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Ms. Pre-JD: Becoming a Frequent-Applier

Around this time in the year is when, as a pre-law student, I really start feeling the pressure. If you don’t know why this is, I imagine you haven’t delved headfirst into the pre-law internship search yet! The excitement at seeing a posting, even an unpaid one, from a major law firm is always tempered five minutes later with irritation at the words “Marketing Intern”, or “Accounting Intern”. Even so, I do have a list of places that I usually try when on the hunt for an internship. While you are probably not going to get paid (in money) for the…

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2017 Ms. JD Honors Awardees Spotlight Series: 5 Q&A with Liani Balasuriya

Liani Balasuriya 2017 Ms. JD Student of Inspiration Award The following questions were formulated based on Liani's profile. 1. What made you want to be involved in the Northwestern's Women's Leadership Coalition? I’ve been interested in women’s leadership issues since high school. I was the only woman on the executive board of my high school newspaper, and I believe being a woman affected how my peers perceived my leadership. I was also surprised by how few women ran for Student Council President. After graduating high school, I went to college in D.C. and volunteered at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign headquarters…

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Ms. JD is excited to announce that Laurie Robinson Haden will keynote the Ms. JD Honors Reception!

Laurie Nicole Robinson Haden—an award winning lawyer and agent of change—truly personifies the 21st century businesswoman whose skills, passion and commitments are multi-faceted and the beneficiaries of her associations and accomplishments are many. Laurie Robinson Haden is the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation. In 2015, she was tapped by CBS Corporation for a new role within the Litigation Department reporting to the Head of Litigation. In this new position, she oversees and manages outside counsel, directs legal strategy, and participates in alternative dispute resolution. In addition, she continues to spearhead important law department initiatives, including CBS’ in-house…

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NWLSO Leadership Council

Ms. JD is excited to be expanding NWLSO by establishing the Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council! Meet the members of this inaugural council! Traci Gibson, National Chair Traci Gibson is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and two minors in Africana Studies and Business Administration. She transitioned into law school a mere ten days after graduation and is currently a third-year student at The University of Houston Law Center. During her law school career she has served as the Vice President of the Labor and Employment Society, the Community Outreach Director for…

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Council Vice Chair Hitomi Heap-Baldwin

Greetings, Ms. JD readers! My name is Hitomi Heap-Baldwin and I am currently serving as the Vice Chair for Ms. JD's inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council. I am a third year law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and here are 15 things you probably did not know about me: I served as president of my law school’s Ms. JD chapter in my 2L year. The board and I focused on creating panels, mentorship programs, and networking events that centered intersectionality and women empowering each other. It was easily the most rewarding position…

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Women Lawyers From Elite Law Schools Leave Practice Sooner—- Why?

Last month, Above the Law ran an article, "Stat Of The Week:  The Mysterious 'Elite Retreat' Of Women in Law," which got my attention.  The premise of the article was that the "conventional wisdom" that women lawyers leave Big Law after just a "couple of years" because of work-life challenges is flawed.  Citing research from ALM Intelligence (the same group that recently supported the Major Lindsey Africa study and findings that women law partners earn 44% less than male law partners), Above the Law reported that the timing of departures is more variable and that the proportion of women in…

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2017 Conference

Ms. JD Presents its Ninth Annual Conference on Women in the Law: "P.R.O.P.E.L."  Promoting Retention, Opportunity, Partnership, Excellence, and Leadership   Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Jenner & Block  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 be held at Jenner & Block's Chicago office from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on March 2, 2017.  The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstrate passion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women. The full list of awards can be…

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To Be A Lawyer Is To Be A Writer

How do you think pre-law individuals, law students, and/or lawyers may benefit from writing for law blogs?  In the information age, blogs stand unique as a source for information on a variety of niche topics.  With a few Google keystrokes, you can find a blog to assist you with any query.  Want to find the best deals on frequent flyer miles or hotel rewards points? Plan a wedding that isn’t too bling or too basic? Bolster your closet with the latest high-style trends? Keep up to speed with the freshest industry goss?  The answers to your questions are often found…

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The Role of Men

My friend Andrew considers himself an ally and is one of the very few men who regularly shows up at his company’s monthly women’s leadership group meetings.  He started going to these meetings after the group’s leader told him, “Of course you can come.  Come to all of them!”  At the meetings, Andrew wants to participate but is conflicted about speaking up because he is concerned that it might not be his place to speak at a women’s group meeting.  He wonders, What if my participation, or even my presence, silences certain conversations or makes some participants uncomfortable?  The other…

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Ms. JD has EXTENDED the Deadline to Apply for the NWLSO Leadership Council!

Ms. JD has EXTENDED the Deadline to Apply for the NWLSO Leadership Council to September 30th! This is a great opportunity for law students who are looking to take on leadership roles! Details about the NWLSO Leadership Council and how to apply can be found below. We look forward to receiving your applications! Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO), a national organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women law students.  Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses. More information…

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