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Equaly Pay Day 2010

Today is Equaly Pay Day. It marks the point in 2010 when women and minorities have finally caught up to the 2009 salaries of majority men.  For those of you who are reading this and thinking this doesn't apply to you, keep reading.The perception that women's work is worth less is pervasive in the legal profession.  Female associates in BigLaw firms are paid roughly 10% less than their male counterparts, controlling for hours worked, office location, and years of practice.  Among female partners the number is slightly worse. Among plaintiff's side and public interest lawyers the gap is wider still.Imagine…

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Ms. JD

Avoiding the Mommy Track: How Does Having a Family Affect Your Career

Editor's Note: Ms. JD's annual conference, Avenues to Advancement, was held November 20-21, 2009, in Chicago. These are six tips from the Motherhood panel. One of the biggest questions a young female lawyer often wants to know is how having a family will affect her career. Our panelists spoke candidly about how having families has affected their careers and offered tips for being having both a busy career and a busy family. Below are six pieces of advice the panelists offered for making sure that having a family does not alter the career path you want to take. 1. Make…

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jessie

Gender & U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument

Recently Professors James Cleith Phillips and Edward Carter, from Boalt and BYU respectively, posted their research on the impact of gender in Supreme Court oral arguments. The study analyzed over 13,000 sentences from 57 cases between 2004-2009, measuring Justices’ levels of information-seeking and word counts. Statistical analysis of the individual Justices showed that having the same gender as the arguing attorney did influence judicial behavior for some of the Court. Highlights from the paper include: Percentage of attorneys that are women among all cases in: 2005: 11.11% 2006: 14.67% 2007: 16.19% 2008: 15.54% Gender does matter, but not the gender…

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jessie

Finding the Silver Lining in a Cloud of Discrimination

Since the lay-offs this spring a lot of lawyers who still have jobs have found themselves with a significantly increased workload. For one lawyer the increase wasn't just in volume but in kind: when her department lost a number of her male colleagues she finally got to write a brief. Recently I got to catch up with an old friend who's been working for a big firm in a relatively small litigation department. Initially she'd been struggling to serve in something more than a support role. She found herself and other women in her department relegated to discreet research and…

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Ms. JD

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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