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Anna

Facing the FACTS

Over the past six weeks, Deborah Epstein Henry of Flex-Time Lawyers has been circulating a new work/life methodology called FACTS. She tells me that it "enables law firm lawyers to meet firms' demands while also giving them new work/life balance choices within the billable hour structure." Her introductory article, Facing the FACTS: Introducing Work/Life Choices for All Firm Lawyers Within the Billable Hour Model, was featured in the New York Times and Legal Blog Watch. She has been doing presentations of her new work at firms up and down the eastern seaboard, including this one yesterday at White and Case,…

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Anna

Perspectives Quarterly (from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession)

http://www.abanet.org/women/perspectives.htmlAlyson Meiselmanw writes to us: I'm a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession andthe Chair of the Publications Committee. Our committee is interested indeveloping and publishing a new publication of interest to and focusedtoward younger women attorneys. I would be delighted to discuss withyou how we can meet your needs, as you have expressed in the messagesbelow, and fulfill our need to reach out to young women lawyers in aneffort to both increase the number of women members of the ABA andincrease the number of women leadership positions, and, make the ABArelevant in your practices. I joined the…

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Anna

The Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success

Wow, it feels like "Lauren Stiller Rikleen" Week here at Ms. JD, between Beth's review of her book and Elizabeth's post about ___________ http://www.bowditchinstitute.com/home.html [review website]

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Anna

What are your favorite blawgs?

What are your favorite blawgs? Right now Ms. JD's blogroll is pretty short. We've got links to a handful of organizations that share missions similar to ours: the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and NAWL, the National Association of Women Lawyers (promoting women in law), Damsels in Success (promoting women in any profession), and the Project for Attorney Retention and Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession (promoting work/life balance).We've also got links to a couple of litigation projects that support women: the ACLU Women's Rights Project and Legal Momentum (which is affiliated with NOW, the National Organization…

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Anna

Happy Holidays!

We're on break for a few days--hope you're enjoying the holidays, too! Regular updates will resume January 2nd.

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sintecho

Is the Supreme Court Biased Against Women Lawyers?

I recently came across this study, released earlier this year by three law professors--Kaheny, Sarver, and Szmer--which concludes that "Supreme Court justices are less likely to support litigants represented by women." Their research, even after controlling for potentially biasing variables like lawyers' prior experience and clerkship background, found that "as the proportion of women attorneys on the petitioner’s side increases relative to that of the respondent, the likelihood of a justice making a pro-petitioner decision decreases. Substantively, the larger role women attorneys play in constructing arguments, the less likely they are to convince the justices to side with their client."…

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lawblogger

Can you take a compliment?

I’ve noticed that I really can’t. Professionally, I seem to demean myself a lot by refusing to accept compliments and by trying to make other people feel more comfortable around me by pretending that I’m not really that good at anything. It's not that I don't think I'm good at anything, it's more that 1) don't want to be seen as a braggart or as someone with a huge ego and 2) my socialized impulse always seems to be brushing off compliments rather than accepting them. I notice that a lot of other women behave similarly, either reflecting a compliment…

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jessie

Men, Ms. JD, and the Inevitable One-liner

Editor's Note: As part of Ms. JD's 5th Birthday celebration, we'll be looking back at our favorite posts over the years.Why is it that every time I tell a man about Ms. JD the response is always something along the lines of: "Oh yea I've been thinking about starting a support group for mysoginists" or "Are you planning an upgrade to Mrs. JD"? Seriously, after a year with the organization I can count on one hand the number of times I've gotten a sincere, rather than dismissive, reaction. It's not just that the individual jokes themselves are not particularly clever…

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ptlawmom

A True Juggler

Kim Klein is the kind of woman many of us only hope we can emulate one day. A non-traditional law student and mother to a teenager, Kim found out shortly before finals last semester that she has breast cancer. She underwent radiation and chemo this summer and now, a month into the fall semester and attending classes regularly, she is 75% of the way through her treatment. She's a great example to all of us of how to balance it all. Kim has been nominated for a $10,000 scholarship because of her fantastic blog detailing her journey. Please visit Kim's…

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sintecho

Impossible Expectations Apparently Doom Women to Unhappiness

As lawyers, we are already 3.6 times more likely to suffer from a major depressive disorder than non-lawyers with similar socio-demographic traits. As women, it now appears we are more likely to be unhappy due to our membership in that demographic as well. Recent research findings suggest that women, who reported being happier than men in the 1970s, are now less happy than men. Two research papers by Alan Krueger and Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have sparked a flurry of speculative articles (mostly by men) on the disparity. Steven Levitt of Freakonomics fame had 4 hypotheses for the gap:1.…

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