lawyergirl

What is the # 1 piece Of career advice you have received?Mentor’s Corner: The best advice I ever had

Perhaps the best advice is not to take any advice at all, but one time in my life advice was truly helpful. My grandmother Esther Levy Feelus was the owner of a wholesale tobacco and confectionary business in Manhattan nestled in the heart of the fur coatmaking district that still exists there. After school my mom would drive my brother and me downtown to fetch our Nana as we called her and bring her home in what we called the family limousine, which was really mommy’s Chevrolet. While Mommy struggled through midtown traffic, eager anticipation of the promised candy that…

read more

lawyergirl

Mentor’s Corner:  Sexual Harassment at Work

My Mom worked as a typing teacher and life skills coach starting when I was very young.  The Principal in my mother’s school  was kindly, tall, slightly charming and handsome man with a big smile for everyone. He ran a public school for special education students in an era when the idea of educating those students was an experiment, almost a generation before the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the subsequent laws that educate people with invisible cognitive disabilities. It was a job for a visionary , creative and hardworking man, and he was the right man…

read more

lawyergirl

A woman Lawyer for the Pantheon: Hommage to Simone Veil

In many places of the world, saying that someone belongs in a Pantheon is an expression, meaning that the individual is great or special.  In Paris, France, however, there really is a Pantheon. It is in the student district by the Sorbonne and in its rotunda there are the statues commemorating famous men. Few women, three to be precise, have been honored there among the men - until now.  French society weeps the passing of a great lawyer who defended women’s rights; Holocaust survivor from the concentration camp in Drancy, France; mother of three; loving wife; Minister of Health for the Republic of France; and former President of…

read more

lawyergirl

So You Want to Be An International Lawyer: Fathers Can Be Lawyers too

My birthday is May 31, which this year is shavouot, a small holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah to humanity on Mount Sinai. The holiday also is a time of great food, like cheesecake and ice cream and lots of singing and dancing... All perfect for a naturally occurring birthday party. In other years my birthday of May 31 has coincided with magnificent life events such as my law school graduation. And in other years, Memorial Day with big parades and barbecues in the USA and the opening of the outdoor swimming pool. My birthday is also a…

read more

lawyergirl

Comparison of the EU and USA Laws - Protecting Jobs When Pregnant

One striking difference between Europe and the USA is their election laws. Many nations in Europe are still ruled by a Royal family: Netherlands, Belgium, Monaco, Sweden, Denmark and Spain just to name a few.  This alters the perspective regarding national elections: electing members of a Parliament and local officials is relatively close to the wishes and desires of the local electorate because in the big picture the larger governing structure remains overall the same. And, the pan-European election system for the members of the European Union government in Brussels and Strasbourg and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in…

read more

lawyergirl

So You want to be An International Lawyer: Keynote in Reproductive Health in a Pluralist Legal World

The sound of freedom that resonates from civil and political rights rings hollow to a newborn who has low birth weight, because the baby's mother had no access to a clean workplace, good nutrition or adequate prenatal care.  And, what good are political and civil rights to a different baby, whose Mom died in childbirth or who has lost a parent due to an accident, or whose parents are debilitated by occupational disease, or to the baby who may suffer personal injury due to the effects of a parent's exposure to toxic substances, or whose father has terminal cancer? The…

read more

lawyergirl

So You Want to Be An International Lawyer: Big Law Versus the Sleeping Giant

Experts quoted in popular articles on the web and in serious law articles have asked whether “nanotechnology is the next asbestos” and some have claimed that “nanotechnology torts” are a sleeping giant. This raises the question whether the recent vogue of assuming that asbestos litigation is a valid paradigm that foreshadows litigation about Nanotechnology. For international lawyers, this question looms increasingly important as the inevitable interact between local laws protecting local products are mingled with the principles and products of international commerce. Although anyone can be sued at any time for any reason, far more dangerous risks than asbestos exposure…

read more

lawyergirl

Removing Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment: UN Global Compact Spotlights Partnership

Few people within the United Nations (UN) system talk about the impact in 1982 when USA President Ronald Reagan pulled the economic plug on USA international relations by withdrawing funding from key international organizations within the UN System. The move was based upon the administration's political agenda, fully within the scope of powers of the USA Executive Branch, despite underlying treaty provisions. The move had three impacts: First, withdrawl of funds threatened to have a dominio effect, with large funders withdrawing their funding too. This never actually happened however, because of a second impact: small rich nations such as the…

read more

lawyergirl

“So You want to be An International Lawyer… Domestic Violence Should Not be A Spectator Sport”

One sad truth remains haunting across many exciting travels. Women are physically hurt by men in their households in every nation. No nation is immune to the ancient plague of domestic violence, and, disproportionately greater numbers of the victims are women harmed by men. Few accidents are more capable of disabling the worklife balance of working women, lawyers, domestic or traveling abroad compared to the domestic violence phenomenon. Our beloved First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had six children, was married to a President famous for his wheelchair and his mistresses. Mrs Roosevelt helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in…

read more

lawyergirl

I’ll be Home for Christmas.. Or in a land without Christmas at all

Working for the United Nations forces every individual human being abroad to rethink many cultural habits that seem natural and commonplace back home. What could be more natural than a Christmas party at the office? This question sounds abstract beyond merely foreign when sitting at a desk in New York Chicago Mission Texas Perry Georgia Honolulu Hawaii, Rome Italy or when shopping the Christmas Market in Strasbourg France. Christmas is a national holiday not only in the USA but most European countries. And Latin America too! But what about countries where the dominant theology is Muslim or Jewish? Or in…

read more

 1 2 3 > 

Join Us

Contribute to our blog and join the discussion.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Newsletter

Enter your email address to receive regular updates, news, and events.

Connect with us

Follow or subscribe