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A judge wants a bigger role for female lawyers. So he made a rule.

Alan Feuer writes, "It is common for judges to publish guidance for lawyers who appear in their courtrooms on how to conduct themselves with regard to minor matters like how and when to file motions. But on Wednesday, Jack B. Weinstein, a senior federal judge in Brooklyn, used this typically mundane process to address an issue of growing concern to many in the legal profession: the lack of female lawyers in leading roles at trials and other court proceedings.

Following the lead of a handful of other federal judgest, Judge Weinstein issued a court rule urging a more visible and substantive role for young female lawyers working on cases he is hearing.

The issuance of the rule was just one jurist's effort to chip away at the traditional old0boy network that has dominated the legal profession for decades. While some women have, of course, ascended to the top of the legal field, serving on the United States Supreme Court, many still face challenges getting heard in court."

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