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‘Angry Black Women’ Comment Gets Lawyer Disciplined, Again

A Michigan lawyer who’s also a local radio personality has been reprimanded for telling an officer during a hearing that she had “angry black women’s syndrome.” Cliff Woodards, 55, engaged in “discourteous conduct” during a probation hearing in Wayne County Circuit Court, the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board found. Woodards, who is African American, also said to the…keep reading

Coming “Out” in Numbers

Even in 2017, when same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide for two years, some LGBT lawyers still don’t feel comfortable enough to be “out” at work. Even in 2017, when same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide for two years, some LGBT lawyers still don’t feel comfortable enough to be “out” at work. That’s something that…keep reading

Yes, It’s News When Big Law Elects a Black Leader

Ellisen Turner. Irell & Manella has a new managing partner: Ellisen Turner. When I first read that news, I thought ho-hum. Another man for the top job. But then I glanced down at the page and saw Turner’s photo, and my reaction was: Wow. He’s African-American! Anyone who pretends that she didn’t react the way I…keep reading

Fish & Richardson Principal Anita Meiklejohn, Ph.D., Named 2017 “Top Woman of Law” Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Fish & Richardson announced today that principal Anita Meiklejohn, Ph.D. has been named a 2017 “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) for her “great accomplishments in the legal field.” MLW singles out an elite group of “exceptional” pioneers, educators, trailblazers, and role models for this prestigious award each year. Dr. Meiklejohn will receive her award at an event in Boston on November…keep reading

Law Firms Implement Initiatives, Mentoring to Retain Women Attorneys

Although more than half of law school graduates are women, they make up only 36 percent of legal professionals, according to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women. “The industry as a whole has a problem attracting women to the legal field and retaining them,” said Courtney Leyes, an associate and…keep reading