Women in the Law

1097 ABA Journal Women in the Law articles.

Do some states really prohibit bringing tampons and pads to the bar exam?

There are many things the National Conference of Bar Examiners thinks test-takers should not bring to a bar exam in the interest of test security—but tampons and sanitary napkins are not on the list, says Judith Gundersen, the NCBE’s president and CEO.

We need to reckon with feminism’s contributions to mass incarceration, says law professor

As a law professor at the University of Colorado Law School, Aya Gruber has seen her Millennial students wrestle with a problem that she has long struggled with herself: How to fight both gender-based violence and overpolicing.

Philly courts have ‘culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension,’ report says
Philadelphia courts have a "culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension" that hampers opportunities for employees of color, according to a report leaked last week to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Harassment is ‘embedded within the culture’ in many legal workplaces, new study finds
Sexual harassment still affects female lawyers at all levels, including judges, partners, general counsels and law professors, according to a study released Tuesday by the Women Lawyers on Guard, a national nonprofit organization that focuses on equality and justice.
Majority of minority female lawyers consider leaving law; ABA study explains why
Seventy percent of female minority lawyers report leaving or considering leaving the legal profession, according to an ABA report on the challenges that they face.
Afternoon Briefs: State chief justices on racial inequality; court worker fired for tearing down signs in video

State high courts, chief justices issue racial injustice statements

A growing number of state chief justices are issuing public statements following the death of George Floyd. Many of the…

Judge refuses to sanction women suing Jones Day for gender bias
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has refused to sanction former female associates who filed a $200 million lawsuit against Jones Day for alleged gender bias.
New study looks at the prison system’s failure to address women’s health and safety behind bars
New York bar reports minor increases in women’s court participation since 2017
Not much has changed in the three years since the New York State Bar Association released a landmark report highlighting the scarcity of female attorneys in lead roles in court cases in the state, according to a new study published Thursday.
These law firms were named as top family- and female-friendly workplaces by Yale Law Women
Yale Law Women’s latest report on top law firms for gender and family friendliness is taking a new approach, with more categories and more opportunities to acknowledge law firms.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge trims bias claims against Jones Day; was Roe plaintiff paid to switch sides?

Judge winnows claims in sex bias suit against Jones Day

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss has tossed some claims and allowed others in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by former…

Meet 9 American women shortlisted for the Supreme Court before Sandra Day O’Connor
As early as the 1930s, presidents were considering putting the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. So, who were these other candidates on the short list, and why did it take until 1981 for Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice?
‘Mrs. America’ and the renewed focus on the Equal Rights Amendment

“In a world where multiple sexual orientations and gender identities are becoming more accepted in mainstream culture, it seems past time for the ERA to finally become law,” writes Oklahoma lawyer Adam Banner.

Justice Ginsburg is hospitalized and treated for gallbladder condition
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized for nonsurgical treatment of a gallbladder condition, the Supreme Court announced Tuesday.
Afternoon Briefs: First black female Harvard Law grad dies from COVID-19; food delivery apps face antitrust suit

First black female Harvard Law grad dies from novel coronavirus

The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School has died after contracting COVID-19. Lila Fenwick graduated from the…

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