- Awesome agent liked my synopsis advice!
- True sportsmanship
- What the 2016 World Series taught us
- Dave Barry columns
- Reader's Digest Funny Stories
- Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- Info for writers making a will
- "Merry Christmas, My Friend"
- Night Before Christmas - Legal Edition
- Top 10 military stories of 2016
- THIS WEEK'S FEATURED LINK: Can a joke be protected by copyright law?
Monday, December 14, 2015
Women lawyers are treated like crap
"Women lawyers aren’t taken seriously, and they certainly aren’t treated with respect by their fellow lawyers in this profession.”
So says a recent survey of lawyers, both men and women. Read the article linked above. Some of those examples are appalling. Here are two:
-- I was told I was too pretty for the job. Once, an opposing male counsel asked me out while in the middle of a proceeding.
-- I am usually called sweetie, hunny, hun, dear, miss, etc., instead of attorney — this by clients, other attorneys, and judges.
I have personally been subjected to a few similar remarks. For example --
-- A judge once berated me on the record [court reporter present and reporting] for wearing a suit with pants instead of a skirt. [Maybe I should have been wearing this:]
-- After a particularly heated session of oral argument, judge asked me: "Are you done with your little tirade?" No such similar comment was made about opposing counsel, who made a similarly-impassioned argument. He was male.
-- An opposing counsel telephoned my firm one day, and ended up speaking with me. He snorted disgust and asked if there was a male attorney in the office who would speak with him.
Fortunately, these incidents were more than five years ago, and I have found, at least in my area of practice, most interactions between counsel and judges have been much more professional that what I've experienced in the past.