Erin

Ms. JD Weekly Round-Up: Week Ending March 14, 2008

Evelyn Baker, Missouri's first black female circuit judge, plans to retire from the St. Louis court at the end of March.Profile: Pat Butler, the third woman to attend Emory University's School of Law, and pioneer in the Department of Justice, reflects on her legal career.U.K. law firm Dickinson Dees has set up a female wealth management team, made up of women lawyers and financial advisors, to cater to the rising number of independently wealthy women.The Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association forms a human chain demanding proper investigation into the murder of housewife Nurunnahar Runa.Paula Llewellyn, known as "a fierce competitor…

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Peg

They just don’t get it

Somewhat tangentially related to my last disappointment in the older but wiser generation's lawyers and their attitudes about young-ish attorneys came this priceless nugget...In consulting with an "expert" about what a symposium on the issue of work-life balance should focus on, the expert's first piece of advice was that our speaker should tell people what work-life balance really is because "it is [his] experience that today's young attorneys don't really know what it is." What? Excuse me? Why don't you just go ahead and tell me what my priorities are or should be while you're at it?[More after the jump]Oh…

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Erin

‘Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters’ - A New Mentorship Publication from the Multicultural Women Attorney Network

The ABA's Multicultural Women Attorney Network has published an exciting and unique new work to address the limited mentoring opportunities between multicultural women. Entitled 'Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who've Been There and Done That,' this publication is a compilation of letters from multicultural women attorneys who graduated from law school more than a decade ago. These letters are directed at young women lawyers and law students, offering advice of a variety of topics including building a practice, raising children as a professional woman, overcoming stereotypes, building bridges with women of color, and directing…

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Erin

Meet Penelope Andrews

As a Visiting Professor of Law at Valparaiso University School of Law, Penelope Andrews focuses her teaching and research on a variety of topics including: anti-discrimination law and policy, international human rights law, gender and the law, and judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights. Ms. Andrews received her LL.B. from the University of Natal, in Durban, South Africa, in 1982, followed by her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law, in 1984. Professionally, Ms. Andrews has served in a variety of positions, including as a Consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in 2001. Ms. Andrews has also…

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sintecho

Does Sexism Still Exist?

The word on the street seems to be that if you think you're the victim of sexism, you are either paranoid or looking for excuses for a non-gender-related failing. I myself am guilty of blaming sexism--when I blogged about a male colleague who changed one of my recommendations at work behind my back, I bitterly recounted the story to friends with the added conclusion: "he never would have done that if I were a male colleague." But, maybe he would have. How can I really be sure? Likewise, Jessie posted on a new law review article that indicates how little…

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jessie

Must Read: Judge Kaye & Anne Reddy on Women in Firms

Twenty years ago Judith Kaye - now the Chief Judge of New York's Court of Appeals and a keynote speaker at Ms. JD's Student Leadership Summit - published a breakthrough study in the Fordham Law Review on the state of gender equity in law firms. In their current volume Fordham Law Review is publishing a follow-up, "The Progress of Women Lawyers at Big Firms: Steadied or Simply Studied?" There's good news and bad. Since 1988 there are more female attorneys and more female attorneys in senior positions. But inequities remain - in compensation and in position. In 1988, fewer than…

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jessie

Does “Having it All” require “Settling”?

Recently a friend alerted me to Lori Gottlieb's article in The Atlantic Monthly advising women in their twenties to "settle" when it comes to finding a mate: Don’t worry about passion or intense connection. Don’t nix a guy based on his annoying habit of yelling “Bravo!” in movie theaters. Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics. Because if you want to have the infrastructure in place to have a family, settling is the way to go.Well I did not take kindly to this advice. I think Gottlieb's perspective is sexist and harmful-it's directed only to women and promulgates the…

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jessie

Blog Watch: Daily Kos Tallies Women in Top Elected Offices

Daily Kos has tallied up the number of women in top elected positions in response to Hillary Clinton's comment about Iowa and Mississippi never electing any. Kos notes that a number of other states could be added to that pathetic list if you excluded the widows who succeeded their late-husbands and Lt. Governors who succeeded their bosses mid-term.

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-Up: Week Ending March 7, 2008

Advancing Women in the Legal Profession Ten years after the initial report of New York City Bar’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and Committee on Women in the Profession, the recommendations have received worldwide attention. Penn law grad countersues over Web posts about women law students Anthony Ciolli of AutoAdmit fame is countersuing two of the Yale Law students who sued him over the AutoAdmit scandal.Look for female attorneys to improve justice systemGreat Kolcon's essay on women's advancements in the legal profession. More Female Attorneys Hanging Shingles for the Benefits of Solo PracticeWisconsin lady lawyers are going solo…

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Elizabeth

New Report on How Firms Can Retain Women

The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers released a report on retaining women attorneys entitled: IT'S ABOUT TIME II: Examining Flexible Work Arrangements from the Attorney's and the Firm's Perspectives -- A Study of Part-time Policies in Georgia Law Firms.The study surveys 84 law firms in Georgia and finds that only 30% of firms have "formal, written policies regarding reduced time and flexible work arrangements." The report also looks at informal flexible work arrangements, citing "responses from 386 female attorneys to an online survey [which] suggest that informal arrangements make monitoring, scheduling, and other work-related responsibilities very difficult" for those who…

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