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Thank You For Your Support!

Ms. JD just completed its first ever participation in the Chase Community Giving Challenge.  Out of thousands of charities, and thanks to your help and support, Ms. JD placed 113th with over 1,200 votes!  All charities placing in the top 100 were awarded grants from $25,000 to $250,000 from Chase.  We were just a handful of votes away from the winner's circle and are sure to place in the top 100 the next time around.  Ms. JD sincerely thanks you for your support!

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Over 800 people have voted for Ms. JD so far! Have you?

The last week has been incredible. We’re so close to winning $25,000 we can smell it! Over 800 of you have voted for us already, we’re closing the gap and moving toward the coveted top 100 spots. We’re doing great, but we won’t be able to win without you.To those who have voted:  thank you. Will you accept the challenge to get three more votes?To those who haven’t voted: We can’t do it without you! Help put us into the top 100 with your vote right now. It only takes 10 seconds.Chase Community Giving is sponsoring a contest to award…

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Announcing the 2011-2012 Ms. JD International Scholars!

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the 2011 Ms. JD International Scholars: Gracious Atuhaire  and Mary Nakale!  Ms. JD launched its Global Education Fund last year to support women in third-world countries who dream of becoming lawyers but do not have the resources to pursue legal educations.  Thanks to your support, Ms. JD is able to partner again with the Gender Mainstreaming Division at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to make the educational dreams of our Scholars possible. Ms. JD continues to support the studies of our 2010 Scholars, Joaninne Nanyange and Monica Athieno, who have returned to Makerere University for their second year of law school!  All International Scholars are chosen…

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No Interesting Women Lawyers?

U.C. Hastings and California Lawyer are cohosting a series of probing interviews with prominent lawyers, judges, and academics. The series, Legally Speaking: Conversations with the Most Interesting Lawyers in the World, features conversations with ten lawyers, claimed to be the most interesting attorneys  “in the entire world.”Of the ten most interesting lawyers in the entire world (according to Hastings and California Lawyer)? Only one is a woman. Lainey Feingold, a disability rights lawyer in Berkeley, California, asks: is this really how these institutions see women attorneys in 2011?In 1980, the year before I graduated, I was chair of the program committee of the National…

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Ms.JD Invites You to Join NWLSO this Fall

The smell of freshly sharpened pencils (and freshly purchased computers) can only mean one thing…a new school year is upon us. Whether you are just beginning your first year of law school or launching into your final semesters of law school, now is the perfect time to get involved with Ms.JD and the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO). Did you know that Ms.JD has campus chapters (and affiliates) at law schools across the country?   In April 2008, Ms. JD gathered women from 70 law schools and 33 states in New York City for a student leadership summit.  It was…

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The Best Advice I Never Got: Retaining Your Position

Editor's Note: this essay was submitted by Blair, in response to the 2010 Ms. JD Scholarship prompt: What's the best advice you never got? It’s striking how much “job search” advice law students (and grads) are bombarded with, yet how few times mentors, career services, or friends who’ve had legal positions give you insight into what to do once you’ve actually landed that job you’ve discussed with them countless times. It goes without saying that the legal market is, and always will be, a competitive one, particularly in this economy. So while job search advice of course is critical, it’s also just as…

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Work-Life Balance:  A Response to the Curmudgeon

Ed. Note: This letter was written by Kelly, in response to Ms. JD's question, "How Do We Close the Gap Between Baby Boomers and Millennials on Work/Life Balance?"Dear Curmudgeon, Since starting work at your large law firm, I often overhear complaints about how young associates these days are lazy and do not understand or appreciate the time sacrifice the law demands.  I cannot speak for all young associates, but I do want to take this opportunity to try to explain why I sometimes choose life over work.My baby boomer father was a promising young executive at a large oil company (pre-merger).  You…

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Happiness Math

Ed. Note: This letter was written by Andrea, in response to Ms. JD's question, "How Do We Close the Gap Between Baby Boomers and Millennials on Work/Life Balance?"Consider the ideal human life as an equation, Individual + Individual + Baby = Happiness.  This basic model, along with some facts about recent changes in U.S. culture, explains why the next generation is demanding work-life balance. I. The MathDemise of SingledomGenerally, people are staying single longer now than they ever have before.  Most law students are not married.  They leave law school and are still on the prowl for a mate.  If they do…

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Life and Law at a Connecticut Law Firm

Faye Trafford interviewed with five female attorneys practicing at Suisman Shapiro PC of New London, Connecticut--including a 40 year veteran and a 2010 grad--to get their thoughts on maintaining life and work balance and gender differences in the field. Here's a snippet from the interview:In your daily interactions, are you seeing more women in the field? Jeanette Dostie: Even 15 years ago, my law school class was half women, half men.Carolyn Kelly: I think the number of women in law school is equal to the number in entry-level jobs. But if they can't deal with the demands of a big firm,…

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2011 Ms.JD Fellowship

In 2010, Ms. JD awarded Fellowships to 20 rising third-year law students. Fellows were chosen from among over 300 applicants representing 75 law schools. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession. Last year's fellowship recipients included law review editors-in-chief, published scholars, and future judicial clerks. For the 2011 Ms. JD Fellowship, we have found an equally impressive group of aspiring lawyers:Elizabeth Bailey, Harvard UniversityAngela Cunningham, Northwestern UniversityTanya Falleiro, Golden Gate UniversitySarah Ferguson, New York Law SchoolCarla Laroche, Columbia UniversityRebecca Levine, University of WashingtonSarah Martin, University of California,…

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