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Interview with Mariam Zadeh: A Career in Mediation

Mariam Zadeh is currently a mediator at First Mediation Corporation in Los Angeles, CA.  She received her L.L.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in 2006 and received her J.D. at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1995.  She specializes in mediating employment, class action, insurance, and commercial matters.  She has been featured since 2007 as a SuperLawyer in Southern California Super Lawyers magazine and since 2010 in the Best Lawyers in America magazine. How did you end up pursuing mediation as a career? I think everyone gets into it a bit differently.  I was litigating in…

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Interview with Catherine Kanabahita Guma: Gender Mainstreaming in the U.S. and Uganda

Catherine Kanabahita Guma is currently a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is a professor at the Department of Political Science, focused on integrating gender and African perspectives in teaching, learning, research, and community engagements.  She is the former Director of Gender Mainstreaming at Makerere University in Uganda. I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Kanabahita to find out exactly what gender mainstreaming is and how it can be implemented across various cultural and social institutions in the United States and elsewhere.   What exactly is gender mainstreaming? The first step to gender mainstreaming is…

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What does the Future Look Like for Women in Big Law?

It is difficult to measure progress for women at law firms.  Traditional measures of “woman-friendly work environments” typically include the availability of paid parental leave, the opportunity for flexible/part time work, and on-site day care.  While these are important markers of work/life balance, they reinforce stereotypes of women as caretakers and focus less on attaining career ranks. The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Certification Program emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership.  Law firms with 300 or more…

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A GUIDE FOR POST-GRADUATE PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIPS

Many aspiring lawyers hope to use their law degree to fight injustices and assist the disadvantaged.  Post-graduate public interest fellowships are a way for recent law graduates to attain this goal.  A public interest fellowship can be considered as a position that awards a specific amount of funding for a fixed period of time and purpose.  Public interest fellowships are generally for a period of 1-2 years and allow graduates to provide assistance to non-profits that work to ameliorate injustice and inequity.  Most fellowships are reserved for graduates who have been out of law school for a maximum of three…

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To Put a Ring on It…or Not? Ant-Discrimination Laws Say it’s Okay to Like it for Interviews.

Worried about a big interview? Instead of debating skirt or pants, some believe it’s the engagement ring that should be ditched during an interview. According to a survey conducted by Forbes Woman, around 29 percent of women believed that wearing an engagement ring at an interview would improve their chances at being hired. 50 percent of women believed that the presence of a marital ring would not have an influence on the final outcome of the hiring process. 21 percent believed that it would negatively affect an interview. These discrepancies suggest conflicting assumptions regarding engaged/married women. On one hand, married…

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Texas Severely Restricts Access to Reproductive Healthcare.

The Fifth Circuit recently addressed two controversial abortion restrictions, the admitting privileges requirement and the ambulatory surgical center requirement.  The provisions are part of House Bill 2, the sweeping measure approved by lawmakers last summer over a filibuster led by state Sen. Wendy Davis.  House Bill 2 also banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and placed heavy regulations on the use of a pill to accomplish the procedure. The Admitting Privileges Requirement The admitting privileges restriction requires that any doctor performing an abortion in the state must have privileges to send patients to a hospital within thirty miles.  This restriction…

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Mortgage Lending Discrimination Reveals the Need for More Comprehensive Maternity Leave

FirstBank Mortgage Partners (based in Jackson, TN), has agreed to pay a settlement of $35000 to rectify allegations that it violated the Fair Housing Act by denying a mortgage loan to an application of maternity leave. The complaint, filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) alleged that FirstBank first approved the mortgage application, scheduled the closing, and then notified the couple that the loan was denied upon learning that the wife was on maternity leave. Sex discrimination of this sort is not uncommon; HUD has investigated 173 allegations against lenders since 2010.  Both the Department of Justice and…

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