

Mid Life/Semester Crisis

I am a little over half way through the treacherous 1L semester. That in and of itself deserves a reward of some sort. Maybe for stamina? Maintaining my sanity? After crossing this half way mark and receiving my self-made award (I’ll go with sanity), I’ve acquired an almost zen-like feeling while reading in between the lines of my casebooks. Quite literally.When I look back to August (which seems like ages ago) I have changed all my habits from day 1, week 1 and month 1 of law school. While it was important to go through this cumbersome process, it took…

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Mahira Siddiqui

My “legal” guardian [angel]

It’s true what they say—on top of the rigorous course load and re-structuring our minds to think “like lawyers”, the most difficult challenge of law school is assimilating into this new world. Luckily for me, I have what I like to call my “legal” guardian angel who watches over me in between classes, during library sessions and outside of school. She is one of Ms. JD’s 2011 Fellowship recipients, Miss Tanya Falleiro!After receiving the 2011 Spring Quarterly newsletter announcing Tanya’s award, I frantically emailed her in mid-June about further involvement with Ms. JD. Since then she has taken me under…

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Mahira Siddiqui

To be [a lawyer] or not to be [a lawyer]?  That [was] the question.

For three years I grappled with this question and after much deliberation I have decided to take on this most exciting and thrilling adventure.Truth be told—I'm only two weeks into my first year so I can't really say much about the 1L course load other than give you a rudimentary breakdown of subject matter jurisdiction or what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th amendment of the United States Constitution. What I can offer is the perspective I’ve gained in the years leading up to my entrance in the legal field. My legal education (and subsequently yours) will singlehandedly…

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