Spotlight! is being expanded. It is time that Best Friends at the Bar spotlighted organizations that are promoting women lawyers as well as the women lawyers themselves. With this new platform in mind, there could not be a better group to spotlight than Ms. JD, a group with the official description of “Women of the legal profession standing together, rising together.”
I am wild about this group of young women lawyers and law students and the success and visibility it has gained in a relatively short time. I support this group through my permission to reprint my blogs on the Ms. JD website, and I attend and contribute to many of the valuable programs that Ms. JD sponsors around the country.
In the interest of full disclosure, I also was the recipient of the Ms. JD Sharing Her Passion Award at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco. The picture is of me giving acceptance remarks at the awards ceremony. I am so proud to have Ms. JD recognize the value of the Best Friends at the Bar program to its members and all young women lawyers.
Here’s the Ms. JD story from the website:
Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Ms. JD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of law students and recent graduates and supported by a small group of independent contractors. Founded at Stanford Law School in 2006 by a group of female law students from Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley), Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, UCLA, UT Austin, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and Yale, Ms. JD is a 501(c)(3) incorporated in California.
Serving as a unique nexus between the profession and the pipeline of diverse attorneys, Ms. JD’s online community provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and law students. With campus chapters throughout the nation, Ms. JD is also home to the National Women Law Students’ Organization. Ms. JD celebrates women’s achievements, addresses remaining challenges, and facilitates continued progress by bringing legal practitioners and law students together to share in an ongoing conversation about gender issues in law school and the profession.
I am also proud that my law school, Georgetown Law, was one of the schools that helped launch Ms. JD. Go Hoya Women Lawyers!
So, hat’s off to Ms. JD and all the wonderful work it is doing here and across the globe with its new international programs. Read about it on the Ms. JD website.