Category Archives: Legal Profession

Survey re: Women Lawyers Working Together

The ABA Journal and UC Hastings’ Center for WorkLife Law recently posted an online survey, Women Lawyers Working Together, to find out how women attorneys treat each other. Take the survey!

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Mother’s day complaint claims United States courts violate children’s and mothers’ human rights.

From the FLP mailbox: a StopFamilyViolence.org PRESS RELEASE On May 11, just before Mother’s Day weekend, ten mothers, one victimized child, now an adult, and leading national and state organizations filed a complaint against the United States with the Inter … Continue reading

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Womenstake.org, the New Blog of the National Women’s Law Center

Check out Womenstake.org here! The NWLC homepage is here. You can read more about its history of outstanding legal accomplishments here.

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“Whistle-Blower on Student Aid Is Vindicated”

A NYT article reports in pertinent part: When Jon Oberg, a Department of Education researcher, warned in 2003 that student lending companies were improperly collecting hundreds of millions in federal subsidies and suggested how to correct the problem, his supervisor … Continue reading

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An Important Copyright Case About Photos of Naked Women, As Discussed By Men

From the Tech Law Forum: Counsel for Perfect 10 v. Google Square Off On February 2, 2007, Justin Hughes, Director of the Cardozo Law School’s intellectual property program, moderated a panel discussion at Santa Clara University. The talk focused on … Continue reading

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“Many female lawyers dropping off path to partnership”

From The Boston Globe: … Female lawyers continue to face intractable challenges in their attempts to become partners, causing them to abandon law firm careers — and the legal profession entirely — at a dramatically higher rate than men, according … Continue reading

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“Does a Judge’s Party of Appointment or Gender Matter to Case Outcomes? An Empirical Study of the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Canada)”

Authors Moin A. Yahya and James Stribopoulos conclude that it does. Here is the abstract of their article: A recent study by Cass Sunstein identified ideological differences in the votes cast by judges on the United States Court of Appeals … Continue reading

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“The Rules of the Game”

Over at The Conglomerate, Feminist Law Prof Christine Hurt has an interesting post up called “The Rules of the Game,” which she wrote to describe advice offered at a symposium, by women for women, about how to succeed at law … Continue reading

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Well, Those “ReputationDefender” Guys Certainly Are Well Connected, Anyway

I’ve already noted that for profit start up “ReputationDefender” management managed to get itself featured in stories in the Washington Post (here and here), and in basically an unpaid (I assume) commercial on NPR. The ReputationDefender homepage touts this media … Continue reading

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THERE’S NO CRYING IN LAW SCHOOL!

The inquiry recently posted by Nate Oman at Concurring Opinions and re-posted at Feminist Law Profs about part-time employment possibilities for lawyers made me think of the scene in A League of Their Own in which the manager of the … Continue reading

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Part Time Lawyering?

At Concurring Opinions Nate Oman writes: Recently one of my students asked me a question that I am embarrassed to say I don’t know the answer to. Maybe there isn’t one. She explained to me that she would like to … Continue reading

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Ms. JD Conference

I spent last Saturday at the Yale Law School attending Legally Female, the first conference sponsored by Ms. JD. It was a terrific experience in many ways, as one would expect from a gathering of feminist law students. I’ll write … Continue reading

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“The Horrifying Honaker Nomination”

Guest (re)post by Sharon Breitweiser, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming: Talk about a blast from the past… President Bush is at it again, this time in my own backyard. I swear, nothing this administration does surprises me anymore, yet … Continue reading

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The Number of Women Authors Published In The March 2007 Edition Of The Yale Law Journal?

Zero! And how many women authors were published in the previous (January 2007) issue? Zero again!

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Elizabeth M. Schneider, “The Dangers of Summary Judgment: Gender and Federal Civil Litigation”

The abstract: This Article examines the problematic application of summary judgment in federal courts through a study of gender cases. Identifying a new dimension of the interrelationship between procedure and gender, I examine the ways in which summary judgment impacts … Continue reading

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Something About The Timing Gives Me Pause

Over at Concurring Opinions, David Hoffman began a post about the WaPo article on Xoxohth’s “law school hotties” contest with these words: Reputation Defender is a new start-up that seeks to commodify internet self-help. According to yesterday’s WashingtonPost article on … Continue reading

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1000 Books For Peace Project

Adapted from an e-mail by Prof. Jeremy Levitt: The purpose of this post is to inform you about a special project that the Program for Human Rights and Global Justice at Florida International University is undertaking to support the reconstruction … Continue reading

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Gender Bias In Supreme Court Outcomes?

