Category Archives: Legal Profession

A Documentary On Anita Hill

Sheryl Day Stolberg of the New York Times discusses the new documentary “Anita” about Anita Hill, who became the reluctant central figure in the Clarence Thomas judicial hearings so many years ago. More here.

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Judgment Assignment and Gender On the Canadian Supreme Court

Peter James McCormick (Independent) is publishing Who Writes? Gender and Judgment Assignment on the Supreme Court of Canada in volume 51 of the Osgoode Hall Law School Law Review (2014). Here is the abstract. This article poses the question: now … Continue reading

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Where The Girls Aren’t

Ryan A. Malphurs, Courtroom Sciences Inc., Jaime Bochantin, DePaul University, L. Hailey Drescher, University of Kansas, and Melissa Wallace Framer, Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, have published Too Much Frivolity, Not Enough Femininity: A Study of Gender … Continue reading

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Converge! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence

CALL FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS – SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL TO converge@law.miami.edu DUE DATE: Friday, October 18, 2013 (may be extended) For more conference information see http://www.law.miami.edu/academics/converge/ CONVERGE! Re-imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence, will bring together survivors, activists, and … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Renee Newman Knake as “Legal Rebel”

Renee Newman Knake (Michigan State) is one of the “legal rebels featured in this month’s ABA Journal magazine.  Here is an excerpt from the profile: Two years ago, professional responsibility law professor Renee Newman Knake knew she could no longer … Continue reading

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Examining the Crisis In Legal Education

Paula A. Monopoli, University of Maryland School of Law, has published Gender and the Crisis in Legal Education: Remaking the Academy in Our Image at 2012 Michigan State Law Review 1742. Here is the abstract. American legal education is in … Continue reading

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Bernette Johnson Becomes Louisiana’s First African American Supreme Court Chief Justice

Bernette Johnson has been sworn in as Louisiana’s first African American Supreme Court Chief Justice, succeeding Catherine (Kitty) Kimball. Chief Justice Johnson filed a federal lawsuit last year after Justice Jeffrey Victory claimed that he had more seniority than she … Continue reading

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Claudine V. Pease-Wingenter, “Halting the Profession’s Female Brain Drain While Increasing the Provision of Legal Services to the Poor: A Proposal to Revamp and Expand Emeritus Attorney Programs”

Claudine V. Pease-Wingenter (Phoenix) has posted to SSRN her article, “Halting the Profession’s Female Brain Drain While Increasing the Provision of Legal Services to the Poor: A Proposal to Revamp and Expand Emeritus Attorney Programs,” 37 Oklahoma City Law Review … Continue reading

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Major Steps Backwards for Women in the Law – I Don’t Have More Than a Lifetime to Wait – Do You?

Over the last six months there have been a number of disturbing studies and reports issued documenting that women are losing ground in our strides towards equality in the legal profession. The National Law Journal reported this past week about … Continue reading

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Symposium Round-Up: “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power”

Here’s a round-up of my posts relating to the “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” Symposium held at Michigan State University College of Law.  The posts are spread among the Legal Ethics Forum, The Faculty Lounge and this … Continue reading

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Three Student Reactions to “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power”

As I left yesterday’s conference, I saw three law review students relaxing in the lobby.  I asked them for a few reactions that I could post on the blog.  They were willing to speak as long as I did not … Continue reading

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Involving Men in the Conversation

At the MSU Law Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” more than one speaker has commented on how “great” it is to see so many men in the audience.  I’m eyeballing the room, and I’d say … Continue reading

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Epstein’s ‘Women in Law’ Goes Digital

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein’s classic text Women in Law is now available as an e-book for Kindle, Nook, and iPad, with a new introduction by Deborah Rhode.  Here is an excerpt from the intro: When Cynthia Fuchs Epstein published her pathbreaking … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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CFP: IMPRINTS Virtual Journal of the International Models Project on Women’s Rights

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: The International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) is an initiative of the ABA Section of International Law and our goal is to establish a global, collaborative research database on women’s rights under law. … Continue reading

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More On the Harris Case

I recently received an email from Tim Casey of Legal Momentum regarding the Crystal Harris divorce case, about which I blogged recently. He enclosed a report prepared by the Certified Family Law Specialists Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, … Continue reading

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The Polyandrous Neo-Office Wife

An article in a recent issue of the ABA Journal may help to shed some light on how women partners fare at larger law firms in terms of office support. The article describes how, in a survey of 142 legal secretaries at larger law … Continue reading

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Ms. JD Call for Writers in Residence

From the FLP mailbox, this message from Amanda Gonzalez, Ms. JD Executive Director and guest blogger here at Feminist Law Profs: Do you feel your creative spirit fading as you work tirelessly to perfect your legal writing skills?  Do you … Continue reading

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CFP: “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” April 12-13, 2012

From our colleagues at Michigan State, this CFP: The Michigan State University Law Review is holding a symposium, “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power,” April 12-13, 2012.  The symposium will serve as a catalyst to raise awareness about, … Continue reading

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What Does Marital Status Have to Do with Fitness to Practice Law?

