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Networking is hard

Okay, so I'm the lawyer who has been writing the seven part series titled "A Junior Associate's Networking Plan". I know, I know, I owe Ms. JD a couple of installments of that series, which I promise to get to soon. Anyway, I recently found myself on the receiving end of a friend's networking efforts and it was hard for me. Therefore, I thought I would write here to tell you about how hard it was for me but also share how I talked myself into doing that which I knew I should. Background: My good friend, who is an…

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Anonymous

ABA to Honor Five Women for Achievement Award

The American Bar Association has announced the five women it will be honoring with the 2009 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.These women are:Helaine Barnett - a veteran legal aid attorney;Loretta Tuell - a name partner at Andersen Tuell, which was one of the first D.C. firms to have a native woman as a founding partner;Vanessa Ruiz - D.C. Court of Appeals Judge;Linda Addison - Fulbright & Jaworski partner; andArnette R. Hubbard - Cook County Circuit Court Judge.For more information on these extraordinary women and this award visit http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/04/aba-to-honor-five-women-for-achievement-award.html. 

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Ms. JD

PAR’s Annual Conference: Strategies for Advancing Women in Turbulent Times

The Project for Attorney Retention, or PAR, will be hosting its second annual PAR Conference for Law Departments and Law Firms. The topic of the conference this year is 'Strategies for Advancing Women Lawyers in Turbulent Times.' The conference will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at the Marvin Center in Washington DC. Panel speakers include women attorneys and professionals from various firms, organizations and companies, including UPS, Sidley & Austin, Fenwick & West, Clorox and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Topics will range from 'Is WorkLife Balance a Fatality of the Faltering Economy? Pro-Active Solutions' to 'Firm…

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Staci Zaretsky

“Stunning Disparity” in Women’s Ability to Make Partner According to ABA Study

According to the latest results from a recent ABA study, there is a "stunning disparity" in women's ability to make partner at firms both large and small. The study will track the careers of 4,160 lawyers who entered practice in 2000 over a 12 year span. In firms of two to 20 lawyers, just 19 percent of female respondents had been made equity partners, while 30 percent of the men had. In firms of 51 to 100 lawyers, the gap was even wider, with 6 percent of women now equity partners, and 22 percent of men. At the mega firms,…

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Anonymous

The Wage Gap Puzzle in the Legal Profession

The Glass Hammer has a piece on the wage gap for lawyers, The Wage Gap Puzzle in the Legal Profession: Why Women Lawyers Still Earn Less Than Men & What Can Be Done About It. Paying attention to the wage gaps for lawyers is useful because of the unique nature of the profession. First, the legal profession has experienced increased female participation for the last 30 years. Before 1970, few women entered the profession. Today, women make up more than 40% of law school enrollment and represent about a quarter of the legal profession. In addition, employers are well aware…

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Staci Zaretsky

American Blogger Fired From Branch of UK Firm Over Racy Online Novel

Online novelist Deidre Dare, author of Expat, a "racy" story about life in Moscow, was forbidden by her firm to continue to publish her blog on or about January 17, 2009, "due to company rules," states an article by the United Press International. In a January 21, 2009, article by the ABA Journal, Ms. Dare stated that her blog was purely a work of fiction, noting that it did not involve lawyers or law firms, and stating explicitly that Expat is "most certainly not porn." Ms. Dare was subsequently fired from the firm on Friday, January 30, 2009, over the…

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Staci Zaretsky

Women and Minorities Still Under-represented in Trial and Appellate Judicial Seats

According to a recent article in the ABA Journal, women and minorities are still under-represented in the trial and appellate judiciary seats of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Utah. Today, white males are overrepresented on state appellate benches by a margin of nearly two-to-one. Almost every other demographic group is underrepresented when compared to their share of the nation’s population . . . . There are still fewer female judges than male, despite the fact that the majority of today’s law students are female, as are approximately half of all recent law…

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Staci Zaretsky

Yale Law Women Sponsors “Opt Out” or Pushed Out? Conference

Yale Law Women will be sponsoring a two-day conference entitled "Opt out" or Pushed Out? on March 27-28, 2009. The conference will begin at 3:30pm on March 27th and end at 4:30pm on March 28th. “Opt Out” or Pushed Out will address the controversial phenomenon described by some as “opting out," the supposed trend of professional women leaving the workplace to devote their energies to family care-taking, full time. This conference will focus on the dynamics of the “trend” within the legal profession, inviting legal practitioners, professional students, and scholars to critically assess the structural, institutional, and societal reasons why…

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Staci Zaretsky

Fashion Police Strike Again in BigLaw: 5th Year Associate Required to Undergo Makeover

In a recent article republished by The ABA Journal, attorney Tracey Batt recalls being embarrassed by the firm's request that she undergo a fashion overhaul. An office encounter with several superiors one day was her first warning that she not only was being arrested by the fashion police but was being sent to a full-scale rehabilitation program. "The firm had hired someone to take me shopping and to a high-end salon for a full makeover," she writes. "It was positively mortifying." Ms. Batt's original article was printed in New York Lawyer, and can be viewed here after free registration with…

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Anonymous

A Sisterhood of Infighting?

A recent piece at the New York Times, A Sisterhood of Workplace Infighting, discusses the ways in which women undermine other women in the workplace. But while women have come a long way in removing workplace barriers, one of the last remaining obstacles is how they treat one another. Instead of helping to build one another’s careers, they sometimes derail them — for example, by limiting access to important meetings and committees; withholding information, assignments and promotions; or blocking the way to mentors and higher-ups. Why are we sometimes our own worst enemies?

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