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

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.

New Women and the Law Collection on Hein

HeinOnline’s newest collection on Women and the Law offers nearly 800 titles of an historical archive documenting the impact of women in society. The collection’s homepage lets you easily navigate to topical sub-collections covering abortion, women and education, women and employment, legal rights and suffrage, biographies of famous women, scholarly articles, and more. You can also click to find articles written by specific women scholars (such as Sandra Day O’Connor, Judith Resnick, or Carrie Menkel-Meadow), and external links to pathfinders and research portals on women and the law.

To get a sense of the scope of the collection, here are some notable titles –

  • History of Woman Suffrage
  • Feminism and Legal Theory Project
  • Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003: A Legislative History
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work: The Story of the Struggle for Justice Being Made by the Women Teachers of the City of New York
  • Woman, Her Education and Influence
  • A Digest of American Marriage Laws in Their Social Aspects
  • Case for Acceptance of the Sheppard-Towner Act

Ohio Woman’s Bar Foundation Law Student Scholarship

OWBF.grayborderThe Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (OWBF) will be granting a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to one law student for the 2014-2015 school year. The deadline for submission is March 7th, 2014.  Applicants are required to answer questions about their GPA, involvement in student organizations, and involvement in community outreach.  Applicants will also have to submit a 500 word statement of how they have promoted or intend to promote the mission of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation and the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

For more information about the scholarship click [here].  To apply for the scholarship follow this [link].

Saudi Arabian Women Gain Right to Practice Law

In a major step forward in human rights, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice has granted four women in the country the right to practice law.  One of these women, Dr. Nadia Al-Anani, is employed by the law firm Squire Sanders, and specializes in banking and regulatory issues. Female lawyers in Saudi Arabia will have the right to enter courtrooms, argue their own cases, and represent male clients. They still face numerous challenges, including resistance from clients and judges, and freedom to drive cars or travel without male accompaniment. Read more from and Lawyers Weekly.

This Just In: Best Friends at the Bar

Susan Smith Blakely’s Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer [Find it] can be broken down into two major sections: work/life balance and career transitions. The first part of the book gives tips and advice for overcoming the challenges facing women who strive to balance their professional and personal lives. Topics covered include pursuing meaningful work, gaining perspective, taking the time needed for good work, living within your means, and taking credit for what you do. The second part of the book acknowledges that law firm practice is not necessarily a viable long-term career path for all women. This part of the book gives examples of career transitions women have made from law firm practice to other types of practice, such as in-house counsel, public interest, government, solo practice, consulting, academic, judiciary, and alternative dispute resolution.