Lawyers

‘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

Want To Know Why There Aren’t More Black Lawyers?

One of the many things we’ve learned through the repeated murders of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement and the failure of these murderers to be brought to justice is that we need more Black lawyers and prosecutors. While nearly 40 percent of incarcerated prisoners are African-American, four percent of lawyers in the United States…keep reading

Winston & Strawn Hit With Explosive Gender Bias Suit

 Constance Ramos, who left Winston & Strawn in August to start her own Oakland, California-based intellectual property boutique, has become the latest former member of Big Law to bring a gender bias suit against an Am Law 200 firm. The litigation, which has not yet been previously reported, began with a 19-page complaint filed on Aug….keep reading