Category Archives: Legal Profession

“on being a public defender: reasons prosecutors make me scream”

Interesting if depressing post with this title at Woman of the Law.

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“Supreme Court First: A Female Special Master”

From The Blog of Legal Times: The Supreme Court today quietly helped shatter a glass ceiling you may not have known existed by appointing the first female special master in the Supreme Court’s history. She’s Kristin Linsley Myles of San … Continue reading

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Anyone see a problem with the South Carolina Attorney General enforcing election laws while working as co-chair of John McCain’s state campaign?

Read more here.

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Marc Bousquet, “How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation”

From this site: As much as we think we know about the modern university, very little has been said about what it’s like to work there. Instead of the high-wage, high-profit world of knowledge work, most campus employees : including … Continue reading

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Lawyers Behaving Badly

Cripes: … A lawyer representing Ms. Hill in her bankruptcy case, Kenneth Steidl, of Steidl and Steinberg in Pittsburgh, wrote Countrywide a few weeks later stating that Ms. Hill had been deemed current on her mortgage during the period in … Continue reading

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Marina Angel, “Women Lawyers of All Colors Steered to Contingent Positions in Law Schools and Law Firms”

Abstract: This article examines the drastic organizational changes that have taken place in law firms and law schools in the last thirty years and how they have seriously disadvantaged women. Women have been almost 50% of law school graduating classes … Continue reading

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N.Y. judge finds lawyer’s ‘objectionable conduct’ toward opposing counsel reflected gender bias”

From the NY Law Journal: A New York judge has ordered court supervision of a lawyer for “objectionable conduct” toward a female opposing counsel who he said had a “cute little thing going on” during a deposition. According to transcripts … Continue reading

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As One Might Have Expected By Now…

The SCSC has scrubbed its website to obfuscate the names of the “secondary bar passers.” Meanwhile, Jim Chen has another post about this scandal here. Below is an excerpt: There really are two South Carolinas. In one, good people urge … Continue reading

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SC Supreme Court “not off the hook”

New article about the SC Bar scandal here. It notes: … In reversing the grades, the court apparently violated its own order in March banning re-grading after the scores were released by the S.C. Board of Law Examiners, which administers … Continue reading

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All Too Rare Judicial Decency

After Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga postponed a hearing on four defense motions in the same case, she explained that she needed”a lot more time”to get ready. Three weeks later, when Zuniga again had to postpone a hearing … Continue reading

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Jim Chen’s South Carolina Bar Exam Scandal Trilogy of Posts

Part One Part Two Part Three May I take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who passed the most recent SC bar examination on the merits, through hard work, and offer encouragement to those who failed the exam but accepted this … Continue reading

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The SC Supreme Court Explains Its Actions With Respect To The Bar Exam

Here. UPDATE: A local newspaper seems to retain some doubts.

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More on the SC Bar Scandal

Yes, I think “scandal” is probably the correct word. The latest is here. For still more background, see this. –Ann Bartow

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More About The South Carolina Bar Examination Situation

As noted previously, circumstances related to the grading of the recent South Carolina Bar are troubling, as reported recently by the ABA Journal. One blog provides a sourced chronology of events here. Self described “ethics watchdogs” have not publicly taken … Continue reading

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A Six-Pack of Bar Exam Disaster Brewing in New York

Today the New York State Board of Law Examiners issued this press release: The Board examined a record 10,907 candidates during two days of testing conducted on July 24-25, 2007. *** Over 5,000 candidates chose to take the essay portion … Continue reading

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“1.8 million pages of federal case law to become freely available.”

“Public.Resource.Org and Fastcase, Inc. announced today that they will release a large and free archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754. The archive will … Continue reading

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South Carolina Bar Examination Weirdness

Five days after releasing the results of last July’s Bar Exam results, the South Carolina Judicial Department decided that 20 additional bar takers should pass. This was the first time that graduates of the new Charleston School of Law could … Continue reading

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Scary…

This and this. Via Eric Muller, who would be an excellent lawyer to have during tough times. –Ann Bartow

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New and Good Things Happening at Ms. JD

From the FLP mailbox: Ms. JD wants you to help us promote women in the legal profession! Male or female, 1L or 3L, we hope that you’ll turn to Ms. JD to find and ask questions on interviewing, taking the … Continue reading

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Buliding A Better Profession: Ranking Law Firms On Diversity

From this site: building a better legal profession is a national grassroots movement that seeks market-based workplace reforms in large private law firms. by publicizing firms’ self-reported data on billable hours, pro bono participation, and demographic diversity, we draw attention … Continue reading

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“More than a year has passed since a black lawyer in private practice stood at the lectern in the elegant courtroom and spoke the traditional opening line, “Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court.””

