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Ms. JD Honors - Submit Your Nominations!

Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors. The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s next annual conference at the University of Miami School of Law on March 9, 2018. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. Nominations are due by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  Below is a description of the awards and instructions for submitting nominations.     Woman of Inspiration…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD Executive Director Danielle Allison!

1.  My husband, Shannon, and I met through a blind date and got married in Saint Lucia. 2.  I love jewelry and accessories.  I had a record number of 20 handbags in elementary school, which I switched out daily.  Not much has changed since then. 3.  I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years and still prefer it to sharing photos and memories on social media. 4.  I enjoy setting goals and crushing them.  In the fifth grade I wrote down my dreams: being elected president of my elementary school, president of my class every year of high school, and president of…

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Arent Fox Accepting 2016 Diversity Scholarship Applications Beginning December 1

Washington, DC – Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce it will begin accepting applications from first-year law students on December 1, 2015 for its 11th annual Diversity Scholarship Program. The scholarship will be awarded to one first-year law student in each of the following Arent Fox offices: Washington, New York, and Los Angeles. We are looking for students who demonstrate a commitment to learning and practicing law at the highest level. “It is our hope that students will use this opportunity as they embark on a rewarding and successful career,” said Chairman Mark M. Katz. “On behalf of my partners, we are…

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DON’T MISS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS’ MID-YEAR MEETING & AWARDS LUNCHEON—SPECIAL RATE FOR OUR MEMBERS

Ms. JD is pleased to be a partnering organization with NAWL’s Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon March 11-12, 2016 at the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square.  We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members.  To register, please go to www.nawl.org/2016midyear and use the code MYMSJD2016 to get the discount. Early bird registration is open and ends January 19, 2016. The theme this year is “Women at the Forefront: Leveraging Innovation in the Legal Profession.” This comprehensive and rich program is relevant to women in all fields of legal practice. The program includes a mix of professional development and substantive sessions, as well as plenty of networking time. Don’t miss…

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NWLSO Newsletter Editor Position Now Open!

Ms. JD is seeking an editor for their monthly National Women Law Student's Organization (NWLSO) newsletter, which compiles law student-related blog posts on the Ms. JD website, other pertinent articles and blog posts, job, scholarship and internship postings, and events of interest to law students.  The editor serves a vital role by drafting the newsletter that connects and informs our national network. If the editor is interested, there is also an opportunity to write a monthly blog post or introductory note, which could be included in the newsletter.  Time commitment is no more than 5 hours a month, likely less. Ideal for a law student who enjoys writing, editing,…

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Campaign for Greater Diversity in Legal Leadership at Temple Law is Hiring!

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law invites applications for a one year research fellowship on gender equality in multi-district litigation. The study will involve quantitative and qualitative analysis of gender disparities in leadership positions in MDL cases from 1991 to the present day. The fellow will be housed in the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice. The position will begin on or after September 15, 2015; an earlier start date may be possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning August 1, 2015. The salary will be $50,000 plus benefits. Minimum Qualifications: An excellent…

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Ms. JD and Above the Law Team Up for Millennial Research – Share Your Perspective!

Help Above the Law help you. Above the Law is partnering with Ms. JD and Grover Cleveland, ATL columnist and author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks, to gain insights into the perspectives of new lawyers at firms. The results will be shared with law firm professional development professionals and revealed on Above the Law. If you are a lawyer in private practice who is 35 or younger, share your perspectives in this two-minute "agree/disagree" survey.  

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Implicit Bias: Light it Up

Editor's Note: This blog post was written by Patricia K. Gillette. Ms. Gillette is a motivational and inspirational speaker.  Visit her website at patriciagillette.com for more information.  She may be contacted through her website or at pkgillette@gmail.com.  Why are so many people afraid of the dark?  Maybe because you don’t know what’s there.  You sense danger. So you remain quiet and wait for someone to turn on a light. That is what it feels like to be the victim of implicit bias.  It is hard to detect.  And while you can’t see it or quite put your finger on it, you…

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NNABA releases historic research study of Native American attorneys

Today, the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) and NNABA Foundation released the results of the first-of-its-kind research study on Native American attorneys. This research is the only comprehensive research regarding Native American attorneys across all practice settings where each and every of the over 500 survey respondents identified as Native American.  One of the powerful findings of this study is that Native Americans often feel invisible and share an overarching perspective that their experiences are not valid or real. In addition to documenting the failure of traditional diversity and inclusion efforts to reach Native American attorneys, the study sheds…

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Ms. JD Welcomes Two New Members to the Board of Directors!

Ms. JD, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession, is very excited to welcome Jane Rosales and Erin Callahan to the Board of Directors. Erin Callahan attended her first Ms. JD conference in 2011 and has served on the conference committee for the past two years. In addition to serving on the Ms. JD Board of Directors, Erin also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. “I am excited to be joining the Ms. JD Board of Directors and I'm honored to have been selected. I…

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