Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Roundup: Week Ending February 22, 2008

Closing the LSAT gender gapWhile 49% of those taking the LSAT in 2005-2006 were female, only 46.9% of those entering law schools were female, perhaps because, according to this author, men do better than women on the LSAT.Balancing the scales Ashley Meredith Lowe's firm, Baker Donelson, "launched an initiative in 2006 aimed at enhancing the role of women in the practice through a mentoring program, work-life balance seminars, and opportunities for continuing education, leadership development and networking." What to wearProgress has been made in Oklahoma, where judges no longer insist women wear "suits with skirts" so that women don't "have…

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lsdrake

Irresponsibility, according to Obama

My dad sent me a text message tonight. And here's the conversation:Dad: did you just hear Obama call you irresponsible?Me: Eh?Dad: For not getting your child health careDad: DebateDad: CnnMe: ah! no cnn, glad to hear I'm irresponsibleDad: he is just too high and almighty for me This is an especially interesting comment coming from my dad, because I have rarely heard my dad speak of his political views. We have political debates at the house among my many siblings, however he typically doesn't join in. He votes, but doesn't say who he votes for.Here's my story on my daughter's lack…

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Elizabeth

Do Other Women Lawyers Prefer Working With Men or Women?

The February 2008 issue of the ABA Journal Magazine features an article entitled What Women Lawyers Really Think of Each Other. The answer? The ABA Journal surveyed 1,400 people, of which 58% were indifferent about the gender of their co-workers. The other 42% had preferences one way or the other with female supervisors over the age of 40 preferring to work with women because women lawyers "take direction better" (80%), "take constructive criticism better" (59%), and "have more discretion" (79%). Younger female attorneys under the age of 40 who expressed a gender preference, however, thought that "male supervisors give better…

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Elizabeth

Allison Wolf Gives Advice on Rainmaking for Young Women Attorneys

Allison Wolf wrote an interesting piece on how to become a rainmaker as a young woman lawyer, even if you don’t view yourself as the conventional rainmaker. Wolf describes the stereotypical rainmaker as an extroverted man who “likes to talk” and is “a bit egotistical but keeps it in check” and "always out and about networking, attending events, and talking business.” Women who consider themselves for a rainmaking role, Wolf asserts, “determine ‘that’s not me’” based on the following reflections: “I’m not a grandstander.” “I don’t like to talk about my achievements.” “I don’t like networking events; I never know…

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cgrant

Interviews: Do men and women have different experiences?

Some people think that women and men are treated differently during interviews. In an attempt to discover these differences, I asked one married man and one married woman to describe their 2L summer interview experiences. As a small sampling, their responses are not meant to draw any widespread conclusions, but merely serve as a starting place to reflect.[More after the jump] Both interviewees applied to top firms, mostly large ones in the New York metro area. The man did not care whether or not his responses remained anonymous, however, the woman did. Ultimately, the woman felt as if she had…

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cgrant

Choosing a Law School

Law school is as much about receiving an education as it is about networking and making connections, both in the intellectual and in the career-building sense. Going to a brand-named law school will open doors by name alone. However, are these doors, traditionally ones that open and close for men on men’s terms (see any number of writings about the glass ceiling or pink ghetto), the doors that women want to travel through? In my own law school application process, I visited about ten schools prior to applying (ranging from top tier to bottom tier). Those visits inspired me to…

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Anna

How to Avoid Crying at Work [Part 1 of 3]

Last week I linked to a lively discussion of crying in public. In a comment, CM asked how to prevent crying at inappropriate moments. Sintecho asked me the same thing a couple weeks back. So I've rounded up a bunch of bona fide face-savers plus a myth to debunk. From research and my all-too-personal experience, here are twelve ways to avoid tears at work. · Focus on your breathing· Take a step back· Cauterize your tear ducts· Distract yourself with pain· Use props · Let yourself get angry· Try behavioral modification· Do it for somebody else· Forge ahead· Just ignore…

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Ms. JD Weekly Roundup

Ms. JD Weekly Round-up: Week Ending February 15, 2008

Gender gap remains for aspiring politiciansA survey released by Kaplan Test Prep of students preparing for the LSAT finds that 52% of the men indicated they would "definitely or probably run for office," compared only 34% of the women. Commentary on this study along with quotes by Barbara Buckley, Nevada Assembly Speaker and woman lawyer, can be found here, and yet another commentary on Kaplan's study can be found here.Rainmaking for women lawyers – the best start is an early start Allison Wolf gives advice to young women lawyers on rainmaking, stating that "the way to develop business is through…

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jessie

Hillary in the Media: the Couric Interview [Blogwatching]

Via Shakesville: Katie Couric asks Senator Clinton about being a nerd and being labelled "Frigidaire" by boys in high school. These are only tough questions if you think high school girls shouldn't be studious and ambitous despite the attitudes of high school boys. Full transcript reads:Couric: What were you like in high school? Were you the girl in the front row, taking meticulous notes and always raising your hands? Clinton: Not always raising my hand. Not always raising my hand!Couric: Someone told me your nickname in school was Miss Frigidaire. Is that true?Clinton: Only with some boys.Couric: I don't know…

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jessie

Southern Ms. Part IV: Lawyerettes

I'm often hesitant to tell people I'm an attorney. Suffice it to say the achievement of graduating from law school and passing the bar is dampened by finding oneself the butt of many many jokes. But in Memphis, I find myself asserting my professional status more because otherwise I find folks assume I'm a secretary. When people ask what brought me to Memphis, I alwasy say my job did - that I moved here to work for a Federal Judge. I get varying responses, "you're his assistant?" "his secretary?" "a paralegal?" These assumptions were not restricted to those unfamiliar with…

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