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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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sintecho

Would people respond better to what you say if you were a man?

In an article on women's leadership styles, Nicholas Kristof references research that "women, compared with men, tend to excel in consensus-building and certain other skills useful in leadership." In explaining why women have not had more success in achieving positions in government despite these strengths, Kristof hypothesizes that "in the televsion age, female leaders also have to navigate public prejudices." These "prejudices", as it turns out, are of the sort that affect women lawyers as well. Kristof cites the "Goldberg paradigm," an attribution arising out of a study in which people read an article or speech with one group of…

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Lynn Hecht Schafran

Judge Boone’s Reprimand Also Demonstrates Progress

When news broke that Maryland Judge W. Kennedy Boone was reprimanded in January for calling three African-American women lawyers “the Supremes” and advising the defendant to “get an experienced male attorney,” people were dismayed. How could this still be happening? It’s one thing when Imus does it, but a judge.... Looked at through the lens of history, however, the Boone case is also a story of tremendous progress in addressing gender bias in the courts. As Director of the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) at Legal Momentum, I know that…

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jessie

Southern Ms. Part IV: Lawyerettes

I'm often hesitant to tell people I'm an attorney. Suffice it to say the achievement of graduating from law school and passing the bar is dampened by finding oneself the butt of many many jokes. But in Memphis, I find myself asserting my professional status more because otherwise I find folks assume I'm a secretary. When people ask what brought me to Memphis, I alwasy say my job did - that I moved here to work for a Federal Judge. I get varying responses, "you're his assistant?" "his secretary?" "a paralegal?" These assumptions were not restricted to those unfamiliar with…

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Anna

“Where are they now?” Post-AutoAdmit Speculation Edition

Where do guys go after they "grow up" (I use the phrase loosely) from harassing and objectifying their law-school classmates on AutoAdmit and XOXOXO? When they graduate into the big, wide world of lawyering? Apparently, the answer is: Skadden Arps. Brian Baxter reports for the American Lawyer that Skadden http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202732106724&rss=newswirehttp://skaddeninsider.blogspot.com/2008/01/hottest-female-associate.html http://gawker.com/5003031/at-law-firm-please-keep-the-lady-objectification-to-a-low-roar-at-gawker-go-right-aheadhttp://blogs.wsj.com/law/2008/02/12/skadden-insider-hot-or-not/ Let's put one cliche to bed: "hot or not" ratings contests are not "all in good fun." Unless each participant agrees to participate in being ranked, this kind of activity is not "all in good fun." So quit kidding yourself, guys. If an associate is unwillingly having attention called to…

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Anna

Something to brighten your weekend: feeling grateful for U.S. women’s opportunities for legal education and careers [Clippings]

University of Chicago 3L (and Mom-in-Law-School) Lag Live meditates on a New York Times article about the Middle East's "Education City." [W]hat struck me the most was a section on the second page titled "Opportunities for Women." To quote some of the article: "Education City represents broad opportunities for women, in a nation where many families do not allow their daughters to travel overseas for higher education or to mix casually with men. Cornell stresses, proudly, that it was Qatar’s first coeducational institution of higher learning. The female students are very much aware of their new opportunities... 'I don’t want…

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Anna

Most attorneys say they don’t care whether their colleagues are male or female

Linda Marks, our friend at the Project for Attorney Retention, asked some 1,400 attorneys who they'd want to work with: men or women? The answers are published in the ABA Journal this month, in an article hyperbolically titled What Women Lawyers Really Think of Each Other. The good news: a majority (58%) of attorneys said the gender of their colleagues didn't matter. The survey also asked questions about who takes direction better, which supervisors are mored demanding, etc. Results are broken down by age as well as gender. Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a split between the responses of older…

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Anna

Maryland judge calls trio of black female lawyers ‘the Supremes,’ recommends client get a male lawyer [Clippings]

County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone called three black female lawyers "the Supremes" in court. He also advised a defendant to get "an experienced male attorney." Generously, Boone has recused himself from further cases tried by the three lawyers. [Hat tip to Women in Law Daily.]

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sintecho

Is there such a thing as professional anger for women?

I was intrigued by the series of comments about showing emotion as a female lawyer in a professional context. I was especially struck by the posts that talked about how crying was the response that came through when what the women really felt was anger. One woman wrote that when she “lost [her] fear and embarrassment about [her] own anger, [she] was able to take a deep breath, speak slowly and clearly, and maintain [her] composure” rather than responding with tears to certain situations. Another woman commented about an occasion where she had cried in front of a partner: “I…

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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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