Activate: Innovative Leadership for Unprecedented Times

Join us for an incredible virtual gathering to prepare you to lead and thrive in your future careers in the legal profession through professional skill-building, educational workshops, inspiring panel discussions, and an empowering keynote conversation.  Whether you want to learn about inclusive leadership, how to disrupt barriers to leadership, or the power of sponsorship, you will find a space to leverage the collective wisdom of law students, practitioners and thought leaders at Ms. JD's Law Student Leadership Academy. 


Don't miss our Keynote Speaker, Kim Rivera!


Be inspired.

Ms. JD's 2020 Law Student Leadership Academy will take place on October 29th and 30th. This virtual program brings together attorneys, thought leaders, and professional development professionals to share their personal experiences and recommended strategies around harnessing collective engagement for social impact, leveraging career sponsors and mentors effectively, and overcoming obstacles to leadership like imposter syndrome and implicit bias.  You will leave equipped and empowered to lead at your law school and beyond.

Take action.

Ms. JD is proud to foster a diverse community of aspiring and practicing attorneys representing the full breadth of the faces of the legal profession.  As a participant in the Law Student Leadership Academy, you will be well-positioned to leverage the network of hundreds of law students from across the country to effectuate change in your sphere of influence, utilizing shared ideas and inspiration to further advance women law students and attorneys in the profession.  


Join us at the 2020 Ms. JD Law Student Leadership Academy

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Meet the Speakers

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Register for all of the sessions or choose which ones you want to join.

Thursday, October 29th

1:00- 2:15 pm EST Harnessing Collective Energy to Transform Institutional Power featuring:

  • Bendita Cynthia Malakia, Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Hogan Lovells
  • Elana Nightingale Dawson, Associate, Diversity Leadership Committee, Latham & Watkins
  • Diane Lucas, Pro Bono Counsel for Racial Justice Initiatives, Davis Polk

2:30- 3:45 pm EST Disrupting Barriers to Leadership featuring:

  • Yen Chu, Chief Legal Officer, Equinox
  • Mandy Price, Co-Founder & CEO, Kanarys, Inc.
  • Stanley Ball, Ligitation Counsel, Eaton Corp.
  • Tanvi Patel, Partner, Neal Gerber Eisenberg & Ms. JD Board of Directors (Moderator)

4:00- 5:15 pm EST The Power of Sponsorship featuring:

  • Carla Reeves, Associate, Goulston & Storrs PC
  • Nefertiti J. Alexander, Associate, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Rodney C. Pratt, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Converse
  • Anna Gressel, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton & Ms. JD Board of Directors (Moderator)
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Friday, October 30th

1:00- 2:15 pm EST Keynote Conversation: Lessons on Leadership featuring:

  • Kim Rivera, President Strategy and Business Management, CLO, HP Inc. (Keynote Speaker)
  • Maleaha Brown, Chair, Ms. JD Board of Directors; Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

2:30- 3:45 pm EST Leadership Mindset: Motivation of Professionals and Inclusive Leadership with Scott Westfahl, Director of Harvard Law School Executive Education

4:00- 5:15 pm EST Lifting As We Climb: The Role of Law Student Leaders in Advancing Women in the Legal Profession featuring:

  • Genevieve Antono, President, Harvard Association for Law and Business (Moderator)
  • Jessica Biondo, Wayne State University Law School & 2020 Ms. JD Fellow
  • Oumou Keita, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law & 2020 Ms. JD Fellow
  • Carmen Y. Day, Associate, Brown & Connery LLP
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