Category Archives: Legal Profession

“Women who dress like Barbie dolls get treated like Barbie dolls”

The Miami Daily Business News has revived its “Rodent” column.   In yesterday’s column (here — free registration required), the writer chastises female lawyers who don’t “dress the part.”   What’s not ok?   Stilettos, low-cut blouses, bare legs, frumpy … Continue reading

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Is a Wal-Mart Law Firm Coming to Your Town?

Walmart plans to require its outside law firms to have flextime policies in place, according to this snippet in the ABA Journal, first reported (here) by the National Law Journal. Law firms must have flextime policies if they want to … Continue reading

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Former assistant public defender found guilty of having sex with a client in return for promising to work harder on her case.

From the (Albany NY) Times Union: … The six-member panel convicted Matthew Swedick, 39, of one misdemeanor count of official misconduct. He was acquitted on two other counts of the same charge. The case against him goes back two years … Continue reading

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Ms. JD’s 3rd Annual Conference, “Avenues to Advancement”

Ms. JD Presents its Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law: Avenues to Advancement Co-sponsored by the National Association of Women Lawyers,  the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and Young Lawyers Division, the Chicago Bar Association, and … Continue reading

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Make sure your balls aren’t too big.

From here: Fitness Balls Recalled by EB Brands Due to Fall Hazard; New Assembly Instructions Provided WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following … Continue reading

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Did Texas execute an innocent man?

Read this chilling New Yorker article about Cameron Todd Willingham to understand why this is a very real possibility. I do have to quibble with the description by one expert of a very questionable theory about arson propounded by two … Continue reading

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Sex Stereotyping, Legal Research and Feminist Activism

[From Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis student Amelia Deibert] I thought you all would be interested in an experience I had with Westlaw recently: I  was  researching  cross-examination tactics, and I happened upon an American Jurisprudence Trials article … Continue reading

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“Resources for Lawyers with Substance Abuse Questions”

From Leadership, Women, Lawyers: Here are resources specifically for lawyers with substance abuse questions, in all 50 states and DC: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland … Continue reading

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Hang in there Bar Exam takers…

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Adrienne Suarez’s Code of Ethics for Female Attorneys

Ms. JD reports (here) on Adrienne Suarez’s “Code of Ethics for Female Attorneys.” 1.      I pledge to respect the female attorneys who came before me, because their paths were steeper, rougher, and unfamiliar.   I pledge to respect … Continue reading

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Sonia Sotomayor’s Personal History: Why It Matters

There has been much made of Sonia Sotomayor’s life, her Puerto Rican background, her modest, if not poor, childhood, her mother, what her Latina-ness means to her, her involvement in civil rights organizations, etc.   It’s both a big part … Continue reading

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“… women still account, on average, for fewer than one in five big-firm partners.”

From The American Lawyer: … Looking specifically at gender diversity, our analysis found that women made up 34 percent of lawyers at the firms we surveyed: 45 percent of nonpartners and 19 percent of partners. It’s a respectable but not … Continue reading

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Dumb Warning Labels

“Warning: This product moves when used” (on a Razor scooter) “Use care when operating a car or dangerous machinery” (on a bottle of dog’s pills) Via.

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For all the newly minted JDs…

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Delaware Chief Judge emails “soft porn” to former clerks

 Myron Steele, Chief Judge of the Delaware, is reported here to have used his government email account to forward a “suggestive video”  which “depicts a professional-looking young woman in a bar competing with a glamorous blonde for the attention of … Continue reading

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Another post about Posner, this time making reference to a generally lubricous glass-based material containing an appreciable amount of an oxide of boron.