That’s a sentence from this article, which also notes: … Several factors account for the dearth of minorities at the court: continuing problems in recruiting and retaining blacks and other minorities at the top law firms; the rise of a … Continue reading

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Elizabeth M. Glazer, “When Obscenity Discriminates”

The abstract: When public indecency statutes outlaw gender nonconformity, obscenity discriminates; when movie ratings censor representations of sexual minorities, obscenity discriminates, and discriminates on the basis of their status as sexual minorities. This Article addresses obscenity doctrine’s infliction of first … Continue reading

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Federal Loan Forgiveness Bill Signed Into Law

I blogged about this bill last month. President Bush signed it into law last Thursday. Equal Justice Works has a good summary of the bill here and the ABA has an editorial about the bill and the importance of public … Continue reading

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Above The Law Finds Hilarity In Law Firm Lactation Rooms

Yep, more humorless feminism. The jokey and idiotic ATL post is here, and naturally many of the comments are hideous. You are probably expecting the sexism, but maybe not the racism. I think lactation rooms are great and also important … Continue reading

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Federal Loan Forgiveness Bill

Great news for current or aspiring public interest lawyers. A federal loan forgiveness bill has been approved by veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress. Here’s the notice from the ABA: The unattractive-sounding “income-contingent repayment option” is to be amended … Continue reading

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Where Are You Ms. JD?

Remember the “Ms. JD” website (logo below), launched with great fanfare last academic year?   (Ann previously blogged it here.)   The site describes itself as a service to “women in law school and the legal profession”: Concerned by the … Continue reading

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Anyone spot any possible ethical or impending career difficulties?

Follow the comments of the “Criminal Defense Lawyer” at the NY Robing Room and you will notice the trend to opine negatively regarding women judges. Here is a sample: Hon. Diane Kiesel (Bronx) The nicest thing I can say is … Continue reading

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Wonder What Might Give A Male Criminal Defense Attorney A Laugh?

This apparently did.

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Infanti on Deconstructing the Duty to the Tax System

Feminist Law Prof Anthony C. Infanti (Pittsburgh) has posted to ssrn his article “Deconstructing the Duty to the Tax System: Unfettering Zealous Advocacy on Behalf of Lesbian and Gay Taxpayers.”   Here is the abstract: In this article, I consider … Continue reading

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Hair, Race, Politics, Law

Good grief! Via Feministing.

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“Differential Pricing at Law Firms & Gender”

Feminist law prof Christine Hurt has an interesting and important post up on this topic at The Conglomerate. Below is a short excerpt: … I’ve known a number of female associates who try to pick family-friendly departments in law firms … Continue reading

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“Family-Leave Values”

Last Sunday’s NYT had this article about family leave. Here are a couple of excerpts: … Until recently, lawsuits claiming workplace discrimination because of family care-giving obligations were rare : in part because, however harsh it may seem to lose … Continue reading

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Christine Lagarde: First Female Finance and Economy Minister of a G7 Country

The Financial Times reports: Christine Lagarde has become the first female finance and economy minister of a G7 country following a ministerial reshuffle on Tuesday by Nicolas Sarkozy, French president. Ms Lagarde, 51, a former agriculture and trade minister who … Continue reading

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Fear And Loathing In the Judicial Clerkship Hiring Process: Avery, Jolls, Posner and Roth, “The New Market for Federal Juicial Law Clerks”

Article with survey data about misbehaving judges here, with an overview of same at the WSJ Law Blog. Here is the abstract: In the past, judges have often hired applicants for judicial clerkships as early as the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Eric Muller On Why The Federalist Society Is Indeed “Particularly Unusual” On Matters Of Race And Gender Diversity