Why do some state bars ask about an applicant’s marital status?  Whether one is now or ever was married seems irrelevant to one’s character and fitness to practice law.  I’m all for asking whether an applicant has complied with all court-ordered … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Marie Owens: Are Criminal Justice and Law “Masculine” Professions?

As a member of the graduating class of South Texas College in 1957, Joe Kegans practiced law for twenty years before being appointed to the 230th Criminal District Court. One of the earliest women to earn a criminal justice degree … Continue reading

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Sisters On the Bench

Hannah Brenner, Michigan State University College of Law, is publishing Gender and the Judiciary in South Africa: A Review of the Documentary Film Courting Justice, in a forthcoming issue of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. Here is the abstract. … Continue reading

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First Openly Gay Justice Confirmed for Hawaii Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Hawaii Senate unanimously confirmed Sabrina McKenna to the Hawaii Supreme Court. McKenna is the first openly gay person to be appointed to the court, and her appointment marks the first time that the five-member court will have two … Continue reading

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On the Issues Magazine Article “Judging Our Future” on Female Judges

In this month’s On the Issues magazine there is a quick article (here) about the presence/absence of women judges in the United States.  “Judging our Future: Supreme Women Move Up” gives some of the stats: Since Elena Kagan took her … Continue reading

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Power: Written all over your face(?)

Judgments of Power From College Yearbook Photos and Later Career Success by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady in Social Psychological and Personality Science published online 4 October 2010 Abstract: ….the authors find that inferences of power from photos of … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger Amanda Gonzalez: Must We Wait for Women to be Represented in Classroom Materials?

Must we wait for women to be represented in classroom materials? I’m slightly ashamed to admit that it took me an entire year of law school before I figured out that I needed to use the Examples and Explanations books … Continue reading

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A Network Of One’s Own

Looking for scholars with interests similar to yours? Check out this resource: Collaborative Research Networks. Among its networks are “Collective Human Rights,” “Feminist Legal Theory,” “Gender and Judging,” Gender, Sexuality, and Law,” Integrating Gender Into Legal Education,” International Socio-Legal Feminisms,” … Continue reading

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Are the Media’s Representations of Supreme Court Nominees Gendered?

Renee Newman Knake and Hannah Brenner, both of Michigan State University College of Law, have published Rethinking Gender Equality in the Legal Profession: What the Media’s Depiction of Supreme Court Nominees Reveals About the Pipeline to Power as an MSU Legal … Continue reading

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“Number of Women Lawyers Hits 5-Year Low at NLJ 250 Firms”

From this site: The percentage of women partners and associates working at NLJ 250 law firms this year fell to its lowest point since 2006. Women associates and partners accounted for 29.2 percent of all attorneys at NLJ 250 firms. … Continue reading

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Schneider on “Why do Women Hate Negotiating?”

Andrea Schneider (Marquette) asks over at Indisputably.org, “Why do women hate negotiating?” Last week, the Washington Post had an article on its blog with this title reviewing the depressing research that women “don’t ask” at the same rate as men and … Continue reading

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Rather Perplexing “Professional Development” Story

Attendance is not something that should have been required, anyway. And of course female attorneys were excluded. –Ann Bartow

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NYSBA Announcement on US News Decision to “Rate” (Not Rank) Law Firms

New York State Bar Association President Stephen P. Younger (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP) sent this message today to the group’s members: As many of you know, U.S. News and World Report announced earlier this year that, working with … Continue reading

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An all women Supreme Court?

It’s not impossible.   The Texas Supreme Court is a testament to the possibility.   It happened eighty-five years ago,   if only for a single case. In 1925, the Texas Governor appointed three women to fill all the positions … Continue reading

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Hide That Tramp Stamp!