Interesting but alarming new research: “Have We Come a Long Way Baby: Female Attorneys Before the United States Supreme Court” by John Szmer, (UNC-Charlotte), Tammy Sarver (Benedictine) and Erin Kaheny (UW-Milwaukee): Abstract: Numerous statistics indicate the presence of gender bias … Continue reading

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If You Blog and Practice Law In New York

I had dinner with a friend who is under the impression that lawyers who are members of the NY Bar must now blog with extreme care, due to these new rules. Public Citizen’s objections are as follows: New rules governing … Continue reading

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The Anonymous Lawyer On Juggling Home and Work

I found this amusing but I admit I have a fairly oddball sense of humor (or, being a feminist, arguably no sense of humor at all): The Wall Street Journal has a new blog about juggling home and work. That’s … Continue reading

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Ambriz v. Kelegian: In Which Justice Might Finally Be Coming To a Rape Victim

Here is an excerpt from the facts recitation in a successful appeal from SJ: At the time of Ambriz’s rape, three of the four entrances to Ambriz’s building did not close and lock properly because the mechanisms on the entrance … Continue reading

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Saying “Sexism” in Polite Company

FeministLawProf Deborah Rhode writes that “Subtle Sexism Exists” in a recent edition of the National Law Journal. Rhode argues that discrimination against women seems to have declined, but still exists in many forms: There is . . . a more … Continue reading

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Two Discrimination Suits Filed Against NYC Law Firms

In Charney v. Sullivan and Cromwell LLP, Aaron Charney alleges discrimination based on sexual orientation. Among other things, the Complaint alleges that a partner tossed a document at Charney’s feet and said, “Bend over and pick it up : I’m … Continue reading

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UK Judges Try to Block Rape Trial Reforms

The British newspaper The Guardian reports: Government plans for changes in the law to boost rape conviction rates are in disarray after the judges who would have to put them into practice told ministers they oppose them. The Council of … Continue reading

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Internet Shaming

The WSJ reported: Last month, Eva Burgess was eating breakfast at the Rose Cafe in Venice, Calif., when she remembered she needed to make an appointment with her eye doctor. So the New York theater director got on her cellphone … Continue reading

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More on Domestic Violence Lawyers and Biden’s Proposal

Yesterday, I wrote about Senator Biden’s proposed bill to have 1) a network of legal volunteers for domestic violence cases and 2) more loan forgiveness for lawyers who do that work as a regular part of their job so that … Continue reading

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Biden’s Plan to Fight Domestic Violence

Women’s eNews reports that Senator and Presidential-hopeful Joseph Biden plans to introduce bills in the spring to continue his work against domestic violence. (Biden was the author of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.) Two key parts of his … Continue reading

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New On-Line Forum on Gender & Legal Education/Profession

We received this e-mail notice of a new on-line community concerned with gender issues in legal education and the legal profession: This past year, a group of women from law schools across the country met to discuss gender issues both … Continue reading

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Judge Dierker At Work

Here is a newspaper account of how this judge ruled in a sexual harassment case: “From Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, the cry of ‘sexual harassment’ has been selectively raised to advance certain groups’ political agendas under the guise of … Continue reading

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Want to Appear Before a Judge Who Calls You A Femifascist?

Me neither. Robert H. Dierker Jr. is a circuit judge of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit of Missouri who authored a book called: The Tyranny of Tolerance. According to Random House, Dierker “shows how the courts enable left-wing activists to ram … Continue reading

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Why Now?

As this NYT article discussed back in August, Internet sites featuring fully clothed children in erotic poses are currently the focus of legal actors. That article observed: While many of the recently created sites are veering into new territory, the … Continue reading

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The Project for Attorney Retention

Website here: “PAR seeks to improve recruiting and retention of talented attorneys through the use of work schedules that allow attorneys to better balance the competing demands of their work and their lives outside the office.”

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The MPAA says if it can’t tell lies to protect its copyrights, this will “tie[] the hands of investigators looking into insurance fraud, child support cases and missing children.”

Wired News reports in an article entitled MPAA Kills Anti-Pretexting Bill: A tough California bill that would have prohibited companies and individuals from using deceptive “pretexting” ruses to steal private information about consumers was killed after determined lobbying by the … Continue reading

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Why People Hate Lawyers

On a jar of unsalted peanuts… …is an “Allergy Statement” that says: “…may contain peanuts…” Clearer image of the label here.

