Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending December 14

Fighting the Subtler Side of SexismLorelie Masters, the president of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, offers thoughts on "the soft bigotry of low expectations." Networking groups help Hispanic women get ahead Anne Marie Estevez, an employment lawyer at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Miami mentors Hispanic women lawyers.Tara gets bad rap by Grant lawyers 

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Angel Dust

Big Problem with Law Firm Claiming to be the best law firm to work for in the Bay Area

This blog wants to expose the shameful truth about one of the largest law firms home based in San Francisco, California. Their claim to fame is that they were voted for 11 years in a row as one of the best law firms to work for. In reality, the management personnel of this huge firm suck. They are awful. They only protect their own asses. Some of these management personnel have been with this firm for a long time. They are set in their ways. They will kill just to protect their own jobs. The newcomers and minorities at the…

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Peg

7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part III

Okay truth #3: Post-Partum depression is very real and can affect those who least expect it.I am not positive that I suffered from clinical PPD after the birth of my first child. The truth is that I never told anyone (until now) about the symptoms I experienced. However, I cried a lot. I worried like crazy. I often felt helpless and alone. I never had the urge to hurt myself or the baby but I had moments where I had to let him lie in the crib and cry while I pulled myself together. I knew that the hard times…

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JMLiebman

Finding Work in the Work-Life Balance

Much talk on Ms. JD has been devoted to the work-life balance, or the idea that one can have a career, and still have time to come home and do a load of laundry from time to time. Or even (gasp) have a hobby, or read a non-work related book. Of course, for many recent graduates of even top tier law schools, the work-life balance discussion is purely academic. I’m still trying to find work to put in balance with my life. So what does the post graduation job search look like, you may ask? The conventional wisdom is that…

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Ferguson

Decisions, Decisions: Choosing a Clerkship (or a Firm Job)

I find myself comparing the search for a clerkship to the callback process one suffers through as a 2L. Sitting in the airport, again, listening to my fellow classmates talking about how many offers they received from various firms, I find my mind wandering to those 3Ls who are applying to hundreds of clerkships with the hope that one might work out. In both interviewing with law firms and applying to clerkships, it seems as though each process lacks a discretion that we normally use in our lives. Our future employment is an incredibly important decision. We are deciding on…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending December 7

The Lawyer Bride Who Sued Her Florist: She’s Back! Lawyer Elana Gatt sues her $27,435 wedding florist--read the complaint and answer Racinian is first female judge on District II Court of Appeals Lisa Neubauer set to become first female judge on the District II Court of Appeals in Wisconsin. Martz-Bowles is a Renaissance lawyerMichelle Martz-Bowles, a lawyer with the Maryland Public Defender's Office, launches the Amos Foundation to help those incarcerated who have innocence claims Wanna Master the Universe? First Master the Tax Code Erin Callan, former tax lawyer at Simpson Thacher, transitioned her legal skills into investment banking.Kate Brown…

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Peg

7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part II

Okay, as promised here is Truth #2: Lamaze classes are not required training.I know, I know.... I am really going to hear it from OB docs, lamaze trainers, doolas, natural birth advocates, etc. So, I will repeat what I said in my first post in this series and that is that this advice is my own. It is meant to share some things that I learned the hard way during my first pregnancy and attempts to balance new motherhood with working in a demanding profession. I am not an expert. Here's the thing. I was busy while I was pregnant.…

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Ferguson

Law school “bashed” my love of learning. Does it have to be this way?

I am taking an amazing class at law school, the first one that I remember being truly excited to go to. It’s called Biblical Law, my first small seminar at law school, and the first class that has reminded me of the thrill of my undergraduate institution. The other classes I’ve taken--the first year curriculum and then a few other “highly recommended” courses, are done via large lectures with the other students either furiously typing away or playing solitaire on their computers--don’t stimulate me. I am diligent and hard-working, do the assigned reading, listen to the professor as much as…

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Ferguson

The Permanent Clerk

Working with a law clerk at a federal court as an externship, I became amazed at how much work these permanent clerks actually accomplish. The permanent law clerk and her secretary essentially run the courtroom and chambers, assigning our work, going through the docket and giving the judges his cases, and even briefing him on every case.Although the law clerks and the secretaries do tend to be women, the law clerks, for the most part, are all practicing attorneys who at one point practiced in the private sector and have a degree of specialization in some area of the law...…

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Peg

Wow! Great insight into Choices and Consequences Written by a Mother/Professor

All I can say is "wow". There is an incredible post titled "Choices, Consequences, Constraints" up on Scatter from this weekend. Click here to read it in its entirety, which I strongly recommend if you are at all interested in some perspective on what it can be like to be a mom and an academic at the same time. The blogger writes about some of her choices and related emotions in her struggle to be a professional woman and a parent in a situation where both she and her husband worked. The post is gripping in its honesty and at…

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