Peg

7 Truths that Every Working Woman Should Know Before Having a Child—Part I

Shortly after my post about lactation rooms at BigLaw I had a brief conversation about breastfeeding with a friend (also a lawyer) who has not yet had children. The conversation reminded me of all the things that non-mothers don't know about motherhood.I was one of those people that carefully timed my two pregnancies to fit into my professional schedule. (I had both kids before law school but while I was working in an arguably more demanding career with greater responsibilities.) The first pregnancy was timed almost exactly and very purposefully so that I would give birth between a planned extended…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 30

FdL County District Attorney's Office Hires 2 Female AttorneysThe Fond du Lac County District Attorney's Office has more female than male prosecutors for the first time ever. Female law-firm head: 'Not a big deal' Nina Gussack, chairwoman of Pepper Hamilton, is the only woman to head a large law firm in the Philadelphia region. Right Judge for Sex Case Investigation? Edith Jones, Chief Judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, heads up investigations into Judge Samuel Kent's "sexual harassment" of former case manager amid criticism that she is overly "lenient." Red Cross Ousts Its President; Chief Lawyer Steps In…

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Peg

NAWL’s National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, Part II

In a previous post, I talked about some of the results recently reported by NAWL for their annual national survey. For the first time, NAWL asked firms questions about the retention policies and efforts to retain women lawyers. The survey focused on three structural issues: large minimum hour requirements, poor part-time policies, and the existence (or not) of a women’s initiative within the firm. Minimum Hour Requirements: The survey focused on this issue because of the idea that high billable hour requirements “have a disproportionate impact on women attorneys because of the tensions between the time required for work and…

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Peg

NAWL’s National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, Part I

NAWL released the results of their survey two weeks ago, albeit to less fanfare that other less-involved reports. While those of us who are familiar with the topic may find that much of what the survey reports is old news, there were some things reported that were surprising to me. First, I was surprised to learn that the drop off in the number of women attorneys at firms happens between the senior associate level and the partner level. I was previously aware that women comprise somewhere between 45-50% of junior associates (actually 49% according to this survey) and somewhere around…

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Elizabeth

What the experts say about interview etiquette

2Ls are in the final stages of callback interviews, 1Ls are getting ready to contact law firms for summer jobs, and a second wave of job interviews are underway for recent grads who now have a bar admission under their belts. Ms. JD has a great string of posts on what to wear, what not to say, and how to interview as a 3L , but I was curious about what etiquette “experts” have to say about the interview process. The Emily Post Institute, which advertises itself as “a ‘civility barometer’ for American society” has the following advice on interview…

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KHernan881

A book you can skip:  It’s Harder in Heels: Essays by Women Lawyers Achieving Work-Life Balance (July 2007)

I am sorry to report that this book with a very promising title is really not that good. I am infinitely interested in how women lawyers make it all work, how they balance work and life, how they network, who their mentors are, etc etc. I purchased this book with extreme excitement over the possibility that this would be the lawyer's counterpart to the Mommy Wars book which was basically written by journalists. The back cover promises essays that are "inspiring, observant, introspective, insightful, and wise." Well, it is sad, but this book is a real disappointment. Instead of being…

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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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