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New survey finds even bigger gender gap in big law partner pay
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 7, 2018, 4:28 pm
Dan Packel writes, "Awareness of the gender pay gap among law firm partners may be rising, thanks in part to a number of high-profile lawsuits. But the pay gap itself?
It may be getting worse.
That’s the lesson from a new partner compensation survey out Thursday from Major, Lindsey & Africa. The l
Americans value equality at work more than equality at home
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 7, 2018, 4:26 pm
Claire Cain Miller writes, "Americans have grown increasingly likely to believe that women and men should have equal roles at work, in politics and at home. But a significant share still say that men’s and women’s roles should be different at home — even when they believe they should be equal at wor
Wall Street rule for the #MeToo era: Avoid women at all cost
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 6, 2018, 1:49 pm
Gillian Tan and Katia Porzecanski write, "No more dinners with female colleagues. Don’t sit next to them on flights. Book hotel rooms on different floors. Avoid one-on-one meetings.
In fact, as a wealth adviser put it, just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took someth
Federal Judiciary gets its first 'judicial integrity officer'
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 6, 2018, 1:46 pm
Tom McParland writes, "Jill Langley, the former director of workplace relations for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, has been named the federal judiciary’s first judicial integrity officer, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts announced Monday.
A longtime authority in employ
A Study of West Point shows how women help each other advance
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 3, 2018, 11:49 am
Nick Huntington-Klein and Elaina Rose write,"Over the last several decades, women have made tremendous gains in many professions. Women physicians, for instance, were a rarity in the 1960s. Today, about 35% of physicians are women, and the representation will only increase as women—who constitute ov
Why female litigators leave big law—and what could get them to stay
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 3, 2018, 11:44 am
Robert Storace writes, "The big picture in Big Law was drastically different 30 years ago when women were paid much less than men, had very few positions of power and—in some cases—would walk into a room and be mistaken for the court reporter.
Those days are fading, female lawyers say, but inequiti
Breaking the glass Ceiling: Women in the boardroom
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 3, 2018, 11:07 am
From Paul Hastings: "Women account for nearly 50% of the world’s population and approximately 40% of the global workforce. However, women are consistently underrepresented on corporate boards of directors across the globe. Though many countries have made great strides in promoting women’s rights wit
Proving consent: Tech companies are creating apps to combat sexual assault
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 3, 2018, 10:55 am
Jason Tashea writes, "When having sex in Sweden, “no” means “no” and “yes” must be explicit.
In May, the country’s Parliament passed a law stating that sex without consent is rape, making it the 10th European Union country to do so. Past laws required Swedish prosecutors to show that violence, or t
O'Melveny will use online games to evaluate potential summer associates
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 3, 2018, 10:54 am
Debra Cassens Weiss writes,"O’Melveny & Myers will be evaluating potential summer associates through online games that measure traits such as effort, attention, planning, memory and flexibility.
O’Melveny is using the games developed by neuroscientists at a company called Pymetrics, according to a
Building toward a future
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: December 3, 2018, 10:40 am
Eli Hager writes, "AT THE OLDEST WOMEN’S PRISON IN THE U.S., on the west side of Indianapolis, Vanessa Thompson sat on a bunk in her cell, watching television. It was early 2015, the seventeenth year of her incarceration.
On TV, then-mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett was talking about a stubborn Indian
After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 26, 2018, 10:21 am
Shirin Ghaffary and Eric Johnson write, “On Nov. 1, 20,000 Google employees and contractors walked out of the company’s offices around the world, one week after the New York Times reported that Google had protected three executives accused of sexual misconduct, including Android founder Andy Rubin.
Judge rules that federal law banning female genital mutilation is unconstitutional
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 26, 2018, 10:18 am
Samantha Schmidt writes, “A federal judge dismissed criminal charges against two doctors in a landmark female genital mutilation case and ruled that Congress “overstepped its bounds” by passing a law banning the procedure.
The case centered on two Michigan doctors and six others charged last year i
Kirkland & Ellis drops mandatory arbitration for associates amid law student boycott
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 26, 2018, 10:09 am
Karen Sloan writes, “Kirkland & Ellis will no longer require associates and summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration agreements.
