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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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Event Announcement: MCCA’s ‘Creating Pathways to Diversity’ Conference

Ms JD Members Invited to Celebrate a Day of Diversity The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) will host a Day of Diversity on November 11, 2009 at the New York Marriott Marquis, which will include the Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference and the Northeast Region Diversity Dinner. Creating Pathways to Diversity The annual conference continues to deliver practical tools and resources that attorneys need to meet organizational diversity goals and expand their personal career growth. Members of Ms JD are invited to register at the discounted MCCA Supporter rate of just $295 and are also eligible for a discounted rate…

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10 Ways to Combat Diversity Fatigue

By Dr. Arin N. Reeves DIVERSITY FATIGUE (di.VUR.suh.tee fuh.teeg): According to WordSpy.com, a web site dedicated to tracking new terms that have appeared multiple times in major media, “diversity fatigue”—a form of mental exhaustion brought on by the constant attention required to create or increase diversity in work settings—is now an official part of the workplace lexicon. The concept of diversity fatigue first appeared in a New York Times (April 6, 1998) article on how the nation’s newspaper editors wanted to roll back the goals of increasing diversity in the newsrooms because “there’s a widespread sense of diversity fatigue.” Since…

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Toward Inclusive Meritocracies: Examining the Relationship between Merit and Diversity in Large Law Firms

by Arin N. Reeves, President, The Athens Group (Ed. Note: This article was originally published in the 'Diversity Insider: Dedicated to Creating a Diverse Profession,' a publication for the 'DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar.') According to The American Heritage Dictionary, a meritocracy is a “system in which advancement is based on individual ability or achievement.” Many law firms pride themselves on operating as meritocracies embodied by this definition. Individual ability and achievement is carefully examined in future hires, and attorneys who have been deemed to be worthy of inclusion in law firms are rewarded and advanced based on…

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Women Managing Partners

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP announced the election of its new Managing Partner, Louise M. Wells. Wells will be the first female to hold the position since the firm was founded in 1976. “I am honored to accept this responsibility,” Wells offered. “As a result of the firm’s unique culture and entrepreneurial spirit, we have been responsive to the challenging market conditions. We have made smart strategic decisions that build upon the firm’s solid platform, better positioning us to succeed and drive forward in the coming months and years,” she added. Earlier this summer, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough named its…

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Successful Trial Practice of a Working Mother: Reflections from Virginia Grady

Ed. note: Virginia Grady is a 1983 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. She is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the District of Colorado and a Fellow in The American College of Trial Lawyers. Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric, recently warned that women who leave their professions to stay at home and raise their children will be cut out of their professional competition. My first reaction was to ask what the hell Jack Welch knows about women who lead their professions. Why would he know much at all? The sad truth is that many professions are still…

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The National Association of Women Lawyers 2009 Annual Awards Luncheon

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) will be holding its 2009 Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 23, from noon to 2 pm, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. The honorees include: Marcia Greenberger, Founder & Co-President of the National Women's Law Center; the General Mills Legal Department; LexisNexis; Holly Fujie, President of the State Bar of California; Nicole M. Liechty; and Saretta C. McDonough, Chair of the NAWL Mentor Program Committee. For more information about the event and to register, click here.

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Finding a Safe Harbor Mentor

Ed. Note: The following article, by April A. Christine, comes to Ms. JD from the Los Angeles Lawyer. barristers tips BY APRIL A. CHRISTINE Los Angeles Lawyer March 2009 Finding a Safe Harbor Mentor A PERFECT STORM OCCURRED in October 1991 when three storms combined into one off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The combined storm created waves 10 stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, whipping the sea to heights that only a few witnessed and fewer survived. While the perfect storm, as memorialized in a book and recounted in cinema, was a historic event, it can…

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Ms. JD Public Interest Summer Scholarship Winner: Christina Calloway

Ms. JD is pleased to feature our second winner of Ms. JD's Public Interest Summer Scholarship, Christina Calloway. Here is her winner essay submission: “You’re getting old. You should get married soon before you are too old to have children.” At 26 years old and finishing my second year of law school, my grandmother said these words to me. Once I processed the words the woman that I love dearly had said to me, I realized that my grandmother and I have very different expectations about the role of a woman and how the career she chooses affects her personal…

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Ms. JD Public Interest Summer Scholarship Winner: Sarah Mazzochi

Ms. JD is pleased to feature Sarah Mazzochi, winner of Ms. JD's Public Interest Summer Scholarship. Here is her winning essay submission: I believe my generation fully expects to have it all, have it all be fabulous-- career, husband, family—and not compromise. My mother spent the majority of her life making sure her husband’s life was easy, her family was well taken care of, with her own wants and needs a distant third. But like many Americans, divorce, the economic downturn, and a career change later, my mother stood at a crossroads a few years back. Stay with her husband,…

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