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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Peg

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

Okay, so way back on November 30th, I committed to tell you about the fifth myth on my list of seven myths: 5. Breastfeeding is Easy and Natural. This was sort of the inspiration for the entire series. I was sparked to write the series when I realized that some of my girlfriends had no idea about what breastfeeding and being a working mom entailed. This realization also made me remember how clueless I was about the same subject before giving it a try myself.Here are the truths: It is complicated, time-consuming, often painful, and anything but easy. I suppose…

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jessie

Clippings: Steinem on Hillary

Gloria Steinem's NYT column, "Women Are Never Front-Runners" completely blew me away. No matter what your political background I recommend her fresh analysis of the coverage of Obama and Clinton and the role of gender in this election. As Steinem writes,... what worries me is that he is seen as unifying by his race while she is seen as divisive by her sex. What worries me is that she is accused of “playing the gender card” when citing the old boys’ club, while he is seen as unifying by citing civil rights confrontations. What worries me is that male Iowa…

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Elizabeth

Developing a “Persuasive Presence”

In a recent article, Legal Negotiation Styles: Feminine Weaknesses, Feminine Strengths, Natalie Fraser details advice from professionals on how women lawyers can avoid minimizing themselves and their professional leadership potential. First, women often use "minimalizing language," which undermines their ability "to develop a persuasive presence" and "effectively negotiate." According to Donna Goodhand, a leadership communications specialist, "people respond more to the person representing the cause than they do to the cause itself," which makes image crucial. Goodhand advises that if women "want to be seen as leaders in our realm, if we want our ideas to be credited and our…

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jessie

Southern Ms. Part III: Networking

This week the female clerks in my building are gathering for our second "Wine on Wednesday." Wednesday was chosen because that's when the male clerks in the building hold practice for their all-male basketball league. For many years I've heard the stories about the exclusion of women from valuable athletics-based networking events. Whether it be the company softball team or the annual super-bowl pool, these always seemed like tell-tale signs of latent discrimination. I've also heard about the mani-pedi events firms organize for women to compensate, and then how these events were terminated due to IRS crackdowns. Having never been…

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Anna

Lisa Richette, An Uncommon Judge [Clippings]

A classmate just sent me a link to Dick Polman's profile of Judge Lisa Richette in Obit Magazine, with the comment that Richette was "an amazing, inspiring, rebellious judge."

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending January 3

State's oldest lawyer dies at 104 Sallie Ruperti Springmeyer, one of the first women lawyers in Nevada and the oldest of the state's lawyers, dies at the age of 104.Lady litigator: Hicks first female lawyer at Goddard & GambleDiane M. Hicks becomes the first woman attorney to be hired in that capacity with the all-male law firm of Goddard & Gamble. Houston lawyer `able to defy long odds'Linda Addison, one of only 17 women to make the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" list, is profiled.Cynthia Lummis announces she will run for CongressLawyer Cynthia Lummis, a former Wyoming state treasurer…

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Peg

How do women General Counsels stack up?

The 2007 Almanac of Corporate Counsel magazine lists the 100 highest paid general counsels in America. In a small chart on the fifth page of the report, the stats for the women on the list appear under the line "Women on the Rise". It reports that more women (15) than ever made the list. However, it is worth pointing out that only one woman made it into the top 25 and that is Louise Parent the GC of American Express Company. Reportedly her total cash compensation for 2006 was almost $3M and total take home (including stock value realized) was…

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Anna

Happy Holidays!

We're on break for a few days--hope you're enjoying the holidays, too! Regular updates will resume January 2nd.

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