In addition to the blog, Ms. JD hosts and facilitates a number of programs throughout the year. All Ms. JD programs are provided without membership fees to students nationwide thanks to the generous support of our donors. Please consider supporting this work; every donation makes a difference.
The Fellowship. Each spring, in conjunction with the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Award, Ms. JD selects up to 15 second-year law students as MS. JD Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving invitations and financial support to attend ABA and Ms. JD events, Ms. JD matches the Fellows with mentors from among the Commission's alumnae of Commissioners and Brent Award Winners. The one-year Fellowship program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.
The Writers in Residence. Each year Ms. JD invites guest bloggers to serve as Writers in Residence at Ms. JD. The Writers in Residence each pen one post per month, are featured on the site, and participate in various Ms. JD events throughout the year, including a Writers in Residence event at Ms. JD's annual conference.
National Women Law Students' Organization. Ms. JD has campus chapters at law schools across the country. Together, these chapters form the National Women Law Students' Organization (NWLSO). 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 at this gathering that NWLSO was born. Under the umbrella of Ms. JD, NWLSO is a national organization that represents the interests of women law students, provides a forum for women at law schools across the country to connect with one another and experienced practitioners, and links law school women’s organizations nationwide. For all of us who have wished for the opportunity to meet students at other schools, discuss common interests or concerns, and expand our social networks on the national level, Ms. JD's NWLSO delivers!
Public Interest Scholarships. Each spring Ms. JD awards summer stipends to law students committed to working in the public interest. Past recipients have used their stipends to intern at the ICC in the Hague, the JAG Corps, the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the Equal Justice Foundation.
The Global Education Fund. Grateful for the educational opportunities we have had in the U.S., Ms. JD created the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations. Without the Global Education Fund, these women would not have access to further education. In its first year Ms. JD's Global Education Fund made it possible for two young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere University in Uganda!
Pre-law Programming. Ms. JD's Pre-Law Program was launched in 2014, with the goal of providing students with the resources they need to make an informed decision if law school is the right path for them. In the past, our programming has included blog posts, YouTube videos (Google Hangouts), Twitter chats and in-person panel events. For a more complete index of Ms. JD's pre-law resources, check out the "Table of Contents."
TIM Initiative. Ms. JD launched The Incredible Men (TIM) Initiative in 2014 to celebrate men who are active champions for women’s advancement in the legal profession. These men not only value equality and diversity in the profession, but earnestly and enthusiastically support women and women’s initiatives. Ms. JD’s TIM Initiative was named after Timothy Miller who previously served on Ms. JD's Board of Directors.
Ms. JD's Programs are managed by a fabulous group of Program Directors!