This WEEK in LAW 187

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This WEEK in LAW
Episode 187

This Week In Law 187: Both Rape Guys Lost

De-binderizing Mitt's women, work-life balance, glass ceilings and technology, and more.


  • Denise Howell
  • Evan Brown
  • Carolyn Elefant (@carolynelefant)
    • MyShingle
    • "Carolyn Elefant started her own law firm in 1993. Her law firm was one of the first firms to recognize and harness the power of the Internet (with an email account since 1994 and a law firm website, which she hand-coded herself, in 1995. She joined the the first generation of law firms on-line and in 2002 and was part of the first generation of lawyer-bloggers at MyShingle. In 2008, she published Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be. In 2010, she co-authored a book with Nicole Black, Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier. In addition, Carolyn is a frequent speaker at bar conferences and law firm events on social and small firm practice trends, the ethics of social media, the nuts and bolts of 21st century solo practice and the future of law."
  • Joan Williams (@JoanCWilliams)
    • WorkLife Law
    • "Williams was awarded the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012) and the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006). In recognition of her interdisciplinary work, Williams gave the 2008 Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. Williams, who is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has authored or co-authored six books. She has written over seventy law review articles, including one listed in 1996 as one of the most cited law review articles ever written. Her work has been excerpted in casebooks on six different topics. As Founding Director of WorkLife Law (WLL), Williams has played a leading role in documenting workplace bias against mothers, leading to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2007 Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination. Her article “Beyond the Maternal Wall: Relief for Family Caregivers Who Are Discriminated Against on the Job,” 26 Harvard Women’s Law Review 77 (2003)(co-authored with Nancy Segal), was prominently cited in the landmark case, Back v. Hastings on Hudson Union Free School District, 365 F.3d 107 (2d Cir. 2004). Williams has organized social scientists to document workplace bias against mothers, notably in a 2004 special issue of the Journal of Social Issues titled “The Maternal Wall” (co-edited with Monica Biernat and Faye Crosby), which received the Distinguished Publication Prize of the Association for Women in Psychology. Williams also has played a central role in documenting how work-family conflict affects working-class families, through reports such as “One Sick Child Away From Being Fired” (2006), “Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict” (2010) (co-authored by Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress), and “Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs” (2011). Williams’ current research focuses on how work-family conflict differs at different class locations; on the “culture wars” as class conflict; on how gender bias differs by race; and on the role of gender pressures on men in creating work-family conflict and gender inequality."


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