The change comes after a group of Harvard law students last week called on classmates to boycott the firm during the upcoming summer associate recruiting season un
Sex assault rules under DeVos bolster defendants’ rights and ease college liability
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 19, 2018, 9:41 am
Erica L. Green writes, "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled a highly anticipated overhaul on Friday of the rules governing campus sexual assault, reducing the liability of colleges and universities for investigating sexual misconduct claims and bolstering the due process rights of defendants, i
Dartmouth students sue over alleged sexual assault by professors
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 19, 2018, 9:22 am
Deirdre Fernandes writes, "To the scientific community, Dartmouth College’s psychology and brain sciences department was a powerhouse, equipped with the latest technology and celebrated professors producing headline-grabbing research.
But it was also a “21st-century Animal House” where three former
Too many senior women are leaving the profession
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 19, 2018, 9:17 am
Roberta Liebenberg writes,"I often describe myself as a “unicorn” in the legal profession. I have been practicing law for more than 43 years, and I still have a very active, full-time practice. I love being a lawyer and feel very fortunate to work on so many interesting and challenging cases on beha
Women are ready: Is the legal industry?
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 16, 2018, 3:46 pm
Patricia K. Gillette writes, "Dorothy. For most of us, that name evokes immediate images of a young woman, a tornado, and the wicked witch. Yes, the Wizard of Oz. But one image Dorothy never conjures up is that of a female leader. And yet, isn’t that is exactly what Dorothy was?
She took the Scarec
Iranian women won a small victory in a long quest to join the “public happiness” of football
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 16, 2018, 3:40 pm
Ephrat Livni writes, "Before the soccer match in Tehran even began on Saturday (Nov. 10), Iranian women already felt the thrill of victory. For the first time since a de facto ban on female attendance was instituted after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, about 1,000 women were permitted to attend a l
Uber wants to lead the way on tracking sexual assault and harassment
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 16, 2018, 3:14 pm
Emma Hinchliffe writes, "Bringing people together in the real world comes with risk—and Uber wants to be a leader in tracking and understanding the sexual harassment and assault that happens in those spaces.
The ridesharing company on Monday debuted what it’s calling a “taxonomy” of sexual offenses
Facebook to drop forced arbitration in harassment cases
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 12, 2018, 11:02 am
Daisuke Wakabayashi and Jessica Silver-Greenberg write, “SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Friday that it would no longer force employees to settle sexual harassment claims in private arbitration, making it the latest technology company to do away with a practice that critics say has stacked the deck
Trump administration issues rules permitting birth control coverage exemption
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 12, 2018, 10:57 am
Natasha Bach writes, “The Trump administration issued two rules on Wednesday that will permit some employers to opt out of providing coverage for birth control based on religious or moral grounds.
The first rule provides an exemption to companies that object to birth control coverage due to “religi
Google ends forced arbitration after employee walkout
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 12, 2018, 10:54 am
From Fortune: “Google changed some policies on sexual misconduct after thousands of employees walked out of their offices last week to protest big payouts for executives accused of harassment and other misbehavior.
The Alphabet Inc. unit is making arbitration optional for individual sexual harassme
How many women lawyers were elected in the midterms? Quite a few
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 12, 2018, 10:49 am
Marcia Coyle writes, “Among an estimated 118 women elected and re-elected to Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections, roughly one-third will be putting their law degrees to work in their new legislative duties.
The 37 lawyer-legislators are diverse in race, ethnicity, law schools and legal experien
Ginsburg out of hospital, will work from home
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 12, 2018, 10:47 am
Tony Mauro writes, “U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Friday morning, a day after she was admitted for treatment of three broken ribs, the court announced.
Ginsburg is “doing well and plans to work from home today,” court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in
Tokyo medical school offers places to women after sexism scandal
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 12, 2018, 10:40 am
Justin McCurry writes, “A Japanese medical school at the centre of a sexism row has offered places to dozens of women who were unfairly rejected in favour of male candidates.
Tokyo Medical University said this week that it would accept women whose exam scores were deliberately marked down to restri
Men are worried, but EEOC panel finds little evidence to support #MeToo backlash fears
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 5, 2018, 12:03 pm
Erin Mulvaney writes, "The recent backlash against the #MeToo movement suggests men should fear false accusations or reactive company investigations because of the pressure from social media or news organizations, yet little evidence exists to prove a push against sexual harassment in the workforce
Google workers are planning a walkout this week. here's what they're protesting
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 5, 2018, 10:56 am
Grace Dobush writes, "More than 200 Google workers are planning a walkout on Thursday to protest the recent revelations about the company’s protection of sexual harassers. The organizers have a list of requests for the company to consider to help anyone affected by sexual harassment or power dynamic
Men, specialists again dominate Supreme Court arguments
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 4, 2018, 1:37 am
Kimberly Strawbidge Robinson writes, “Men will once again dominate U.S. Supreme Court arguments when the court kicks off its November sitting Oct. 29.
