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Law Clerk

New initiative seeks to boost diversity of law clerks in the federal judiciary

July 08, 2020

Federal clerkships, for better or worse, are often seen as a gateway to many of the country’s top-tier legal jobs. Sadly, it comes as no surprise that diversity among law clerks in the federal judiciary is disproportionately low. Even though minorities increasingly make up a growing percentage of law school graduates nationwide, and

Act Now

Students take to Twitter to demand racial equality

July 01, 2020

The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade brought long overdue conversations about anti-Black racism—and police brutality against Black communities—into the mainstream. But at the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, it took hundreds of emails from

Trans Pride Flag

I’m Nicole: A law student and trans woman

June 29, 2020

July 5, 2019, I came to the striking realization that I’m a trans woman. And since that day I’ve lived the life I’ve always wanted to live. Albeit sober and in law school—which are challenges in and of themselves. So. Yay me. Starting London Tipton.

Discussion Group

Want to change the law? Change law school

June 17, 2020

Bright students pay on average $43,020 dollars annually to become the world-changing attorneys they see in the news—those creating stay-at-home orders to halt the spread of COVID-19 or calling for the end of the qualified immunity doctrine to reduce police brutality against communities of color. To get into law school, these students

Black Student in Class

A letter to my white classmates

June 12, 2020

I’m your classmate, and I’m Black. I was Black before I enrolled, and I will be Black after we graduate. Can you count how many Black classmates you’ve had throughout the years? Can you name them? I can count how many Black students I’ve

Diverse Innovation Staff

'Diversity and Inclusion': Understanding buzzwords and moving beyond them toward innovation

February 21, 2020

The words “diversity” and “inclusion” (as well as “equity” and “justice”) are often buzzwords in today’s workplace, on social media, and in classrooms across law and other graduate schools across the country. For those who come from historically (and currently) marginalized backgrounds, especially people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities,

Miosotti Tenecora

The importance of pipeline programs: I would not be here without them

September 09, 2019

As a first-generation college graduate, I did not know what kind of doors a college degree or a graduate degree could open. Coming from an economically disadvantaged background, I did not have the resources or the tools to leverage a college degree or graduate degree. At my local

Diversity

Make diversity part of your bar group's future plans—it's essential!

March 19, 2019

As bar leaders, lawyers can successfully integrate diversity into your bar, into your leadership, and into your future plans for your organization. Today, I’m happy to talk about how you as bar leaders can successfully integrate diversity into your bar, into your leadership, and into

HNBA conference's Law Student and Young Lawyer CLE Track offers valuable skills

January 10, 2019

Law schools have traditionally focused on teaching law students about the theory and doctrine of the law.  However, with the higher demands and expectations of new associates, it is imperative to learn skills not traditionally taught in law school.  Anyone performing an online search will find numerous articles

Choices

Joining a law firm? Choose the right one for you with these 4 tips

November 29, 2018

How does one tell if a firm is truly committed to diversity and inclusion? While many firms tout their commitment to service, diversity and inclusion, and professional development of its junior attorneys, law students should consider the following tips when evaluating a firm’s culture to determine if it is the right fit.

Diversity

5 ways law students can interrupt implicit bias

May 29, 2018

Let me tell you a story about implicit bias. In 2009, I married a man I met the first day of law school. He is white. I am black. In 2010, we moved to Chicago. By various measures, Chicago is the most segregated city in the United States. Specifically, for

Implicit Bias

Confronting implicit bias: What law firms can learn from Starbucks

May 29, 2018

Implicit bias is pervasive.  It is a consequence of our brains’ quest for efficiency.  Instead of laboring over every decision we need to make each day, our brains take shortcuts when making routine decisions.  For example, each time you stop at a red light you don’t contemplate what that means

Google

Mr. Damore's folly: Aftermath of a manifesto

August 08, 2017

Yesterday, Google terminated a Googler who wrote a “manifesto” against “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.”  This is not surprising.  That said, the belief that Google only did so because of its “politically correct monoculture” either fails to see the significant problems in the memo or intentionally glosses over them

Chatting about oral advocacy and 'vocal fry'

December 08, 2016

Make eye contact. Speak up. Stand up straight. Gesture only to make a point. Oral advocates and students of oral advocacy regularly get advice about the nonverbal aspects of their presentations.  But what is an advocate or a student to do if the advice perpetuates harmful stereotypes? This was the topic

Linda Chanow

Leadership Profile: Linda Chanow

March 31, 2016

Linda Chanow is executive director of The University of Texas School of Law's Center for Women in Law.  She is a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She also co-chaired the ABA's Toolkit for Gender Equity in Partner Compensation, an initiative of the ABA

Yes, Virginia, There Is Still Gender Bias in the Profession

April 02, 2013

Here is a sobering statistic: Almost 80 percent of 92 major US firms with a chief governing committee had two or fewer women on that committee, according to a 2012 survey by The American Lawyer. Forty-two percent said their committee had only one woman. Eight firms had nary a woman

Disabled Law Students See Largest Hurdles at Entrance, Exit

April 01, 2012

By Ed Finkel. Stanford University Law School has handled third-year student Elizabeth Kolbe’s physical disability virtually without a hitch, but Kolbe is well aware she’s lucky in that regard. Through her role as president of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD), Kolbe has gotten a broader sense of