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Lindsay Blohm and Ashley Riveira, “Presumed Equal: What America’s Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms”

From the book’s website: Even though men and women have graduated law school at nearly the same rate for two decades, women still make up only 17% of partners at law firms. Since 1995, Presumed Equal has provided valuable insight … Continue reading

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How To Tell If Your Cell Phone Is Bugged

Found this link via the comments at Discourse.net and can’t vouch for the accuracy, but here is an excerpt from this post: … When cell phones are transmitting — even as bugs — certain things are going to happen every … Continue reading

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Legalese in the Age of IM

Noting the strict word and page length limits judges impose on briefs and oral arguments, Roger Wade Hughes has proposed that appellate lawyers adopt a system of communicating via IM type acronyms, such as: ASSA = assuming arguendo WADR = … Continue reading

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Can You Guess Who The Judge Was?

In affirming a jury verdict in a sexual harassment case (though he grants the defendant a new trial if the prevailing plaintiff is unwilling to accept a much smaller punitive damages award than the jury accorded her), he wrote: Penters … Continue reading

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The Secret World of Lonelygirl15

Wired News has a long story about Lonelygirl15 here. Below is an excerpt: …Beckett ordered a pitcher of margaritas and explained that they wanted the vloggers of the YouTube community to believe that Bree was real. Flinders rationalized the deception, … Continue reading

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Lawyers at Their Desks

 This clothing ad ran in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly with the caption, “A custom-tailored suit is a natural aphrodisiac.”    Several  readers have complained that the ad portrays women in a negative light,  reports a Boston Globe article.   In a … Continue reading

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“Stop the Press Spree Against Working Moms”

Read Sheila Gibbons’ essay by that name here. Below is an excerpt: …Off-kilter news reporting on the reasons women leave jobs, laced with amateur psychology and traces of biological determinism, have been creating a false impression about women’s employment patterns, … Continue reading

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“Women still account for only 17 percent of law firm partners, 20 percent of federal judges and 14 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels. And, at the current rate, the number of women partners won’t reach parity with the number of male partners until 2088.”

That’s a quote from this Harvard Law School Alumni Bulletin entitled: “Women are still second-class citizens in the legal profession. What can be done about it?”

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The Legal Profession Blog Asks: “Are the Low Numbers of Female Supreme Court Law Clerks a Statistical Blip?”

See full post by Alan Childress here. Below is a short excerpt: David Kaye (Ariz. State, Law) and Joseph Gastwirth (GW, Arts & Sci. [Stats Dept.]) have just posted on SSRN Law & Soc’y: Legal Prof., their new article, “Where … Continue reading

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Drop in number of female Supreme Court clerks “could be anomaly”

At least according to this National Law Journal article, which considers the 50% decrease in the number of female clerks this year as opposed to last, and notes : Discrimination might explain why women do not constitute a larger share … Continue reading

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Supposedly Liberal Satire

Law prof Jack Chin appeared on the Daily Show in a clip that law prof Eric Muller at Is That Legal? does not find particularly funny.

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In Which A Bankruptcy Judge Goes All Dr. Seuss

Actual text of the opinion in In re Riddle, 344 B.R. 702 (2006): SUA SPONTE ORDER DETERMINING DEBTORS’ COMPLIANCE WITH FILING REQUIREMENTS OF SECTION 521(a)(1) Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 521(i), if an individual debtor in a voluntary case under … Continue reading

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“Tequila Mockingbird”

That’s the title of Dahlia Lithwick’s recent Slate coumn, in which she says: The first case of the term is a pair of consolidated immigration cases:Lopez v. Gonzales, (out of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals) and Toledo-Flores v. United … Continue reading

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Forced Sterilizations in SC

A local politician, Charleston SC City Councilor Larry Shirley, recently made this public pronouncement, which he later characterized as “starting a dialogue about reducing crime”: “We pick up stray animals and spay them. These mothers need to be spayed if … Continue reading

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Not Funny, Redux

The Happy Feminist, a practicing attorney, posted a story about a work-related experience she had that involved a “joke” that few feminists would find amusing. Below is an excerpt: Back in 1999, when I was a 27 year old prosecutor, … Continue reading

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Unregulated “Courts”

Today the NYT is featuring an article entitled “In Tiny Courts of New York, Abuses of Law and Power.” Here are the opening paragraphs: Some of the courtrooms are not even courtrooms: tiny offices or basement rooms without a judge’s … Continue reading

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