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Lady Justice

Posted By Lawyers Club President Danna Cotman, Thursday, March 7, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Yesterday’s Trial Advocacy Task Force meeting, Co-chaired by Christopher Todd and Deborah Wolfe, included an enriching conversation on the topic of the female figure of justice viewed through the lens of art and ancient gods and goddesses and what we can learn from that to improve our strengths as trial lawyers.

 

The guest speaker, Sarah E. Murray, President and Senior Consultant of Trialcraft, highlighted the paradox that, while female depictions of justice can be traced as far back as Mesopotamian civilizations, and Justitia, the Roman Goddess of Justice, was depicted blind with both a sword and scales, trial has historically been the purview of men.

A key takeaway from the talk was that our strength and ability to advocate and be persuasive in the courtroom means being authentically ourselves and embracing and using our “masculine” and “feminine” energies, regardless and distinct from gender or sex. Also that honing those skills is done in community.

The meeting was fun, provocative, and informative. It made me think about how Lawyers Club inspires and mentors feminist leaders: we do it as a community, mentoring, by providing timely and meaningful programming to our members, welcoming and collaborating with our male allies, law firms, law schools, sponsors, and other community organizations. But there is more to be done and as you know, nothing beats a personal connection.

So, I ask you, what else can YOU do to be an inspiring feminist leader and to mentor others? Share your ideas with us – we want your input! Please comment on this post. And…share the benefits of Lawyers Club with your friends and networks! LC’s spring membership drive is in full swing! Non-members of LC can join now for $50; their membership will run through June 30, 2020. By joining now, a new member can also take advantage of the member ticket prices for events such as Equal Pay Day, the Annual Dinner, and more! Let’s work together to elevate more feminist leaders and make a difference!

Tags:  demand equality  feminist  justice  lady justice  leaders  TATF  trial 

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Lawyers Club urges Senate to delay vote on Judge Kavanaugh

Posted By Lawyers Club of San Diego, by Danna Cotman, President, Thursday, September 27, 2018

One, then two, now three and four accusers. As Shakespeare said, truth will out; however, bringing that truth to the light sooner than later is worth demanding. See the most recent way Lawyers Club demands equality in connection with nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. How are you demanding equality?


Read our letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee below and here.

 
 

Tags:  equality  justice  LCB  metoo  SCOTUS 

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167 Years, No Women

Posted By Yahairah Aristy, Thursday, October 5, 2017
167 Years, No Women

 

Growing up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, a kaleidoscope of race, ethnicities and culture was the norm. Being a “woman of color” was not even a phrase in my vocabulary until I became a lawyer. Being a woman of color and an attorney at the same time is no easy feat!


In 2012, Ms. Jackie Lacey was the first woman and the first African American elected to be District Attorney for Los Angeles, one of the largest criminal justice systems in California. She was re-elected in 2016 without any opposition. To many, (including me), this formidable achievement is to be applauded; however, it also raises an eyebrow.


The L.A. District Attorney’s office was created in 1850. It took 167 years for a woman and an African American to be elected, in spite of the presence of women and African Americans in all aspects of the criminal justice system and communities. A revelatory illustration that, “Sometimes the wheels of justice grind slowly.”


In two weeks, I look forward to hearing Ms. Lacey’s advice on how women of color can overcome challenges to advance in the legal profession. As a member of the Diverse Women’s Committee and a woman of color in the legal profession I am well aware that these challenges exist, but also can be overcome.


Join us for this important luncheon on October 19, 2017 –
register now!

 

 

Deputy Public Defender Yahairah Aristy wrote this post for the Diverse Women’s Committee, was born and raised in New York City, and believes diversity and inclusion are a recipe for societal success.

Tags:  diversity  justice  LCB  Los Angeles  Los Angeles District Attorney  luncheon  women of color 

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