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Atticus Lee

The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident: Behind the Most In-Your-Face Meme of 2012

Does that picture look familiar (without the butterflies)? Can you remember what you were doing when you first saw the tragically iconic video of police officers dousing unarmed students in California with pepper spray during Occupy's heyday? Oh good, maybe I'm not the only one! A week before Thanksgiving last year, UC Davis police officers arrived in riot gear to the main quad and demanded 50-some Occupy-ers dismantle their tent city by the bookstore and disperse. When protestors refused and instead linked arms and stood (or sat, technically) their ground, Police Lieutenant John Pike busted out his riot-size can of pepper…

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News about Ms. JD’s Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law!

Ms. JD is excited to be sharing an update about our Fifth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, Ms. JD: She Leads. As you may remember from our save the date, Ms. JD has partnered with the Women and the Law Program at Washington College of Law at American University to host the conference October 5, 2012. Ms. JD's annual conference represents the marquee event of the year for women in law. In addition to getting the opportunity to interact with and learn from one another, the conference gives students and young lawyers opportunities to meet top lawyers, hear…

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Ms. JD

Women on Law Review: A Gender Diversity Report

Ms. JD is proud to announce publication of its 2011-2012 data on gender diversity on law journals at the Top 50 Law Schools as found by U.S. News and World Report.  The most recent study finds that women's membership on law reviews correlates strongly with the number of women graduating from law school.  However, the number of women in the editor-in-chief position is disproportionately male.  Moreover, women lost approximately five percentage points from the previous study in terms of the overall number of women EICs from 33% to 28.5% in 2011-2012.  All of the results are detailed in the full…

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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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Is Being a Mother and a Lawyer a Lose-Lose situation?

How could anyone possibly resist this face? I know what you're thinking- what does a cat have to do with a post about mother and a lawyer? Well for me, my pets are often what spawns these thoughts about life balance. When I look at the face of my cats and dogs with their sad eyes and the "please don't leave me" look, I feel riddled with guilt. So what happens if I ever have kids? How will I feel when I have to leave them? Most of the talk on this site has been about how to do it…

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DeMANding Work:  Is there a place for part-time?

This weekend I attended the Legally Female conference at Yale Law School. After hearing an amazing set of speakers and panelists and interacting with amazing women from across the country, I can't stop thinking about a question that was raised during one of the sessions. What is the limit of the part-time phenomenon? Can corporate litigators or criminal trial lawyers and others under huge time pressures really do their job effectively in a part-time situation? I guess the reason I keep thinking about this is because I just don't know. If there is a good answer, I haven't thought of…

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Piper Hoffman

Sex Discrimination at Hair Salons

Sex discrimination is alive and well at your local hair salon. Walk in and look at the price list on the wall: "Women, $30. Men, $22." You might think there must be an explanation -- maybe women with short hair are only charged $22, for instance. Nope. I have walked into countless salons and tried to give them an out: what if I don't get a blow-dry? What if my hair is shorter than most men's? But time and again, they shake their heads. Women pay more than men, just because they are women. This is against the law. Besides…

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