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Female Trial Attorneys in U.K. Notch a Win for Equality

Female Trial Attorneys in U.K. Notch a Win for Equality

By Suzi Ring, Bloomberg News London’s female trial lawyers have scored a small but symbolic victory: access to the men’s locker room. The new unisex space at Southwark Crown Court, one of London’s most famous courthouses and the stage for prosecutions in Libor, came after female barristers complained about being left out of conversations on

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Wake Up Call: London’s Women Lawyers Step Toward Greater Gender Parity

• London’s women trial lawyers won a small but symbolic victory: access to the men’s locker room where barristers don black gowns and white wigs, and agreements are occasionally struck. While the change may seem minor, it comes just as the U.K. appointed a female Supreme Court president, a first in a field dominated at the top

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Judge Scheindlin on ‘Gender Disparity’ and Imbalance in Big Law (Podcast)

  Women represent private parties in civil litigation just 18.5% of the time in New York according to a New York State Bar Association report released earlier this month. Judge Shira Scheindlin backed up those findings during a recent podcast recording: “what I witnessed in the courtroom was a great gender disparity in privately retained

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Mistaken For The Court Reporter: Litigating As A Woman

Ask a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes.  Teri Drew, who specializes in the defense of commercial liability claims, said it happened to her just a few months ago. “I went to a plaintiffs’ firm for a deposition, and the receptionist


Documentary Puts Struggles Of Women Lawyers in Generational Context (Review)

American women in the law have come a long way since Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at Harvard Law School in the 1950s, rushing back and forth between two buildings because only one had a women’s restroom. But, as Ginsburg notes in the new documentary, Balancing The Scales, “we haven’t reached Nirvana yet.” Her recorded remarks

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Columbia Law Dean on How to Train ‘Lawyers of the Future’

As we previously noted on Big Law Business, the on-campus interview process at the nation’s law schools is underway and the presence of large law firms hasn’t shown signs of abating — at least at the top schools. In our effort to provide some insight into this year’s legal employment market, we spoke with Columbia Law

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Stark Gender Divide Between Private and Public Sector Cases in New York

Female attorneys in New York are nearly twice as likely to represent parties in the public sector than private litigants, a study by the New York Bar has found. The study found that female lawyers accounted for 38.2 percent of lead counsel in public interest cases, and 19.4 percent of lead counsel in private practice. Similarly, women

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Kirkland’s Hunt for Roughly 245 Summer Associates in U.S.

It’s that time of year: law firm partners around the country are descending upon the nation’s top law schools in an attempt to lure the best students. Kirkland & Ellis — a 1,900-lawyer firm known for its commitment to recruiting — is sending as many as 14 attorneys per day to interview more than 900 law students

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the "Central Negro District." The precinct building opened in May 1950 to provide a station house for the black policemen and a courtroom for black judges in which to adjudicate black defendants. The building operated from 1950 until its closing in 1963.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Partner Suing Proskauer For Gender Bias Argues She’s An Employee

A female partner suing Proskauer Rose for gender discrimination is urging a Washington, D.C. federal judge not to toss her complaint, arguing she should be classified as an employee of the firm. The plaintiff, a D.C. partner who sued Proskauer anonymously under the name ‘Jane Doe’ in May, alleges she was objectified by male partners at