Links from December 2008

4ALL campaign takes on access to justice problem


The TBA's 4ALL campaign is taking on the critical problem of access to justice on four fronts: education, collaboration, participation and legislation. You can learn more about this effort by watching the 4ALL video, and help attack the problem by downloading it to share with others.

Access the video and learn more about the 4ALL campaign
http://www.tba.org/4ALL/index.html



Law grads' debts loom large in this ecomomy

Nearly 44,000 law students nationwide will graduate next year with an average of about $73,000 in loan debt, according to numbers from the American Bar Association. "I've got students coming in asking if they should go for an LL.M.," said Carole Montgomery, director of career development at George Washington University Law School in Washington. "I tell them, ''you need to make a good-faith effort to get yourself a job,'" she said. "They've got to have a backup plan, and a backup, backup plan."

Law.com reports this National Law Journal story
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202425390973

Study: lawyer moms earn up to 35 percent less than lawyer dads

A study of University of Michigan law graduates has found that lawyer moms earn up to 35 percent less than lawyer dads and that male law grads who became fathers enjoyed a "daddy bonus" in salaries that were 15 percent to 20 percent higher than childless men. Mothers, on the other hand, earned 10 percent to 15 percent less than childless women, and 25 percent to 35 percent less than fathers.

ABAJournal.com connects you to the study
http://www.abajournal.com/news/study_of_mich_law_grads_finds_lawyer_moms_earn_up_to_35_less/

Baker Donelson expands diversity initiative

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced new developments to promote diversity in the legal profession, including the selection of its first diversity scholarship recipients -- Shazi Jiang of Vanderbilt School of Law and Staci Pierce of Cumberland School of Law -- and the launch of a college diversity outreach program. The college program will offer mentoring opportunities, Q&A sessions on the basics of practicing law, and orientation trips to law firms, courtrooms and local and state legislatures.

Read more at Chattanoogan.com
http://chattanoogan.com/articles/article_137551.asp

Oct. 23

Wharton calls for greater practice diversity

Memphis attorney Ruby Wharton tonight will receive the Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award for service to the legal profession from the Association for Women Attorneys. In an interview with the Memphis Daily News, Wharton said she would like to see more diversity in the practice areas of female attorneys. She particularly cited criminal work as an area underrepresented by women. Wharton also called on legal organizations around the state to do more to recruit African-American women lawyers.

Read more of her comments
http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=39105

Rehnquist papers donated

The family of late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist has donated his papers to the Hoover Institution Archives at Stanford University, the jurist's alma mater. The collection includes in-chamber correspondence, case-related materials, speeches, personal correspondence, drafts and notes on a number of his books. The collection will remain closed until processed by archivists, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.



Essay contest announced

The ABA Journal is accepting submissions for its annual Ross Essay Contest now through Dec. 15. This year's challenge is to write an open letter to the new president and Congress describing the most important priority for improving the American justice system.

Learn more at ABA Journal
http://www.abajournal.com/ross

O'Connor entertains Supreme Court Historical Society

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor entertained, informed and inspired a packed house Oct 27 at the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society 3rd Annual Dinner. O'Connor was in town for dual appearances at the dinner and the Tennessee Economic Conference for Women. She recounted tales from the history of the Supreme Court, including many firsts. Perhaps some of the most moving comments were O'Connor's description of her colleague on the Court, Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she described as an intellectual giant "with the eye of a lawyer who saw the deepest wounds of society and said we should do something about it." The society was led this year by retired Justice Frank Drowota who handed off responsibilities to the new president, installed last night, former Appeals Court Judge Ben Cantrell.



The Complete Lawyer: A global practice

The globalization of the legal industry is changing the skills lawyers need to succeed in practice. Thanks to technology, travel and global business expansion, lawyers in all size firms regularly work with clients and agencies in other countries, deal with vendors around the world, and have co-workers or employees from different countries. This edition of The Complete Lawyer " the online magazine brought to you by the Tennessee Bar Association " offers insights from American and foreign lawyers on the legal and cultural issues lawyers face working with clients in other countries.

Read about this and more in The Complete Lawyer
http://tennessee.thecompletelawyer.com/volume4/issue6/index.php



Grant will fund legal aid to crime victims

The Legal Aid Society will use a $450,000 grant to offer free legal representation to victims of crime. The Tennessean reports that the organization is partnering with several local victims' rights groups to create the Tennessee Partnership for Victim Safety and Justice. It expects to serve 1,200 low-income victims with the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The initiative will serve 48 counties in Tennessee.