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

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.

Law & Gender, Journals & Databases

If you’re writing a seminar paper, independent study requirement, or note on a gender-related topic, we have plenty of resources for you. Secondary sources like journal articles are a great way to start your research, see what has and hasn’t been written, and get ideas for your own paper. Here is a list of some of the law and gender journals available to you. Check Scholar, the library catalog to find out how to can get access to each journal.

  • Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice
  • Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender
  • Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
  • Duke Journal of Gender, Law and Policy
  • Gender Issues
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Gender (formerly Harvard Women’s Law Journal)
  • Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law (formerly American University Journal of Gender and the Law)
  • Michigan Journal of Gender and Law
  • The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
  • Yale Journal of Law and Feminism

Law and gender topics lend themselves to interdisciplinary research, so don’t limit yourself to the familiar law databases. The Michael Schwarz Library lists several core databases for women’s studies:

  • Gender Studies Database
  • GenderWatch
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Viva Database
  • Women’s Studies International

Student Writing Competition: Women and the Law

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) sponsors an annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition that offers a cash prize of $500 and the opportunity to have your article published in Women’s Lawyer Journal. Entrants should submit articles on the topic of women’s rights or the status of women and the law. Last year’s winning article was entitled “All Things Being Equal, Women Lose: Investigating the Law of Diversity         Among the Recent Appointments to the Iowa Supreme Court.” The writing contest is open to any student enrolled in law school, and papers written for coursework  or independent study can be submitted. The submission deadline is May 1, 2013. See the NAWL website for complete details.