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2014 Summer Associate Program at US GAO

Interested in working for the US Government Accountability Office? GAO attorneys provide legal advice and services, act as quasi-administrative law judges, serve as experts on federal appropriations law and are in-house counsel to GAO's management.They are accepting applications for summer associate positions for summer 2014. If you're a rising 2L, apply by August 30th!More info here.  

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Title VII’s Disparate Income Doctrine: The Difference It’s Made for Women

By Fatima Goss Graves and Amy K. Matsui, National Women's Law Center Cross-posted from ACSBlog This week the Senate HELP Committee will vote on the nomination of Thomas Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor. In the midst of the many unfair and unfounded attacks lobbed against Mr. Perez in recent weeks, an important legal doctrine for combating sex discrimination has also come under attack: disparate impact. Under Mr. Perez’s leadership as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice, the Department has employed the longstanding disparate impact analysis to combat employment discrimination. Its application…

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Harvard WLA Conference: Running for Office

I was going to throw up.  The first day’s reading for my Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice course involved graphic articles about the rape in Steubenville, Ohio.  As I was reading about the horror inflicted on a sixteen-year old girl, my body reacted physiologically.  I felt sick, but also angry.  In light of such an obvious attack on women, why can’t Congress reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act? Partisan divide explains some of Congress’ incapacity to act (though it still confuses me why women’s safety isn’t a concern of both parties).  The dearth of women in Congress also contributes…

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Year of the Political Woman: Mass. Senator Katherine Clark

Katherine Clark started her political career on the Melrose School Committee in 2001. She then served as a state representative from 2008-2010 before becoming a state senator representing the Fifth Middlesex district.  Senator Clark’s legal career includes service as a prosecutor, General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, and Chief of the Policy Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General. Currently, she serves on the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Advisory Board at the University of Massachusetts Boston and as a Member of the Advisory Council for the Department of Early Education and Care. Among her…

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Targeting Gun Control

It is fair to say that, for many of us, the holidays were marred by several tragedies that took the lives of innocent people:Dec. 12, 2012 – Jacob Tyler Roberts opened fire at a mall in Portland, Oregon, killing two people and seriously injuring another. He then killed himself.  Dec. 14, 2012 – Adam Lanza entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 26 people, the majority of whom were children. He killed himself as police approached the school. Before committing this despicable act, he killed his mother.   Dec. 21, 2012 – A gunman killed three people…

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The Offbeat Path: Interview with Lori Bryant

Hello, and welcome to another interview with a female attorney who is pursuing an un-traditional career path! This month's interviewee is Lori Bryant. Lori and I went to law school together and provided moral support for each other when the job hunt got rough, so I am very happy that you get a chance to meet her through this interview. As always, if you are interested in being interviewed, please contact me at Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up, go to school, etc.?I was born in San Mateo, CA and moved to a small…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Women Lawyers as World Leaders

Last week I had a bit of an epiphany about the need for more women lawyers to stay in the profession.  I was scrolling through some recent news items on women leadership in preparation for a speech that I will deliver at a law firm later this week.One of those news items caught my eye.  It reported the results of the recent Women in the World Summit held earlier this month in New York City.  The women who attended the Summit demonstrated, among other things, their understandings of alternatives to aggression and the importance of consensus in solving world problems. …

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Heidi Finger

Heidi Finger began her career at the Department of Labor after graduating from Wellesley College, and returned as an attorney after attending American University's Washington College of Law. She has litigated for the department on many issues including employment discrimination, fair labor standards and equal pay. Heidi retired from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in 2005, after serving in numerous capacities for the Department. How did you come to work for the Department of Labor? I think it was all a lot of serendipity. When I first graduated from college, there were many fewer opportunities for women at…

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Emily Krause

Emily Krause graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2007.  She received her undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia. (Go Hoos!)  While in college she studied abroad in Vietnam, and resulting in a whirlwind semester of learning and exploring.  The gutsiest thing she did was buy a bicycle and ride through the streets of Hanoi (anyone who has seen the traffic there, then you knows what she means). How did you come to work for the NRC? What earlier experiences led you to your current position? The NRC hired me right out of…

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Nicole Heiser

Nicole Heiser is an attorney practicing employment law in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General Counsel, General Law Division. Nicole graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  She attended the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. She is a member of the bar in California and Maryland.  Following graduation, Nicole joined the Department of Justice Honors Program as an Honors Attorney for the Federal Bureau of Prisons practicing employment and labor litigation. Nicole has been in her present position with the Department of Homeland…

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