KHernan881

BigLaw fit for women?

I want to take a minute to go against the grain and ask the seemingly counter-intuitive question about women in the profession: Could Big Law be the best place for us to practice law?I was asked by a new acquaintance last week if I thought I could handle the "negative work environment" of the big firm. My response was that I think I actually prefer a negative work environment. More about that perhaps-unusual answer in a future post. For now, I'd like to explore why I think that big organizations are better for women. The idea for this blog was…

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Chicana

Supreme Court Builds Barrier to Equal Pay for Women

Another barrier has just been built as 5 men on the US Supreme Court (guess who?!) have ruled against a woman's pay discrimination claim. While I have not been able to read the opinion, the article clearly indicates that the majority author of the opinion, Alito, would like to find any way possible to deny relief to the woman, citing her failure to file a grievance after each and every paycheck. Ginsberg's heated dissent is right on point and fires back at the all male majority. I think people, including many women and this Supreme Court are far too quick…

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Manamana

Is opting back in really a trend?

What would we do without the New York Times’s Lisa Belkin? I know that I’ve acknowledged that every now and then, the Times gets it right, but I’m returning to my default position, which can be summed up like this: oh, come on.This time my neck hairs are up about Belkin’s claim (nay, confession!) that she brought to a head the opting-out issue with her infamous “Opting Out Revolution” piece. Oh, Lisa. The Times might be all the news that’s fit to print, but this issue did not reach some theoretical high water mark because of one article. This phenomenon…

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Nomi

The Gender Gap - Conquered?

THE GENDER GAP: CONQUERED? “Women’s rights” is not exactly a new concept. So, why are we still having this discussion? I think it’s because while women can vote, enter professions, and sit on the Supreme Court, the insidious and underlying issues that women confront remain the same. Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a series of articles under the title “The New Gender Divide,” focusing on women leaving men in the dust in school. Well, that may be so, but succeeding in school is not translating into comparable success professionally. Looking at the information on law firms thrust…

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jessie

Out of the Frying Pan…

I graduated from law school on Friday. Woohoo! Only not so much, because I spent half of commencement stewing over the less-than-inspiring words of our commencement speaker. About halfway through her speech, our speaker, an extremely accomplished public interest lawyer and mother of two, changed course and addressed her comments to the women in the graduating class. "You can have it all, as long as you are willing to compromise," she encouraged us.I know I have to compromise. But I think I'm going to have to compromise, because I'm an adult, not because I'm a woman. And as far as…

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Manamana

Big Brother v. Due Diligence

This is nothing new, but there have been several stories out there about the real life consequences of law students’ online life. There is one in the New York Lawyer, the WSJ Law Blog, and Jill Filipovic has discussed the AutoAdmit scandal here, here and here on Feministe. The upshot of all of this is that (1) employers are online, (2) they’re readin ur stuff, and (3) it matters. The New York Lawyer piece is very detached, taking the non-controversial position that is basically assumption of the risk:“Certainly, what a law student puts on the Web on his or her…

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jessie

New Numbers on New Families

Stress about balancing work and family--that's what professional women have to face, right? Well, some new statistics out this week from the Council on Contemporary Families report that men, both those in dual and single earner households, are more likely to be stressed about balancing personal and professional responsibilities than women. I think this is a big deal. Twenty-five years ago, when the Council first surveyed families, working men were not nearly as concerned about balancing work and family as women were then or as they are now. I think this kind of awareness is the fundamental first step towards…

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Kalokagathia

Bookmark This!

Yet again, the lovely Carolyn Elefant has brought to my attention a site formerly unknown to me: Mommy Track'd I am not a mommy so it may have been a while before I ever found this on my own, but for those of you who are moms or hope to be a mom someday - check the site out. The thing I like best is the site's light-hearted focus - simply stated as, "Our mission is to provide a helpful and entertaining resource for all the time-crunched moms managing the daily tug of war between work and family." The site…

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KHernan881

Mommy Wars: A problem of the privileged - okay. Imaginary…nope.

There was an article in the Washington Post last week that boldly asserts that the "Mommy Wars" are a figment of our imagination, a creation of the media that always likes to showcase a good cat fight. The article is very well researched and propounds an interesting stance on the so-called conflict between working moms and stay at home moms ("SAHM").I completely believe that all the press coverage of the Mommy Wars is meant to "[tug] at the guilt of the privileged." After all, I put myself in the categories of privileged and guilty and feel myself getting tugged on…

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Peg

“Opt -in”—The new buzz word?

Heller Ehrman, a big San Francisco-based law firm, has a new project called "Opt-in." A very telling and optimistic statement on the project's website says, "We do not see a conflict with professionals seeking both fulfilling lives and rewarding careers, and we recognize that in helping all professionals find this balance, our industry will not only be able to recruit the best and the brightest, but also retain them."Here's my voice in response to that boldness: "Yeah! Go for it! The sooner the better! I want a life and a firm job!"The project claims to be looking for the solution…

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