I can’t add anything except a big “me too!” to Susan Cartier-Liebel’s exhaustive summary of the recent Ms. JD conference held at Yale Law School yesterday. The conference gave me a chance to finally meet Susan and reconnect with Lisa Solomon, Brandy Karl and, briefly, Cathy Kirkman whom I’d met previously.
[Update] Lisa Solomon has also posted some of her impressions from the conference here.
My thoughts on women in the legal profession are too complex to digest in a single post. I agreed with one of the panelists who suggested that we can’t expect much on the law firm front until family structures change and women no longer presumptively play the role of the primary caretaker for children. I also disagree with the proposition voiced on a couple of panels that women can’t “run from inequality” at large firms or the entire big law institution will be left as a bastion of outdated, old boys’ clubs. At a time when law firms are losing associates, both male and female, in droves (associate retention numbers are absymal), why aren’t unhappy male lawyers urged to stay on and turn law firms into cheerier, more supportive environments?
I don’t have much more to say right now, but if you’re a female attorney, visit the Ms. JD site where you can share your experiences, and read those of others in the profession.