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Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson's blueprint for his year as ABA president

August 07, 2018

All ABA presidents are sworn to follow the policies of our Association, adopted by our House of Delegates. We value due process and democratic input with the consensus of state and local bar associations from every state, plus specialty bar associations and the ABA’s full range of expertise from all our sections and divisions. Yes, we are driven by ideology, but let’s be clear what our ideology is.

Women Graduates

Where women go (and don't go) to law school, 2018

March 30, 2018

Once again, 2017 data reveals that female enrollment in law schools has outpaced male enrollment. 2016 was the first year women made up the majority of law school attendees, and now 51.3% of women are attending in comparison to 48.7% of men. It is a significant achievement that women have caught up in terms of law school enrollment – for the second year in a row.

Leah Litman: The law hasn’t yet achieved parity

March 01, 2018

Parity between men and women in the legal profession is an aspiration. It’s not reality, at least not yet. I wish I’d have understood that in law school because hearing that there’s parity when there’s none can be maddening.

FACLC

FACLC staff on a multilingual mission to help families, children

December 20, 2017

The Family and Children's Law Center of the San Francisco Bay Area is a unique non-profit family law practice run completely by female attorneys. Kris Fowler Cirby serves as the executive director of the office, and Abby Frost Lucha, Gabrielle Gaetani, and Kristine Guerra serve as staff attorneys.

Women in Law

Summit examines the question: Why are women leaving law?

December 04, 2017

This year, ABA President Hilarie Bass launched an initiative focused on examining why women lawyers are leaving the profession in the prime of their careers when they should be taking on senior leadership roles. Titled “Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in the Law,” it includes multiple research projects with surveys

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis talks about the SEC, Women in the Profession

October 16, 2017

Tracy Davis has served as the Assistant Regional Director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's San Francisco office for over fifteen years. Here, she offers her insights into her work in both the private and public sectors, and speaks candidly about her experience navigating a legal career as a first generation lawyer and woman of color.

Take Risks, Live Well

Side-bar learning: Lawyering teaches you how to live well

September 06, 2017

Growing up I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted it more than anything.  I was an A student. I came from a working-class family and going to medical school justified my parents’ hard work and their love for me. I went to college and I began taking prerequisites like

Hilarie Bass

The coming year at the ABA – 3 initiatives and 1 lawsuit

August 16, 2017

Greetings from New York City! It has been an exhilarating week at the ABA’s Annual Meeting – thought-provoking panels, CLE’s at law firms throughout the city and at the United Nations, and the House of Delegates took action on numerous important issues affecting our bar association, our courts and our

Where do women go to law school?

May 03, 2017

2016 seems to be widely accepted as the first year in history that women enrolled in juris doctor degrees outnumbered men at US law schools – 50.09% versus 49.46%. A small percentage, 0.45%, selected “other” for gender. We wondered where exactly they're going to school. Does the east look different from

Moving Mountains

Success: It’s all in your head

March 01, 2017

Everyone goes through periods of self-doubt, even the most successful people, according to the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, Roberta Liebenberg. “Everyone has these moments where they feel like they’re an impostor, that someone’s going to find out that they’re actually not

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

Carol Langford

Meet a leader: Carol Langford

June 08, 2016

In addition to serving as a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Carol Langford teaches at the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. She co-authored "Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law," "Legal Ethics: Rules, Statutes and Comparisons" and "The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer: Truth, Justice, Power and Greed." She talks here with Natasha Galvez about her career and about her work in ethics.

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

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

December 01, 2015

By Lt. Gen. Flora Darpino LT. GEN. FLORA DARPINO is the 39th judge advocate general of the U.S. Army and the first woman to oversee the nearly 2,000 full-time judge advocates and civilian attorneys who provide legal services to the U.S. Army. She is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law—Camden

Pro bono leads to a calling

December 01, 2015

Growing up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York City and watching her immigrant Chinese mother work in the garment industry’s sweatshops—even working alongside her at times— Villy Wang became determined to grow up and earn enough money that her mother wouldn’t have to work so hard. Wang achieved

Cameo Joseph: A judge’s perspective on business

December 01, 2015

By AMY PHAN TAYLOR Cameo Joseph, a 3L at the University of South Carolina School of Law, joined a select group of diverse students from across the country to be part of the ABA’s Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program this past summer. Joseph clerked for the Hon. Clifton Newman, a circuit

Diana Kim: Sharing ner father’s story

December 01, 2015

By Amy Phan Taylor AMY PHAN TAYLOR, a 2L student at Seattle University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Diana Kim’s decision to share her father’s journey of recovery from mental instability and homelessness in a photography blog has had far-reaching impacts on the island of Oahu, where she

Job search advice for graduates

September 01, 2015

By Liz Stone LIZ STONE (estone@dubingroup.com) is managing director of The Dubin Group LLC, an attorney search firm in the San Francisco Bay area. You’re anticipating graduating and passing the bar, and you’re ready to find a job. Here are tips for your job search. Evaluate whether a recruiter will be able