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How Female Judges Decide Cases

Neil A. Lewis discusses the question of how female judges decide cases in his piece Debate on Whether Female Judges Decide Differently Arises Anew: Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, is often quoted as saying that a wise female judge will come to the same conclusion as a wise male judge. But the opposing argument was bolstered forcefully in April by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, currently the court’s only woman, in a case involving Savana Redding, a 13-year-old girl who had been strip-searched at school by the authorities on suspicion of hiding some ibuprofen…

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Anonymous

The Secret of the Women in Black Robes

What do Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor have in common? Well, besides the obvious? They were all young fans of one fictional teenage super-sleuth: Nancy Drew. In a delightful New York Times article, Nancy Drew and the Secret of the 3 Black Robes, Mary Jo Murphy reports that all three women admired the young, courageous heroine: It doesn’t take a big clue to deduce that there’s something between Supreme Court women and Nancy Drew of River Heights, Somewhere, U.S.A., the teenage star of a wholesome series of detective novels that have been in print in some…

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Staci Zaretsky

Lilly Ledbetter Act Becomes Law; Brief Interview with Ms. Ledbetter

Womenstake, the blog of the National Women's Law Center, had the opportunity to interview Lilly Ledbetter after the Senate's passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on January 22, 2009. All four female Republican senators voted in the Ledbetter Act's favor. Ms. Ledbetter acknowledged the hard work that both women and men contributed to the campaign to pass the Fair Pay Act, stating, "There have been a lot of men's groups that worked on it because they realize that this is a family affair. If women are paid better then they have better incomes in the family -- it's…

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Staci Zaretsky

Gillibrand Slated for Clinton’s Senate Seat

Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has been selected by Governor David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant U.S. Senate seat.   Ms. Gillibrand is largely unknown to New Yorkers statewide, but is considered an up-and-coming and forceful lawmaker in her district and has gained considerable attention from Democratic leaders in Washington. . . . Ms. Gillibrand, who lives near Hudson, N.Y., just outside of Albany,with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, a financial consultant, and their sons, Theodore, who is 5, and Henry, who is 6 months old. (Ms.Gillibrand received a standing ovation on the floor of the House from her colleagues for working…

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Anonymous

U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan to Host Afghan Women Lawyers

The U.S. Department of State's Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan will host a group of 14 Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys from January 9-24. The participants in this program will participate in a wide range of sessions, including intensive legal seminars, roundtable events, and consultations with senior governmental officials, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Discussion topics include: legal decision-making and mediation, domestic violence, family and mental health, narcotics law, an comparative analyses of the American and Afghan legal systems. The group is being led by the former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Dr. Kerry…

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Anonymous

The House Votes to Pass Two Measures on Job Bias

The House voted on January 9th to pass legislation that would counter sex discrimination by employers. This action indicates an initial intent by Congress to make a sharp shift away from the civil rights policies of the Bush Administration, according to the New York Times. Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that "[i]n the first week of the new Congress, this is the legislation we are putting forward: pay equity, fairness to women in the workplace. These are our priorities. This Congress has heard the message of change in the election." This legislation is especially relevant considering that it would overturn the…

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Anonymous

Columbia Law School Graduate Caroline Kennedy in the Senate?

The ABA Journal has picked up on an ABC News' The Note blog report that New York Governor David Paterson wants Caroline Kennedy, a 1988 Columbia Law School graduate, to replace Senator Hillary Clinton.  Earlier this week, Robert Kennedy Jr. apparently also told a New York Times reporter, Jonathon Hicks, that "Caroline Kennedy would be the perfect choice if she would agree to do it." Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy, if she were to take the position, would be filling the senate seat for which her uncle Robert F. Kennedy, served as senator.  Additionally,…

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Anonymous

New York Governor David Paterson Rejects All-Male Judicial Appointment List of Candidates

On Wednesday, December 3rd, New York Governor David Paterson held a press conference where he critized a list of candidates for chief judge of the state Court of Appeals. "I don't accept," he said, "that there wasn't a woman in this state that was qualified to serve on the Court of Appeals." The list of candidates was issued by a state commission. Under state law, the governor technically must choose a candidate from amongst the commission's selection of candidates. By refusing to accept the commission's list of candidates, Governor Paterson is entering previously unchartered water. He has asked New York…

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SDevlin

Women of the Missouri Court:  First Event to feature the only four women who have served on the Missouri Supreme Court

In all of Missouri’s history, only four women have served on the state Supreme Court. The Women’s Law Association (WLA) at the University of Missouri School of Law hosted the first event ever to feature and honor these four women. On Wednesday November 12, 2008 Judge Ann Covington, Judge Mary Russell, Judge Patricia Breckenridge, and current Justice Laura Stith sat on a panel together at the Law School to discuss the journey women have in the legal profession and future progress. The judges spoke for over an hour to a courtroom packed with law students and professors. In all the…

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Janet

Election 2008, More Female Firsts

NH Makes History With First State Senate With Female Majority: New Hampshire’s State Senate is now unlike any in the country and unlike any before it. After Tuesday’s election, women now make up the majority of the New Hampshire State Senate. In an election year that saw Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Nancy Pelosi grab headlines and airtime across the country, New Hampshire didn’t just vote blue, it voted for women.  Perdue becomes N.C.'s first female governor: Democrat Beverly Perdue will step into North Carolina's Executive Mansion as the next governor and the first woman to hold that job....Perdue, 61,…

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