Women Lawyers Join #MeToo Movement with Hashtag of Their Own

The legal profession’s own #MeToo movement is playing out on Twitter.

Under the hashtag #LadyLawyerDiaries, the discussion over the last year has evolved to tackle serious and pervasive issues surrounding women in the law. It’s become a movement that enables female attorneys to speak out collectively about gender bias and sexual harassment in the legal profession.

We talked with Greenberg Traurig partner Kendyl Hanks of Austin, one woman—along with Goodwin associate Jaime Santos of Washington, D.C.—among a core group of about 15 female attorneys who have joined forces to tweet as one under the @LadyLawyerDiaryhandle. The group ranges in age from 20 to 40, coming from diverse legal backgrounds—law clerks, court staff attorneys, law firm associates and partners, law professors, in-house counsel.

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In the Persona of His Toyota, Texas High Court Judge Tweets Away

CamryofJustice

Most people already know about judicial Twitter sensation Don Willett, the Texas Supreme Court justice whom the U.S. Senate confirmed in mid-December for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

But here’s a lesser-known voice in the Twittersphere from the Lone Star State’s highest court: Justice Jeffrey Brown’s Camry. That’s right. His Toyota Camry @CamryofJustice.

The 14-year-old car with the Twitter handle “Camry of Justice” has belonged to Brown since he bought it at CarMax in Houston in 2012. Dubbed the “CoJ” for short, the XLE model “with a sweet V6” (according to its Twitter bio) could be the only car owned by a judge on Twitter. Tweeting from the Camry’s perspective since 2014, Brown writes about his journeys across Texas to meet with lawyers, to speak at legal education seminars or to appear at campaign events. The car, which just crested 212,000 miles, is so beloved on #appellatetwitter that lawyers on the road ask Brown about it first thing when they see him, and seem disappointed if he has flown to his destination rather than driven the Camry.

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Brew a Pot of Coffee, This Big Law Tax Attorney Is Burning the Midnight Oil

The Republican tax bill, ever closer to becoming law, has been flooding tax attorneys with work as they scramble to understand how the proposals might impact their corporate clients.

The first major tax reform in three decades is all but the law of the land, as both the House and Senate have voted to approve it after last-minute details were hashed out this week.

But tax attorneys have already been hard at work ever since the bill started down the fast track in Congress, according to corporate tax lawyer David Miller, a partner at Proskauer Rose in New York.

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Students From Elite Law Schools Vow to Combat Mental Health Suffering on Campuses

The student leaders from 13 of the nation’s top law schools have pledged to broaden mental health initiatives on their campuses and to fight the stigma of seeking treatment.

The pledge comes at a time that law schools nationwide have launched initiatives to address students’ mental health struggles, in the wake of several eye-popping studies showing the levels of anxiety, depression and substance abuse among both law students and practicing lawyers are far surpassing the general population.

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U. of North Texas’ First and Only Law School Dean Retiring

For the second time, Royal Furgeson Jr. is voluntarily retiring from a high-profile public service job that others might choose to keep for decades—or even for life.

“You always want to leave a little too early, not a little too late,” said the retired U.S. District Judge, who announced on Monday that he’s also retiring as the founding dean of the University of North Texas Dallas College of Law. He’ll remain at work until June 30, 2018, so he can see students graduate, log five years as dean and give the school time for a national search for a new dean. Afterwards, Furgeson plans to volunteer to help the school with fundraising and finding jobs for students, while he also dabbles in mediating, arbitrating, consulting and working as an expert witness.

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UC Law Schools Orchestrate 2-Day Civil Rights Conference

Four California law schools have launched a conference to prepare lawyers to protect the civil rights of vulnerable people, a service they see as increasingly necessary in the Age of Trump.

The four University of California law schools—Berkeley School of Law, UCLA School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, and UC Irvine School of Law—have created the new conference, “Civil Rights in the 21st Century,” as a call to students and young lawyers to public service law work in areas ranging from immigration to water rights to police accountability.

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PDF: UC Law Schools Orchestrate 2 Day Civil Rights Conference _ The Recorder

Do Lawyers Make Better CEOs? Yes! Er, Maybe.

Hey companies, want to avoid litigation? Hire a lawyer as CEO. Want to make bold moves? Look elsewhere.

In recently published research about how lawyer CEOs differ from nonlawyer CEOs, law professor M. Todd Henderson and colleagues sifted through data on 3,500 CEOs at nearly 2,400 publicly traded companies over a 20-year span.

The researchers found that companies run by lawyer CEOs face much less litigation, and when they are sued, they win more in court and settle less often. However, only companies in litigation-heavy fields like pharmaceuticals can see a net positive in the end from having a lawyer CEO. On the flip side, a lawyer CEO’s cautious approach might harm low-litigation industries like publishing by steering a company away from risks that turn out well.

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