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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Peg

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

Okay, so it has been more than a “few days” since my last post. While I promised to keep up this series on a regular basis, I found this particular post difficult to write.The “truth” to be shared in this post #4 is this: You can only count on yourself to make your life what you want it to be. Even then, there will be things that are out of your control and that have to be dealt with in the best way possible, often requiring compromises.Here is my story… I have always been career driven. I was one of…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending December 21

USC alumna became a lawyer in the 1930s despite gender biasPhyllis Norton Cooper, a woman who attended law school in the 1930s, is remembered for her many achievements.Women Setting New Records as State Supreme Court JudgesLeah Ward Sears, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia; Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina; and Carol Hunstein, Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia discuss their paths to the judiciary.Former Qwest CEO's attorney has made winning a habitMaureen Mahoney, a Latham Watkins attorney who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 18 times, is praised for…

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jessie

Southern Ms. Part II: An Advantage of the Opt-Out Assumption?

It seems that some women in the Mid-South may be benefitting from the assmption that they will opt-out. A friend is interviewing for associate positions with BigLaw firms here. One veteran local lawyer gave her the following tidbit, which I found just fascinating: it's easier for a woman to get an associate's position in this market than a man, because the assumption is you'll work hard and devote yourself to the firm for five years or so and then leave to have children, i.e. you'll never be in competition for partnership. The legal market here is healthy but not huge…

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jessie

1Ls: Finals Are Over, Time to Find a Summer Job

For those of you finishing up your first semester this week: Congratualtions! Next step: summer job. 1L summer jobs can be found in firms, non-profits, government agencies, judges' chambers, and law school. Each has distinct benefits and its own application timetable. It's time to think about all of them now, because winter break may be your chance to get a foot in the door. Law Firms: not long ago paid law clerk positions were reserved either to the very top schools or the very top students. But in the last few years more firms are hiring more 1Ls from more…

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complainant

When Other Women Hate You Because You’re Beautiful

No one really talks about it, but one of the main issues preventing women from getting along with other women is jealousy. In the professional world, it breaks down to one of two things: jealousy over how good you are at what you do or jealousy over how good you look doing what you do. These related but distinct problems each deserve their own post, so I’ll start with Green Monster #1: when you’re prettier than the average woman. Many of you reading this are probably already feeling an aversion to the topic—none of us likes to admit that other…

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