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    • 9 Oct 2012

    U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE ON RACIALISM BY UNIVERSITIES

    October 1, 2012 - DENVER, CO. A friend of the court brief by a western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation was before the Supreme Court of the United States today when the Court heard arguments on ending the use of racial quotas by universities by overturning a 2003 Supreme Court ruling. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), which won a landmark civil rights decision by the Supreme Court, filed a friend of...
    • 30 May 2012

    Mountain States Legal Foundation Urges End to Racial Quotas by Universities

    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged the Supreme Court of the United States to end the use of racial quotas by universities by overturning a 2003 Supreme Court ruling. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), which won a landmark civil rights decision by the Supreme Court, filed a friend of the court brief urging the Court to reverse a ruling by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit...
    • 22 Nov 2011

    Law Schools and Law Firms Reinforce the Gender Gap Together

    Last month, the New York Times published a sobering reminder that thirty years after the appointment of the first female justice to the Supreme Court, a glass ceiling remains for women in the legal profession. Women largely remain ghettoized in the lower positions in the legal profession: women comprise 45 percent of law firm associates but among equity partners in the AmLaw 200, they are only 6 percent. In other words...
    • 7 Nov 2011

    Diversity and Minority Promotion and Retention in Law Firms

    "This path breaking research sends a message to America's law firms that is loud and clear: the best law students want to work at the firms where they have a fair chance at promotion, and where it is possible to work hard and enjoy a family life. It's about time students collected this kind of basic information about law firms and began to vote with their feet." -Michele Landis Dauber, ph.d., Professor...
    • 27 Oct 2011

    Shaping the Tributary: The Why, What, and How of Pipeline Programs to Increase Diversity in Legal Education and the Legal Profession

    By Laura Rothstein The goal of the Pipeline Models Conference, hosted at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, was to provide an understanding of the diversity pipeline, to expand awareness of the array of program models, to expand the portfolio of practical tools for program development and implementation, and to energize the connection to a network of professionals engaged in similar activities at other...
    • 27 Sep 2011

    Diverse Attorneys Making Progress but Still Behind on Partnership Prospects

    Last year, data from the annual Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey suggested that minority lawyers had been disproportionately affected by the economic downturn , with previously reported gains halted-in some cases, reversed-in 2009. The latest survey results, however, provide evidence that the legal profession is slowly recovering from the economic crisis and that progress for minority lawyers has moved forward again...
    • 18 Aug 2011

    Diversity & The Bar: Spotlighting Minority and Women Attorneys as Chief Legal Officer of Fortune 500 and 1000 Companies

    The Association of Corporate Counsel and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association will spotlight advances of minority and women attorneys. The next issue of Diversity & The Bar will feature women who have advanced to the position of Chief Legal Officer of Fortune 500 and 1000 companies. The upcoming issue of Diversity & The Bar will spotlight the accomplishments of these talented, diverse lawyers. The attached...
    • 9 Aug 2011

    The Impact of Diversity on the Legal Profession

    "Diversity is a very critical element of our society," said Robert J. Grey, Jr.-a partner at law firm Hunton & Williams -during a keynote speech at the 6 th Annual Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair , held on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Washington, D.C. In discussing his path to Washington and Lee University School of Law , Grey engaged the audience with a story about his first meeting with the then...
    • 8 Aug 2011

    Ask Lambda Legal: Don’t be a Marriage Collector

    Q: My partner and I got married in California in 2008 before Prop 8 passed--as New Yorkers we now want to marry in our home state. Is this a good idea? A: As we celebrate marriage equality in New York, the new law has also caused some people to wonder how this law affects them and their families, especially those same-sex couples who have already been legally married elsewhere. We understand wanting marry again in...
    • 3 Aug 2011

    Vault's 2012 Best Law Firms for Diversity

    Diversity: many candidates seek it, many clients demand it and many law firms tout it. But which firms are delivering when it comes to recruitment and retention of diverse candidates? At the sixth annual Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair this past Friday, Vault revealed the results of its diversity rankings , and one firm stole the show: Carlton Fields. Vault's diversity rankings are part of our annual law...
    • 18 Jul 2011

    Minority Corporate Counsel Workplace Survey of Gen Y Attorneys

    The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has launched its Workplace 2020 Initiative, and we are inviting all Gen Y lawyers (born in 1980 or after) to take a survey on how Gen Y lawyers feel about their workplaces and what they would do to change their workplaces for the better. MCCA's Workplace 2020 Initiative, a set of research studies and programming designed to assist the legal profession in revamping its...
    • 16 Jul 2011

    The Economic Benefits of On-Site Day Care in Law Firms

    On-site child care, along with the social benefits it provides for women-lawyers at law firms, also has documented economic benefits for law firms as a business. In short, on-site child care naturally changes the efficiency at which people work in law firms. In an online Business Week article entitled "Day Care: An Office Affair," Cliff Hahn affirms that "Child care benefits the employers who sponsor it...
    • 15 Jul 2011

