Ms. JD: Her Story

At MoFo, we are dedicated to paying it forward. That’s why Los Angeles partners Tritia Murata and Purvi Patel joined over 130 women law school students for Ms. JD’s Tenth Annual Conference on Women in the Law at The University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law on March 9, 2018.

The annual conference brings together law school students with legal professionals at a day-long event filled with guest speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. This year’s theme was “Her Story,” with panels focused on providing practical professional and career development advice for women law school students.  Kelsey Harrison, one of MoFo’s incoming 2018 summer associates, co-chairs UCLA Law Women and was a member of Ms. JD’s conference planning committee.

“Kelsey was an integral part of the planning committee as one of the UCLA Law Women delegates and she was an absolute pleasure to work with,” says Danielle Allison, executive director of Ms. JD. “She was assertive, quick on her feet, and thorough. We greatly appreciate her contributions to the conference’s success.”

Asked to share her insights as hiring partner for the Los Angeles office, Purvi provided concrete interviewing tips and detailed the top qualities she looks for when interviewing potential new associates, including strong eye contact, problem-solving skills, the ability to work well in a team, and a candidate’s sense of curiosity.

In her presentation, “Self-Promotion in Action,” Purvi emphasized that her primary focus in selecting candidates is identifying future associates who will deliver the best service for our clients. “We are service providers, and while I can train young lawyers on how to be a lawyer, what I’m looking for in an interview is whether the candidate has what it takes to deliver excellent client service.”

Tritia’s panel discussion, “Beyond #MeToo,” focused on providing advice for combating sexual harassment in the workplace and in the legal profession. Tritia and her co-panelists discussed what they have learned from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and provided thoughtful insights on how to continue the conversation on gender equality in the judiciary, law firms, in-house legal departments, and the legal community more broadly. The highly interactive panel fielded questions from the audience and provided guidance for how to respond in situations involving harassment, discrimination, and unconscious bias.

Founded in 2006, Ms. JD is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring the success of early career women lawyers. With chapters around the United States, the organization provides a forum where women students and professionals can network and continue the dialogue about gender issues in law school and the profession.

MoFo’s Purvi Patel (left) and Tritia Murata (right) at Ms. JD’s Tenth Annual Conference on Women in the Law

MoFo’s Tritia Murata (far left) prepares for the “Beyond #MeToo” panel discussion