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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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sintecho

The Green Monster: When Your Significant Other Is a Lawyer

The Washington Post has an interesting article on social psychologist Abraham Tesser's research on "how close friends and intimate partners who are engaged in similar work or activities compare themselves with one another." I can't even count all the couples I knew from law school who met in Torts, dated through Fed Courts, and were married (or engaged) by commencement. Now out in the working world, I see a rather significant number of married or engaged couples who met on the job, which makes sense given how much lawyers work--meeting other lawyers is easier than meeting a non-lawyer, and meeting…

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jessie

ACLU gains admission for women into private club [Clippings]

Salon.com reports that the ACLU has successfully argued for the admission of women into Mystic, California's influential German Social Society Frohsinn, Inc., a social networking organization. This hardly spells the end of gender exclusive provate clubs. In fact the more entrenched and traditional the exclusivity of an establishment is, the more likely it will be constitutionally protected. Still, this can only be good news for the future female business leaders of Mystic!

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Peg

Basic Psychology

There is an very good article in last week's issue of Corporate Counsel magazine titled: Big-Firm Associates: Why They Go and How to Keep Them. I would recommend reading the entire article to anyone who, like me, is always thinking about the retention problem faced by big law firms. The article does not specifically address the problem of retaning women. However, I think the issue that it does address is universal and applies to men and women both. That issue is "[associates'] first professional experience after at least seven years of higher education is too unprofessional and demoralizing [and] that…

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Anna

Work/life balance essay contest update

Thanks to everybody who entered the Ms. JD essay contest on work/life balance. Many of the essays were fantastic! The submissions are now being judged anonymously by attorneys recruited by the Project for Attorney Retention. The $1,000 winner will be announced by the end of this month.That essay competition has now closed, but if you're looking for another way to pick up some cash, consider applying to work as a law clerk for Ms. JD this summer.

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Erin

White & Case’s Women’s Initiative - Supporting Women in the Law

Women are increasingly taking on more leadership roles both in law firms and corporations across the United States and abroad. Many law firms today recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining top talent, regardless of gender, particularly in an increasingly competitive job market. The issues surrounding the retention of top female associates are admittedly complex but it seems apparent that these factors help shape how women associates interact in the law firm environment. These issues are at the heart of why some firms, including White & Case, have embraced women's networks as well as other retention and development tools geared…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending February 29

Linda K. Lorimer Wins Sandra Day O'Connor AwardLorimer receives award that recognizes women lawyers who have served with distinction as independent directors of public companies and advanced diversity in board positions.Maternity Leaves Key to Retaining WomenPaid maternity leaves and a pool of lawyers capable of filling in during the leaves are among proposals advanced by a working group that has been looking at how to stem an exodus of female lawyers from the profession.Skadden Announces 18 Weeks Maternity LeaveSkadden increases the number of paid maternity leave weeks to 18.Women Lawyers' Preferred Firm BenefitsSurvey compares women and men attorneys' preferred firm…

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Anna

Paid legal internship available at Ms. JD [summer job search]

Ms. JD is seeking responsible and self-motivated law students who have just finished their first or second years of law school to intern for at least ten weeks in the summer of 2008. A $3,500 stipend will be provided.Here is a complete job description. If you are ready to apply for the position, please complete this law clerk application online. A resume, cover letter, and writing sample are required along with three professional references, at least two of whom should be a law professor or previous employer. Here's a review of the job from last summer's Ms. JD law clerk...…

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