Category Archives: Legal Profession
Read Dahlia Lithwick’s article, “Gag Order” at Slate for the details. Twisty has some related commentary at IBTP. And, see also.
Read it here, at the Center for New Words.
More at IntLawGrrls.
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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
Check out Womenstake.org here! The NWLC homepage is here. You can read more about its history of outstanding legal accomplishments here.
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
Guest (re)post by Sharon Breitweiser, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming: Talk about a blast from the pastâ€¦ President Bush is at it again, this time in my own backyard. I swear, nothing this administration does surprises me anymore, yet … Continue reading
Zero! And how many women authors were published in the previous (January 2007) issue? Zero again!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
On a jar of unsalted peanuts… …is an “Allergy Statement” that says: “…may contain peanuts…” Clearer image of the label here.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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?”