Category Archives: Legal Profession

“U.S. Judge Kozinski Accused of Ethics Breach by Lawyer Critic”

This article is a fairly detailed overview of the Kozinski porn story, written by Cynthia Cotts of Bloomberg News. And I am quoted in it. Cotts contacted me and asked if I would give her my opinion about some of … Continue reading

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How to get the ABA Journal to broadcast your claim that your estranged spouse gave you an STD.

Mention it in divorce filings. Or in any lawsuit, probably, since the increasingly ATL-like ABA Journal thinks this is newsworthy. (Yes I know that by linking to the report I increase the exposure somewhat but it is already a “most … Continue reading

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Kozinski Porn Site Update

Back in July Karen Gullo of Bloomberg News reported: Five federal judges will probe possible ethics violations by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, head of a San Francisco-based appeals court, related to the posting of sexually explicit photos on the … Continue reading

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“A lawyer was suspended for more than a year for accepting nude dances from a stripper as partial payment for the legal fees she owed him.”

Yeesh… The linked article also notes: “While she agreed to the performances, the client contended he touched her inappropriately during those dances, and she went to police in 2002 with sexual assault allegations.” I can guess why he was never … Continue reading

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Gender and Wage Disparity in the Legal Profession

From the ABA Journal, and blogged already by Ann (here): The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report. The online  report  issued in … Continue reading

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Anthony V. Alfieri, “Prosecuting the Jena Six”

Available here. These are the first two sentences: This Essay explores the racial norms animating the prosecution of the Jena Six in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana, a set of norms I will call Jim Crow legal ethics. By Jim Crow legal … Continue reading

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“Being a Lawyer and Male Makes You a Top Earner, Census Report Shows”

Being a lawyer and female, not so much. From the ABA Journal: The highest earners in 2007 were men in legal occupations, who earned a median salary in 2007 of $105,233, according to a Census Bureau report. The online report … Continue reading

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“Space is Still Available! Register TODAY! Hotel Room Block Deadline is September 15!”

That’s the headline of an e-mail I received today from the ABA’s Section on Law Practice Management. It looks like that section is trying to fill seats at its Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop    to be held in Tucson, Arizona, … Continue reading

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If I ever exchange law for economics…

…I know what kind of economist I want to be. Via.

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Erika Abner, ““Situated Learning and the Role of Relationships: A Study of Mentoring in Law Firms”

Abstract: This article examines the multiple workplace influences, including mentors and other developmental relationships, on the growth and development of young lawyers from law school through the first few years of practice. Eleven lawyers in six different large multi-service law … Continue reading

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“Restoring Human Dignity: Women Lawyers Push Back Against Human Trafficking”

That’s the title of this article, with a short excerpt below: Every lawyer who works on the issue of human trafficking has a powerful memory of someone like Katya, whose life has been torn asunder by what is seen as … Continue reading

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“Perspectives, a Magazine For and About Women Lawyers”

Here. Via Bill Slomanson.

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ABA Video/Essay Competition, “Gender Diversity: Have We Solved the Problem?”

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has announced its Video/Essay Competition on the topic,  ”Gender Diversity: Have we solved the problem? If not, where do we go from here?”   The competition is open to law students and … Continue reading

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Imagining Sadie ~ Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

“Imagining Sadie”is a short film produced by Penn Law students Haley Goldman, J.D. 2009; B.B. Liu, J.D. 2008; and Melissa Mao, J.D. 2009.   It tells the story of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander as she exists in the imaginations of … Continue reading

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On Dressing for Judges

Nicole Black says: I’ve never heard a guy appearing before a women judge say: * “I tried to downplay my alpha-maleness by wearing a pink tie so she wouldn’t feel that I was trying to challenge her.” * “I tried … Continue reading

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Centennial Events at New England School of Law

This year the New England School of Law celebrates its centennial.   It was founded in 1908 as a women’s law school.   The school’s website (here) lists   some of the great events planned to mark the occasion, including … Continue reading

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What Makes a Feminist Law Firm?

