Does your small firm need a ‘Den Mother’ to support its female associates? Small firm columnist Valerie Katz explains why women-owned law firms are a good environment for women lawyers….
Given the significance of diversity, it’s not surprising that several organizations and news outlets focus on it, especially with respect to large law firms. Vault compiled a list of 25 best law firms for diversity. Which firms made the cut, and is yours on the list?
Studies have found that 63 million Americans qualify for Legal Services Corporation-funded civil legal assistance. These lower-income persons may have serious legal needs, and when they do they completely mess up the courts smooth operations. In a survey of trial judges, more than 60% of the judges reported that unrepresented litigants had errors in procedure. 78% […]
Who are America’s most well-paid general counsel? Corporate Counsel magazine has just released its annual list – and women have made some major strides forward.
Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories about black women. Things can be tough. African-American women get all of the sexism white women have to deal with, and all of the racism black men have to deal with. Successful black men tend to fulfill their own self-loathing destiny by running away from […]
Wal-Mart: where you can save money and live better, except if you’re a woman. Yesterday, SCOTUS reversed the Ninth Circuit in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, and held that class action certification should not have been granted in this case involving claims of pay and promotion discrimination against female employees.
Would you like a MAN-icure? A Maryland man is suing his nail salon for $200,000 for a $1 overcharge on his manicure. His lawyer (who, in the past, sued the same nail salon as a plaintiff, for the same cause of action) is comparing his client to Rosa Parks. Seriously?
I have to do something I hate doing. I have to give Gloria Allred some publicity. Sure, I have to mention her only in order to say that I think she’s wrong and using the plight of women to further her own fame. But I still have to mention her, which is what she wants. […]
* And finally, a law student sues a law school for its allegedly misleading post-graduate employment information. [Law School Transparency] * A “leading business lawyer in Germany,” reportedly a partner at Linklaters, allegedly attempts to evade paying taxes on his new lederhosen. Now is the time on Spockets when we dance. [Roll on Friday] * […]
The revolutionary impact of data science and analytics in fields like sports and politics is well known, and every day there seems to be another “Moneyball for X” analogy. But what, if anything, does this mean for the legal world, and when will it happen? This is a story about the data revolution that is already transforming the law, reshaping who wins and who loses, and how its potential was foretold long ago.
If I were in their role and in their position, I probably wouldn’t understand it either, that a club really can’t attract minority members. — Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. of the Sixth Circuit, commenting to the New York Times about two of his colleagues on the court — Eric L. Clay and R. Guy […]
It’s the ruling that is splitting the Sixth Circuit apart. A federal bankruptcy judge, George Paine II, belongs to an all-white country club in Nashville. But there is a pesky judicial code of conduct that says that judges “should not hold membership in any organization that practices invidious discrimination on the basis of race, sex, […]
Back in December, we covered a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by JoEllen Lyons Dillon, a comely corporate partner at Reed Smith, against the firm (where she still worked at the time). Dillon’s allegations were salacious. She claimed, for example, that “work was diverted … to female attorneys who were willing to engage in sexual relations […]
It’s a dilemma that women have faced for a long time: some of them need to work and take care of their children at the same time. During the recession, the problems for working mothers have been exacerbated. There are fewer jobs, but day care is just as expensive as ever. What are you supposed […]
Ed. note: This is the latest installment of Size Matters, one of Above the Law’s new columns for small-firm lawyers. After talking to so many happy small-firm lawyers, I have begun looking for my own niche to scratch. It came to me while driving in the suburbs a few weeks ago. There was a radio […]
Ed. note: This is the latest installment of Inside Straight, Above the Law’s column for in-house counsel, written by Mark Herrmann. Diversity matters. It matters for reasons of social justice. It matters because folks are tracking it, and it can be important to look good on those scales. It matters for reasons of trial strategy, […]
In 1995, Betty Dukes took a job at a Wal-Mart near San Francisco, working as a cashier and greeter for $5 an hour. A “greeter” represents the face of the company as consumers walk through the door. Little did Dukes and Wal-Mart know that Dukes would ultimately become a face of Wal-Mart nationally, under much different circumstances. Today, […]
* Who are the top plaintiffs firms in securities class-action litigation, ranked by 2010 total settlement value? [RiskMetrics / SCAS via WSJ Law Blog] * Protip: if you go to a meeting at Deutsche Bank’s New York offices, avoid the men’s room. [Dealbreaker] * This lawyer has an assistant with an unusual name. [Abuse of […]