Thursday, April 03, 2014

Today's Must Read: The Power of Gender Equity (Trial Magazine)

If you are like me, you are inundated with magazines, enews, case reports and more each day. There is a temptation to just put the materials in a pile and move on. AAJ publishes Trial Magazine, which is a "stop and read" publication for me. Don't make the mistake of waiting until later to read at least one article from that magazine. (Thanks to AAJ for allowing me to reprint)

This month there is a must read article by my friend Kim Dougherty, titled "The Power of Gender Equity." Take five minutes to read this article.   It's powerful and thought provoking - noting that unconscious gender stereotypes affect how women lawyers are perceived, which can translate into missed opportunities.

Read it here:

Kim asks question that may make some lawyers stop in their tracks: "Does gender equality in the legal profession make me uncomfortable?"

It's a timely article. Two years ago, I was on a conference call with about ten male lawyers and one female lawyer. It was the first call on a complex case. One lawyer became too comfortable in the call and called the woman lawyer "baby doll." Seriously. You probably can conclude what happened next on that call. Shameful to say the least.

Tell Kim what you think after you've read it.