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Anna

A Measure of Progress: Media Held Accountable for Sexist Remarks About Hillary Clinton

Feministe, the blog of law student (and sometime Ms. JD blogger) Jill Filipovic, has a spot-on summary of recent Hillary-related events. Declaring that "A Bad Day for Sexism is a Good Day for Women," Feministe recaps:David Shuster at MSNBC asked if Chelsea Clinton was being "pimped out" because she’s making calls on behalf of her mother’s campaign, something that adult children of politicians do to support their fathers’ campaigns with regularity. The Clinton campaign told him how inappropriate his remark was in a private email, but Shuster stood his ground. So Clinton’s communication director, Howard Wolfson, called Shuster out for…

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Anna

Do you cry because you’re sad, or because you’re angry? [Clippings]

About a week ago, we had a discussion (prompted by coverage of Hillary Clinton) about attorneys showing emotion, either tearing up or outright crying. Jezebel has a related post up, asking their (mostly female) readership: do you cry because you're angry, or because you're sad? The comments thread is interesting--and supportive, if you're one of many women who tears up more easily than she would like. The prompt for Jezzie's post was a Daily Mail article by Carol Sarler, who stakes out the execrably woman-hating woman position that women cry to manipulate. (Maybe some do, but there are plenty of…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending February 8, 2008

Alvarez revels in upsetAfter defeating five men to become the Democratic nominee for CookCounty state attorney, Anita Alvarez is committed to changing the "good ol' boy mentality" in the prosecutor's office, where "so many times we think of the prosecutor as this stereotypical man, a male white for that matter ... always playing hardball." Diversity: Law Firm And Corporate CollaborationInterview with Sarah Reid, partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, on her status as the firm's first woman partner and her thoughts on diversity. Lawyer gives BackJacqueline Harounian, a partner at The Law Firm of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, supplements her…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending February 1, 2008

Majority Ownership of Toledo Law Firm is WomenAt the Toledo firm of Cooper and Walinski, women are the majority of both the firm's 39 lawyers and the firm's shareholders. Leaving Big Law to Start Your Own Firm Erica Leathem talks about starting her own law firm.Yale students unable to identify anonymous forum bashers Yale women who were the subjects of the anonymous posts on AutoAdmit.com face difficulties moving forward with their legal actions against the posters. Law Blog Law-Job Seeker of the Day: Pietro deVolpi3Ls looking for jobs: ever considered posting an ad? This guy did. Spain confirms 40 per…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending January 25

Bravo! Rural women solving cases faster than judiciary Though not technically lawyers, women in rural India have devised Nari Adalats, or women's courts created by women for women, where cases of rape, molestation, divorce, and domestic violence are handled.New ALM Research Study Finds Female Lawyers Bill Clients at Lower Rates Than Male Counterparts ALM report finds that "female lawyers in smaller firms and solo practices generally bill clients at lower rates than their male counterparts." Not Your Mother’s Legal PracticeMs. JD was apparently prescient in our essay contest topic, since several storie thsi week, including this one, talk about the…

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jessie

A Note on the Democratic In-Fighting and the Image of Corporate Counsel

So in the scuffle that was the Democratic Presidential Debate last night Clinton and Obama exchanged a number of accusations including that Clinton served on the board of directors of Wal-Mart; Obama worked for a law firm that represented an inner-city slumlord. Whether or not those barbs are accurate, in good taste, or relevant has generated a lot of media coverage. But the accusations that really caught my attention were the references both Clinton and Obama made to their opponent's service with "corporate law firms." There are a number of ironies here. First, lawyers are overwhelmingly liberal - why villify…

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Anna

Have you ever “gotten emotional” making an argument, like Hillary? How did you handle it?

Speaking of Hillary (see jessie's last post), you've almost certainly seen this clip of Senator Clinton speaking on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. It's been everywhere on the inter-webs these past 36 hrs. She chokes up a bit, showing some emotion.[More after the jump]Browsing several websites, I've seen three strains of comments. The first is particular to Hillary's persona: "she's a manipulator crying crocodile tears." I don't believe that, but you're entitled to your own opinion. We try really hard here at Ms. JD to be a welcoming website for women of all political stripes, so I'll set that…

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jessie

Clippings: Steinem on Hillary

Gloria Steinem's NYT column, "Women Are Never Front-Runners" completely blew me away. No matter what your political background I recommend her fresh analysis of the coverage of Obama and Clinton and the role of gender in this election. As Steinem writes,... what worries me is that he is seen as unifying by his race while she is seen as divisive by her sex. What worries me is that she is accused of “playing the gender card” when citing the old boys’ club, while he is seen as unifying by citing civil rights confrontations. What worries me is that male Iowa…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending December 7

The Lawyer Bride Who Sued Her Florist: She’s Back! Lawyer Elana Gatt sues her $27,435 wedding florist--read the complaint and answer Racinian is first female judge on District II Court of Appeals Lisa Neubauer set to become first female judge on the District II Court of Appeals in Wisconsin. Martz-Bowles is a Renaissance lawyerMichelle Martz-Bowles, a lawyer with the Maryland Public Defender's Office, launches the Amos Foundation to help those incarcerated who have innocence claims Wanna Master the Universe? First Master the Tax Code Erin Callan, former tax lawyer at Simpson Thacher, transitioned her legal skills into investment banking.Kate Brown…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending November 30

FdL County District Attorney's Office Hires 2 Female AttorneysThe Fond du Lac County District Attorney's Office has more female than male prosecutors for the first time ever. Female law-firm head: 'Not a big deal' Nina Gussack, chairwoman of Pepper Hamilton, is the only woman to head a large law firm in the Philadelphia region. Right Judge for Sex Case Investigation? Edith Jones, Chief Judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, heads up investigations into Judge Samuel Kent's "sexual harassment" of former case manager amid criticism that she is overly "lenient." Red Cross Ousts Its President; Chief Lawyer Steps In…

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