Ms. JD 2019 Annual Report

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A NOTE FROM OUR CEO The struggles women attorneys face are well-documented — inequitable pay, underrepresentation in partnership ranks, the effects of implicit bias — the list goes on. Countless studies and reports show how structural barriers to women’s advancement are embedded within the legal profession and contribute to the high rate of attrition of women from the profession. These are the challenges that confronted the group of female law students who banded together to found Ms. JD in 2006, knowing that if young women attorneys are to reach their potential, they need support, networking opportunities, ongoing education and a vision for how they can make an impact. Today, where others see merely law students and young associates facing insurmountable challenges, Ms. JD sees the next generation of women partners, general counsel, and members of the judiciary who, through robust programming with a focus on practical tools for navigating our profession, can enter the profession prepared to confront the challenges to promotion and retention awaiting them. In 2019, we continued our unique commitment to serving and nurturing women just as they embark upon their careers. We identified and inspired talented girls as early as middle school, recognizing that a robust pipeline of talent is one of the keys to gender equity in the legal profession. We helped members of the Ms. JD community navigate law school, supported them in exploring career possibilities, and connected those in the early stage of their careers with experienced women with wisdom to offer them. Thanks to your support, we were able to continue to expand our innovative programming and events, where women made valuable connections and received career-changing guidance. We are proud of what we have done and excited about what we will do next. Together, we can ensure that women are empowered and that the profession as a whole is stronger.

Stronger together,

Danielle Allison

Danielle Allison, Chief Executive Officer

TOGETHER, WE CAN ENSURE THAT WOMEN ARE EMPOWERED... Follow Ms. JD on social media @msjdorg Contact Danielle Allison at

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OUR MISSION Ms. JD seeks to support and improve the experiences of women law students and lawyers. Obstacles to equal participation harm not only women in the law but also their colleagues, clients, children, and communities. That is why Ms. JD strives to give voice to women as they overcome barriers to achieve gender parity in the profession. In doing so, we spread the word: women’s victories are everyone’s victories.

If you are a woman aspiring to achieve and lead in law, and are either in law school or in the early stage of your career, then there is no better investment to make than in the resources and connectivity offered by Ms. JD. Whether through its thought leadership, networking events, high end conference programming, or bespoke development experiences like the LaddHer Up Retreat, Ms. JD is changing the game for women in the legal profession at the most impactful stage – during their professional education and at the early stages of their careers. I’m very proud to support Ms. JD because of its innovative approach to driving inclusion in our profession and the incredible impact the organization is driving with the next generation of transformative leaders in law.


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Latham is deeply committed to investing in and supporting the next generation of women lawyers and leaders. We support Ms. JD because they share this goal. Ms. JD breaks down barriers and provides practical tools for success. Their programs are high quality, thoughtful and appropriately tailored for different levels of law students and lawyers. In addition, Ms. JD’s focus on including men in their work to empower women aligns with our firm’s approach to building inclusion in the profession through allyship.


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Ms. JD for me means support, access, inspiration, and motivation. I am proud to have experienced the full trajectory of the organization - I was a member of the inaugural writers in residence cohort, I was honored as a “woman of inspiration�, and I have had the pleasure of being a keynote speaker at several Ms. JD conferences. There are many organizations that support women lawyers and law students, but I love and support Ms. JD because the organization has always been entrepreneurial in spirit and impact and most importantly, intentionally intersectional in connecting with all women in the law.


It’s an easy choice for me to support Ms. JD because it is an amazing organization that provides mentorship, amplifies voices and aligns closely with my core values. Not only is Ms. JD an organization that supports and promotes women in the legal profession, it is an organization filled with amazing and inspiring women who help challenge me to bring a better version of myself to my professional interactions.


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Ms. JD’s LaddHer Up retreat provides a unique opportunity for women law firm associates in the earlier stages of their careers to personally engage with women general counsel for transparent 2:1 career strategy discussions, as well as professional development on expanding personal networks, effectively pitching to potential clients, and building skills for a general counsel role in the future. More than 32 law firms demonstrated their commitment to promoting the success of their early career associates by sponsoring their participation in LaddHer Up. Nearly 50 general counsel joined the retreat as career coaches and continue to cultivate mentorship relationships with the participating associates.

