Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Above the Law" on women in law and law schools

In the past few days, a former student has forwarded me two recent items from Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid. Both are about women in the law--one about law practice, the other about law school.

The first speculates about how the recession may be good for women lawyers, which runs counter to conventional wisdom. Here's a short excerpt, which I love:
The demise of the billable hour. For women, many of whom have worked efficiently for years and been punished by the billable hour system, it means being evaluated on quality and efficiency, rather than time. And that can only help.
The second reports on apparent gender bias at the Cardozo Law Review. Amazingly, not a single female law student was elected to their editorial board this year. One of two women who just lost the election to be editor in chief writes:
I believe the journal does have a problem with gender bias in elections that we should address. It was striking that, for the second year in a row, the executive board does not have a single female member. It also stands out that, of all the editorial board positions with input into the article selection process for both the Law Review and de novo, not a single position is held by a woman.

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