Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

MS Jd

  • San Francisco, CA
  • http://ms-jd.org

Mission Statement

Ms. JD seeks to support and improve the experiences of women law
students and lawyers. Obstacles to equal participation hinder not only
women in the law but also their colleagues, clients, children, and
communities. Ms. JD consequently strives to give voice to why it matters
that women continue to overcome barriers to achieve gender parity in
the profession. In doing so, Ms. JD spreads the word: women’s victories
are everyone’s victories.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Annual Essay Contest & Public Interest Scholarship
  3. Annual Conference on Women in the Law
  4. Library
  5. Blog
  6. The Global Education Fund
  7. The Writers in Residence
  8. Ms. JD Fellowship
  9. The National Women Law Students Organization

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Service Areas

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National

U.S., Canada

ruling year

2006

President

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Ms. Katherine Larkin-Wong

Vice-President

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Ms. Janet Wallace

Keywords

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women, equality, blog, legal profession, lawyers, law students

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Also Known As

MS. Jd

EIN

20-5112363

 Number

2460215924

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Women's Rights (R24)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Professional Societies, Associations (J03)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Who is Ms. JD?Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the
legal profession. Ms. JD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors(http://ms-jd.org/board)
comprised of law students and recent graduates and an Executive
Director. 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(http://ms-jd.org/nwlso) .
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.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Ms. JD programs include leadership summits and conferences, scholarship programs, a database of events for women lawyers and law students, networking opportunities, and summer clerkship opportunities.

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Program 2

Annual Essay Contest & Public Interest Scholarship

Every spring Ms. JD holds an essay contest for students pursuing public interest summer work. The winner's essay is published on Ms. JD and awarded a stipend to support their summer work.

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Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

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Program 3

Annual Conference on Women in the Law

Every year Ms. JD hosts a conference for women in the legal profession. Past conferences include Legally Female at Yale Law School in 2007, the NWLSO Leadership Summit in New York City in 2008, and Avenues to Advancement planned to take place on Northwestern's Law School Campus in downtown Chicago on November 20th & 21st, 2009.

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Female Adults

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Program 4

Library

Ms. JD maintains an online database of over 300 resources on women in the legal profession. The collection is easily searched and includes data reports, law review articles, best practices, and books.

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Adults

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Program 5

Blog

Ms. JD maintains a blog at www.ms-jd.org. The blog features advice, testimonials, and news items pertaining to women in the legal profession. Contributors include Barbara Babcock, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Dahlia Lithwick, and Lynn Hecht Schafran.

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Program 6

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!

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Program 7

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.

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Program 8

Ms. JD Fellowship

Each spring, in conjunction with the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Award, Ms. JD selects 20 second year law students as Fellowship Winners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitation to ABA and Ms. JD events, Ms. JD matches the law students with mentors from among the Commission's alumnae of commissioners and Brent Award Winners. The one-year 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.

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Female Adults

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Program 9

The 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). NWLSO chapters participate in various Ms. JD projects, including the annual conferences, student workshops, and regional networking events. Through NWLSO, Ms. JD has created a “rapid response” network that connects professionals to students and spreads news about women in the law, job opportunities, resources, and events.

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Female Adults

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Service Areas

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National

U.S., Canada

Social Media

Blog

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President

Ms. Katherine Larkin-Wong

Vice-President

Ms. Janet Wallace

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"What does Ms. JD do?Our Blog:
Ms. JD attracts over 120,000 visitors each month with content ranging
from “Advice on Taking the Bar Exam” and “How to Get a Clerkship” to
“What to Wear to an Interview” and “Networking Advice for Female Law
Students.” Contributors include students and young attorneys along with
notable guest bloggers like Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Elena
Kagan, Slate.com's Dahlia Lithwick, Professor Herma Hill Kay, Professor
Barbara Babcock, and Judge Dorothy Nelson.Our Network: In 2008, Ms. JD formed the National Women Law Students’ Organization(http://ms-jd.org/national-women-law-students-organization-nwlso) , bringing together women from 70 law schools across the country for a founding conference(http://ms-jd.org/summit)
in New York City. NWLSO continues to grow, with local events throughout
the year and annual gatherings at Ms. JD's conferences. Through NWLSO,
Ms. JD has created a “rapid response” network that connects
professionals to students and spreads news about women in the law, job
opportunities, resources, and events.Our Library: Two years ago, Ms. JD created the most comprehensive collection of resources about women in the law. The Library(http://ms-jd.org/library) ,
now jointly maintained with the University of Texas School of Law
Center for Women in Law, holds hundreds of articles, reports, and best
practice recommendations on all topics relevant to women in the legal
profession.Our Scholarship: Every summer Ms. JD funds summer stipends(http://ms-jd.org/scholarship)
for female law students dedicated to public interest work. 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. New this year is the Ms. JD Global Education Fund, which
will send local women to law school at Makerere University in Uganda."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Katherine Larkin-Wong

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