Anna

Ms. JD and Project on Att’y Retention are sponsoring a $1,000 essay contest on work/life balance

Ms. JD and The Project for Attorney Retention are sponsoring a $1,000 essay contest to answer the question, how do we close the gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials on work/life balance? The maximum length is 1500 words--so that's potentially, like, a dollar a word. (Seriously, I've read emails longer than that.) We hope you'll weigh in, whether you're a Baby Boomer, a Millennial, or somewhere in between. (Go Gen X! --That's my generation.) The entries will be judged by a panel of distinguished attorneys: Joan C. Williams, Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Linda Bray Chanow, Manar Morales, Natalie Hiott-Levine, and Linda…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up:  Week Ending January 18, 2008

Supreme Court First: A Female Special MasterKristin Linsley Myles, a Justice Scalia's former law clerk, becomes the first woman to hold the position of Supreme Court special master.The Coming American MatriarchyAccording to projections by the National Center for Education Statistics, there is a "new educational gender gap . . . favoring women," with a "22 percent increase in female college enrollment between 2005 and 2016, compared with only a 10 percent increase for men."Mother-Daughter Jurists: They're Part of a Nationwide TrendAfter following her mother's footsteps to the bench, Phyllis Beck's daughter says that her mother, the first woman appointed to…

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Peg

Who Will Listen?

Okay, so yesterday I posted a little about how it is foolish to not give young women attorney's a seat at the table of discussion about work/life balance. Perhaps I could've made it clearer but I just don't get why law firm decision makers would listen to scholars, "experts" and other partners about what it is that the current generation is looking for in life and exclude the opinions of the very people they are trying to recruit and retain. Well, I am not alone. First, there are those like Deborah Epstein Henry who believes that law students have a…

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Peg

Does earning a biglaw salary mean that there is no room for my voice in the discussion on work/life balance?

I had the chance today to engage some law firm partners and others in a discussion about worklife balance. The focus of the discussion was whether or not law firm management should listen to the concerns of law students and young associates when determining business practices and trying to attract and retain women attorneys.A funny thing happened. 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…

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Elizabeth

Advice from the Author of “Ending the Gauntlet”

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly published an interesting interview with Lauren Stiller Rikleen, the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law. There's an interesting review of the book on Ms. JD here. To research her book, Rikleen, through interviews and research, identified many "misconceptions women have about work." The main misconception seems to be that women think "if they just come in, close their door, work hard and leave at the end of the day, that as long as they're doing good work, they will succeed." However, Rikleen maintains that success is about more than good…

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lawscoop

Book Review: amBITCHous

Debra Condren's amBITCHous is a self-help book that seeks to convince female readers that "ambition is a virtue, not a vice." Condren argues that the word "ambitious" has acquired a negative connotation in recent years, and her book is an attempt to redefine and recast ambition in a positive light. Condren posits that ambition should not be reviled but rather celebrated, for "[a}mbition is the best of who we are." Condren provides eight "amBITCHous Rules" that will help the reader learn to become "amBITCHous" - a word that Condren defines as "a woman who: 1) makes more money, 2) has…

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sintecho

Is there such a thing as professional anger for women?

I was intrigued by the series of comments about showing emotion as a female lawyer in a professional context. I was especially struck by the posts that talked about how crying was the response that came through when what the women really felt was anger. One woman wrote that when she “lost [her] fear and embarrassment about [her] own anger, [she] was able to take a deep breath, speak slowly and clearly, and maintain [her] composure” rather than responding with tears to certain situations. Another woman commented about an occasion where she had cried in front of a partner: “I…

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bethb

Book Review: Ending the Gauntlet

Compare the following two quotes:1- “I feel like I’ve been incredibly fortunate in my circumstances, but I almost regret that I’m in the position I’m in…. The burden of running a home and taking care of kids is on me, and the work is incredibly stressful. And once a month, I’m the one who is paying the bills and I could be earning more, but I’m not willing to do that. So I’m at the point where I’m considering walking away.But so many women associates in this office look to me as their role model, and I can’t tell you…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending January 11

Justice Ginsburg Talks About Significance of the Supreme Court in the US Political System Even Justice Ginsburg experiences "men of a certain age" who "tune [her] out," refusing to "listen to a woman's voice," even if that woman is on the Supreme Court. Women’s Support for Clinton Rises in Wake of Perceived Sexism The effect of sexist reactions to and comments about Clinton affects voters.Carson City Attorney Caren Jenkins to run for district judge Carson City, Nevada may get its first woman judge. Men’s verdict: No women judgesMale lawyers in Qatar aruge that "a woman is emotionally and physiologically not…

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Anna

Have you ever “gotten emotional” making an argument, like Hillary? How did you handle it?

Speaking of Hillary (see jessie's last post), you've almost certainly seen this clip of Senator Clinton speaking on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. It's been everywhere on the inter-webs these past 36 hrs. She chokes up a bit, showing some emotion.[More after the jump]Browsing several websites, I've seen three strains of comments. The first is particular to Hillary's persona: "she's a manipulator crying crocodile tears." I don't believe that, but you're entitled to your own opinion. We try really hard here at Ms. JD to be a welcoming website for women of all political stripes, so I'll set that…

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