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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 11

Gender Gap Closing for JusticesPennsylvania voters elect women to fill four of five openings in the statewide appeals courts, making women a majority on the Pennsylvania Superior and Commonwealth courts as of January. Why Are Minority Female Associates Leaving Law Firms?Report finds that minority women "rank their firms lower in categories almost across the board" and are more likely to seek a new job than other firm lawyers. Scholar Lectures on Women and the Law in IranLouise Halper, Washington and Lee University law professor, speaks on "the changing roles of women in Iran." Levinson Named 'Athena'Rosalie Berger-Levinson, the first female…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 4

The Feminine CritiqueLisa Belkin illustrates what Ms. JD is calling the Goldilocks Phenomenon: women leaders will either be too much of this or too little of that—in every country, the only guarantee is that women are never perceived as just right. Lawyers Assail Head of Bar for Judge CritiqueTeresa Carr Deni, a judge in Philadelphia, is criticized for “reducing a rape charge to ‘theft of services’ because the victim was a prostitute” Celebs in a Mess Call on These Female Power LawyersGloria Allred, Blair Berk, and Laura Wasser are the go-to ladies when Hollywood faces legal woes.Religion, Culture Cannot Excuse…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending October 28

First Lady Favored in Argentine Presidential ElectionHilary's South American twin? Lawyer, former first lady, and former Senator a favorite in Argentina's presidential election. Women Take the Lead in Rotary Women--including lawyer Grace Connolly, president of Newburyport's Rotary Club--change the Rotary Club from a "good-old-boys club to a more-vibrant organization."Premier Event for Lawyers and Judges Raises $14,000 Tallahassee Women Lawyers honor judges to raise money for their organization Ball State Honors Achievements of Hoosier Women Michealle "Micki" Wilson, executive director of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for 30 years, one of six women honored for the 2007 Indiana Women of Achievement…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending October 21

Law Blog (Almost) Lawyer of the Day: 18-Year-Old Kathleen Holtz If Doogie Howser were a woman JD... Student Group Grades Firms on Diversity, Pro Bono Work Report cards are in: see Law Students Building a Better Legal Profession's results on women in firms, now with cool charts. 10 Women on the Move Texas Executive Women honors ten women--four of them lawyers--who have made a difference in the Lonestar state. Civil Servant Works Quietly U.S. Attorney Michele Fox recovers "taxpayers' money from liars, cheats, and thieves." Women at the Top Deliver on the Bottom Line Companies make more money when women…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending October 14

Making Women a Priority Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP works to advance women through networking and training Cameo: Lawyer, mom, pitch-woman Firms so eager to be family-friendly that managing partners babysit for associates in a pinch? Law firms struggle to retain women Women expecting to live it up like Ally McBeal are leaving disappointed... Fenberg paved way for women lawyers Matilda Fenberg, first woman to graduate from Columbia Law School, is remembered Women Lawyers on Top The number of women lawyers swells in Trinidad and Tobago Alleged killer demands a female lawyer Corporate clients aren't the only ones demanding diverse…

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Big.Law.Mrs

Gloria Steinem speaks at White & Case

Say the name “Gloria Steinem” and you are sure to conjure up some strong opinions about the woman, not to mention the issues she stands for. As a guest speaker tonight at the White & Case LLP Diversity Speaker Series, she was surprisingly relatable and humble, yet as eloquent and passionate as I expected her to be. I walked away with sound advice and some things to mull over. I hope the following three “quotes” that I heard from Gloria Steinem tonight will give you some things to think about (and discuss).1. The group in power is not the norm;…

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Anonymous

In Memoriam of Veronica Mars

My favorite television show was cancelled a few weeks ago. As unlikely as it seems, my feelings about that occurrence at times mirror my feelings about being a woman entering the legal profession. You see, my favorite television show is "Veronica Mars." About a young, intelligent, persistent female detective, it is well written, realistic and, most of all, the one show on television with a strong, young, female role model. Its cancellation makes me question television's commitment to female viewers. Ironically, the CW Television Network replaced the show for part of its final season with "The Pussycat Dolls Present: The…

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Manamana

Is opting back in really a trend?

What would we do without the New York Times’s Lisa Belkin? I know that I’ve acknowledged that every now and then, the Times gets it right, but I’m returning to my default position, which can be summed up like this: oh, come on.This time my neck hairs are up about Belkin’s claim (nay, confession!) that she brought to a head the opting-out issue with her infamous “Opting Out Revolution” piece. Oh, Lisa. The Times might be all the news that’s fit to print, but this issue did not reach some theoretical high water mark because of one article. This phenomenon…

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Manamana

Big Brother v. Due Diligence

This is nothing new, but there have been several stories out there about the real life consequences of law students’ online life. There is one in the New York Lawyer, the WSJ Law Blog, and Jill Filipovic has discussed the AutoAdmit scandal here, here and here on Feministe. The upshot of all of this is that (1) employers are online, (2) they’re readin ur stuff, and (3) it matters. The New York Lawyer piece is very detached, taking the non-controversial position that is basically assumption of the risk:“Certainly, what a law student puts on the Web on his or her…

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KHernan881

Mommy Wars: A problem of the privileged - okay. Imaginary…nope.

There was an article in the Washington Post last week that boldly asserts that the "Mommy Wars" are a figment of our imagination, a creation of the media that always likes to showcase a good cat fight. The article is very well researched and propounds an interesting stance on the so-called conflict between working moms and stay at home moms ("SAHM").I completely believe that all the press coverage of the Mommy Wars is meant to "[tug] at the guilt of the privileged." After all, I put myself in the categories of privileged and guilty and feel myself getting tugged on…

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