Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Judicial Girl Scouts Lay Down the Law

In Illinois, The Herald-Review reports that about two dozen Girl Scouts spent Presidents Day participating in another session of Making Right Choices, a part of the Growing into Responsible Leaders (GIRL) program sponsored by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.
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Morgan Newberry, an eighth-grader, was the defendant of the day, Adaujria Banner, a sixth-grader, the witness. Macon County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Holder White invited the Scouts for lunch and a tour of the Macon County Jail prior to setting up the mock trial in her courtroom for them where "Judge" Chloe Tatham, a seventh-grader, presided. Tatham said she liked the opportunity to participate with all that was going on in the courtroom.
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Both defense and prosecution teams conferred before making their cases, based upon the information White gave them. For the prosecution team of Keyahjah Evans and Zharia Cook, both sixth-graders, and Latayjah Roby, a seventh-grader, Evans told the jury their case was proven. And for the defense team, Caderia Reed, Janesha Manson and Kaitlin Karnes, all sixth-graders, Manson suggested there was "no proof" that their client was involved.
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It's reported that after years of placing women on a different partnership track, paying them less than their male peers and banning them from leadership roles, law firms are enacting programs to retain talented women. In fact, career experts named law as one of top five most lucrative careers for women in a recent Payscale article, noting that women seeking partnership have more options as law firms grow more flexible.
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Generous paid maternity leaves, greater leadership roles and more flexible work arrangements, including part-time and telecommuting, are a few current legal workplace trends that benefit women, especially those with young children. In addition to more women-friendly opportunities in BigLaw, women are also finding opportunities in small law firms, corporate legal departments, legal aid and the government.
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Do you know any girls interested in legal careers?