Congrats to Chatelaine magazine on their 80th anniversary issue. For those who have not heard of it before, Chatelaine is a magazine “for Canadian women.” I couldn’t find the piece I just read online, but in the magazine, there is a feature called “80 women to watch” which was a fantastic read. I found at least 3 lawyers/former lawyers in the mix.
It’s only $1.99 at the newstands this month, well worth the price!!
Or, go to http://en.chatelaine.com/english/index.jsp and browse around. They have a section (http://en.chatelaine.com/english/celebration/article.jsp?content=20080319_114414_6448) showing their past covers and I just LOVE the old illustrated ones. Bring those back!!!!!
Did you read the news about Heather Mills tossing/pouring/hurling a jug(?) of water over the head of Paul McCartney’s lawyer?
The lawyer’s name is Fiona Shackleton and she is famous for representing Prince Charles in his divorce. I’m sure she appreciates what Sir Paul had to go through now!
Here is a follow up article in the Telegraph discussing Ms. Shackleton’s look. And another. And one from the Daily Mail with lots of pictures.
Apparently a wet, sexy lawyer is something to write about.
Do you recall the other lawyer and hairstyle scandal? Geez louise!
Tilda Swinton, in a role that I previously talked about here, has just won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the movie Michael Clayton, she plays the chief counsel for a large company.
I wonder if anything I’ve done as a lawyer in my career so far can be Academy Awards material…
Well, there’s always tomorrow!
The Kansas City star has an article about Hillary Clinton’s years at Yale Law School and how it shaped her career afterwards. Since she met Bill there, I wonder if they ever studied together. I wonder if they made their own outlines and flashcards. I wonder if they ever played “Strip Flashcards” –as in you have to take off an article of clothing every time you miss an answer to question.
There is a list of female prosecutors in the movies if you scroll to the bottom of The Scotman’s profile on author and former assistant district attorney Linda Fairstein by Jackie McGlone. But if you don’t read the profile, you would be missing out because she has accomplished a lot in her career which began at a time when female prosecutors were few in numbers.
For Law & Order fans out there, this excerpt may interest you:
If all of this sounds like an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, then that’s because the excellent TV series is based on the ground-breaking work and distinguished career of Fairstein, who pioneered the use of DNA evidence to identify sex offenders. Her unique Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit (SCPU) was established in 1974 for victims of domestic, sexual and child abuse and she was its director for more than 25 years.
Indeed, Fairstein’s alter ego in Law & Order – Assistant DA Alex Cabot, whose initials are a homage to Fairstein’s own fictional heroine, Alex Cooper – is played by the icily glamorous Stephanie March, who shadowed Fairstein to see how her work was done.
After reading this article, I plan on looking for her books right away! She, and her protagonist, seem like feisty and empowered women.
There’s a new magazine called Precedent: the new rules of law and style. They call it “Ontario’s first independent legal magazine for young lawyers.”
New York Daily News has an article on these ladies who rep some of the biggest names in showbiz. I always thought that entertainment law was fun. Oh, if I could be a fly on the wall of these lawyer’s offices! The stories I would hear! (Or maybe it’s just like any other law office? “Please do a memo to opposing counsel. The letter to read as follows…blah, blah, blah.”)
I’ll be keeping my eye out for these lawyers because their cases probably involve big messes that their clients have gotten themselves into and are probably trying to hush up — that means juicy gossip!
Usually PageSix.com writes about New York City gossip which has no relevance in my life. But a blurb about a presentation at a law firm certainly shocked me and apparently a high power editor too:
ALWAYS composed Cindi Leive – the Glamour editrix who presides over the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) – shocked staffers at a recent editorial meeting when she became “outraged” and “furious” at fashion editor Ashley Baker. Leive had just read a story in American Lawyer magazine, which reported that during a presentation in June to a group of women at a law firm, Baker had declared that “dreadlocks or Afros are a definite ‘no.’ ” Glamour insiders said Baker didn’t have permission to speak to the group.
Law firm culture is different from real world culture, that’s for sure, but I shudder to imagine a law firm culture that would look down on dreads or an Afro.
There’s a list of comments responding to a post on WSJ.com about favourite lawyers in films. Lots of men referenced but only one woman was mentioned: “Reese Witherspoon in that Harvard movie.” I liked “Legally Blonde” (well, the first one, not the sequel). It shows that you can be feminine to the extreme and be a lawyer at the same time.
I added a comment that my favourite is Katharine Hepburn in Adam’s Rib. I can’t really think of very many movies with female lawyers playing strong leads.
The American Bar Association website has a tidbit about attorney Cupcake Brown. She’s had an interesting life to say the least. I strongly believe that the legal profession should be made up of people from all walks of life and her life story certainly seems to have take a different path than mine did. From drug addict and prostitute to lawyer to screenwriter… how inspiring!