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An Interview with Marissa Román: Hollywood Dealmaker

Marissa Román is a a partner in the Los Angeles office of Akin, Gump Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Ms. Román's practice focuses on media finance and other entertainment transactions. In other words, Ms. Román has built a career representing the financial institutions that back movies and television shows. Sounds pretty cool, right? Well we got to chat with Ms. Román and find out: 1. The worlds of law, finance and film are known for being male-dominated. Your practice combines the those fields. Have those stereotypes been born out in your experience? In the same vein, how do you think your…

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The Employment Law Group® Law Firm Secures $466,000 Plus Verdict in Equal Pay Act Case

On December 22, 2008, The Employment Law Group® law firm obtained a verdict of $466,816 for a former female director of the National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") who alleged that the NTSB discriminated against her by paying her less than similarly-situated male directors at the NTSB. In her complaint, the former director also alleged that the NTSB ignored her complaints when she questioned the pay differential. Finding that the former director established a violation of the Equal Pay Act and that the NTSB failed to prove that the wage disparity between the former female director and her male counterparts was…

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The World’s Most Powerful Women

Forbes magazine released its list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women last week. The list includes several women with Juris Doctorates, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ranked at #72, and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, ranked at #28. Two female attorneys rank among the Top Ten, although both are now in executive roles--one is Chairman of the FDIC, the other is the CEO and President of WellPoint. Sheila C. Bair, the #2 most powerful woman according to Forbes, was sworn in at the 19th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission in 2006. Forbes describes "Bair's domain" as "the last…

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Ms. JD

Introducing Ms. JD’s National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO)

This past weekend, Ms. JD celebrated its first birthday by bringing together over 90 law students from 70 law schools in 33 states to create the Ms. JD National Women Law Students' Organization (NWLSO), a group that will bring together and represent the interests of women law students. Delegates elected regional leadership to establish a NWLSO presence at every law school campus in the country and to connect with practitioners and professional leaders in legal markets nationwide. Sponsored by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and made possible by all of the founding sponsors who have supported Ms. JD through a…

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Profile & interview with Michelle Obama, lawyer and “super juggler” [Clippings]

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal profiled and interviewed Michelle Obama (J.D., Harvard Law School, 1988). Hat tip to John J. Edwards III at the WSJ Juggle Blog, who suggests reading the pieces for the perspective of a "super juggling" two-lawyer family with kids.

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Interviews with Fatima Goss Graves and Jill Morrison, Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center

The National Women's Law Center has started a weekly series interviewing bloggers at Womenstake, their blog. Most recently they interviewed Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Counsel with NWLC. She works for greater gender equality in education, through litigation, drafting legislative policy, and public education. Highlights...I come from a long legacy of civil rights activists. My father and aunt were the named plaintiffs in a significant post-Brown Supreme Court ruling that desegregated schools in Knoxville, Tennessee, during the height of the civil rights movement.... Q: Over the years, the civil rights movement and the women’s rights movement have coincided and sometimes clashed.…

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Judge Sandra Segal Ikuta

Video of Judges Ikuta and Fletcher

Click here to watch video of 9th Circuit judges Ikuta and Fletcher This post is cross-listed here

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Judge Betty B. Fletcher

Video of Judges Fletcher and Ikuta

Click here to watch video of 9th Circuit judges Ikuta and Fletcher This post is cross-listed here.

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Deborah R. Schwarzer

Be Open to Change

By Deborah R. Schwarzer, Of Counsel, GCA Law Partners LLP I’m reluctantly realizing that I’m ancient. But with age comes history, experience and, with luck, perspective. When I attended the University of Chicago Law School in the early 80’s, women made up about 30% of the class. We weren’t pioneers; those in earlier classes served in that role. We weren’t all alike. And we didn’t have to wear those horrible blouses with the gigantic self-bows that women just a few years back had had to wear (I have incriminating pictures of my sister, also a J.D., in one of those).…

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Amelia Hansen

Profile: Judge Kim Wardlaw

Wardlaw Cut a Fast Track to Center of 9th Circuit By Amelia Hansen Daily Journal Staff Writer February 08, 2007 PASADENA - A turn of turtles inhabits Kim Wardlaw's chambers. Sparkling and vibrant, the small figurines appear on the judge's bookshelf and desk. They are unlikely visitors in a world filled with legal documents and books. "They remind me to slow down, to be thoughtful," Wardlaw said. "They remind me that everything doesn't have to be done today." In Aesop's terms, Wardlaw is certainly more hare than tortoise. Appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Clinton…

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