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Women in the Law

1234 ABA Journal Women in the Law articles.

This online platform aims to help pro se litigants with complex civil cases

Unlike many other technological tools for pro se litigants, its creators say Courtroom5 is particularly well suited to help people with complex civil matters and can be utilized by consumers nationwide.

Weekly Briefs: First Black woman to clerk at SCOTUS dies; judge allows Dominion defamation suits

Trailblazing lawyer Karen Hastie Williams dies at 76

Lawyer Karen Hastie Williams died last month at age 76. She was the first Black woman to clerk at the U.S. Supreme…

Biden’s new picks for solicitor general and Manhattan US attorney once clerked for AG Garland

President Joe Biden’s new nominees for U.S. solicitor general and for U.S. attorney in Manhattan, New York City, both clerked for U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland when he was a federal appeals judge, and both clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Law prof’s federal discrimination suit against University of Idaho allowed to go forward

A U.S. district judge last week denied the University of Idaho’s motion for summary judgment on gender and race discrimination claims brought by a Black female law professor who claims she was unfairly denied an associate dean position and a stipend.

Country is divided, and lawyers can lead toward progress, says ABA President-elect Deborah Enix-Ross

Much has changed since the ABA's February 2021 midyear meeting, but Deborah Enix-Ross, the new president-elect, says the call to action she made then—seeking civics, civility and collaboration in the profession—is more important than ever.

When creating return-to-work policies, consider groups hardest-hit by pandemic

The House of Delegates passed two resolutions that focus on returning to the workplace amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the 2021 ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting on Monday.

Biden nominates first openly LGBTQ woman to a federal appeals court

President Joe Biden’s sixth round of judicial nominees includes a Vermont Supreme Court justice who would be the first openly LGBTQ woman to serve on a federal appeals court.

Meet the 2021 Margaret Brent Award honorees

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession presented this year’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards virtually on Thursday to a longtime judge and four lawyers who have worked in nearly every area of the legal profession.

ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting convenes members online and in Chicago

The American Bar Association is hosting its first-ever hybrid annual meeting, which will bring together members for both virtual and in-person events in Chicago this week.

How pandemic practice left lawyer-moms facing burnout

As the world ground to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic and parents scrambled for solutions, an uncomfortable truth emerged: Women are America’s default social safety net. It’s a regressive construct that has entrapped and hobbled working mothers across the spectrum—including lawyer-moms. The pandemic simply tightened the screws.

Woman went to law school so she could help fight for her transgender daughter’s rights

Katie Jenifer decided someone had to fight for her transgender daughter and decided she was the person for the job.

Biden’s initial US attorney picks include historic firsts

President Joe Biden and his administration on Monday nominated eight lawyers to lead U.S. attorney’s offices, most of whom would be the first Black or female prosecutors to lead their districts.

Afternoon Briefs: Webinar considers legal profession’s caregiving bias; animal rights lawyer pleads guilty

Webinar will consider caregiving bias in legal profession

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will examine how the legal profession can ensure the success of mothers and caregivers…

Women’s success in legal careers: Lack of advancement is not a ‘woman’ problem, it’s a ‘profession’ problem

A June 29 ABA Journal column by Susan Smith Blakely titled “Are women lawyers paying enough attention to upward mobility?” offered opinions that are antithetical to the core beliefs and principles of the American Bar Association.

Are women lawyers paying enough attention to upward mobility?

“More seasoned women lawyers know that getting the job and demonstrating potential is only the beginning. While developing leadership skills and climbing the promotion ladder is the goal for many women lawyers, they must be strategic.”

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