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Ms. JD Proudly Announces the Winners of Ms. JD’s Public Interest Summer Scholarship

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of Ms. JD's 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships, Michelle Born and Judith A. Pond!Selected from over fifty applicants nationwide, the recipients demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting women in the law through public service careers. Michelle and Judith will each receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work.Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the award-winning essays of Michelle and Judith that answered the question: "What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge?" We'll also be featuring the outstanding…

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Successful JDs and What You Can Learn From Them: Featuring Holly Fujie of Los Angeles, CA

Side Note from the author: As you may have noticed above the title has changed from the usual weekly feature. One of the first things Holly mentioned to me was that she didn’t like the title superwomen as she didn’t think you needed super human powers to be a successful attorney and over all female role model. While Holly may not be super human, she is an amazing role model and I may need to be blessed with super human powers to achieve her role model status. Bio for this week’s successful woman JD Holly Fujie: Holly J. Fujie is…

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First Women Series: Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw

Ed. Note: The following post is a First Women series submission by Judge Kim Wardlaw. Judge Kim Wardlaw Biography: President William Jefferson Clinton nominated Judge Wardlaw to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 27, 1998. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 1998, and appointed to the Court on August 3, 1998. Judge Wardlaw had previously served on the United States District Court for the Central District of California since January 3, 1996. Before joining the district court, she was a litigation partner of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, and was based…

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PAR’s Annual Conference: Strategies for Advancing Women in Turbulent Times

The Project for Attorney Retention, or PAR, will be hosting its second annual PAR Conference for Law Departments and Law Firms. The topic of the conference this year is 'Strategies for Advancing Women Lawyers in Turbulent Times.' The conference will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Marvin Center in Washington DC. Panel speakers include women attorneys and professionals from various firms, organizations and companies, including UPS, Sidley & Austin, Fenwick & West, Clorox and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Topics will range from 'Is WorkLife Balance a Fatality of the Faltering Economy? Pro-Active Solutions' to 'Firm…

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Launch of new Balanced Life Initiative—Ms. JD is one of initial signatories

A new balanced-life initiative launched recently: Balanomics and Ms. JD is proud to be one of the first signatories. From the press release: Balanomics™ is a gender neutral, broad-based call for change in the profession and an effort to integrate work/life balance into the larger diversity discussion since departures are most common among women, and especially women of color. Inspired by the Call to Action initiative, Balanomics™ seeks signatories to endorse work/life balance objectives outlined in “Statements of Support” for law departments, law firms, and professional associations. The objectives provide tools for each of these constituents to improve work/life balance…

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Will BigLaw Embrace Grade-Less, High-Pedigree JDs?

Ed. note: The following article comes to Ms. JD courtesy of author Michael Estrin and bitterlawyer.com. They interviewed a number of hiring partners at major U.S. law firms, who expressed concern about decisions by Harvard and Stanford law schools to switch to a pass/fail system. This article might be of interest to many Ms. JD readers, especially given past issues and discussions concerning the compatibility between current law school learning frameworks and female law students. Class rank is everything. It separates the future scholars from the posers; the potential Big Firm Partners from the 9-to-5 government slackers. If there were…

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Event Announcement - Hit the Ground Running: Practical Skills You Need to Succeed

On February 7, 2008, the Law Student Project of the Women's Bar Association of D.C. Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women is hosting a day-long practical skills session entitled Hit the Ground Running: Practical Skills You Need to Succeed. For registration information, please click on this link. This event will provide 3Ls with the tools necessary to hit the ground running when they begin legal practice. New research shows that this type of practical skills training is necessary because women lawyers have just 12 weeks to develop the relationships necessary for success when they begin their legal careers. Moreover,…

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The Jury Expert

The American Society of Trial Consultants recently released a new trial skills journal, The Jury Expert. One of the feature articles, written by Elizabeth J. Parks-Stamm, discusses juror reactions to successful women. The article, Anticipate and Influence Juror Reactions to Successful Women, discusses "what happens when women jurors see successful women attorneys, plaintiffs or defendants and how you can mitigate the often negative judgment against successful women." Download the full article or view additional features at The Jury Expert. 

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Election Victories for Women Lawyers

Contested seats go to women in Wake's district court: Three women -- Jacqueline Brewer, Christine Walczyk and Anna E. Worley -- earned spots on Wake County's District Court benches, beating out their male opponents in Tuesday's election. The three races at the District Court level were the only contested ones in the Wake County Courthouse, with most of the 11 District Court judges running unopposed for re-election. A historic victory for Alvarez: Democrat Anita Alvarez won her bid Tuesday to become the first Hispanic and first woman state's attorney in Cook County, handing Republican Tony Peraica his second countywide election…

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Michelle Obama: Lawyer and First Lady

Michelle Obama, lawyer and wife of President-Elect Barack Obama, is now about to assume the role of first lady. In honor of this event, Ms. JD offers this brief biography of Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama was born on the South Side of Chicago, and graduated with her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She then attended Harvard Law School. While there, she participated in political demonstrations, especially advocating for the hiring of a diverse faculty. Upon graduation, she returned to work in Chicago. Michelle Obama worked for the law firm Sidley Austin, on the staff of the Mayor of Chicago Richard…

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