Check out “Judge Posner at the Federal Circuit: Patent on Sex Aid is Obvious” at Patently-O if you want to read about Posner’s take on the patentability of adapting easy-slide thermometer materials for use on sex toys. Here’s the abstract … Continue reading

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Drawings About Women and the Law

Don’t miss this deliciously pretty [if a bit Second Wave] series of drawings and musings about women and the law from today’s NY Times by April Kalman.   -Darren Rosenblum

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Student Health Insurance Available for up to One Year after Graduation

The ABA Law Student Division circulated this information today for graduating students who need health insurance:   Numerous graduating third year law students who are either currently unemployed or on deferred employment have inquired about the availability of health insurance … Continue reading

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Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms

Representatives from 30+ law firms in Chicago have formed the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms: The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms is a non-profit membership association bringing together women’s initiatives in law firms of all sizes … Continue reading

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Client’s use of eff word gets lawyer sanctioned.

From here: A federal judge has levied sanctions of more than $29,000 on a lawyer and his client after finding that a deposition was a “spectacular failure” because of the client’s constant use of vulgar language and insults and dodging … Continue reading

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“Southern Chiconomics”

One of my fantastic former students has a cool new blog!

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Report on Global Arc of Justice Conference

Last week the Williams Institute and the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association convened the Global Arc of Justice Conference in Los Angeles.   With participants from forty countries, the conference seems to be the most nationally-diverse gathering of LGBT … Continue reading

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“An Ohio city court says it will only accept new case filings from people who bring their own paper.”

Yeesh. The Columbus Dispatch reports: A Morrow County court is going BYOP: Bring your own paper. The Municipal Court that handles civil, small claims, criminal and traffic cases won’t accept new case filings starting Monday because it’s almost out of … Continue reading

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“Deconstructing the First Year: How Law School Experiences Lead to Misunderstandings of What Lawyers Do”

Great post you should read by this title at Clinicians With Not Enough To Do.

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Lolita Buckner Inniss, “On Being a Black Woman Lawyer (Or, The Sound of Silence)”

Read her essay by this title here. It begins: There are right now two lawsuits being prosecuted by black women lawyers that are quietly making their way around the Internet. A little too quietly for my taste. …

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Hang in there, Justice Ginsburg

Our thoughts and warmest wishes are with you.

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Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice February 13, 2009 – Boston, MA (ABA Midyear Meeting)

Mindbugs: The Psychology of Ordinary Prejudice Speaker: Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University Prejudiced? Of course, we all are. Though we may believe that our own views are not affected by … Continue reading

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Advising Students Who Want to Practice Feminist Law

Of the professors on the blogroll here, I’m still one of the newer ones.   So I’m looking to those who have been doing this for a longer time for some advice.   A regular part of our job is … Continue reading

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Yolanda Young, “What Eric Holder’s Tenure at Covington & Burling Says About Blacks and BigLaw”

Op-Ed here at the HuffPo.

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Blaw Review at “On Being A Black Lawyer”

Here, and it’s full of great links.

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The Murders of Mexican Lawyers Linked to Murders of Women?

According to this blog: Two unidentified gunmen executed Mario Escobedo Salazar and his son Edgar Escobedo Anaya, also a lawyer, in their Juarez office on Tuesday, January 6. The double homicide comes nearly seven years after Chihuahua State Judicial Police … Continue reading

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“Fashion Advice for Lawyers”

Rebecca Bratspies has some here! Many women thought the normative right to wear pants to work had been thoroughly embedded in the culture well over thirty years ago. This might be a situation in which collective action by all women … Continue reading

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A Global First: Openly Gay Appointee to a Nation’s Highest Court

In a genuinely pathbreaking act, South African President Mothlanthe has appointed Edwin Cameron, a justice on the Supreme Court of Appeal, as a judge of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. Judge Cameron becomes the first openly … Continue reading

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Part-Time Lawyers Overwhelmingly Female

From the National Law Journal (here): Working part-time is an option few attorneys take, and the vast majority of those who do are women. According to figures compiled by the National Association for Law Placement, 5.6 percent of U.S. attorneys … Continue reading

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New coverage of the study which shows that “mothers” earn less than other lawyers.