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It is my privilege to support Ms.JD, an innovative organization with a strong commitment to inclusion, that offers the highest quality programming for women lawyers. Ms. JD’s annual LaddHer Up retreat focuses on empowering women lawyers during their transition from law school to law firm associate in creative and inspiring ways. This early career period is both challenging and critical to the long-term success and retention of women in our profession. Ms. JD is making a difference and having a positive impact on gender equity in law.



I had a blast and honestly believe that was the best content and agenda I have seen in many years. It was an honor to be included and I learned a ton.

The event far exceeded my expectations. The concept was innovative and impactful, and the execution beautifully done. Thank you so very much for including me in what I know will be something that will become legend.

It was a pleasure to be a part of this amazing initiative. Thank you for the opportunity to invest in the future of the legal profession and help make opportunities equally accessible to women.

Two impactful days full of general counsel and junior associates. Kudos to Ms. JD for recognizing the critical need to connect these two dynamic groups of women.



It was personally unexpected, encouraging, and incredibly empowering to realize that within the legal industry there can be such a sense of community, generosity, openness and honesty. Thank you for being so supportive of other women who are still relatively early in their careers as we navigate the opportunities before us and grow to be our best selves.

LaddHer Up was far and away the best conference I’ve ever been to. It left me feeling inspired and invigorated.

Talk about an invigorating two days networking with, and learning from, some of the best women lawyers in the country.

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Ms. JD’s National Women’s Law Students Organization (NWLSO) Leadership Academy advances our mission to improve the experiences of women law students. With the support of our dedicated sponsors, the Leadership Academy builds a national network among 35 women’s law association leaders empowered to lead their law student organizations, leveraging ideas and inspiration from their new connections with other law student leaders. Additionally, the leadership academy class provides participants with tools to develop the professional skills to help them succeed and serve in leadership positions beyond law school.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY My time spent in Boston at Ms. JD’s NWLSO Leadership Academy was amazing! I had time to connect and network with so many phenomenal women within the legal community. I strongly believe iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another; the NWLSO Leadership Academy afforded me an opportunity to be sharpened.

Angelica Frink Walker,

2019 Ms. JD Fellow, Florida A&M University College of Law

The NWLSO Leadership Academy was full of inspiring programming and actionable tips on how to advance our careers and grow into stronger leaders. But the best part was getting to meet other energetic, driven women from law schools all around the country. The legal profession isn’t the easiest to navigate — and, in the end, it’s the people who make all the difference. Thanks for hosting and for having me, Ms. JD!

Genevieve Antono Harvard Law School

I left the 2019 NWLSO Leadership Academy feeling empowered and motivated to set new challenges for myself. In addition to being surrounded by accomplished law students, there were many gems dropped by the panelists and speakers. It was reassuring to hear extraordinary women speak about the importance of having confidence, engaging in self-promotion, and building lasting alliances. I have recommended and will continue to recommend Ms. JD programs, events, and conferences to my colleagues, as well as incoming law students, because of the lasting impact the Leadership Academy has had on me.

Desni Scaife

Southern University Law Center

The Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy was a life-changing experience. Not only did I meet and network with women lawyers and law students from around the country, I walked away equipped with skills that are often not taught in law schools. After attending the Ms. JD Leadership Academy, my networking and time management skills have improved tremendously, and I feel more ready than ever to shatter “glass ceilings” for women in the legal field.

Carmen Day

Rutgers Law School

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM In partnership with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Ms. JD matches the top female law students in the country with mentors who are notable ABA leaders. This early mentorship and career guidance assists young women leaders in becoming more active in the legal community. Ms. JD’s 2019 Fellowship Class included 10 law students representing American University Washington College of Law, California Western School of Law, Florida A&M University College of Law, Howard University School of Law, Southern University Law Center, Stetson University College of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law, and University of Wisconsin Law School.