    The Social and Economic Benefits of On-Site Day Care

    The social benefits of on-site day cares in law firms, as briefly mentioned in my previous post, include reducing the stress, discrimination, and, ultimately, the attrition experienced by female and mother-lawyers. On-site child care offers a way for law firms to change the negative trends they experience with their women lawyers. In Gender in Practice: A Study of Lawyer's Lives , Hagan and Kay (1995) report that...
    • 17 Jun 2011

    Providing Child-Care Could Alleviate Gender Inequity in Law Firms

    The demands of the billable hour disadvantage female and mother-lawyers and prevent them from becoming partners. In many ways, the gender roles of female and mother-lawyers are in direct conflict with the billable hour requirements of law firms. Hagan and Kay (1995) quote Liefland (1986) as remarking, "Women lawyers who choose to have children are caught between society's delegation of child care to women and...
    • 16 Jun 2011

    The Women in Law Empowerment Forum Awards “Gold Standard Certification" to Firms Empowering Women Leaders

    Reed Smith Receives Gold Standard Certification for Empowering Women in Law The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) has named Reed Smith LLP as one of a select few law firms that qualifies for its new "Gold Standard Certification," which is a designation for firms that have integrated women in top leadership positions and compensated them well. WILEF invited more than 300 firms with 100 or more attorneys...
    • 11 Jun 2011

    Legal Issues when Organizing Gay Pride Celebrations

    Q: My city has been holding an LGBT pride celebration for years now, but this year, we are being told that we cannot get a permit to have our annual parade. What should I do? A: We've dealt with situations like this before. Unfortunately, government officials who seek political gain often do so on the backs of the LGBT community by using religion or a personal definition of morality to denounce LGBT events. But...
    • 10 Jun 2011

    The Firm as a Consumer in an External Labor Market (continued)

    The Building a Better Legal Profession research project included two different goals, we created over-arching research questions as well as sub-questions for each. Broadly, the two-fold aims of our group's project is to Mobilize students via the internet using the Google Adwords Grant and other electronic media and to encourage law school career service offices to adopt the BBLP website and provide students with a...
    • 9 Jun 2011

    The Firm as a Consumer in an External Labor Market

    "This path breaking research sends a message to America's law firms that is loud and clear: the best law students want to work at the firms where they have a fair chance at promotion, and where it is possible to work hard and enjoy a family life. It's about time students collected this kind of basic information about law firms and began to vote with their feet." -Michele Landis Dauber, Ph...
    • 3 Jun 2011

    Day Care Centers in Law Firms

    The adoption of on-site child care in law firms has the potential to have beneficial (1) social effects for women and mothers and (2) economic benefits for law firms as businesses. At many law firms, demanding billable hour requirements create a prejudiced work environment that disadvantages mothers during their "optimal years of childbearing and family responsibility" (Hagan & Kay 1995). Past research on...
    • 27 May 2011

    Female Lawyers: Career Track or Inevitable Mommies & Should It Matter?

    Last week, Vault's CSR editor Aman Singh covered Glencore Chairman Simon Murray's recent comments about hiring women-which he later retracted and apologized for-including this gem: Do you think that means when I rush out, what I'm absolutely desperate to have is young women who are about to get married in my company, and that I really need them on board because I know they're going to get pregnant and...
    • 26 May 2011

    Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair

    Registration is now open for Vault's Legal Diversity Career Fair. Hollywood, get ready because Vault is heading your way this July. We're also setting up camp in the land of khakis and politics. That's right, the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair is back for its sixth year, and this year we're getting the west coast in on the action (allowing us not only to reach attorneys and law students across...
    • 26 May 2011

    Is Big Law For Me?

    Perhaps even more disturbing than quickly realizing that my decision to go to Big Law was the wrong one, is the thought of spending several years in the professional blissfully unaware of any issues until I bang my head against the glass ceiling. My conception of the glass ceiling became much more real after I read the account of a black attorney who sues his large law firm employer for racial discrimination in The Good...
    • 19 May 2011

    Concerns for 2Ls About BigLaw Careers

    By going to a firm, I feel that I'm giving in not just as a person interested in social justice, but also as a woman. In a study of race and gender inequality at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Lani Guinier et. al. note that among the law school class they surveyed, between 25 and 33% of the women entered law school expressing a commitment to public interest, compared to only 7% of the men. [1] By the third...
    • 10 May 2011

    Failing the First Date Test: Why I Shouldn’t Work in Big Law

    I suggest that anyone who is unsure about her future career plans try out the "First Date Test" for choosing a profession: If you're on a first date with someone and you can't tell them what you plan to do for a living without feeling guilty, getting defensive, or having a panic attack, you should think about pursuing a different career path. I believe in this test because I derived it from real-life...
    • 17 Mar 2011

    APPEALS COURT MUST REVERSE RULING ALLOWING USE OF RACE

    A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to hear and reverse a ruling by a three-judge panel upholding the right of the University of Texas at Austin to deny admission to two Texas coeds because of their race. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), which prevailed in a landmark civil rights decision by the Supreme Court, argued in a friend of the...