Lawyers Weekly reports: “In a study of over 700 graduates of the University of Michigan Law School who graduated between 1970 and 1996 my statistical tests indicated that fathers earn 15 to 20 percent more than lawyers without children (a … Continue reading

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Women at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer law firm have reportedly been advised to wear high heels with skirts rather than trousers to”embrace their femininity.”

According to the WSJ Law Blog, anyway, which cites to the Daily Mail, so take that for what it is worth. Via Ms. JD.

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10 Things You May Not Have Learned In Law School

“10 things I didn’t learn in law school” is here, at A Public Defender. Don’t miss the Kingsfield clip at the end! Via Law Ingenue.

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Sue Magazine

One of the feature articles in the first issue is titled: Where are the Female Litigation Blawgers? Avoiding the omnipresent Bully Boys of the Blawgosphere, probably. The Sue Magazine homepage is here. –Ann Bartow

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Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s Legacy

The first part of a series at the New York Law Journal celebrating C.J. Kaye’s career is accessible here.

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“Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco, was accused in a complaint by a retired court executive of breaking into a judicial computer security system in 2001 to restore access to pornographic Web sites.”

Detailed account by Cynthia Cotts at Bloomberg News here. Below is an excerpt: Ralph Mecham, who headed the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington for 21 years until retiring in 2006, made the allegations in a Nov. 24 … Continue reading

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Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law

From the Program’s homepage: Lawyers need to be knowledgeable participants in the cultural and social debates such films provoke about the significance of our roles in the creation and maintenance of a just, democratic society. To fulfill this role, we … Continue reading

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New Blog: On Being A Black Lawyer

Text of post adapted from a promotional e-mail: Yolanda Young has launched the blog www.onbeingablacklawyer.com. You might remember her as the former Covington & Burling staff attorney who chronicled her experience as a minority attorney there in The Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Women and Intellectual Property law, a dialogue

An account of a fabulous round table discussion I took part in last week in Toronto, sponsored by Osgood Hall Law School (more precisely IP Osgoode, the Institute For Feminist Legal Studies, and Putting Theory To Practice (An International Speakers … Continue reading

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“As More Male Lawyers Use Flextime, its Acceptance Increases”

That’s this title of this article in the ABA Journal, below is an excerpt: More men are using flextime, even though it started as an accommodation for working mothers, according to Jennifer Halliday, the head of human resources at Arent … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Profs Among New ALI Members

The ALI has announced the names (here) of its newly-elected members, including Feminist Law Profs Ann Bartow (South Carolina), Miriam Cherry (McGeorge),  Tony Infanti (Pitt), Margaret Russell (Santa Clara) and Margaret Taylor (Wake Forest).  Congratulations!   -Bridget Crawford  

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Remember When Kozinski Called For The Investigation Into His Porn Site? Looks Like Something Fishy Is Going Down.

From Bloomberg News: San Francisco Court Puts Kozinski Complaint on Hold (Update1) By Cynthia Cotts Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) — An ethics committee of the federal appeals court in San Francisco issued an order to stop an investigation of a lawyer’s … Continue reading

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The “Opt Out Revolution” 5 Years Later

On Friday, October 24, 2008, Lisa Belkin was the keynote speaker at a conference at Pace Law School on “Women and the Law: How Far We’ve Come and Where We Need to Go.”  I was a fan of Belkin’s “Life’s … Continue reading

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Lawyers’ Salaries: Mommy Penalties, Daddy Bonuses, and Pure Gender Effects

Even among highly educated professionals, there is a persistent difference in the salaries of men and women. Untangling the reasons for that difference is quite difficult, and it involves as a threshold matter trying to figure out whether there are … Continue reading

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“Number of women, minority attorneys at big firms ticks up : but not in partnership ranks”

The National Law Journal Reports: The number of women and minority attorneys at major U.S. law firms is creeping up, but those groups remain significantly underrepresented in the partner ranks. That finding comes from a new report by the National … Continue reading

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