News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


Harvard Study Examines Women’s Experience in Legal Careers

A recently published study, The Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study, examines the career status and choices of four cohorts of Harvard Law School graduates. While noting the increased number of women in the profession, the study highlights the choices women make, especially relating to family life, that affect the percentage of women in top positions.

Some findings from the study include:

  • In law firms, men are significantly more likely to be in leadership positions than women.
  • On average, women work more hours than men in law firms.
  • Twice as many women partners as men partners do not have children.
  • Women are much more likely than men to go part-time after the birth of a child.
  • Less than 50% of women with two or more children still work full time.
  • Women report facing gender discrimination at a higher rate than men.

See David B. Wilkins, Bryon Fong, and Ronit Dinovitzer, The Women and Men of Harvard Law School: Preliminary Results from the HLS Career Study (May 22, 2015) [Full text available through SSRN]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ice Cream?

RBGRuth Bader Ginger ice cream? What about Sonya SotomayOreo Mint Cookie? Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has paid homage to 20 people or groups in the past according to a recent Buzzfeed article but only 2 were female. To rectify this imbalance, a petition has been started on Change.org for the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired flavor.

Justice Ginsburg is the first Jewish woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. Ginsburg also spent a considerable portion of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle.

Ms. JD’s Public Interest Scholarship Competition

Ms-JD-LogoMs. JD is offering a $500 scholarship to go towards their summer living expenses for those pursuing careers in public interest law. Women law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2015 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 6 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization are eligible to apply. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify for these scholarships. Students need not have a placement at the time of their application, but must send an offer letter to Ms. JD by the beginning of the summer.

Applicants are asked to post their essays directly to the Ms. JD blog. Applications are due no later than Friday, April 17, 2015.

Recent Statistics on Internet Harassment

A recent report from the Pew Research Internet Project indicates that 73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed online and 40% have experienced online harassment themselves. Six types of online harassment were examined: being called offensive names, purposefully embarrassing someone, physical threats, harassment over a sustained period of time, sexual harassment, and stalking. Young adults, and especially young women ages 18 to 24, were most likely to experience online harassment. Young women were disproportionately the victims of the most severe forms of online harassment, with 26% of young women having been stalked, and 25% having experienced sexual harassment.

You can find research materials on cyberbullying and other forms of online crime in the library. Some recent titles include:

  • Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence: Materials and Cases [Find it]
  • Confronting Cyber-Bullying: What Schools Need to Know to Control Misconduct and Avoid Legal Consequences [Find it]
  • Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard: Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects [Find it]

The Grit Project & Advancing Women in the Law

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has launched its Grit Project Program Toolkit, a resource to educate attorneys about the science behind grit and growth mindset. The toolkit is based on the results of a 2012 study that revealed that highly successful women lawyers share two common traits: grit and growth mindset. Grit is defined as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals” and growth mindset is defined as “the view that one’s abilities can be developed.” The Grit Project Program Toolkit provides law firms, bar associations, and women attorneys with resources to assess, teach and learn grit and growth mindset. The Toolkit includes a program agenda, PowerPoint slides, a grit and mindset quiz, practice scenarios, speakers bureau contacts, and marketing materials.