Here. Below is an excerpt: What distinguishes the Federalist Society, I suggest, is that it, alone among legal scholars’ groups, is not uncomfortable with the patterns of gender disparity that Eugene has identified, and is therefore not interested in working … Continue reading

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More On Federalist Society Gender Imbalances

Last year’s Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention featured few women. Out of 110 people listed on the program, looks like only 10 women participated, and 3 of them were “moderators” rather than speakers. One of the all-male panels convened around … Continue reading

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Eugene Volokh Defends Female-Free Federalist Society Events

Here. No wonder he has to pose all his questions about menstruation on his blog. –Ann Bartow Update: A telling exchange culled from the comments: David Bernstein wrote: Unlike most Fed Society events, the panels at the Bork event were … Continue reading

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Failed Massachusetts bar applicant sues bar examiners over test question on gay marriage

From the National Law Journal: A Massachusetts bar examination applicant who claims he failed the test because he didn’t answer a question about homosexual marriage and parenting is suing the test administration agency, the state Supreme Judicial Court and four … Continue reading

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Couldn’t The Federalist Society Find A Woman Who Would Say Nice Things About Robert H. Bork?

I guess not! As Eric Muller notes, though, there might have been some female servers at the luncheon. –Ann Bartow Update: Eric Muller notices yet another all male Federalist Society event. Update 2: Mary Dudziak notes: “It looks as if … Continue reading

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File Your Tax Returns, Duh

This from the New York Law Journal: Four attorneys were among seven professionals who have pleaded guilty to failing to file state income tax returns in the latest round of prosecutions resulting from the matching of state tax records against … Continue reading

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ABA Proposal Threatens Diversity In Legal Education

The ABA has put out a story on the “ABA Newsroom” section of its web site titled “ABA Legal Education Section Publishes Proposed Interpretation of Bar Passage Standard for Approval of Law Schools.” In the 5th paragraph, Council of Legal … Continue reading

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Two Posts Elsewhere To Read Congruently

“Why ‘Hey Baby!’ Is A Big Deal” by Ann Friedman at Feministing, and “Precis of the Day: Vicki Schultz, The Sanitized Workplace” by Belle Lettre at Law and Letters.

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“A Nebraska judge bans the word rape from his courtroom.”

Read Dahlia Lithwick’s article, “Gag Order” at Slate for the details. Twisty has some related commentary at IBTP. And, see also.

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Interview With Jill Morrison of the National Women’s Law Center

Read it here, at the Center for New Words.

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Loving v. Virginia Was Decided 40 Years Ago Today

More at IntLawGrrls.

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Ouch.

Check out the footnote in this order (at the bottom of the page). And if you want to see who those twelve law professors are, click here.

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Bush’s Big Irony . . .

As posted here on Feminist Law Profs, Mary Cheney and her partner Heather Poe welcomed their new son Samuel David into the world on May 23. The White House promptly issued a photo of Grandparents Vice-President Dick and Lynne Cheney … Continue reading

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Male Attorney More Effective As Female Online

Over at Madisonian Theory, Fred Yen notes: Today’s law.com has a interesting story about law firms conducting investigations to enforce clients’ IP rights on the Internet. It describes how a Covington and Burling lawyer impersonated a”flirtatious 27 year old female … Continue reading

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Blogging Your Court Case Is A Very Bad Idea!

Froomkin nails this, so let me free ride off his trenchant analysis: The mind boggles. Blogger unmasked, court case upended: As Ivy League-educated pediatrician Robert P. Lindeman sat on the stand in Suffolk Superior Court this month, defending himself in … Continue reading

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Score One For Difference Feminism As A Study Of Immigration Courts Finds: “One of the most significant factors determining whether a judge would be likely to approve asylum petitions was sex, the study found. Female immigration judges grant asylum at a 44 percent higher rate than their male colleagues.”

The study, by law profs Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Philip Schrag and Andrew Schoenholtz is accessible here. Below is the abstract: This study analyzes databases of merits decisions from all four levels of the asylum adjudication process: 133,000 decisions by 884 asylum … Continue reading

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