bethb

Work/Life Balance:  A Student Concern?

Last week I attended an event at my law school presented by a localbar association entitled "Why Lawyers Leave: Creating an Environmentfor Work/Life Balance to Protect Human Capital and Promote Diversity. "Work/life balance expert Deborah Epstein Henry (founder of Flex-TimeLawyers LLC and author of The Cheat Sheet) presented more informationon the "2007 Best Law Firms for Women," her joint project with WorkingMother magazine, which was conveniently featured here on Ms. JD. Shepresented some of the statistics she found while researching for thelist, none of which were all too surprising. She also discussed herlatest article, due out in the next week…

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jessie

Clerkship Applications: 2Ls start your engines

No this is not a post encouraging you to break the rules and apply early. But just because your clerkship application isn't due until the fall of your 3L year doesn't mean you don't need to think about it now. A clerkship application consists of a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample and letter of recommendation. They all require forethought. Here are the steps 2Ls need to take now to be well positioned to apply next year:Transcript: Yes you need strong grades, but that's not all. Try and take challenging classes, i.e. not too many "Law ands." (No judgment here…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending October 28

First Lady Favored in Argentine Presidential ElectionHilary's South American twin? Lawyer, former first lady, and former Senator a favorite in Argentina's presidential election. Women Take the Lead in Rotary Women--including lawyer Grace Connolly, president of Newburyport's Rotary Club--change the Rotary Club from a "good-old-boys club to a more-vibrant organization."Premier Event for Lawyers and Judges Raises $14,000 Tallahassee Women Lawyers honor judges to raise money for their organization Ball State Honors Achievements of Hoosier Women Michealle "Micki" Wilson, executive director of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for 30 years, one of six women honored for the 2007 Indiana Women of Achievement…

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Peg

Cursing Around Women: Taboo, Offensive, or Get Over it - No Big Deal?

Law.com had a great article yesterday about one female firm partner's recipe for success. (Thanks to www.PTlawmom.com for the tip.) The article was refreshing to me because this particular woman, Mercedes Meyer, has revealed that her secret to success in BigLaw is not trying to get the firm to conform to her needs as a female professional but by trying to conform herself to some of the male-ness of the practice.I was intrigued right from the start because Ms. Meyer credits a book that I've just recently set out to read as a turning point in her professional life:Her eyes…

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Peg

Childcare = Superwoman’s Big Secret

I stumbled on a great little article about a lawyer mom who is “keep[ing] the scales in balance”, posted on The Chicago Tribune. It’s a nice read except for one glaring omission: any mention of childcare arrangements. The focus of the article is a full-time patent lawyer, Sharon Hwang, who gives credit to her husband, her sister, her parents, and her firm for helping her keep her life balanced. However, the article doesn’t say anything about help of the hired sort. Too often stories about successful women who seem to have it all fail to explain how these women achieve…

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Anna

Lawyer pleads guilty to spying on female colleagues [Clippings]

 The AP reports, A former Legal Aid Society lawyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally using a hidden video camera to spy on female co-workers as they changed clothes in their offices.Peter Barta, 32, of Queens, used a camera hidden in a clock to videotape five co-workers in the public defense agency's Manhattan offices, recording at least one woman with her breasts and buttocks bared.The women told police they regularly changed clothes in their offices before and after work. . . .Barta pled to a felony so he is automatically disbarred. Thank goodness.You can read the full AP news article [Newsday] and…

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JMLiebman

Bringing the Women Back: Law School Paves the Way for Women in the Profession

I am no stranger to classrooms where one gender radically outnumbers the other. My undergraduate college continues to maintain a ratio of 1 man for every 3 women despite going co-ed four decades ago. As a graduate student in philosophy, I usually found myself just one of only 2 or 3 women in 20 person seminars. I entered law school at the University of Illinois eager for a more balanced classroom. I knew that most first tier schools have a 45/55 split in genders favoring men. Having long ago learned to hold my own in a variety of educational environments,…

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Anna

Remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Clippings]

Lily has written a pair of blog posts recounting a reception and CLE course that she attended with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week. Read about Justice Ginsburg's remarks here and here [Owens Rhetoric via Blawg's Blog].

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Anna

Suspended UConn law prof will return to work, but will not be allowed to teach feminist legal theory [Clippings]

Two weeks ago when law prof Robert Birmingham showed a clip from a documentary that contained an image of a scantily clad woman, he was asked to take an immediate leave of absence from the UConn School of Law. Now comes word that Birmingham will return to teaching in the spring--but he won't be allowed to teach his course in feminist legal theory that had been previously scheduled.Read the original news of his suspension here and the follow-up about his return here [via law.com]. What do you think? Does the sanction fit the crime? Was there any crime?

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kirkebaby

Last time I checked, it wasn’t any of your business. . .

I am not sure how other peoples' employers have treated you when you were pregnant or getting ready to take pregnancy related leave, but it seems to me that there are too many people who are almost what I would say "jealous" of anyone getting "benefits" because of a pregnancy (I would say most of these people are male and not of childbearing age).  Since my last submission, we have moved to our new city and it's approximately 90 miles from my job. I am fortunate enough that my mother lives in the same place as my job and has…

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