Women’s Issues

  • Maternity leave

    Biglaw, Pregnancy / Paternity, Reader Polls

    How Is Your Firm’s Parental Leave Policy?

    We’re updating the only comprehensive summary of Biglaw maternity and paternity leave policies.

    3 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 1:51 PM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Women Of Biglaw, Unite?

    When we think about ways to improve the environment for working mothers, maybe we need to start with each other.

    46 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM
  • Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.24.15

    *Yeah, this happened in real life, not in a Philip K. Dick short story. [Time]

    *Oh burn! Cornel West responds (indirectly) to biting New Republic article. [The Root]

    *Justice for sale in Texas? Sounds about right. [KCBD]

    *Allegations of overbilling in Deepwater Horizon litigation. And — this may be a shock to some of our readers — turns out many of the firms involved made generous political contributions to the LA AG. [Louisiana Record]

    *Eliminating salary negotiations to combat the wage gap? Who knew Biglaw’s lockstep approach to money would turn out to be progressive? [NPR]

    *Columbia University’s rape problems deepen with new lawsuit about Emma Sulkowicz and her mattress “Carry that Weight” performance art. [Jezebel]

    *Update in the Alan Dershowitz sex case. Now with 100% more David Boies. [American Lawyer]

    *Attention New York: Prepare to swipe right. AG Eric Schneiderman is once again a bachelor. [Law and More]

    *Idaho refuses to come in line with multinational treaty obligations. . . yay federalism? [Dorf on Law]

    17 Comments / / Apr 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM
  • diverse women lawyers

    Women's Issues

    The Top 100 Law Firms For Women

    Check out the best places to work if you’re hoping to crack the glass ceiling.

    19 Comments / / Apr 23, 2015 at 2:11 PM
  • family young partner with kid

    Biglaw, Rankings

    The Top 10 Most Family-Friendly Law Firms (2015)

    Which firms had the best options available to both women and men? Let’s take a look at the latest rankings.

    18 Comments / / Apr 22, 2015 at 12:34 PM
  • Alexandra Marchuk and Juan Monteverde

    Small Law Firms, Trials

    Alexandra Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi: What Did She Win In Attorneys’ Fees?

    A six-figure sum, but nothing close to her $1.4 million request.

    23 Comments / / Apr 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM
  • 'Damn this tax scam!' says the tax law prof.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.16.15

    * At least a dozen professors from UT Law have had their identities stolen, and they only found out about it after their tax returns were rejected. As it turns out, the data thief had already filed their returns for them. Law profs’ tax refund checks must be tasty. [American-Statesman]

    * If you’ve been wondering what kind of salary it’d take to woo away the dean of one of the top law schools in the nation to become your university’s president, wonder no more. The answer is $660K per year. Way to go, Dean Schill! Play on, playa. [Register-Guard]

    * If you thought the list of the legal profession’s luminaries was looking like a giant sausage party, then you should check out this new ranking of the “most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today.” [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw, bigger egos? Law firm managing partners aren’t feeling as confident as they once were about economic and legal industry growth, but they’re totally jazzed about their own firms’ potential for revenue growth and the demand for their services. [Am Law Daily]

    * Another law school makes big changes thanks to legal academia’s rocky road: Loyola Law in L.A. is planning a 25% enrollment cut and is taking $20 million from its university’s endowment to entice students to attend with fat scholarships. [Los Angeles Loyolan]

    27 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids

    Biglaw Mommy: Babies Are Not Happy Hour

    Going to happy hour after work does not have even remotely the same impact, on a personal or a societal level, as Mommy Dear going home to take care of her child. Why keep fighting her on this issue?

    170 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM
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    Women's Issues

    Whining Lawyer Highlights The Disrespect For Maternity Leave

    That crybaby lawyer suing for benefits because a mean partner yelled at her overlooks an important point: her boss was totally right to yell at her.

    0 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM
  • mommy dear

    Partner Issues, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Let’s Track Some Changes, Shall We?

    Mommy Dear, Esq. can write column after column talking about ways to help working mothers, but if the boss doesn’t want to help, there’s not much she can do.