2019 Fellowship Mentors Pamela Barker, Partner, Burr Forman McNair Lt. General Flora D. Darpino, Retired Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Lisa Dunner, Managing Partner, Dunner Law PLLC Lacy Durham, Senior Manager, Deloitte, Tax LLP Samantha C. Grant, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Eileen Letts, Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library Aracely Munoz, Director, Lawyers Network & Director, Center for Reproductive Rights Justice Peggy A. Quince, Former Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court Joseph K. West, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Becoming a Ms. JD Fellow was one of the best opportunities that I have experienced as a law student. Ms. JD gave me the opportunity to gain multiple mentors and to network with like minded attorneys and other law students across the nation. As a first-generation law student having the opportunity to be connected to an organization that focuses specifically on the success of women in the legal field opened doors for me that never would have been opened before.


One of the accomplishments from my tenure as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession of which I am most proud is partnering with Ms. JD to create the Fellows Program. The Fellows are the future of our profession, and the other mentors and I have greatly enjoyed sharing the accumulated wisdom and insights we have gained during our careers. Hopefully, the Fellows Program has provided a valuable springboard from which all of the Fellows can launch successful careers of their own, and I know that one day they too will “pay it forward” for the aspiring young women law students coming behind them.


Ready to Rise is a one-day academy in law and leadership for middle school girls, grades 6-8, with fun and engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, and great snacks! By providing opportunities for education and interaction with women law students and attorneys, Ms. JD’s Ready to Rise academy allows girls to see themselves as future members of the legal profession advocating for clients, serving as members of the judiciary, running for political office, launching innovative businesses and reaching back to share their education with other girls in their communities. This program was made possible because of the commitment and support of the University of Houston Law Center, Houston Young Lawyers Foundation, law firm sponsors and numerous in-kind sponsors.

Ready to Rise provides an amazing opportunity for traditionally underserved middleschool girls to interact with, and learn from, fierce female lawyers throughout the Houston community. Not only does this program provide immense value to the students who participate, but also the attorneys who volunteer their time are exposed to the enthusiastic bright minds of the future. This program exemplifies the importance of both giving back to the community and supporting young women.


PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARSHIP In an effort to promote public interest work, Ms. JD funds stipends for female law students across the country who dedicate their summer to public interest law. In 2019, the four scholarship recipients were selected from a large pool of highly competitive applicants based on their passion and conviction toward pursuing a career in public interest law.

ROYSE G. BACHTEL Duquesne University School of Law Placement: Women’s Law Project

SARAH SAIFELDIN SAAD OMER University of San Francisco School of Law Placement: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division

TAYLOR LAUREN FRAZIER Washington University School of Law Placement: Children’s Defense Fund

JARMEIKA TAYLOR Southern Illinois University School of Law Placement: Legal Aid of East Tennessee

th SPEAK MS. JD’s 11 Annual Conference on Women in Law


March 15, 2019 | University of Pennsylvania Law School

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, for more than eleven years, women from law schools and the legal profession around the world have gathered to attend Ms. JD’s Annual Conference. This all day event is filled with keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. The 2019 Annual Conference, Speak Up, held at the University of Pennsylvania, featured a General Counsel Keynote Conversation between Roberta Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan & Black R.P.C. and E.J. Borrack, General Counsel, The Stilwell Group, Jannie Lau, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Interdigital Inc., and Lisa Matson, Partner & General Counsel, Penn Capital Management. Attendees also participated in workshops and panel discussions on topics such as personal branding, finding and using your voice, negotiation, networking and strategies for career success.

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As a former president of Quinnipiac School of Law’s Women’s Law Society, I can state with the utmost confidence that the Ms. JD Annual Conference has become a staple in our society’s growth, achievements, and engagement. The conference has provided our society with a space to not only learn from other females and allies in the profession but to also improve upon our own capabilities to empower women in the legal field. The panelists, professionals, and other law students that we are able to engage with at the conference broaden our own perspectives, allowing us to bring back what we learn to both our own society at large and our greater community. The conference has also provided our members with the chance to explore a multitude of different career paths, from private to public to JAG, that our members may not have considered before. Most importantly, the conference has been a continuous supply of empowerment to our members. It is the event our society most looks forward to each year, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to participate in such a spectacular event. Ms. JD has mastered not only igniting a flame in our members but making sure that flame continues to be steadily nourished so that we may continue to build each other up to be our best selves.










