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What Women in Other Industries Can Learn from Women in Privacy

In a business world plagued by gender disparity, careers in privacy are a welcome oasis of equality. “Women and men who are coming into the privacy profession can be confident that they'll find a modern and balanced workforce and that they'll be rewarded for their experience and expertise, not their chromosome count,” the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) proudly declares. Women seem to thrive in the privacy profession, a fast-growing technical and interdisciplinary field that incorporates technology, social issues, and public policy.  The most recent survey by IAPP shows that women are equally represented and compensated in the privacy field. First,…

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Craddock v. LeClair Ryan: Fighting the Good Fight for Equal Opportunity and Pay

Unfortunately, many female mid-level and senior associates feel they have little recourse to challenge the career advancement and pay disparity obstacles at law firms without ultimately sacrificing their professional reputations and opportunity to make a living within the legal community. In some instances they either leave Big Law for less lucrative opportunities or the practice of law altogether. However, Michelle Burke Craddock decided to double down and become one of the few women to expose her law firm’s discriminatory tactics in a court of law and the court of public opinion. Craddock v. LeClair Ryan, PC (2016) Ms. Craddock is…

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Like Cinderella, But Different

As a little girl I did not dress up in princess costumes.  I couldn’t imagine my future wedding.  I did not dream of the day my prince would come.  Instead I dreamt of court rooms, board rooms, and corner offices.  There would be no glass slippers in my future.   Unless, of course, the glass slippers were Louboutins that I purchased for myself.   I was raised by a Gloria Steinem-loving, unapologetic feminist mom.  Hers was not an enviable position.  She was a single mom raising three young girls in the 1970s – a time period in which NO ONE in our…

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Feminism and the Falsity of Choice (Lean In Group Discussion Session 2)

Our intergenerational group of women lawyers recently met to continue discussing Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, focusing on Chapters 1 and 2. We had an engaging discussion on many topics, including: How women can use power posing (citing Amy Cuddy’s research) and positioning in a room to empower themselves and others and to convey leadership. We also discussed gender (and sometimes generational) differences in taking up space, with men generally treating space and a seat at the table as entitlements and women often appearing hesitant to take up space and take the most powered seats at the table. We wondered if we…

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Attorneys Across America: Featuring Amy Ismail

From a tiny office in rural Alaska to a skyscraper in Manhattan, from The Sunshine State to The Prairie State, Ms. JD seeks to capture snapshots of successful women attorneys practicing law from sea to shining sea. Ms. JD had a few questions for Amy Ismail who is a an associate at Reid Rubinstein & Bogatz in Las Vegas, Nevada.  1. Where do you practice law? I am an associate with Reid Rubinstein & Bogatz in Las Vegas, Nevada. 2. Describe your legal market. What is the size of the market? How would you describe the culture? Fortunately, Nevada has more jobs…

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Women Can Do Anything: Lessons from the White House’s United State of Women Summit

The air was buzzing with optimism and revolutionary spirit. The amount of talent, intellect, passion, and collective perseverance was positively inspiring and overwhelming in the best way possible. And the physical experience of witnessing 5,000 women in the same room, supporting the advancement and empowerment of women, made us realize that anything is possible. Yes, anything! As the representatives of the Women Serve on Boards Movement to the first-ever United State of Women Summit, sponsored by the White House in Washington DC on June 13-15, we were awestruck and empowered. It was beyond exciting to rub shoulders with amazing local…

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Getting from Here to There, Pt. II: Jumpstarting the Revolution (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

As mentioned in Part I of this post, our intergenerational group of lawyers had a rich and enlightening discussion on the Introduction to Lean In. We focused much of our first session on discussing Ms. Sandberg’s story about requesting reserved pregnancy parking. Our group initially held varying opinions of Ms. Sandberg’s request. One member of our group shared that if a junior attorney were to come to her and ask about requesting reserved parking spots for pregnant women, she likely would advise against it in an effort to protect the junior attorney. She shared that even if management were to agree to such…

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Getting from Here to There, Part I: Expanding Our Vision (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

Our intergenerational women lawyers' facilitated group discussion kicked off with shared stories and insight gained, as we jumped into the Introduction of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, titled “Internalize the Revolution.” We focused on Ms. Sandberg’s story of how she, as a very pregnant senior employee at Google, realized the need for reserved parking for pregnant women and relatively easily made that happen. Ms. Sandberg uses this story to illustrate the need for more women in leadership positions to advocate for women’s needs. Our group first discussed Ms. Sandberg’s admitted embarrassment at not realizing the need for reserved parking until she…

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Chief Justice Sharon Lee: Finding Balance and Being a Voice for Gender Equality

O’Connor. Ginsburg. Sotomayor. Kagan. All of these justices have become household names in large part because of the steps they’ve taken for the advancement of women in the legal field. However the legal profession—the bench in particular—has many other strong women whose fight for gender equality and female empowerment is just as important and tireless as any. One woman in particular, Chief Justice Sharon Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court, is calling for an increase in women in top leadership positions both within the legal field and outside of it. I had a chance to speak to Chief Justice Lee…

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Ready, Set, Read!

As described in prior Ms. JD blog posts (found here and here), I am coordinating and facilitating a very unique book discussion group for women lawyers this summer. We had a tremendous positive response to the call for applications to join this discussion group, from which we have assembled a remarkable group of women lawyers of varying generations and diverse backgrounds and experience that is ready to begin reading and meeting to discuss Lean In. Although this particular program is oversubscribed and designed for in-person meetings in San Francisco, we would like to engage the many women lawyers out there who…

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