MILS = Moms in Law School

Saramel over at Reasonable Expectations has teamed up with A Little Fish in Law School and PT-LawMom to rotate a weekly roundup of blog posts by moms in law school (MILS). There are a number of excellent law student mom bloggers out there and this is a cool way to bring them together for your reading pleasure. This week's roundup is at A Little Fish in Law School but you may want to bookmark Reasonable Expectations because Saramel gives you the link to whichever blog is hosting the roundup for the week - and of course the links to previous…

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Does Your Partner Hide Behind Your Skirts?

I’ve come to take for granted some of the skills law school gave me: A) an ear for logical arguments, B) an ability to understand terms in contracts, and C) a calm and reasoned way to articulate A and B. So natural have these things become, in fact, that my partner now expects me to deal with any glitches that come up with anything vaguely contract/law-related. I don’t mind, but, as it turns out, other people do. Why? Because they want to “deal with my husband.” We recently moved and, in the process, had a dispute with both our landlord…

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I’m a Corporate Lawyer – Get on with your happy-judging self!

Okay, so, in no particular order, I’m a (30-something caucasion) woman, I’m a (working) mother of two, I’m a (married-only-once-heterosexual) wife, I’m a (Fiscal) Conservative, and I’m a corporate (BigLaw) lawyer. Why am I subject to so much judging?See the related posts and comments here, here, here, and here about the judging that goes on among women. It is no secret that I am not a fan of the “mommy wars”. Likewise, I am also not a fan of the explicit and implicit judging that goes on between the public-interest lawyers (or lawyers-to-be) and those of us that work for…

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Are all of my customer service complaints doomed to be seen as illegitimate?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, "A Lawyer Bride Sues Her Florist" which reminded me of sintecho's recent post "Does Your Partner Hide Behind Your Skirts?" Now, I certainly do not think that sintecho's encounters were based solely on her status as a lawyer - I am inclined to agree with her assessment that had her husband also been a lawyer, the parties would have nevertheless still requested to speak with him. That being said, I went to read the WSJ article and found myself guilty of the very stereotype I now wish to condemn. I…

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Licenciada: A Latina’s Perspective on Entering the Legal Community

Two years ago, I had my first experience with what I call the Stupid White Male ("SWM"), a creature not limited to the legal community, but often prevalent in it. At the time, I was working as a legal secretary on a temporary basis, as my admission to law school had been deferred for a year. The SWM was a summer associate who had just finished his 1L year, and after I explained to him how to use the office copier, I mentioned my admission to the law school. His response was something to the effect of, "oh yeah, well…

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NYC Event: Working Mothers-Who’s Opting Out?

WORKING MOTHERS: WHO'S OPTING OUT?Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m., $8 admissionThe New School, New York CityWollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street) You've read the articles--and gotten angry at the debate. Are vast numbers of working mothers bolting the career track--or dreaming of doing so? Are elite women betraying feminism by staying home with their children? Or do the Opt-Out stories rely too heavily on anecdotal evidence--while shoving aside actual labor statistics and working families' needs? JOIN US as some of the KEY THINKERS and CRITICS of the "opt-out" storyline DISCUSS & DEBATE…

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Call for Papers from JD Students - Yale Journal of International Law Young Scholars’ Conference

THE YALE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW ANNOUNCES ITS SIXTH ANNUAL YOUNG SCHOLARS' CONFERENCECALL FOR PAPERS FROM JD STUDENTSDeadline: December 10, 2007The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is accepting submissionsfor its Young Scholars' Conference, which will take place on March 1,2008. The Conference aims to encourage scholarship in internationallaw among current J.D. students by giving them an opportunity topresent a paper and receive feedback from distinguished professors inthe field. The Conference will include panel presentations of studentscholarship, a roundtable discussion on careers in legal academia, akeynote address, and a closing dinner. Two of the papers presented atthe Conference will be…

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A Shout Out to Los Angeles and the Amazing Group of Women Lawyers

I would just like to take a minute to draw some attention to a fabulous group of women attorneys in Los Angeles-- The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. This is one active group of women and the discussions and events that they host are really awesome.I joined WLALA when I was a law student and they had a formal mentoring relationship with my LA law school. I stayed a member for as long as I lived in LA. (Now, sadly I've moved out of LA so I don't get to take advantage of all of their resources). If you…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending October 14

Making Women a Priority Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP works to advance women through networking and training Cameo: Lawyer, mom, pitch-woman Firms so eager to be family-friendly that managing partners babysit for associates in a pinch? Law firms struggle to retain women Women expecting to live it up like Ally McBeal are leaving disappointed... Fenberg paved way for women lawyers Matilda Fenberg, first woman to graduate from Columbia Law School, is remembered Women Lawyers on Top The number of women lawyers swells in Trinidad and Tobago Alleged killer demands a female lawyer Corporate clients aren't the only ones demanding diverse…

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Men, Ms. JD, and the Inevitable One-liner

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.Why is it that every time I tell a man about Ms. JD the response is always something along the lines of: "Oh yea I've been thinking about starting a support group for mysoginists" or "Are you planning an upgrade to Mrs. JD"? Seriously, after a year with the organization I can count on one hand the number of times I've gotten a sincere, rather than dismissive, reaction. It's not just that the individual jokes themselves are not particularly clever…

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