jessie

Scary Numbers on Women in Academia

Ann Farmer's new research on legal academic hiring puts a new twist on the disturbing news reported earlier this week that universities are generally creating fewer tenured professorships.For the 2004–2005 academic year, women comprised25% of tenured full professors46% of tenure-track assistant professors66% of lecturers and instructors54% of associate deans without professional titles68% of assistant deans without professional titlesAs a person interested in possibly pursuing a career in academia, these numbers are troubling. There are already fewer tenure spots opening up-instead aspiring professors are being shuffled into part-time and non-tenured positions. And now it seems that women are experiencing this shuffle…

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sintecho

Finding a Good Mentor Requires a Strategy

In Bend An Ear, Straighten Your Path, Ann Farmer offers tips on being a "proactive mentee." The idea is that mentorship is not something that you chance to happen upon but rather something that you actively seek out based on how they can "help you shape your career." Farmer profiles several young lawyers in her article who found successful mentoring relationships, and there was no one-size-fits-all recipe. Some women chose mentors with whom they shared similarities, some chose mentors with whom they would never have the opportunity to interact if not for the mentoring relationship. For some, the important thing…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 22

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!Law Students Sue Authors of Online PostsTwo female Yale law students sue anonymous AutoAdmit postersOccidental President Decides to Step DownSusan Prager, former dean of UCLA Law School, resigns from her post as president of Occidental CollegeNC Bench Incumbent Will Face Law Prof in '08 SC VoteWake Forest Law Professor announces candidacy for contestable bench spot on North Carolina Supreme Court18-Year-Old Kathleen Holtz Passes the California BarProbably fresher at work the next morning than most other new associates who passed the bar, Kathleen Holtz becomes the youngest lawyer in California (and maybe the entire U.S.)Women…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 23

Law Students Sue Authors of Online Posts Two female Yale law students sue anonymous AutoAdmit posters. Occidental President Decides to Step Down Susan Prager, former dean of UCLA Law School, resigns from her post as president of Occidental College. NC Bench Incumbent Will Face Law Prof in '08 SC Vote Wake Forest Law Professor announces candidacy for contestable bench spot on North Carolina Supreme Court. 18-Year-Old Kathleen Holtz Passes the California Bar Probably fresher at work the next morning than most other new associates who passed the bar, Kathleen Holtz becomes the youngest lawyer in California (and maybe the entire…

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lawblogger

“Different Leadership Styles” or Gender Bias: How Do You Get Behind Euphemisms?

After only 17 months in her post, Susan Prager, the first female president of Occidental College, resigned. Gender bias is not cited as the cause of her departure by any of the parties involved. Instead, neutral words that say very little purport to explain the resignation. Prager said she did not have "a strong compatibility" with the board chairman and senior administrators. Dennis Collins, the board chairman, expressed regrets that he and Dean Prager "were not able to work together as [they] envisioned."Prager's position at Occidental was not her first foray into leadership: Prager was the dean of UCLA Law…

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Peg

I am well aware of my female-ness

I have an interesting story from my interview experience when I was a 2L looking for a summer associate job. I went on call-backs to many, many large firms in the city I was interested in. About half way through the “season” of callbacks I had a great set of interviews at a mid-sized office of a very large international firm. The day went very well and for the only time in the season, the office chair offered me a job on the spot. I was impressed. I felt like this was a good indicator that they really wanted me…

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Erin Wiley

An Interview with Justice O’Connor

This year, Cornell Law School hosted Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as its Distinguished Jurist in Residence. As part of her visit, Justice O’Connor agreed to do a sit-down interview with Erin Wiley, Co-President of the Cornell Chapter of Ms. JD. Erin: Good morning, Justice O’Connor, and thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for Ms. JD. Because one of the main purposes of Ms. JD is the empowerment of women in the law, can you talk about your experience from going from being one of four women in your law class to becoming the first woman on…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 16

The Ms. JD Weekly Round-Up is moving to a new day! Enjoy the week's stories about female lawyers and issues affecting women in the law every Friday. Should Hillary Pretend to be a Flight Attendant? Is her status as a women lawyer hurting Hillary's campaign? Justice Ginsburg Remembers Her First Steps in the LawOne of nine women in her class at Harvard Law School in 1956, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became "the most powerful woman lawyer in the country." National Association of Women Lawyers Releases Results of Second National Survey NAWL's survey indicates there "is a growing income gap between men…

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sintecho

Is the Supreme Court Biased Against Women Lawyers?

I recently came across this study, released earlier this year by three law professors--Kaheny, Sarver, and Szmer--which concludes that "Supreme Court justices are less likely to support litigants represented by women." Their research, even after controlling for potentially biasing variables like lawyers' prior experience and clerkship background, found that "as the proportion of women attorneys on the petitioner’s side increases relative to that of the respondent, the likelihood of a justice making a pro-petitioner decision decreases. Substantively, the larger role women attorneys play in constructing arguments, the less likely they are to convince the justices to side with their client."…

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jessie

Betrayal: Sexual Harrassment by Mentors

I can't stop thinking about a recent story out of a Texas district court of several alleged acts of extremly severe sexual harrassment by a federal judge. There are a number of disturbing circumstances involved. The alleged aggressor is a federal judge-a person we all trust to uphold the law. The alleged attack was barbaric and, according to more than one accuser, just the most recent and sever in a long history of abuse of female subordinates. I'm clerking this year, so the intimate setting in which these attacks purportudely took place is familiar to me, and it's a particularly…

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