South African Women Lawyers Association President, Noxolo Maduba, welcomed the news that of the 23 candidates who will be interviewed in Cape Town in early April for 11 judicial vacancies on various courts, 14 are women. This follows concern last year over the fact that of the four candidates submitted to the president to replace a retiring justice on the Constitutional Court Bench, none was female, despite a constitutional mandate that requires judicial appointments to reflect the country’s racial and gender composition. For more on the topic, click here.
Because of our June 2011 letter of support for a hearing in the United States Senate for federal judicial nominee Caitlin Halligan, we are getting some postive and negative blog mentions–most recently from the White House
Dawn Clark Netsch, the first woman to be nominated by a major political party to run for governor of Illinois, died on March 5. She graduated first in her class at Northwestern in 1952, at a time when women law students were few and far between. She began teaching law at Northwestern in 1965 at a time when there were very few women law professors nationally. For more on the life of Dawn Clark Netsch, click here.
THE MWL COMPENDIUM
A comprehensive database of resources related to women in the legal profession
Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to announce The MWL Compendium, an online database of local and national resources related to women in the legal profession. This project evolved from Minnesota Women Lawyer’s Strategic Plan and the strategic goal to “be a resource for baseline information and research on the current position of women in the profession as well as the state of the legal profession for women; use the information to advocate for positive change.”
“MWL is pleased to offer this important resource to the legal community,” states 2012-2013 MWL President Dana Bartocci. “The MWL Compendium serves as an invaluable tool for assessing the position of women attorneys in the legal profession, identifying trends and challenges, and ultimately working to advance their success.”
An ongoing and interactive resource, The MWL Compendium is divided into different areas to make research easy, including: (1) current articles that provide recent news and reveal current trends for women in the legal profession; and (2) research and resources broken down into several categories integral to women in the legal profession such as Barriers to Success, Compensation, Flexible Work Arrangements, Leadership & Professional Development, and Minnesota Research & Resources. There is also a search tool that allows users to search records by keywords and sorts the resources by category, title, author, or type.
The MWL Compendium can be accessed from the MWL website, www.mwlawyers.org, under the Initiatives tab.
New research and articles are added on a regular basis, creating an up-to-date and relevant resource of information. MWL is also pleased to accept resources for review and possible inclusion in the MWL Compendium. to contribute resource links, please submit a complete and current web address to MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa. To contribute PDF documents, please contact Ms. Pexa for a copy of MWL’s PDF Authorization form, which must be submitted along with the PDF document.
Minnesota Women Lawyers is an association of nearly 1,300 attorneys, judges, law students, legal employers and others who are dedicated to advancing the success of women attorneys and striving for a just society.
Retired Chief Justice of the Illinois State Supreme Court Mary Ann McMorrow has died. A true trailblazer for women in the law, she was generous in mentoring others. Click here for the Chicago Tribune story.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 Public Service and Outstanding Member Program Awards. The Public Service Award will go to El Paso Women’s Bar Association for “Project Future,” and Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts for “Know Your Rights!” The Outstanding Member Program Award recipient is Washington Women Lawyers for its Legacy Project. For more information about the awards, click here.
The awards presentation will take place at our Women’s Bar Leadership Summit in San Francisco on Friday, August 9.
On February 1, Bernette Johnson, was sworn in as Louisiana’s First Black Chief Justice. A public ceremony will be held later this month. For more details, click here.
The State of Washington makes history with a female chief justice and a female majority.
We hope you will find our new website easy to navigate and increasingly useful over the next weeks and months as we add material. Please let us know what you would like to see in these pages!