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Are there differences between male and female criminals?

Before we dive into the question of whether there are differences between female and male criminals, we must first ask the question are there natural differences between males and females? Your answer would be, “yes, of course”. Well, then the answer to the first question would be the same. Males and females are physically and mentally different, thus it would be logical to assume that they would likewise be different when it comes to crime. What are the natural differences between males and females? As stated earlier, males and females differ naturally in many ways and a list of differences…

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Through the Looking Glass—Observations from Five Years Out: Inundated

Achieving success is the goal of our professional lives, right?  We love the success, but we need to be prepared for the growing pains that come with it. If left untreated, those growing pains can sour the sweetness of success. I originally intended this monthly column to reflect on 12 qualities I observe in successful female attorneys. “Inundated” is not one of them. But as my practice and my life progress, it has become obvious that managing the flood of demands that comes with professional and personal success is a skill that must be mastered. When I graduated from law…

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Federal Bar Association Announces the 2014 Women in the Law Conference

Women in the Law Conference: POWER AND PROGRESS | July 11, 2014 | Washington, D.C. Find your power. Make progress. Join the Federal Bar Association and your colleagues at the inaugural 2014 Women in the Law Conference on July 11 at the George Washington University Marvin Center in Washington, D.C. and invest in your future and in the advancement of women as legal practitioners. Don't miss keynote speakers Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, and Hon. Patricia A. Millett, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as they aim…

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Women Lawyers and the Media

Many people in, and out of, the legal profession still wonder why female attorneys are underrepresented in influential and powerful positions. The disparity of pay between female partners and their male colleagues is chasm like and female attorneys still find themselves shut out of the prime assignments and limited access to major clients. The statistics can be startling: The percentage of female equity partners in the country’s 200 largest firms has remained unchanged at 15 percent since the National Association of Women Lawyers started surveying in 2006.   Female equity partners earn 89 percent of the pay earned by male…

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Kristin Holland

Mentors Matter: How to Say Goodbye (or Aloha) to Your Mentor

I’m moving from Los Angeles to Hawaii.  This is a dream come true for me.  I’m excited and scared and thrilled and pretty much dumbstruck that it’s really happening.  Despite all of my joy and amazement, telling my mentor at work this happy news was the hardest work phone call I’ve ever had to make.   He had no idea that I was planning the move, because I didn’t tell him or ask for his advice.  I had already made up my mind.  My decision was based on many factors, and nothing he could have said to me would have changed…

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valerie lherrou

No Longer Extraordinary: court dress

Shortly after I graduated from law school, I was getting ready for a job interview one day, wearing a suit with pumps, and my young son exclaimed "you look like a real lawyer!" Since I didn’t feel like one yet, it was great to hear that I at least looked like one! (It also freaked him out the first day I went to court wearing a long skirt with boots: he was worried I would be found in contempt.) While my then eight-year-old son perhaps had a simplistic view, it's true: lawyers wear suits. Everyone knows that.  Except that it's not that simple. What…

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Law School through My Lens: Advice for the Creative Law Student

When I received my acceptance letter, my mother and I did a happy dance in the living room. My dream came true – I was going to law school! I started my photography business about 2 years earlier and so naturally I packed my things along with my camera gear, without batting an eyelash. I was determined to continue being creative and moved from Toronto to Ottawa to begin my journey. The choice wasn't a surprise to the ones closest to me. They believed I could do it all. Before law, I managed extra-curricular activities while studying since elementary school. To them…

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Stop Calling Us Bitches

Yes, I went there.  But I'm over it. If I had a nickel for every time one of my colleagues referred to a female attorney they are dealing with as a “bitch,” I would be a rich woman. Having been referred to by that word myself, I can safely say that the vast majority of female attorneys that my male colleagues disparage in this way are actually lovely people. The definition of this word demonstrates how grossly it is misused. I actually dusted off the dictionary looked it up online and here’s how Merriam- Webster defines that word: 1 :…

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The Disappearing Female Attorney (Part 1)

Female lawyers. We are a bit of a novely, it seems.  I'm not going to whine about the difficulty of achieving a work/life balance (although there's no doubt it's hard). I'm not going to talk about a glass ceiling (because, quite frankly, I'm compensated far better than many of my male colleagues, which is a testament to my boss and the great fortune I've had to work with him). Rather, I want to explore an issue that I find troubling given how far we've come as a gender in the last century: the disappearing female attorney. When I graduated from…

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Five Movements that We Wouldn’t Have without Brown

Ten years ago, I was lucky enough to hear the Honorable Constance Baker-Motley talk about her role in the Supreme Court decision Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka. While the mood was festive for the 50th anniversary—which Yale Law School celebrated in style—Judge Baker Motley was a bit solemn when presaged that in a few years we will no longer be on a first name basis with Brown and many will ask, “What is Brown?” As Brown turns 60 years old this year, I am on a mission to prove your honor wrong. The landmark decision, which ended…

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