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Staci Zaretsky

Gillibrand Slated for Clinton’s Senate Seat

Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand has been selected by Governor David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant U.S. Senate seat.   Ms. Gillibrand is largely unknown to New Yorkers statewide, but is considered an up-and-coming and forceful lawmaker in her district and has gained considerable attention from Democratic leaders in Washington. . . . Ms. Gillibrand, who lives near Hudson, N.Y., just outside of Albany,with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, a financial consultant, and their sons, Theodore, who is 5, and Henry, who is 6 months old. (Ms.Gillibrand received a standing ovation on the floor of the House from her colleagues for working…

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Anonymous

U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan to Host Afghan Women Lawyers

The U.S. Department of State's Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan will host a group of 14 Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys from January 9-24. The participants in this program will participate in a wide range of sessions, including intensive legal seminars, roundtable events, and consultations with senior governmental officials, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Discussion topics include: legal decision-making and mediation, domestic violence, family and mental health, narcotics law, an comparative analyses of the American and Afghan legal systems. The group is being led by the former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Dr. Kerry…

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Anonymous

The House Votes to Pass Two Measures on Job Bias

The House voted on January 9th to pass legislation that would counter sex discrimination by employers. This action indicates an initial intent by Congress to make a sharp shift away from the civil rights policies of the Bush Administration, according to the New York Times. Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that "[i]n the first week of the new Congress, this is the legislation we are putting forward: pay equity, fairness to women in the workplace. These are our priorities. This Congress has heard the message of change in the election." This legislation is especially relevant considering that it would overturn the…

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Anonymous

Columbia Law School Graduate Caroline Kennedy in the Senate?

The ABA Journal has picked up on an ABC News' The Note blog report that New York Governor David Paterson wants Caroline Kennedy, a 1988 Columbia Law School graduate, to replace Senator Hillary Clinton.  Earlier this week, Robert Kennedy Jr. apparently also told a New York Times reporter, Jonathon Hicks, that "Caroline Kennedy would be the perfect choice if she would agree to do it." Caroline Kennedy, the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy, if she were to take the position, would be filling the senate seat for which her uncle Robert F. Kennedy, served as senator.  Additionally,…

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Anonymous

New York Governor David Paterson Rejects All-Male Judicial Appointment List of Candidates

On Wednesday, December 3rd, New York Governor David Paterson held a press conference where he critized a list of candidates for chief judge of the state Court of Appeals. "I don't accept," he said, "that there wasn't a woman in this state that was qualified to serve on the Court of Appeals." The list of candidates was issued by a state commission. Under state law, the governor technically must choose a candidate from amongst the commission's selection of candidates. By refusing to accept the commission's list of candidates, Governor Paterson is entering previously unchartered water. He has asked New York…

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SDevlin

Women of the Missouri Court:  First Event to feature the only four women who have served on the Missouri Supreme Court

In all of Missouri’s history, only four women have served on the state Supreme Court. The Women’s Law Association (WLA) at the University of Missouri School of Law hosted the first event ever to feature and honor these four women. On Wednesday November 12, 2008 Judge Ann Covington, Judge Mary Russell, Judge Patricia Breckenridge, and current Justice Laura Stith sat on a panel together at the Law School to discuss the journey women have in the legal profession and future progress. The judges spoke for over an hour to a courtroom packed with law students and professors. In all the…

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Janet

Election 2008, More Female Firsts

NH Makes History With First State Senate With Female Majority: New Hampshire’s State Senate is now unlike any in the country and unlike any before it. After Tuesday’s election, women now make up the majority of the New Hampshire State Senate. In an election year that saw Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Nancy Pelosi grab headlines and airtime across the country, New Hampshire didn’t just vote blue, it voted for women.  Perdue becomes N.C.'s first female governor: Democrat Beverly Perdue will step into North Carolina's Executive Mansion as the next governor and the first woman to hold that job....Perdue, 61,…

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Ms. JD

Election Victories for Women Lawyers

Contested seats go to women in Wake's district court: Three women -- Jacqueline Brewer, Christine Walczyk and Anna E. Worley -- earned spots on Wake County's District Court benches, beating out their male opponents in Tuesday's election. The three races at the District Court level were the only contested ones in the Wake County Courthouse, with most of the 11 District Court judges running unopposed for re-election. A historic victory for Alvarez: Democrat Anita Alvarez won her bid Tuesday to become the first Hispanic and first woman state's attorney in Cook County, handing Republican Tony Peraica his second countywide election…

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Ms. JD

Michelle Obama: Lawyer and First Lady

Michelle Obama, lawyer and wife of President-Elect Barack Obama, is now about to assume the role of first lady. In honor of this event, Ms. JD offers this brief biography of Michelle Obama: Michelle Obama was born on the South Side of Chicago, and graduated with her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She then attended Harvard Law School. While there, she participated in political demonstrations, especially advocating for the hiring of a diverse faculty. Upon graduation, she returned to work in Chicago. Michelle Obama worked for the law firm Sidley Austin, on the staff of the Mayor of Chicago Richard…

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jessie

Clippings: Envisioning a Successful Female Presidential Candidate

Kate Zernicki makes some predictions about who, after Senator Clinton, will be the next serious female contender for the Presidency: That woman will come from the South, or west of the Mississippi. She will be a Democrat who has won in a red state, or a Republican who has emerged from the private sector to run for governor. She will have executive experience, and have served in a job like attorney general, where she will have proven herself to be “a fighter” (a caring one, of course).She will be young enough to qualify as postfeminist (in the way Senator Barak…

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