Ms. JD Book Series

Ms. JD Summer Book Series: The Lion, the Fox & the Eagle, by: Carol Off

The Lion, the Fox & the Eagle, By: Carol OffAfter the failure of peacekeeping missions in both Sarajevo and Rwanda in the 1990s, Louise Arbour, a Canadian judge, was tasked with the mission of bringing the perpetrators of these international crimes to justice. She was appointed to the position of Chief Prosecutor for War Crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and undertook the tremendous task of prosecuting international criminals in the United Nations Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Carol Off's book consists of three parts. The first two parts deal with two Canadian generals: Lewis MacKenzie, who…

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sintecho

The Giggle Monster

In my continual search to find the newest advice for professional women, I randomly came across this old post at On Phara entitled Channeling Barbie: Career Advice for Professional Women, and then immediately googled John McKee, the guy who is cited heavily in the post. Just so you're oriented as to the messenger, I'll start with John McKee, self-styled as "one of America's leading executive coaches" and author of Business Woman Web: How to Use Gender Bias to Ensure Your Career Success. Red flags, anyone? In addition to advocating using gender bias rather than eradicating it, McKee answers the question…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending May 30, 2008

Leading N.Y. Women Partners Meet at the Kate Stoneman Project Power BreakfastStudy Finds that Female Lawyers are More Likely to Practice in Firms and Less Likely to Make PartnerReport on Retaining Women Lawyers Approved by the Ontario Law SocietyCommentary: Legal Profession Need to Evaluate and Overhaul Itself to Retain WomenAndrews Kurth LLP Partner Kathleen J. Wu Recognized Among Texas' Most Powerful and Influential WomenScotland Celebrates Its First All-Female Bench

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katemort

First Day of Work 5.26

Today was my first day of work. Once again I didn’t really have expectactions, but I was nervous and excited to see what was in store for us. Our supervisor, TP had indicated to the other students that he would be taking Susan and I to court to get us oriented and to give us an experience as a sort of running start for the summer. I have already described, in detail to my boyfriend John the events of my day and he can attest to my exuberance when describing the experience. I guess for sake of the written word,…

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Ms. JD Book Series

Ms. JD Summer Book Series: The Majesty of the Law, By: Sandra Day O’Connor

The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice, By: Sandra Day O'ConnorIn this book, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor employs anecdotes, personal advice and Supreme Court cases to analyze the evolution of the law, the functioning of the Court, and her life as a Justice. This work is as a much a historical narrative of the American legal tradition, as it is the story of the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.While O'Connor does not focus exclusively on the history of women in the law, she devotes much attention in this book…

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katemort

First Couple of Days- Created 5/24

I have now been in Durban for three days. I have yet to start working, so these first days have been my adjustment period. At first I was somewhat hesitant to put off en starting work, but I am glad that I took this time to get things figured out a little bit and get settled. So far South Africa has been interesting. I was in Cape Town about four years ago for a week visiting a friend and despite that being a short experience, I saw enough to know that Durban is very different. There were times in Cape…

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sintecho

Are Women Judges The Meanest?

The Las Vegas Review Journal's "Judging the Judges" survey asked lawyers who practiced before Clark County District Court judges to rate the judges' courtesy. Of the attorneys surveyed, two-thirds were male. The results ranked female judges as significantly less courteous than their male counterparts with even the highest-ranked female judge still scoring lower in courtesy than "all but two of the male judges." According to "experts who study judges and the courts, attorneys and litigants favor a judge similar to them, whether in age, ethnic makeup or gender," which could explain why the primarily male survey base would be biased…

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Manamana

Shoes, Clothes, and Law, Oh My

The Wall Street Journal has joined the hoary conversation on women’s professional apparel with a trifeca of articles/blog posts: first, with a profile of Lehman Brother’s CFO Erin Callan; next, with a follow-up post on The Juggle blog that specifically commented on Callan’s choice of shoes in the photo accompanying the profile; and now on the Law Blog, which picked up on comments that split on whether female lawyers indeed need to wear uncomfortable professional outfits in the courtroom. And as regular Ms. JD readers know, this is indeed something that consumes a great deal of time and mental anxiety…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending May 23, 2008

London Times Reports that the Gender Pay Gap is Still a Huge Problem in the Legal ProfessionAre Successful Woman Avoiding Motherhood?General Mills' Roderick Palmore Brings GCs and Law Firms Together To Discuss Diversity and Retention of Women in the WorkplaceLawyers Rate Female Jurists as Less Courteous Than MenWomen's Bar Association Honors Justice Ginsburg and Mary KennardHuman Rights Lawyer Professor Catharine MacKinnon to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew University Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff Fails

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Elizabeth

Clippings: Words of Wisdom from the Lady Lawyers Who Came Before Us

I came across the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's Oral Histories of Women Trailblazers in the Law and thought I'd share the link. The project "prepares the oral histories of women pioneers in the legal profession nationwide" and includes contributors to Ms. JD's First Women Series, including Barbara Babcock and Judge Dorothy Nelson.

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