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What Men Missed When They Missed The Catalyst Release of “Women of Color in US Law Firms”

By Brande Stellings, J.D. and Jennifer Kohler It was easy to talk to the men in the audience at the Catalyst release event for our latest research report, Women of Color in US Law Firms. There were only two. In retrospect, while the event was successful – bringing together a wide array of practitioners from the government, public, and private sector – almost all the attendees were women. Something is wrong with that picture. Undoubtedly, these women are well-positioned to make change; many are senior partners and others hold influential positions within local government. Nevertheless, considering that men hold 82%…

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Kat

‘The Mismeasure of Women’ - Joanne Lipman Advocates a Change in the Conversation About Women

In her recent article for the New York Times, Joanne Lipman, a former deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal and founding editor in chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine, makes the case for re-assessing the way that we measure the progress of women. With the recent release of the Shriver Report, finding, among other things, that mothers are the major breadwinners in 40 percent of families, all indications point to the fact that women have truly made major advances. Lipman argues, however, that "women haven't come nearly as far as we would have predicted 25 years ago." She…

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Ms. JD

Fighting for Gender Equity through Employment Discrimination Litigation

[Ed. Note: Ms. JD is pleased to host this content by Michael Siegel. Michael Siegel is a recent law school grad and incoming associate at Siegel & Yee in Oakland, California. He hopes to be an ally of Ms. JD and righteous women everywhere.] By Michael Siegel “Young women attorneys should not be afraid to brave new areas of expertise and find creative ways to defend women, especially women of color, from all the misogynous ways that they are humiliated and discriminated against on a daily basis."—Anne Weills, Civil Rights Attorney, Oakland, CA I am lucky to be a child…

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Kat

Conservative Radio Show Host Liddy on Sotomayor: “Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating…”

Conservative radio show host G. Gordon Liddy made a series of inflammatory comments regarding Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the bench earlier this week. He initially criticized her for making "racist comments" and then moved on to denigrating her gender, stating: "Let's hope that the key conferences aren't when she's menstruating or something, or just before she's going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get then." Liddy then rejected the idea of the importance of diversity on the Supreme Court: "And everybody is cheering because Hispanics and females have been, quote, underrepresented, unquote. ...[T]he Supreme…

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jessie

Book Review: Pioneering Women Lawyers

A choice excerpt from Pioneering Women Lawyers: From Kate Stoneman to the Present: ... I had the occaison to look at my personnel file and there was my resumé, complete with several notes stapled to it. I couldn't stand it - I had to look at what someone thought was important enough to attach to my resume when I was interviewed. One attachment was a copy of a newspaper article about a large international law firm in New York City being sued fr "sex discrimination" (this was even before "gender" was the politically correct term). The other was a handwritten…

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Eralon

Nominate a Woman to the Supreme Court

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Women's Power Summit on Law and Leadership at the University of Texas. One of the most exciting experiences while attending was hearing firsthand from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the struggles she's faced as a woman in the legal profession. One of the things Justice O'Connor discussed was her disappointment that there was not more of a movement to replace her on the Court with a woman. That very same night, the news of Justice Souter's retirement was announced. As noted in Jessie's earlier post about the summit, a resolution was…

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Staci Zaretsky

Legalized Rape?  Opponents Speak Out About New Afghan Law

Over much protest, last week Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed into law a bill codifying existing Islamic law which creates significant restrictions upon the times that women can leave their homes in Afghanistan. In addition, the law also requires that women meet the sexual needs of their husbands, stating in relevant part that "unless the wife is ill, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband.” It is believed that this new law will lead not only to decreased education and employment opportunities for women (because, under the tenets of the law,…

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MsEsquire

The ABA Journal’s “Featured Weekly Blawg” contains sexist, obscene and offensive content

On Friday, February 13, 2009, The ABA Journal emailed me its Weekly Newsletter. The featured blog on the American Bar Association Journal's newsletter (which is also on the ABA Journal's website) was shockingly obscene, offensive, sexist and inappropriate on the American Bar Association's website. The ABA emailed the blog to its members as part of its Weekly Newsletter email. The ABA handpicks a few blogs (which it refer to as "blawgs") and features them on its website for the entertainment and/or informational benefit of its members. The ABA is the industry organization for all attorneys in the USA and is…

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Staci Zaretsky

Freshfields Encourages Female Attorneys to “Embrace Femininity”

A recent article in Marie Claire UK reports that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has suggested to its female attorneys that they "embrace their femininity" by wearing stiletto heels paired with skirts. This suggestion comes as a part an "image changing course" used in the firm's UK offices to advise staff on how to dress professionally. One of the oldest firms in the City, Freshfields has felt compelled to hire image consultants to offer honest opinions on workwear at the 2,400-strong company. The image consultants have warned female employees that: ... [a]lthough accentuating your leg length is highly recommended, necklaces are…

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lawblogger

Why Was It Funny for Obama’s Speechwriter to Grope Senator Clinton?

If you look up Barack Obama's 27-year-old speechwriter, Jon Favreau, on Wikipedia, you'll learn that n December of 2008, "a picture of Favreau performing a suggestive gesture (grabbing a breast) to a cardboard cut-out of Hillary Clinton surfaced on Facebook" and that allegedly Clinton's "spokesman referred to the photo as 'an example of just good-natured fun between former rival camps.'" I was drawn to Wikipedia after hearing Obama's inspirational inauguration speech--I wanted to learn more about its author. I wish I were more surprised that a 27-year-old guy would find it funny at a party to sexually molest a U.S.…

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