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shantibrien

Implicit Bias: Lessons from a Mock Trial

Two white men and two black men walk into a courtroom….This is not the beginning of a bad joke but rather the start of a true story about implicit bias.  I was honored to be judging in the final tournament of a national mock-trial competition. In the mock-trial the plaintiff and the defendant each had two attorneys: one white attorney and one black attorney. As each spoke, I judged them on pre-set criteria like use of case law, presentation, questions to the witnesses, and handling the judges questions.  At the end, I ranked the attorneys.  Relying on my general impressions…

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bg3orge

Mamattorney: He won’t remember, but I will…

People often try to encourage me by saying it is good that I’m going to law school while my son is young because he won’t remember. My problem with that is that I will remember: I will remember frequently hearing about the first time my son said or did something new. I will remember feeling that I selfishly spent too much time away to pursue a career.  will remember the pain of missing my son after a twelve-hour day. I will remember projecting my stress on my family. The other night I got home just in time to go through…

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lawyergirl

Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

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Kristine_Cherek

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

First, let me check my privilege at the door.  I am a college-educated, white, married suburbanite.  I was lucky enough to have been born to parents who value education and who could afford to pay for mine.  I live in a golf course community in a beachside town.  I drive my European SUV to the law school where I teach.  No, I do not consider myself to be disadvantaged by any definition of the word.  But in the view of many, I am not just disadvantaged.  I am less than equal simply because of my gender.  When I entered the…

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tammyzhu

“He Said What?” A Panel on How to Combat Sexism and Gender Bias Against Women Litigators

This past Tuesday, I went to a panel discussing patterns of sexism and biases against women litigators and particularly young, women litigators.  As a petite woman who has been a litigation associate for just over one year, I was discouraged by these stories.  What do I have to prepare myself for if I want to stay in this line of work?  Getting verbally bullied and yelled at during meet and confer calls, getting comments such as “Don’t raise your voice at me.  It’s not becoming of a woman” during depositions, and getting used to my male counterparts jumping in to…

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KatieDay

Join Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins LLP for Confronting Gender Bias in Communications

Ms. JD and Latham & Watkins Present: Confronting Gender Bias in Communications: A Moderated Conversation with Dr. Arin N. Reeves Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2800 | Chicago, IL This event will be presented live from Chicago and videoconferenced to cities throughout the U.S., see below for more information. Hear Dr. Arin N. Reeves talk about her latest research on gender bias in communications. Arin has worked in the areas of racial/ethnic, gender, age/generational, sexual orientation, class, and cultural diversity, equity, discrimination and harassment in organizations for over ten years.…

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BrookeFaulkner

Women And Higher Education: A Brief History

Today, women are closer to equal rights than they have ever been before. In 2014, women actually comprised 57% of students in institutions of higher education. According to Arizona State University, women currently make up almost 50% of the U.S. workforce, and 51% of corporate jobs are filled by females. Did you know that until very recently, American women have largely been excluded from higher education? In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was quite frowned upon, and at times, against policy, to allow women to attend traditional colleges and universities. The first women’s college (Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts) wasn’t…

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Raychelle_Tasher

A Letter to Our Community

As an organization, Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. While we do not endorse candidates for political office, Ms. JD is concerned with how the election and the messaging throughout the election cycle may impact the self-confidence, self-worth, and career goals of the female law students and lawyers we support. We do not want these challenging events to diminish the incredible drive, passion, and commitment we see within our community. You inspire us on a daily basis. We as women are no strangers to adversity. During this difficult time, we…

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benditaesq

He(ar)(re), us! Blawg writing as illumination & organization

haiku: I write. Without it I would self-destruct. Breathing can be elusive. As a young associate I attended a meeting where I was only one of two women and the only woman of color among nearly twenty attorneys. We women were not shrinking violets in the back reserving our opinions and sitting on our hands: we were at the table, very vocal, leaning in long before Sheryl instructed us to. A few days later, I ran into one of the attorneys who were at the meeting. He rushed to tell me about this fantastic meeting he attended where there were…

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nevidomsky92

Life in the Law School Lane: Living Through the 2016 Election as a Female Law Student

"This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need—we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion." - Hillary Clinton, Concession Speech, November 9, 2016 With my penultimate post as a 2016 Writer in Residence, I figured I would be wrapping up…

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