Time magazine recently named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year in recognition of the #MeToo movement and the people who have spoken out about sexual assault. Some of the Silence Breakers led to national storylines chronicling the downfall of powerful men who used their positions to commit sexual assaults and get away with it—until now. And some of the Silence Breakers simply tweeted or posted #metoo, often sharing for the first time, with that simple hashtag, a hint at what they’d suffered.From Hollywood to news organizations to elected politicians on both sides of the aisle, and now to the judiciary, the list of the accused keeps growing. The stories being reported and (mostly) believed are ones with significant corroboration. But many men will never be accused or held accountable. Because most sexual assaults occur without the corroboration many people require to move beyond their reaction of “Not him?!” when the perpetrator is … [Read more...] about The judiciary must deal with #MeToo—and with what I know
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Sit up straight. Stop drumming your fingers. If only you could see what you look like.Job applicants will ignore Mother’s advice at their peril; law firm interviewers are likely to notice. And they are likely to be turned off by habits that signal inattention or a lack of professionalism.That’s why career counselors are more often videotaping mock job interviews to let lawyers and law students see themselves as others see them—or, more accurately, as potential employers see them.“You can tell someone, ‘You’re fidgeting.’ But when they see it themselves, it really makes an impression,” says Janet Mosseri, career director at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale. The school offers videotaped mock interviews.“We do video feedback of practice job interviews with virtually every lawyer who comes to us for career counseling,” says Stephen Rosen. A New York City … [Read more...] about Is That What I Look Like?
Kevin Cooney testified on his mother’s behalf in her Florida first-degree murder trial over the slaying of his father, when he was 11 years old.And, as an adult, he did so again on Monday, telling a Nevada jury in the attempted murder case she is now facing that Linda Cooney, 66, shot him in self-defense after he attacked her and threatened to kill her, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.“Mom does what I say or Mom gets the fist,” said Kevin Cooney at one point during his hour-long testimony in the Las Vegas trial, as he described his relationship with his mother. “I was a jerk, a bully,” he said, explaining that he had beaten her before she shot him in June 2011 as they argued over his girlfriend.At another point, Cooney, who is being treated for an illness, spoke to her directly from the hospital bed on which he testified by video conference, tearfully saying “I’m so sorry, Mom. I’m sorry.”Initially, authorities arrested Kevin … [Read more...] about ‘Mom does what I say or Mom gets the fist,’ testifies paralyzed son at her attempted-murder trial
John Edwards is returning to law practice after his political career ended with a sex scandal and campaign finance charges.Edwards, 60, says he’s not worried that his past will hamper his law practice because he has faith in juries, report the National Law Journal, the New York Times DealBook blog, the Charlotte Observer and WRAL. Last year jurors acquitted Edwards of one campaign fraud charge and deadlocked on five others. He had been accused of misusing campaign donations to hide an affair.“I trust juries,” Edwards told DealBook. “They closely listen to the evidence that’s presented to them. They listen to the law and, they collectively do what they believe is right. My years in courtrooms, both as a lawyer and in what I just went through, lead me to that same conclusion.”Edwards’ new firm is Edwards Kirby—the Kirby is Edwards’ former law partner David Kirby. The firm will be located in Raleigh, N.C., and will have a Washington, … [Read more...] about John Edwards returns to law practice, says it’s ‘what I was born to do’
A third-year law student at Harvard University allegedly had a few too many one day late last month before leaving a Boston bar and seating himself in a city police cruiser.Authorities say Charles Simpkins, 24, then told officers “Give me a (expletive) ride, I work for the district attorney’s office,” and later added that he could “lie and cheat” to ruin them,” reports the Harvard Crimson.Indeed, Simpkins had since 2007 been working for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office at the Dorchester District Courthouse, the student newspaper writes. But a few days after the Jan. 24 incident, he was fired.Simpkins also allegedly made a number of other comments to police, according to their report, writes the Boston Herald in an article about Simpkins headlined “Do You Know Who I … Was?”Among them: “This ain’t (expletive) because I work at the DA’s office. Don’t worry, I will beat this,” the Herald … [Read more...] about Harvard 3L to Police: ‘Do You Know Who I … Was?’
