Staci Zaretsky

Law Student Wins Money To Repay Student Loan Debt On Live Television

Ah, UVA Law School. I'll be the first to admit that we at Above the Law often a little harsh on this particular law school, but that's only because it's so damn easy to do. When we write about UVA Law, the jokes virtually write themselves. Some of the very best scandals around have come from this law school -- from alleged sodomizers to transcript thieves to racial raconteurs to Confederate celebrants, we've literally seen it all from UVA Law. But let me tell you, it's a rare day when we're able to tell students from this school to pop…

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Legalized Rape?  Opponents Speak Out About New Afghan Law

Over much protest, last week Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed into law a bill codifying existing Islamic law which creates significant restrictions upon the times that women can leave their homes in Afghanistan. In addition, the law also requires that women meet the sexual needs of their husbands, stating in relevant part that "unless the wife is ill, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband.” It is believed that this new law will lead not only to decreased education and employment opportunities for women (because, under the tenets of the law,…

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Sandra Day O’Connor, First Female Justice on the Supreme Court, Hopes to Push for More Civics Classes in Schools

"Only a third of Americans can name the three branches of government. That's scary," Sandra Day O'Connor told "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, March 4, 2009. "But 75 percent of kids can tell you 'American Idol' judges." Justice O'Connor believes that with the emphasis that schools have placed on math and science scores, and with the focus on the No Child Left Behind Act, that basic civics and social studies courses have, in fact, been left behind. The former Justice fears that children without a basic knowledge and understanding of of how their government works will not be able to…

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Work/Life Balance Seminar Sponsored by Shipman & Goodwin, Featuring U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant

On Monday, March 30, 2009, from 6-8pm, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP will host “An Evening With The Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, U.S. District Judge, District of Connecticut and Tracy L. Rich, Executive Vice-President, General Counsel & Secretary, The Phoenix Companies, Inc.” The evening's discussion will focus on the couple's work/life balance and their respective successes in the legal field. For Mr. Rich's biography, click here. For Judge Bryant's biography, click here. More information will be posted here once it gets closer to the date of the event.

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling Abroad: Two Appointed as Palestine’s First Female Judges

Khuload Faqih and Asmahan Wuheidi made history this month when they were appointed as the first female Islamic judges in Palentine, according to an article released by the AP. Judge Faqih believes that she has "opened a door for [herself] and other women." The female judges say they can help their sisters obtain their rights under Islamic law. The decision affects only the West Bank, ruled by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. In the Gaza Strip, the ruling militant group Hamas has not made similar appointments, although Hamas women have become legislators and are slowly emerging in senior positions. In her…

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Harvard Gender and the Law Conference—Registration Required by March 2, 2009

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University will be hosting a conference entitled Gender and the Law: Unintended Consequences, Unsettled Questions" from Thursday, March 12, 2009, to Friday, March 13, 2009. Registration for the event is required by Monday, March 2, 2009. Click here to register for the conference. Unsettled questions of gender and the law present a broad range of challenges in courtrooms, legislatures, and everyday lives. Laws meant to protect or promote gender equality may have unintended consequences, and laws that seem irrelevant to gender may nonetheless significantly impact gender issues. This conference will convene judges;…

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“Stunning Disparity” in Women’s Ability to Make Partner According to ABA Study

According to the latest results from a recent ABA study, there is a "stunning disparity" in women's ability to make partner at firms both large and small. The study will track the careers of 4,160 lawyers who entered practice in 2000 over a 12 year span. In firms of two to 20 lawyers, just 19 percent of female respondents had been made equity partners, while 30 percent of the men had. In firms of 51 to 100 lawyers, the gap was even wider, with 6 percent of women now equity partners, and 22 percent of men. At the mega firms,…

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ABA Section of Business Law Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award

The ABA Section of Business Law is currently soliciting nominees for the 2009 Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award. The Glass Cutter Award, named after the first woman chair of the Section, is presented to annually to a female business lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal profession and to the ABA Section of Business Law. The nominee should be a woman who: * has made significant contributions to the profession and the Section of Business Law * has achieved professional excellence in her field and demonstrated a dedication to the work of the Section; and * has worked…

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American Blogger Fired From Branch of UK Firm Over Racy Online Novel

Online novelist Deidre Dare, author of Expat, a "racy" story about life in Moscow, was forbidden by her firm to continue to publish her blog on or about January 17, 2009, "due to company rules," states an article by the United Press International. In a January 21, 2009, article by the ABA Journal, Ms. Dare stated that her blog was purely a work of fiction, noting that it did not involve lawyers or law firms, and stating explicitly that Expat is "most certainly not porn." Ms. Dare was subsequently fired from the firm on Friday, January 30, 2009, over the…

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Women and Minorities Still Under-represented in Trial and Appellate Judicial Seats

According to a recent article in the ABA Journal, women and minorities are still under-represented in the trial and appellate judiciary seats of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Utah. Today, white males are overrepresented on state appellate benches by a margin of nearly two-to-one. Almost every other demographic group is underrepresented when compared to their share of the nation’s population . . . . There are still fewer female judges than male, despite the fact that the majority of today’s law students are female, as are approximately half of all recent law…

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