A friend recently told me about a panel at her law school, where judges admonished young female attorneys about wearing inappropriate clothing and groused about attorneys who let their “tramp stamps” show.  The judges were women, by the way…I thought … Continue reading

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Batlan on “Roles, Perceptions and Working Conditions of Legal Secretaries in Large Law Firms”

Felice Batlan (Chicago Kent) has posted to SSRN an abstract of her article ‘If You Become His Second Wife, You are a Fool’: Shifting Paradigms of the Roles, Perceptions, and Working Conditions of Legal Secretaries in Large Law Firms (forthcoming, … Continue reading

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If SCOTUS Opinions Don’t Use Gender-Neutral Language, Why Should Any Lawyer?

Leslie Rose (Golden Gate) has posted to SSRN her article, The Supreme Court and Gender-Neutral Language: Setting the Standard or Lagging Behind (forthcoming Duke J. of Gender Law & Policy).  Here is the abstract: Most modern legal writing texts and … Continue reading

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Dress Professionally and Be Excellent, NYSBA Advises Women Attorneys

Remember the “distinguished panel of gentlemen from the legal field” who were going to  discuss women’s strengths and weaknesses at the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association?   (See here, here and here.)   The organizers changed … Continue reading

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On the Silence of Justice Thomas

This article discusses the fact that Justice Thomas has not asked a question during oral argument for about four years, and has been mostly quiet his entire time on the SCOTUS bench. It notes that a recent graduate of the … Continue reading

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Ms. JD Fellowships for 2Ls

Ms. JD has announced a new fellowship opportunity for 2Ls, which will select 20 of the most promising second-year law students in the country and provide them with one-on-one career mentorship from the nation’s most accomplished female attorneys. I’m hoping … Continue reading

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Practicing Lawyers Have All the Fun? “Sexual Peccadillos” at Annual Meetings

In today’s New York Lawyer (here; subscription site — sorry), the Rodent strikes again with a very funny description of the annual ritual of the law firm “retreat”: Once a year, BigLaw packs its bags and goes off to the … Continue reading

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NYSBA “Responds to Concerns Regarding Annual Meeting Panel Presentation by the Committee of Women in the Law”

From my mailbox, this notice from the NYSBA: For further information, please contact Colleen A. Roche 646-229-8471 New York State Bar Association Responds to Concerns Regarding Annual Meeting Panel Presentation by the Committee of Women in the Law The New … Continue reading

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Mentoring Across Gender: Suggestions for the NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law

I believe that men can mentor women and vice versa.   Mentoring and dialogue across gender should be encouraged in the legal profession. My objections (blogged here) to the upcoming New York State Bar Association Panel are based on the … Continue reading

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The NYSBA Sponsors Panel of Men Opining on Women’s “Strengths and Weaknesses” as Lawyers

[Update here, as of  1/17/2010] The New York State Bar Association holds its Annual Meeting January 25-30, 2010 in New York City.   The Committee on Women in the Law is sponsoring a program called “Weathering Tough Times: Strategic Planning … Continue reading

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Hearsay Exceptions

Via the fabulous Rebecca P.; see also.

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Law School Diversity

There have been a number of articles in the New York Times this week highlighting diversity challenges in law schools, and the lack of legal representation among low and middle income individuals who cannot afford it. In one article, Law School … Continue reading

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NYT Profile of Sheena Wright, CEO Abyssinian Development Corp.

For its weekly “The Boss” column, the New York Times’ Sunday business section profiled Sheena Wright, CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a non-profit “dedicated to building the human, social and physical capital of Harlem.”  Wright is a lawyer by … Continue reading

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“The Couch of Restitution” (Or, The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea vs. The Devil in Miss Jones)

In a previous blog (feels like ages ago:I really must get out from under this blizzard of work!) I discussed the alienation of various aspects of human capacities and attributes, among them the sale of sexual services and the sale … Continue reading

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I’m completely dumbfounded.

By this. WARNING: Really horrible, proceed with caution. NB: Haven’t done any research to confirm the site’s legitimacy or the accuracy of the info, so caveat link clicker. –Ann Bartow

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NAWL 2009 National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms

From this site: On October 26, 2009, the NAWL and the NAWL Foundation released the results of the fourth annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms. The Survey is the only national study of the nation’s … Continue reading

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Deputies Caught Stealing Documents From Defense Attorney During Court Proceeding

From this article: …The tape shows Stoddard walking to the defense table during a sentencing that day. He leans over the table and begins reading from a document in the file of defense attorney Joanne Cuccia, who was speaking before … Continue reading

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