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Catalyst Releases Women of Color in U.S. Law Firms Report - Quantifying Gaps in Perception & Experience

Catalyst released it's study of Women of Color in Law Firms today. The report represents a major undertaking, and I recommend reading it yourself, but I will attempt to summarize the key points. First the problem: ...more than 75 percent of women of color associates leave their firms by their fifth year of practice, and nearly 86 percent leave before their seventh year. Those who leave often report experiencing institutional discrimination and unwanted and/or unfair critical attention, which combine to create an exclusionary and challenging workplace.5 Other research confirms that nearly two-thirds (64.4 percent) of women of color associates left…

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Anonymous

Why the Supreme Court Needs a “Critical Mass” of Women

Vanity Fair conributing editor Dee Dee Myers thinks the Supreme Court needs more than just another woman: what it needs is a critical mass. Critical mass isn’t a static number, nor is it an argument that there should be an equal number of men and women in every room. It’s not just another word for “quota.” Instead, it refers to the point at which there are enough women that the culture begins to change, that different points of view and different life experiences are equally valued, where everyone’s voice can be heard. A critical mass, Myers explains, will help overcome…

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Kat

Top Michigan Court Rules that Judge has the Power to Ban the Muslim Veil from Courtroom

Michigan Rule of Evidence 611 has just been revised, giving judges the power to determine what witnesses should wear in their courtroom. Recently, a divided Michigan Supreme Court approved this rule, despite protests from the American Civil Liberties Union that the rule should contain an exception for religion attire. The issue just decided by the Michigan Supreme Court originally arose when a Muslim woman, Ginnah Muhammad, testifying in a 2006 small claims case, was asked by the judge to remove her niqab. The judge, 31st District Judge Paul Paruk, asked her to do this so that he could see her…

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Janet

Putting on Heels

While getting ready this morning, I listened to a piece on NPR, Workers Dressing Better To Hold On To Jobs: The recession is changing the workplace in many ways. Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway says many workers are kicking it up a notch with dressier work clothes and more formal e-mails. Kellaway tells Renee Montagne that's because employees are trying to hold onto their jobs. Listen to the piece here. In her Financial Times column, Lucy Callaway has argued in the past that dressing to impress lifts spirits and increases productivity. She advocates for replacing Casual Friday with High Heels…

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jessie

Ms. Manners: Blogging from the Dinner Table

This weekend everyone's favorite style mavens at the New York Times weighed in on the propriety of smartphone interuptions during business meetings. As in "is it ok to check email on my iPhone during a potential pitch from a potential contractor?" To which I say, "SERIOUSLY?!?!" I mean how is there any debate here. Of course it's rude. Of course it's inappropriate. If you're important enough, you can get away with it. But better hope you don't need to leave anybody with the impression you care about them, their work, their time, etc. The more interesting question to me, is…

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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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