An article in  today’s  New York Lawyer, entitled  Forming A “Feminist Law Practice,”  describes an unusual Canadian law firm:   While more women may be starting their own firms, Galldin Liew of Ottawa has taken the unique step of calling … Continue reading

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James Grimmelmann, “Copyright, Technology, and Access to the Law”

An Opinionated Primer that provides an excellent overview of current copyright issues concerning access to laws for intelligent people who have inexplicably failed to devote their lives to the study of copyright law. Via Laboratorium, via Froomkin. –Ann Bartow

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Looks Like It Was Never About The Porn: Kozinski Accused By Lawyer Of Lying To Court

Many men in power seem to agree that there is nothing wrong with a judge enjoying porn that degrades women. As some Kozinski PR shill noted in a comment here, Larry Lessig tells us it’s all harmless fun. Bizarrely enough, … Continue reading

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Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Is Running A Misogynist Porn Site

As David Cohen noted below. Details here. He is not ethically competent to hear obscenity cases, I don’t think. He is trying to get his son to take the rap, apparently, and shift responsibility. I don’t buy it and I … Continue reading

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Ruining a Law Student’s Life for Fun and Profit?

Paul Gowder is right.

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When Defending an Unpopular Client Means Losing a Law License

From today’s NYTimes: Two prominent human rights lawyers have lost their licenses after volunteering to defend Tibetans charged in the violent anti-China protests that erupted in March. The decision comes as Chinese authorities are tightening scrutiny over dissidents in advance … Continue reading

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“Firm’s ‘Ever Argue With a Woman?’ Ad Provokes Debate on Stereotypes”

From the ABA Journal: Do men and women argue differently? And does that make a difference in the way they work as lawyers? That’s the suggestion of an ad by a women-owned Buffalo, N.Y., law firm that is attracting notice. … Continue reading

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“Justices Favor Workers in Cases of Bias Retaliation”

Linda Greenhouse report in the NYT: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adopted a broad reading of two federal civil rights laws to protect employees from retaliation when they complain about discrimination in the workplace. By margins of 7 to 2 … Continue reading

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“When All Efforts Fail to Retain Them, Unintentional Biases May Be at Work”

That’s the title of a recent article in the New York Law Journal by Ellen Ostrow. Below is an excerpt: … I strongly suspect that cultural assumptions – normative in law firms and in the larger social structure in which … Continue reading

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“Video From Conference on Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and Social Justice”

From the ACS Blog: ACS and the ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities co-hosted a day-long conference on civil rights, civil liberties and social justice. Video from the morning plenary session on the impact of the upcoming election on … Continue reading

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Pregnancy Discrimination At Law Firms

Posts at Law and Letters, Concurring Opinions and at Workplace Prof Blog all discuss different aspects of a purported departure memo written by an associate at the San Francisco office of Paul, Hastings. The memo was initially posted at Above … Continue reading

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Book by Judi Craig: Women Attorneys Speak Out!

I really dislike book reviews like this one in “The Compleat Lawyer”: What is it like to be a female attorney in today’s world, particularly in comparison to being a male attorney? How are women lawyers treated–by clients, male attorneys, … Continue reading

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Does A Recent Article In The Yale Law Journal Pocket Part Deceptively Conflate Record Keeping And Censorship Intentionally?

A recent article in the Yale Law Journal Pocket Part does an insidious job of conflating a law requiring record keeping with government censorship in the context of pornography. Is the falsity intentional? The analysis certainly seems driven by a … Continue reading

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“Women Lawyers—Back on Track”

Nicole Black’s blog by this name is fantastic. Rather than cherry picking a few links, let me just recommend you go there and browse. –Ann Bartow

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Alison Stein on “Women Lawyers Blog for Workplace Equality: Blogging as a Feminist Legal Method”

Alison I. Stein (J.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania Law School) has posted to ssrn her article, “Women Lawyers Blog for Workplace Equality:   Blogging as a Feminist Legal Method.”   Here is the abstract: Legal scholars and academic commentators have … Continue reading

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“The Progress of Women Lawyers at Big Firms: Steadied or Simply Studied?”

