Anna

Work/life balance essay contest update

Thanks to everybody who entered the Ms. JD essay contest on work/life balance. Many of the essays were fantastic! The submissions are now being judged anonymously by attorneys recruited by the Project for Attorney Retention. The $1,000 winner will be announced by the end of this month.That essay competition has now closed, but if you're looking for another way to pick up some cash, consider applying to work as a law clerk for Ms. JD this summer.

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Erin

White & Case’s Women’s Initiative - Supporting Women in the Law

Women are increasingly taking on more leadership roles both in law firms and corporations across the United States and abroad. Many law firms today recognize the importance of recruiting and retaining top talent, regardless of gender, particularly in an increasingly competitive job market. The issues surrounding the retention of top female associates are admittedly complex but it seems apparent that these factors help shape how women associates interact in the law firm environment. These issues are at the heart of why some firms, including White & Case, have embraced women's networks as well as other retention and development tools geared…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending February 29

Linda K. Lorimer Wins Sandra Day O'Connor AwardLorimer receives award that recognizes women lawyers who have served with distinction as independent directors of public companies and advanced diversity in board positions.Maternity Leaves Key to Retaining WomenPaid maternity leaves and a pool of lawyers capable of filling in during the leaves are among proposals advanced by a working group that has been looking at how to stem an exodus of female lawyers from the profession.Skadden Announces 18 Weeks Maternity LeaveSkadden increases the number of paid maternity leave weeks to 18.Women Lawyers' Preferred Firm BenefitsSurvey compares women and men attorneys' preferred firm…

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Anna

Paid legal internship available at Ms. JD [summer job search]

Ms. JD is seeking responsible and self-motivated law students who have just finished their first or second years of law school to intern for at least ten weeks in the summer of 2008. A $3,500 stipend will be provided.Here is a complete job description. If you are ready to apply for the position, please complete this law clerk application online. A resume, cover letter, and writing sample are required along with three professional references, at least two of whom should be a law professor or previous employer. Here's a review of the job from last summer's Ms. JD law clerk...…

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Anna

Last Chance to Win $1,000 by THIS FRIDAY [Work/Life Essay Contest with No Minimum Essay Length]

If you marked your calendar to write a few words about work/life balance, the clock is ticking... entries to win $1,000 are due this Friday, February 29th. Hey, "leap day" is an extra day in the month anyway, right? Take 10 minutes of it (or a bit more) to try for $1,000. The maximum word count is 1,500--and there's no minimum word count. Ms. JD and the Project for Attorney Retention just want to hear what you have to say.Remember, the contest is open to attorneys as well as students. So all you working moms who post here--you could have…

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sintecho

Do Solo Practice Women Lawyers Charge Less Than Their Male Counterparts?

In December of 2007, ALM Research released the results of its survey of 5,000 lawyers working in small and midsize firms and solo practices. The respondents were 78% male and 22% female, which could mean that fewer women work in smaller firms and solo practice; or that women were less inclined to participate; or that fewer women are "leader, manager, partner, shareholder, or owner" of these firms, since ALM reports that these were the majority of the people answering the survey. The survey itself costs $550 to access, but Business Wire reports on its troubling findings on gender: women lawyers…

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sintecho

Is there an issue with calling yourself an “esquire”?

Are you, like me a few days ago, unaware of the debate raging on the proper use of the title Esquire? Among the issues: can you call yourself Esquire? can you use the title outside of a legal context? can the title even apply to women? My journey into these (mostly boring questions) started when I found this conversation on Google answers about potential issues with women lawyers putting "Esquire" after their names, with the question being whether there was something inherently male about the term. The Illinois Bar Association has a Q&A by Gertrude Block explaining that Esquire was…

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sintecho

Would people respond better to what you say if you were a man?

In an article on women's leadership styles, Nicholas Kristof references research that "women, compared with men, tend to excel in consensus-building and certain other skills useful in leadership." In explaining why women have not had more success in achieving positions in government despite these strengths, Kristof hypothesizes that "in the televsion age, female leaders also have to navigate public prejudices." These "prejudices", as it turns out, are of the sort that affect women lawyers as well. Kristof cites the "Goldberg paradigm," an attribution arising out of a study in which people read an article or speech with one group of…

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jessie

A Girl Just Wants to Have Fun: Do I Have to Be Serious to Be Taken Seriously?

I can be something of a girly-girl: I think I make a bubbly first impression, I can have a silly sense of humor, I spend a lot of time thinking about my shoes, and I waste time reading about celebrities. Basically I engage in some frivolity, and I like that about myself. Intellectually, I'm into tax policy; so mostly I figure the patent-leather pumps are a positive indication of well-roundedness. Unfortunately that's not necessarily how others perceive these traits; it seems to me that youthful, stereotypically feminine attributes are frowned upon, especially by the generation of pioneers who broke into…

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Lynn Hecht Schafran

Judge Boone’s Reprimand Also Demonstrates Progress

When news broke that Maryland Judge W. Kennedy Boone was reprimanded in January for calling three African-American women lawyers “the Supremes” and advising the defendant to “get an experienced male attorney,” people were dismayed. How could this still be happening? It’s one thing when Imus does it, but a judge.... Looked at through the lens of history, however, the Boone case is also a story of tremendous progress in addressing gender bias in the courts. As Director of the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) at Legal Momentum, I know that…

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