Category Archives: Legal Profession
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
…I know what kind of economist I want to be. Via.
Erika Abner, “â€œSituated 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
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
Here. Via Bill Slomanson.
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
â€œImagining 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Paul Gowder is right.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
…at least according to the Legal Underground.
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
Story at “Above the Law” (which happily seems to have stopped with the “hotties” contests), and see also.
Somehow it makes me want to Heimlich.
I’m pretty sure this is satire.
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 â€“15, in Pakistan. Aitzaz Ahsan, the President of the Supreme Court … Continue reading
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
Is This Commercial For A Law Firm Odd, Or Do I Only Think That Because I Don’t Watch Enough Television?
Watch it here.
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!
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