At Above the Law, columnist “Anonymous Partner” weighed in on a recent partner compensation survey (PDF) that noted that partners in law firms with open-compensation systems (a firm at which every partner knows what every other partner makes or could easily find out) earned far more than partners at firms with closed-compensation systems. And partners at open-compensation firms reported higher rates of satisfaction as well.Only firms from large law firms—at least 50 lawyers—were invited to participate in the survey mentioned. But whether you’re from a big law firm or have a legal career that’s not at a law firm, we’d like to ask you: Do you know what your co-workers and superiors earn, or not? What’s a better workplace policy? Does that depend on the type of workplace?Answer in the comments.Read the answers to last week’s question: How do you deal with rude opposing counsel? Featured answer:Posted by beentheredonethat: “The … [Read more...] about Do You Know What Your Co-Workers and Superiors Earn, or Not? What’s a Better Workplace Policy?
A labour lawyer will always get a little shiver of excitement when an employment matter makes it all the way to the UK Supreme Court. It is a bit like the Royal Family coming to visit your home town, an occasion for lots of fresh paint and bunting.It should also mean that a significant point of our law is about to be affirmed or changed, so in the joined cases of Essop v. Home Office (UK Border Agency)and Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice decided earlier this month, there was … well, mild disappointment, really. While quite interesting for lawyers, the decision does not provide much that will be hugely ground-breaking for employers in practice. The two cases relate to indirect discrimination, i.e. the imposition by the employer of a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) which disproportionately affects those with a particular protected characteristic, affects the claimant himself and cannot be justified, i.e. shown to be a proportionate means of achieving a … [Read more...] about Indirect Discrimination in UK – You Know What They Say About Statistics
September is here and, for many of us, the kids are back at school. So you know what that means, right? Time to gossip about those summer associates.We asked you for some of your favorite stories from this summer and past ones. Here are some of our faves:“I’m an intern in a nine-story building in a fairly eco-chic city where many people try to be healthy. That means that most of us prefer to take the stairs instead of the elevator, so there are constantly people in and out of the stairwell. A fellow intern from another unit decided earlier in the week to end her relationship with her boyfriend in said stairwell. Outside of the sheer embarrassment of that conversation, she became enraged and began yelling at him that he only used her for sex. She had to hear the doors opening and closing but seemed more preoccupied with her phone conversation than with being invited back next year.” —AnonymousIllustration by Jeff Dionise“I began my career with a large, … [Read more...] about We Know What You Did Last Summer
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a statistical report in regard to its performance during its fiscal year 2014. The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces Title VII, the ADA, and other federal employment laws. The EEOC’s statistical report and press release reveal important information about current trends, results obtained by the EEOC, and the EEOC’s strategy and agenda.The EEOC reported that it received 88,778 private sector charges in fiscal year 2014, which was a decrease of approximately 5,000 charges from fiscal year 2013. As was the case in fiscal year 2013, retaliation claims made up the highest percentage of all charges. By way of breakdown, in fiscal year 2014, retaliation claims made up 42.8% of all charges; race charges were 35%; sex charges were 29.3%; disability charges were 28.6%; age charges were 23.2%; national origin charges were 10.8% and religion charges were 4%. The remaining charges were … [Read more...] about We Know What the EEOC Did in 2014
James Comey has made it no secret that he is keeping a close watch over the Bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while serving as Secretary of State. He has also stressed that he wanted the Clinton matter treated the same way as all other cases. The last time Comey spoke publicly on the matter was at a congressional hearing in February, where he said: “What I can assure you is that I am very close personally to that investigation to ensure that we have the resources we need, including people and technology, and that it’s done the way the FBI tries to do all of it’s work: independently, competently and promptly. That’s our goal, and I’m confident that it’s being done that way, but I can’t give you any more details beyond that.”What’s clear from Comey’s remarks is that he wants any information gleaned from the investigation to be kept tightly to the vest and he will … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Fooled, No One Knows What’s Going On With Clinton FBI Investigation