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Ms. JD Public Interest Summer Scholarship Winner: Christina Calloway

Ms. JD is pleased to feature our second winner of Ms. JD's Public Interest Summer Scholarship, Christina Calloway. Here is her winner essay submission: “You’re getting old. You should get married soon before you are too old to have children.” At 26 years old and finishing my second year of law school, my grandmother said these words to me. Once I processed the words the woman that I love dearly had said to me, I realized that my grandmother and I have very different expectations about the role of a woman and how the career she chooses affects her personal…

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Ms. JD Public Interest Summer Scholarship Winner: Sarah Mazzochi

Ms. JD is pleased to feature Sarah Mazzochi, winner of Ms. JD's Public Interest Summer Scholarship. Here is her winning essay submission: I believe my generation fully expects to have it all, have it all be fabulous-- career, husband, family—and not compromise. My mother spent the majority of her life making sure her husband’s life was easy, her family was well taken care of, with her own wants and needs a distant third. But like many Americans, divorce, the economic downturn, and a career change later, my mother stood at a crossroads a few years back. Stay with her husband,…

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Ms. JD Proudly Announces the Winners of Ms. JD’s Public Interest Summer Scholarship

Ms. JD is pleased to announce the winners of Ms. JD's 2012 Summer Public Interest Scholarships, Michelle Born and Judith A. Pond!Selected from over fifty applicants nationwide, the recipients demonstrate extraordinary commitment to promoting women in the law through public service careers. Michelle and Judith will each receive a $250 prize to support their continued commitment to public interest work.Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the award-winning essays of Michelle and Judith that answered the question: "What about law school presented an unexpected challenge? What have you done to successfully meet this challenge?" We'll also be featuring the outstanding…

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Kat

Federal Judges Complain About the Attire of Women Lawyers

At a recent judges' panel discussion at the Seventh Circuit Bar Association meeting, U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow made a comment about the inappropriate dressing of some women lawyers. This opened the floodgates for similar complaints from other judges on the panel and the the majority-male audience. The topic also proved to be one of contention. Women come into court wearing "skirts so short that there's no way they can sit down and blouses so short there's no way the judges wouldn't look," said Judge Michael McCuskey, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of…

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Staci Zaretsky

ABA Section of Business Law Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award

The ABA Section of Business Law is currently soliciting nominees for the 2009 Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award. The Glass Cutter Award, named after the first woman chair of the Section, is presented to annually to a female business lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal profession and to the ABA Section of Business Law. The nominee should be a woman who: * has made significant contributions to the profession and the Section of Business Law * has achieved professional excellence in her field and demonstrated a dedication to the work of the Section; and * has worked…

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Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) is currently soliciting entries for the Fourth Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition, which focuses on issues concerning women's rights or status of women in the law. The competition carries a $500 prize for the first place essay and the opportunity for the winning essay to be published in the summer edition of the Women Lawyers Journal.  Entries must be received by April 30, 2009 Please click here for more details. 

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Unity Dow, First Female Judge of Botswana’s High Court, Also an Author

Unity Dow, Botswana's first female High Court judge, "considers that in writing novels she is 'reclaiming the voice' to speak out on human rights and women's issues." Dow has published three novels to date: Far and Beyon', The Screaming of the Innocent, and Juggling Truths. Dow's books have a strong focus on women's struggles for equality and justice in Botswana. Prior to being appointed to the High Court, Dow was a human rights activist and lawyer. In those roles, she helped to advance important laws concerning child support, rape and married women's property rights. Dow has also established a women's…

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Anonymous

Does Looking Sexy Advance Your Career (and even if it does, should you care)?

Bitter Lawyer has a post by a very modest writer known at least to herself as "Law Firm 10" (yes, her nom de plume should give you a sense of where the article is heading) entitled Erin Andrews, Esq. Erin Andrews, TV sports reporter, is, according to Law Firm 10, a "(reasonably) stylish, non-overweight, attractive woman," and consequently "men love her and, surprisingly, even respect her," which Law Firm 10 credits as the reason that Erin Andrews' "career is blowing up." Question 1: why do we need men to love and respect us in order for our careers to blow…

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Janet

Power in the Ballot: Vote to Make History

I am a week behind in my reading for Con Law, my laundry is piling up, I have grocery shopping to do, I have messages to return, and emails to send. But all this can wait while I go vote. I will cast my ballot, even if it means falling another day behind, even if it means waiting in line for hours, even if it means standing in the rain. Julie Albrecht Royce cautions that we not take our right to vote for granted: Your odds of an IRS audit are 175-1, of having your identity stolen 200-1, of a…

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Book Review: Play Like a Man Win Like a Woman: Gail Evans

I recently heard Gail Evans talk and she was great. Her talk was inspiring and also very practical and prompted me to finally read her book, Play Like a Man Win Like a Woman. (It is currently only $10.17 on Amazon!). At the end of the book, Ms. Evans writes, "This book is about learning to make noise, and also, learning to make choices. Think of my advice as clothes you are tyring on. Does the rule fit? Do you look good in it? Is it you?" I highly recommend this book to Ms. JD's readers. It is short and…

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