    47 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 11:44 AM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime, Violence

    Criminally Yours: Domestic Violence Is No Laughing Matter

    No matter how high your earnings, if you get arrested for domestic violence, you’ll find yourself sitting on a bench in the front of the courtroom right next to the lowly perps with rap sheets as developed as your stock portfolio.

    15 Comments / / Mar 30, 2015 at 1:46 PM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: The Case for Flex-Time

    Maybe we should all embrace a bit more flexibility, and cut the working moms a little slack.

    46 Comments / / Mar 25, 2015 at 5:26 PM
  • working mother LF mom lawyer attorney

    Kids, Women's Issues

    Lawyer Moms Are Absolutely Terrifying

    Lawyer moms are the real deal — and they’re scary.

    32 Comments / / Mar 24, 2015 at 2:16 PM
  • Ellen Pao

    Minority Issues, Women's Issues

    The Curious Case Of Ellen Pao And The Lesson We Can Learn From It

    This case is unique because it actually went to trial, so unlike mediation or a settlement, we are privy to all the salacious details.

    49 Comments / / Mar 20, 2015 at 10:44 AM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Privacy Please

    Biglaw, why not just let us lock our doors and keep working? We can bill and breastfeed at the same time, if only you’ll let us.

    44 Comments / / Mar 18, 2015 at 1:21 PM
  • yale law school

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.17.15

    * A ballsy decision dripping with prestige? It seems that a few too many students at Yale Law School requested access to their student admissions evaluation records under FERPA, so instead of handing them over, Yale deleted them. [New Republic]

    * Here’s some good news for women attorneys visiting clients in Massachusetts jails: you’ll no longer be forced to lift up your shirt and shake out your bra if your underwire makes the metal detector go off. Instead, you’ll get felt up a pat down. [Boston Globe]

    * According to early data culled for the Am Law 100 rankings, from revenue to profits per partner to revenue per lawyer, Winston & Strawn posted record financial results in 2014. Perhaps the days of no-offers and layoffs are long gone for this firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * Just because more people took the LSAT in February, it doesn’t mean that the law school crisis is over. It does, however, mean that law school administrators may soon be wishcasting the year-over-year growth of their first-year classes. [National Law Journal]

    * Rahul Gupta, the graduate student who used the tried and true “my girlfriend did it” defense during his trial for the fatal stabbing of a Georgetown Law student, was convicted on first-degree murder charges yesterday. He’ll be sentenced on April 16. [WJLA]

    24 Comments / / Mar 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • mommy dear

    Biglaw, Kids, Women's Issues

    Biglaw Mommy: Flex-Time And Fire Drills

    Real fire drills will always be there, and Mommy Dear always standing ready to put out those real fires. But she’s getting burned out real quick chasing after smoke, and she have a baby to take care of, too.

    64 Comments / / Mar 11, 2015 at 1:59 PM
  • Amal Clooney

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 03.09.15

    * Amal Clooney, the attorney who tamed George Clooney’s heart and is now considered one of the most famous human rights lawyers in the world, will be teaching at a New York law school this spring. Which one? We’ll have more on this fun news later today. [USA Today]

    * Talk about a Hail Mary play: The ACLU has decided to come to the defense of a very unlikely cause. Per a recently filed federal brief, the organization thinks that the USPTO’s cancellation of the Redskins trademark was unconstitutional. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * According to a new BARBRI study, the vast majority of third-year law students think they’re ready to go when it comes to practicing law, but the lawyers who have had the (dis)pleasure to work with new graduates don’t seem to agree. [National Law Journal]

    * “Those kinds of jobs are never going to be enough to absorb the number of people graduating from law school over the next five or 10 years.” Northeastern’s dean laughs in Biglaw’s face — his grads measure their success in other ways. [Boston Business Journal]

    * Ellen Pao’s “racy” gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins serves as a harsh criticism of the sexist culture of Silicon Valley. Luckily, jury members will be able to busy themselves with the case’s more lurid details. [The Upshot / New York Times]

    * Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency is working on a new podcast that will help prospective law students to see what working in the legal profession is really like. “I Am The Law” debuted in January 2015, and it’s worth a listen. [U.S. News & World Report]

    5 Comments / / Mar 9, 2015 at 8:52 AM