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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.