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Clippings: NYT on Law Firms’ Changing Attitudes towards Work/Life Balance

Lisa Belkin interviews Deborah Epstein Henry and details the recent and rapid transformation of many law firms' policies in today's New York Times article, Who's Cuddly Now? Law Firms. Among other signs of change, Belkin noted this touching vignette:A harbinger of changing times might well be the brief filed by the hard-driving white-shoe firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges of New York, asking a judge to reschedule hearings set for Dec. 18, 19, 20 and 27 of last year.“Those dates are smack in the middle of our children’s winter breaks, which are sometimes the only times to be with our…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending January 25

Bravo! Rural women solving cases faster than judiciary Though not technically lawyers, women in rural India have devised Nari Adalats, or women's courts created by women for women, where cases of rape, molestation, divorce, and domestic violence are handled.New ALM Research Study Finds Female Lawyers Bill Clients at Lower Rates Than Male Counterparts ALM report finds that "female lawyers in smaller firms and solo practices generally bill clients at lower rates than their male counterparts." Not Your Mother’s Legal PracticeMs. JD was apparently prescient in our essay contest topic, since several storie thsi week, including this one, talk about the…

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Ferguson

The Feminist Mystique

I am taking a seminar (the second one of my legal education but the first in which active participation is encouraged, if not mandated) but this one scares me in two very divergent ways. Firstly, the professor who teaches it was my first year torts professor and for whatever reasons (and I have confirmed reports that I am not crazy, that this indeed did happen), the woman had it in for me.Now, in a smaller group setting, I thought perhaps she had mellowed down a bit. Forgotten her animosity--because the bitter cold of Ithaca can do that to you, you…

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jessie

A Note on the Democratic In-Fighting and the Image of Corporate Counsel

So in the scuffle that was the Democratic Presidential Debate last night Clinton and Obama exchanged a number of accusations including that Clinton served on the board of directors of Wal-Mart; Obama worked for a law firm that represented an inner-city slumlord. Whether or not those barbs are accurate, in good taste, or relevant has generated a lot of media coverage. But the accusations that really caught my attention were the references both Clinton and Obama made to their opponent's service with "corporate law firms." There are a number of ironies here. First, lawyers are overwhelmingly liberal - why villify…

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Anna

Open invitation to Debbie Epstein Henry talk & networking reception in DC @ White and Case (RSVP required)

Kelly Hoey (White and Case) & Anna MacCormack (NYU Law School) have very nicely extended an invitation to Ms. JD readers in the DC area to attend a free networking reception & presentation on Feb. 4th with Debbie Epstein Henry (another of our favorite women in law) talking about the Best Law Firms for Women ranking she undertook with Working Mother Magazine last year. (We analyzed her survey results here and here.) You can RSVP until January 31st. See the flyer after the jump for more details...Meanwhile, since Kelly and Anna emailed me this invite and asked us to post…

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Anna

Facing the FACTS

Over the past six weeks, Deborah Epstein Henry of Flex-Time Lawyers has been circulating a new work/life methodology called FACTS. She tells me that it "enables law firm lawyers to meet firms' demands while also giving them new work/life balance choices within the billable hour structure." Her introductory article, Facing the FACTS: Introducing Work/Life Choices for All Firm Lawyers Within the Billable Hour Model, was featured in the New York Times and Legal Blog Watch. She has been doing presentations of her new work at firms up and down the eastern seaboard, including this one yesterday at White and Case,…

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Anna

Perspectives Quarterly (from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession)

http://www.abanet.org/women/perspectives.htmlAlyson Meiselmanw writes to us: I'm a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession andthe Chair of the Publications Committee. Our committee is interested indeveloping and publishing a new publication of interest to and focusedtoward younger women attorneys. I would be delighted to discuss withyou how we can meet your needs, as you have expressed in the messagesbelow, and fulfill our need to reach out to young women lawyers in aneffort to both increase the number of women members of the ABA andincrease the number of women leadership positions, and, make the ABArelevant in your practices. I joined the…

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Anna

The Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success

Wow, it feels like "Lauren Stiller Rikleen" Week here at Ms. JD, between Beth's review of her book and Elizabeth's post about ___________ http://www.bowditchinstitute.com/home.html [review website]

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Anna

Already Bored with your firm’s salary? New site offers tools to search for a better offer

As a junior associate at a big law firm, Peg has noticed an odd detail of her discussions of work/life balance with senior partners. In a recent post she explained,The partners kept bringing the discussion back to the fact that I, and others like me, now earn(ed) $160,000 as first year associates at big law firms. When I said to one person that I wasn't talking about money and that I didn't understand why the conversation had to keep returning to that issue she said to me, "it is what it is, associates make decisions about where to work based…

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Anna

What are your favorite blawgs?

What are your favorite blawgs? Right now Ms. JD's blogroll is pretty short. We've got links to a handful of organizations that share missions similar to ours: the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and NAWL, the National Association of Women Lawyers (promoting women in law), Damsels in Success (promoting women in any profession), and the Project for Attorney Retention and Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession (promoting work/life balance).We've also got links to a couple of litigation projects that support women: the ACLU Women's Rights Project and Legal Momentum (which is affiliated with NOW, the National Organization…

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