The report by Judith S. Kaye & Anne C. Reddy’s paper is available here.   It is a good resource for students and scholars who are beginning or updating studies about women in the legal profession. -Bridget Crawford

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Robin Fretwell Wilson, “Keeping Women in Business (and Family)”

Abstract: Work and family have become either/or propositions for a growing segment of young professionals in business, law, and medicine. A well documented opt-out revolution is underway, in which women professionals are leaving the workplace in droves. Less appreciated is … Continue reading

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Feminist Jurisprudence Day at Hamline, April 11, 2008!

Hamline University Klas Center St. Paul, Minnesota A day of dialogue on gender and the state. Students, legal practitioners, and community advocates encouraged to attend. Our list of panelists continues to grow. See the list below for details. Morning Panels … Continue reading

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There are seventeen different types of lawyers…

…at least according to the Legal Underground.

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What Women Lawyers Want Is For You To Stop Asking What We Want (and Do Your Own Laundry)

The New York State Bar Association has an on-line magazine called “The Complete Lawyer.”   The most recent issue (available here) devotes plenty of megabytes to the question, “What Do Women Lawyers Really Want?”   My first reaction to seeing … Continue reading

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New Law Firm Partners Are Mostly Male

Story at “Above the Law” (which happily seems to have stopped with the “hotties” contests), and see also.

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Law Firm Produces Sexual Harassment “Emergency Reaction” Flash Card.

Somehow it makes me want to Heimlich.

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“Hammer time for the Screwdriver”

I’m pretty sure this is satire.

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Wear Black in Support of Rule of Law in Pakistan

From the FLP mailbox, this message from our colleagues at the blog achievingourcountry. We are asking you to support and promote international solidarity for Black Flag Week, March 9 –15, in Pakistan. Aitzaz Ahsan, the President of the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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The SC Bar Exam Scandal: Still No Independent Investigation

Background information, if you don’t remember the details, is here. The reasons the official version of events seems utterly implausible are laid out pretty well here. The bad actors may get away with this, but their actions will not be … Continue reading

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Is This Commercial For A Law Firm Odd, Or Do I Only Think That Because I Don’t Watch Enough Television?

Watch it here.

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“Women Lawyers–Back on Track”

That’s the name of an excellent new blog written and administered by Nicole Black. Recent posts of interest include: Study: Gender gap in law students’ goals and Closing the LSAT Gender Gap. Check it out!

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Profile of Annie Coker, California’s First African-American Woman Lawyer

This month’s California Bar Journal contains an interesting profile of Annie Coker, who was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the practice of law in California. Coker received her law degree from Boalt in 1929 and was admitted … Continue reading

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Ask Female Lawyers Under 40

The February 2008 issue of ABA Journal reports these stats on the perceptions of women under 40. I’ve heard female lawyers who went to law school in the 1990′s and afterwards say that they find their senior female colleagues “more … Continue reading

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“For now the fun is over.”

From The American Lawyer: Who’s the hottest young woman lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom? Last week that question sent the New York firm into a bit of a tizzy. On February 4, Skadden Insider, a blog written … Continue reading

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In Florida you can advertise your law firm with panthers and lions, but not with space aliens, pit bulls, sharks, wolves, crocodiles, or piranhas.

So says this WSJ article, which also notes: … Searcy Denney is well aware of the Florida bar’s reach. In 2005, the personal-injury firm produced a series of TV spots with scenes including children running and lawyers at work in … Continue reading

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“Attorney General Reverses Curbs On Gay Group at Justice Department”

From the WaPo: Five years after a gay advocacy group was told that it could no longer use the e-mail, bulletin boards and meeting rooms at the Justice Department, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has reversed that decision and issued … Continue reading

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“Judge Reprimanded for Calling Three Black Female PDs ‘The Supremes’”

Jeebus, I thought that was a headline from an Onion article but it wasn’t. Here’s the ABA Journal account: A Maryland judge has been reprimanded for calling three black female public defenders”The Supremes”and telling a defendant to get”an experienced male … Continue reading

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The United Arab Emirates May Allow Female Judges

According to the this article in the Middle East Times, women in the UAE will soon be allowed to become judges.   According to UAE official Mohammed bin Nakhira al-Dhaheri, “at present the law states that only a Muslim man … Continue reading

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