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Ms. JD Holds Summit to Form National Law Student Sorority

Posted Mar 28, 2008 4:29 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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The cyberspace coalition that is "Ms. JD" is leaving the safety of its virtual world to host a real-live program in New York.

Thanks to some BigLaw underwriting, Ms. JD will host a blue-ribbon lineup of judges, practitioners and a journalist at its April 4-5 "Leadership Summit." The summit will bring together women law students from 50 campuses from 30 states, the New York Law Journal reports.

The group says it intends to create a national sorority to advance the professional prospects of women law student grads.

The NY Law Journal reports that speakers include New York's Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye; Barbara Babcock, the first female professor at Stanford Law School; and Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and legal correspondent for the online magazine Slate.

"Women have been the majority at law schools for close to a decade now, and yet women are very under-represented at the top of the legal profession," event organizer Anna Nelson, a Yale 2L told the publication. "It's not a pipeline problem. So, what is the problem?"

Ms. JD, a popular blog that made the ABA Journal's Blawg 100 last year, tackles these issues on its website.

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