Of the 34 attorneys slated to argue in the 12 cases through Nov. 7, only seven are women. Only three of those seven are attorneys at firms. The othe
Witnesses say judiciary needs more transparency & reporting options on sexual misconduct
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 4, 2018, 1:26 am
Marcia Coyle writes, “A ban on consensual romantic relationships between judges and their employees, and continued investigation and public report of judges accused of sexual misconduct even if they retire or resign were among proposals offered Tuesday during a hearing on the federal judiciary’s eff
Women’s rights activist named to head Ethiopia’s Supreme Court
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 4, 2018, 1:13 am
Paul Schemm writes, “ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — In Ethiopia’s latest move to empower women, the country’s Parliament on Thursday installed as Supreme Court president a women’s rights activist whose achievements were championed in a movie promoted by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie.
Meaza Ashenafi was
Today is Latina equal pay day. Here's what that means
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: November 1, 2018, 1:32 pm
Emma Hinchliffe writes, "Nov. 1 marks Latina Equal Pay Day—the extra 10 months and one day Latinx women had to work into 2018 to earn as much money as white men made in 2017 alone.
On average, Latinas are paid 53 cents for every dollar that white, non-Hispanic men make, according to the Labor Counc
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor discloses dementia diagnosis and a final goal
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 29, 2018, 11:05 am
Maria Coyle writes, "In an extraordinary letter to her friends and the nation, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, revealed she has been diagnosed with early stage dementia and urged a national commitment to civics education.
“Since many people h
Trump administration wants to remove 'gender' from UN human rights documents
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 29, 2018, 10:08 am
Julian Borges writes, "US officials at the United Nations are seeking to eliminate the word “gender” from UN human rights documents, most often replacing it with “woman”, apparently as part of the Trump administration’s campaign to define transgender people out of existence.
At recent meetings of t
'Dramatic power imbalance' remains at work
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 26, 2018, 2:23 pm
Betsey Guzior writes, “Unfairness in promotions, disparities in pay, and a dearth of representation have a direct effect on whether a workplace is more prone to sexual harassment, a new study by McKinsey and the Lean In organization has found.
The fourth annual Women in the Workplace study looked c
Female employees who are the only woman at work are 50% more likely to consider quitting
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 26, 2018, 2:19 pm
Emma Hinchliffe writes, “It’s common for female employees to be the only woman in the room at work, according to Lean In—and that singularity takes a toll.
One in five women surveyed by Lean In.org and McKinsey & Company for their fourth annual study of women at work told the organization that they
#MeToo brought down 201 powerful men. Nearly half of their replacements are women.
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 26, 2018, 2:16 pm
Audrey Carlson, Maya Salam, Claire Cain Miller, Denise Lu, Ash Ngu, Jugal K. Patel and Zach Wichter write, “They had often gotten away with it for years, and for those they harassed, it seemed as if the perpetrators would never pay any consequences. Then came the report that detailed Harvey Weinstei
Miscarrying at work: The physical toll of pregnancy discrimination
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 26, 2018, 2:12 pm
Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Natalie Kitroeff write, “MEMPHIS — If you are a Verizon customer on the East Coast, odds are good that your cellphone or tablet arrived by way of a beige, windowless warehouse near Tennessee’s border with Mississippi.
Inside, hundreds of workers, many of them women, lif
‘Transgender’ could be defined out of existence under Trump Administration
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 26, 2018, 2:08 pm
Erica L. Green, Katie Benner, and Robert Pear write, “WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of
Study: anti-black hiring discrimination is as prevalent today as it was in 1989
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 26, 2018, 2:02 pm
German Lopez writes, “Americans are as racist as they were back in the late 1980s — at least in one crucial area: jobs.
A new study, by researchers at Northwestern University, Harvard, and the Institute for Social Research in Norway, looked at every available field experiment on hiring discriminati
Eight stories of men’s regrets
Blog: NAWL News | Posted By: Nor Attisha | Released: October 22, 2018, 10:32 am
Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer writes, “Late on the Friday afternoon of Sept. 21, the same week that Christine Blasey Ford went public with accusations of sexual assaults against Brett Kavanaugh, The New York Times invited male readers to tell us about their high school experiences. Had you, we asked, ever b