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Women Blaming Women for Lack of Work/Life Balance

I was shocked to read Monique Doyle Spencer's article in the Boston Globe, Working women, where did we go so wrong? The title should give you an uh-oh feeling, but I was completely unprepared for Doyle's topic sentence: "I think we women ruined the workplace." In a nutshell, her argument is that wolmen responded to their opportunities to finally work in high-power jobs by working harder than their male counterparts without demanding salary increases when, according to Doyle, they should have worked the same hours as men and demanded equal pay. Consequently, her argument goes, women blew an opportunity to…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending March 21, 2008

Pioneering Attorney Fell in Love with the Law Pat Butler, the third woman to attend Emory University Law School, is praised by Janet Reno as “a pioneer among women at the Department of Justice.” UC Davis professor: Working women cry more on job than menKimberly Elsbach, a UC Davis professor, studies crying at work and discovers that women are more likely than men to shed tears and that "men don't have to spend as much energy working to hide or fight back tears on the job." Mintz, Levin associate hits firm with MCAD bias complaint Kamee Beth Verdrager, an associate…

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sintecho

Is Long Hair Unprofessional?

I'm not alone in wondering whether chopping your hair off is a prerequisite for a woman's success. From politicians like Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, and Nancy Pelosi to well-known litigators like Jamie Gorelich, Sheila Birnbaum, Amy Schulman, and Maureen Mahoney, short hair is the status quo. Does it have to be that way? I like my long hair. I've always received compliments on it; I like having the option to curl it or straighten it or put it up; and, I admit it, my long hair makes me feel feminine and attractive. But, is it holding me back?Susan Ehrlich Martin…

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Peg

Unintended Consequences and Using the All-Mighty Dollar as a Carrot

There has been a lot of buzz in the blawg-o-sphere this week about Harvard Law School's announcement that it will waive 3L tuition for those going to work for the government or public interest for the five years after law school. I think this news is great. And as Professor Volokh points out, because HLS is a trendsetter among law schools, this just may spark a little healthly competition aimed at loan forgiveness policies amoung elite law schools. Feeling the squeeze of law students loans myself, I would be all for that.However, what about the possibility of unintended consequences? Today…

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didiscott

Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law Announce New Fellowship

CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS ANNOUNCES NEW FELLOWSHIP WITH COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS LAW SCHOLARS NEW YORK–The Center for Reproductive Rights today announces a new fellowship with Columbia Law School for graduates pursuing legal academic careers in reproductive health and human rights. The Center-Columbia Fellow will be affiliated with both Columbia Law School and the Center, and will participate in the intellectual life of both programs. The Fellow will engage with the Center’s legal and policy projects, be a member of the Law School’s community of graduate fellows, and have work space at both locations. “We are thrilled to…

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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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