Women in the Law

1000 ABA Journal Women in the Law articles.

Study finds male partners make an average of 53% more than female partners at top law firms
The difference in average compensation for male and female partners at top U.S. law firms amounts to a 53 percent pay gap, according to a survey released on Thursday.
A life of legal firsts—including romance and marriage
I graduated from Columbia Law School in 1945, 20 years before the Civil Rights Act made it illegal to discriminate in employment on the basis of sex. Although some eastern law schools—Yale and Columbia, but heavens, not Harvard—already admitted women, female graduates couldn’t expect to be recommended as law clerks to sitting judges, no matter how well their records stacked up against their male classmates.
The wives of white-collar crime: Support group aims to help families and end stigma
Women from four continents learned the hard way that they were married to white-collar criminals. Now their private online support group, the White-Collar Wives Project, is shining a light on damage that white-collar crime can cause the entire family.
Burford Capital $50 million litigation fund headed by women and female-owned firms
The Equity Project aims to enable female litigators to become leaders in significant matters, claim origination more easily, and nab new business by offering clients alternative fees.
Michelle Obama got this advice after confiding to her mother that she hated being a lawyer

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Stop stabbing in the front: Bring balance and civility to work

Anger and frustration have been stirred up from many corners. Yet, while it’s not surprising that emotions run hot when the stakes are high, there is a fundamental takeaway from this current cultural climate: We need new ways of relating to each other.

Making It Work: Erin Johnston
Erin Johnston is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis. Johnston is chair of the D.C. office’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. She has received Kirkland’s Pro Bono Service Award multiple times.
Lawyers on balancing motherhood or choosing a child-free life

Motherhood is more demanding than ever. Parents spend more time and money on child care. They feel more pressure to breastfeed, to do enriching activities with their children, and to…

Meet Justice Kavanaugh’s four female law clerks, a hiring first

Justice Brett Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court on Tuesday with a staff of four female law clerks.

It’s the first time any justice on the court has hired a clerking…

Former LeClairRyan partner who sued for gender bias asks court to confirm $1M arbitration award
A former LeClairRyan partner who claimed the firm unfairly favors males in compensation decisions has asked a federal court to confirm a $1 million arbitration award that includes more than $700,000 in attorney fees.
I am a woman who left the law
I graduated with honors and landed an associate position at a respected, multistate law firm. I practiced for several years, then quit. I am one of the many female attorneys who show promise but never achieve “success,” leaving many asking “Why?”
Law firms embrace blind recruiting to promote diversity—but does it work?
Could the resume become an anachronism? At some law firms, particularly in Canada and the United Kingdom, hiring partners have embraced blind recruiting, removing identification details from candidates’ resumes and applications to eliminate potential bias and promote diversity.
More law firms join ‘best for women’ lists, but statistics are stalled
More firms than ever before vied for a spot on the 11th annual Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women 2018 list. Yet women still face career challenges in large law firms.
Harassment survey respondents see no change ‘till everyone believes’
Thanks to the #MeToo movement, conversations about sexual harassment are happening now with much more frequency, but respondents to a recent survey expressed serious doubt that recent news has created grass-roots effects.
Female partner who sued Proskauer regarding compensation joins Polsinelli

Connie Bertram, the Proskauer Rose partner who agreed to dismiss her gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm last month, is now a shareholder with Polsinelli

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