Women in the Law

1070 ABA Journal Women in the Law articles.

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.
Afternoon Briefs: Impeachment articles OK’d for House vote; judge’s dog-fighting remarks didn’t require recusal

House committee approves articles of impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, sending them to the full U.S. House of…

How ‘Legally Blonde’ influenced a generation of women lawyers

What was once seen as another rom-com about a sorority girl tackling Harvard Law to get the love of her life back became something much more to female law students and women lawyers. Years later, Elle Woods remains influential for women in the legal field.

BigLaw firm settles with 5 pregnancy-bias plaintiffs in $200M suit
Five out of seven plaintiffs who sued Morrison & Foerster for alleged “mommy track” bias have settled their claims after a mediation session, according to a court filing.
Appeals court sees lawyer’s reference to ‘attractive’ judge in brief as a ‘teachable moment’ on sexism
A California appeals court added a “note on civility, sexism and persuasive brief writing” to the end of an opinion to address what it described as a lawyer’s “highly inappropriate” description of a trial judge’s appearance and personal characteristics.
Why are experienced women lawyers leaving BigLaw? Survey looks for answers and finds big disparities
A survey of 1,262 longtime lawyers and leaders in BigLaw found that women were far more likely than men to say they were denied business development opportunities, refused or overlooked for promotions and perceived as less committed to their careers.
Diversity in the legal tech community has been slow but steady

In this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, the ABA Journal’s Jason Tashea talks to Kristen Sonday of Paladin, a platform that helps organizations manage, staff and track pro bono efforts, about the slowly growing diversity in legal tech.

Afternoon Briefs: Madonna sued over late start time of concert; unusual bar ceremony goes viral

Fan sues Madonna for pushing back start time of her concert

A Florida man who spent more than $1,000 on three tickets to see singer Madonna in concert at her…

Inclusion illusion: Diversity’s pain point

Instead of feeling like valued employees, women and lawyers of color often feel like “diversity props” or window dressing—tokens of diversity but without the inclusion.

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