Author Archives: Stephanie Russell-Kraft

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NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

The New York City Bar Association is gearing up for a summer leadership training program that hopes to put diversity and inclusion tools in the hands of those who might need it most: associates. Over the course of five Fridays this summer, 50 associates, ranging in experience from fourth years to eighth years, will convene for


Whittier Law School Closing: The First of Many?

The Whittier College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that it is closing its law school, making it one of, if not the first ABA accredited law school to shut its doors. But it likely won’t be the last, legal experts predict. “Once somebody does it, it becomes much more acceptable, psychologically and politically,” said Paul Campos, a professor

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Kerrie Campbell Voted Out of Chadbourne Partnership

Kerrie Campbell, the lawyer who last August brought claims of gender discrimination against Chadbourne & Parke, was voted out of the firm’s partnership Thursday morning. In a roll call vote, approximately 70 partners voted in favor of the motion to terminate her partnership interest in the firm. Some partners abstained, and Campbell was the only partner


Judge Doesn’t Step In to Block Chadbourne From Ousting Partner Suing Firm

A vote this week to expel Kerrie Campbell from the Chadbourne & Parke partnership will continue after a Manhattan federal judge declined to interfere, finding the firm’s recent press release announcing the vote did not rise to the level of coercion against potential new plaintiffs in Campbell’s gender discrimination case against the firm. In a ruling


Are Big Law Associates Less Concerned With Diversity Than Their Partners?

Young Big Law attorneys say they value diversity and inclusion less than partners, according to survey of Above The Law readers released this week. But is that really the case? In the survey, conducted on the ATL website by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, 39 percent of associates strongly agreed that diversity should

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Chadbourne Partner Seeks to Block Firm’s Vote to Oust Her

The three women suing Chadbourne & Parke for alleged gender discrimination asked a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday to enjoin the firm’s “misleading, coercive” and “abusive” communication with potential class members, and to block an upcoming vote to expel lead plaintiff Kerrie Campbell from Chadbourne’s partnership. The move comes one week after Chadbourne announced the firm’s partnership would

U.S. Supreme Court members (first row L-R) Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, (back row L-R) Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito and Associate Justice Elena Kagan pose for photographs in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court building October 8, 2010 in Washington, DC. This is the first time in history that three women are simultaneously serving on the court.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Who’s Interrupting Whom at the Supreme Court

Interruptions in Supreme Court oral arguments have increased in the past 25 years, but not because the court has become more polarized. Rather, they’ve gone up as more women joined the top court’s bench, a new study found this week. It’s not that women interrupt more often — in fact, they interrupt far less. It’s


An Interview with the First Black Woman Appointed to the Seventh Circuit

As Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit made her way up in the federal judiciary, she couldn’t turn to anyone who looked like her for advice. As the first-ever black woman appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and later the first

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Chadbourne Partners Will Vote To Expel Partner Bringing Gender Bias Suit

Chadbourne & Parke partners will soon be voting on a motion to expel the partner who in August filed a gender discrimination suit against the firm, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. The vote will be scheduled within the coming week, according to the Chadbourne spokesperson. In order to pass, the motion will need a two-thirds


Top Black Lawyers Share Advice with Young Attorneys of Color

As hundreds of attorneys convened in downtown Chicago last week for the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, the focus was on the future: mentoring and supporting the next generation of black women entering the legal profession. As a group, black women remain disproportionately underrepresented in Big Law. According to a January report by the