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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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A Historical Perspective on Lauren’s Determination: Define Yourself – Always

Although I am far from a youthful Ms. J.D., I read this Blog faithfully.  I have done so for several years, ever since my daughter, Katherine Larkin-Wong, disregarded my sage advice to forgo becoming the President of Ms. J.D. when she was just beginning her legal career.  I explained to Kate that it was wiser to devote herself completely to her legal development as she started out, rather than dividing her time between her career and Ms. J.D.  Trying to do too much at one time, I reasoned, would only dilute the results achieved all around.  Thankfully, Kate thoughtfully considered…

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My 10 Cents

Editor's Note: This piece was first published in Law360 and is republished with the permission of its author, Patricia Gillette. 10 cents.  That’s how much it cost to change the behavior of hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area.   When cities and counties imposed a 10 cent cost for a paper bag at the grocery store, overnight people began bringing their own bags.  The change was across the board and it was immediate.  In fact, a year ago, maybe one or two people in a line of six people would have their own grocery bags – and that…

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NAWL 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Join the National Association of Women Lawyers for our 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on July 24, 2014! Ms. JD is a proud co-sponsor. Ms. JD members receive a 10% discount on registration. WOMEN BELONG AT THE TABLE: LEADING WITH COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE Law firms, corporations, and governments benefit in myriad ways when women are at the helm.  Nevertheless, women are still the minority at most leadership tables.  This year’s Annual Meeting will examine the reasons behind the leadership gap and what it takes to be a courageous, confident, and effective leader.  Prominent in-house counsel, private practitioners, and government lawyers will…

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Join Ms. JD for the Inaugural National Diversity Pre-law Conference and Law Fair!

Editor's Note: We are excited to be attending the Inaugural National Diversity Pre-law Conference and Law Fair on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.! Come out and join Ms. JD and help promote and advance diversity in American legal education and in the legal profession. This is a great opportunity for our readers, especially pre-law students! Register Today! The National Diversity Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair was created to connect diverse prospective law students from across the country with empowering law school preparation and success information, networking opportunities, and resources. We are unique in that we openly…

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Vinson & Elkins Seeks Applicants for Minority College Scholarships

The Vinson & Elkins Scholarship Foundation is seeking applicants for its annual scholarships for minority high school seniors in Texas to help finance their college education. The scholarship provides each student $10,000, an internship opportunity at V&E, and LSAT course reimbursement. The V&E Scholars Program was founded in 1990 as part of the firm’s effort to increase diversity in the legal profession. Over the course of the program, the firm has awarded scholarships to 126 students from Austin, Dallas and Houston. Each year, V&E awards students in under-represented racial/ethnic groups (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander) with the…

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