Women in the Law

1078 ABA Journal Women in the Law articles.

Law firms are making the same mistakes with women and millennials, lawyer says
As we enter 2020, I am reflecting on more than a decade of work on behalf of young lawyers. Although I am proud of my body of work, which includes three books for women lawyers and a fourth book for all millennial lawyers, I also am aware of how little we have learned about developing talent in those 10-plus years.
How to achieve vocal power in and out of the courtroom
Public speaking is a crucial part of working as a lawyer. It is especially important for female lawyers who are claiming their vocal authority in speaking roles in courts.
Lawyer, author and founder of program for wrongfully convicted dies at 52
Laura Caldwell, a lawyer, author and founder of a project that supported the wrongfully convicted, died Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer.
Afternoon Briefs: Texas university leader leaves without blame for law school scandal; judge sides with immigrants

Texas Southern University president leaves school with no blame for alleged law school misconduct

Texas Southern University is parting ways with its president without any claims of wrongdoing, which is…

Over 70 former Reinhardt clerks urge judiciary to change reporting procedures and training
Accusations of sexual harassment against the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a federal appeals judge, have led to a call for action by dozens of his former law clerks. Seventy-two former Reinhardt clerks signed an open letter seeking new procedures for reporting workplace misconduct by judges and supervisors, as well as improved training on sexual harassment.
‘The personal attacks on our judges and prosecutors must cease,’ says ABA president
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez reminded the House of Delegates at the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Monday that Americans of all different backgrounds are paying more attention to issues of justice.
Kagan acknowledges incognito Twitter use; Ginsburg sees obstacles for women
In separate appearances last week, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan commented on how some things haven’t changed despite technological progress.
Why you should insist on diversity in your law practice

How women are perceived matters. As partners like to remind associates, when it comes to making it, perception is reality, writes author and lawyer Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz.

Assistant public defender: ‘I just personally like to give back’

LaToya Bell, an assistant public defender in Houston County in Georgia, a member of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, and a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, handles as many as 200 to 250 cases at any time involving misdemeanors and traffic offenses in state court. She has earned her own reputation for being hopeful for her clients—hopeful not only that justice is served, but that she can in some way improve their lives.

BigLaw partner is accused of sexual harassment by ousted CEO of Grammys organization
The ousted CEO of the Grammys organization has accused a Greenberg Traurig shareholder of sexual harassment in a charge of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Top St. Louis prosecutor files suit alleging racially motivated conspiracy to obstruct her equal-justice efforts
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the city and the police union are engaged in a racially motivated conspiracy to deny civil rights by obstructing her efforts to ensure equal justice under the law.
What ABA Journal readers can look forward to in 2020
In the news business, you can't take too much for granted. But while 2020 is sure to bring an abundance of surprises, we at the ABA Journal have plans in the works for new series, special projects and revamps of older products. Here's a look behind the editorial curtain at a few of the things you have to look forward to in 2020.
The financial costs for firms when women and minority lawyers leave

In this new episode of Asked and Answered, Ripa Rashid of Culture at Work talks to the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward about how can firms keep female and minority lawyers from leaving and the potentially high cost if and when they depart.

Gender equality is ‘irrevocable tenet of our society,’ ABA president says
On Wednesday, ABA President Judy Perry Martinez urged members of the South Carolina General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment—a proposed constitutional amendment that would guarantee equal rights for all Americans regardless of sex.
Percentage of black associates in large firms finally tops 2009 level, but not by much
The percentage of black associates in major law firms finally surpassed 2009 figures this year, according to a new diversity report by the National Association for Law Placement.

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