35 Law Students Leaders Equipped and Trained through NWLSO Leadership Academy

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52 Middle Schools Girls Introduced to Future Careers in Law through Ready to Rise


$7,000 in Public Interest Scholarships Awarded


Early Career Law Firm Associates connected with a General Counsel Career Coach at LaddHer Up

Public Interest Summer Placements Supported



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Law Schools represented at 11th Annual Conference

FINANCIALS Annual Income Fundraising & Special Events: 0.99% Grants: 1.24% Individual & Corporate Sponsors: 31.08% Other: 1.41% Program Service: 65.28%

Annual Expenses Management and General 39.07% Fundraising 3.13% Program Services 57.80%

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO WOMEN IN LAW. Thank you to all the generous members of the Ms. JD community who made our work possible. Because of your financial contributions, volunteer hours, sharing of ideas, and tireless commitment, we were able to further advance our efforts to support and promote the careers of women in the legal profession.

Our Partners Julie S. Alarcรณn Cara David Brittany Daniels Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Fox Rothschild LLP Stephanie Hamm Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Kirkland & Ellis LLP Latham & Watkins Diana LaMorie Taylor Moore Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Morrison & Foerster LLP Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP Judy Nakaso Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP Norton Rose Fulbright Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Chantal Renta

Sidley Austin LLP Laura M. Stern Amber Thomson Diana Trotsenko University of Houston Law Center University of Pennsylvania Law School U.S. Air Force JAG U.S. Army JAG U.S. Navy JAG Vinson & Elkins LLP Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP

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OUR VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP Board of Directors Erin C. Callahan, Chair Maleaha Brown, Vice Chair Diana Stern, Secretary Julie S. Alarcรณn , Board Member Katie Day, Board Member Etherial Edetan, Board Member Anna R. Gressel, Board Member

Noorulanne Jan, Board Member Kat LaCoste, Board Member Diana LaMorie, Board Member Okeoma Moronu, Board Member Tanvi Patel, Board Member Sonya Laddon Rahders, Board Member Amber C. Thomson, Board Member

Program Directors Paige Green, Pre-Law Program Director Lauren Jackson, Fellowship Director Claire Parsons, Writers in Residence Director Ani Elizabeth Torossian, NWLSO Program Director Elizabeth Vaysman, Alumni Program Director

Program Volunteers Michelle Banks Deanna Bernardo Carolina Berrera Nataly Cabrera Samantha Coyne Akilah Craig Martha Daniels Jane Ehinmoro 34 |

Alicia Ford Sophie George Esther Goldschlager Carrie Gorner Paige Greene Sophia Johnykutty Katrina Kaczynski Jan Kang 34 |

Daniella Landers Jessica Lewis LaMonica Love Brittny Mandarino Ruma Mazumdar Erin McNamara Joanna Melnick Taylor Moore Nikki Morris Leah Nudelman Linyanta Nwosu Jeanne Ortiz Kanysha Phillips

Chantal Renta Amber Schilling Emily Smith Kayleigh Smith Shannon Stokes Sondra Tennessee Tinuke Thomas Elizabeth Tolon Christine Tsai Brielle F. Tucker Janet Wallace Alexandra Warren Chante Westmoreland

Our Administration & Staff Danielle Allison, Chief Executive Officer Michele Perrin, Editor-in-Chief Tatum Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief Kerriann Stout, Content Director/Social Media Manager Ashlee Ehorn, Programs Assistant Kate Hudson, Volunteer Treasurer

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VISION FOR 2020 In 2020, we will continue to advance programs to support our community — both live and remote. We will extend Ms. JD’s presence in law schools in every state via our law student programming, expanding our footprint across the country. We will also expand our programming to provide resources for early career attorneys launching careers in public interest fields or in small firms. Finally, we’ll extend our digital presence, linking members of the Ms. JD community across the country for networking, mentoring and career support.

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Questions about sponsorship of or donations to Ms. JD should be directed to 340 S Lemon Ave. #4942 Walnut, CA 91789

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