Category Archives: Legal Profession
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Interesting if depressing post with this title at Woman of the Law.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Here. UPDATE: A local newspaper seems to retain some doubts.
Yes, I think “scandal” is probably the correct word. The latest is here. For still more background, see this. –Ann Bartow
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
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
“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
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
This and this. Via Eric Muller, who would be an excellent lawyer to have during tough times. –Ann Bartow
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This apparently did.
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
Good grief! Via Feministing.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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.
Read Dahlia Lithwick’s article, “Gag Order” at Slate for the details. Twisty has some related commentary at IBTP. And, see also.