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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Office Romance: No Longer so Hush Hush?

A recent article in the New York Times about office relationships indicates they are becoming more acceptable to upper management. This reminded me of a warning I received as a summer law clerk: don't date another associate-it will be held against you. At the time, the advice was given to me in the context of the many ways in which women are held to double standards in big firms: men are not penalized for "hooking up" with the cute summer, but those cute summers are. I never ended up at a big firm and I never dated anyone in my…

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Making different life choices than my Mom

There is a post on The Juggle that made me stop to think about another dimension in this inner-struggle that we working mothers face everyday – you know, the struggle to be a good lawyer and a good mom at the same time. That dimension is my own mother’s opinion about my choice. I actually have the best sort of mother that any adult woman could ask for. She was a great role model for me growing up and gave me lots of guidance and advice when I needed it most. Now, she is a great listener and a great…

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Are We Unwilling to Break the Glass Ceiling?

Last week the Financial News featured an article boldly called Women Unwilling to Break Glass Ceiling. The byline read, "Lack of aspiration and financial motivation, rather than overt discrimination, might be to blame." Of course, a lack of "overt discrimination" doesn't exactly leave you with "lack of aspiration," and the article itself, byline aside, seemed to illustrate that covert discrimination might be just as likely a candidate for the perpetuation of the glass ceiling as a lack of aspiration.The article was based on data from the financial industry and quotes UK sources (which could account for a lot). Some of…

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A True Juggler

Kim Klein is the kind of woman many of us only hope we can emulate one day. A non-traditional law student and mother to a teenager, Kim found out shortly before finals last semester that she has breast cancer. She underwent radiation and chemo this summer and now, a month into the fall semester and attending classes regularly, she is 75% of the way through her treatment. She's a great example to all of us of how to balance it all. Kim has been nominated for a $10,000 scholarship because of her fantastic blog detailing her journey. Please visit Kim's…

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Nora Farah

Two Kinds of Law Students: High-Roller Helens and Justice Janets

I am convinced that there are only two categories of law students on the first day of student orientation: the High-Roller Helens and Justice Janets. Helens have a million reasons why they want to be attorneys, all of which they accept in the form of cash, credit, or check. Helens are competitive and sneer at the prospect of being anything less than a corporate defense attorney, making the "big-bucks." Helens practically cannot have children, but they typically have all the toys they desire. Janets, on the other hand, want to become lawyers so that they may fight for truth, justice,…

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