Panel: Women in the Legal Profession
April 28, 7:00 pm, Student Campus Center C
- The Honorable Colleen Duffy, CNR 81, City Court Judge, Mt. Vernon
- Virginia Simmons Coyne, Esq., CNR 88, Picciano & Scahill
- Eileen Songer McCarthy, Esq., CNR 91, Muldoon, Horgan & Loughman,
- Meghan Finter, CNR 97, Touro Law School
Please note: There will be no class at 2:00 pm on April 28; instead, attend
the panel at 7:00 pm. Critical papers are due at that time.
Women in the Legal Profession Readings
- Emily Bernstein. "Law School Women Question Their Teaching."
New York Times. 5 June 1996.
- "Letters." New York Times. 12 June 1996.
- Julie Cullinare. "Presumed Equal." The Middlesex News Working
Supplement. 20 July 1996: 1, 3.
- Tamar Lewin. "Feminist Scholars Spurring a Rethinking of Law."
New York Times. 30 September 1988.
- Lucinda Finley. "A Break in the Silence: Including Women's Issues in a
Torts Course." Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 1.1 (1989): 41-73.
- Carrie Menkel-Mendow. "Portia in a Different Voice: Speculations on a
Women's Lawyering Process." Before the Law. Ed. Bosignore, Katsh,
d'Errico, et al. 4th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 323-330.
Written Assignment (due April 30): Answer all parts of the following
question fully; when referring to the readings, cite properly, including page
What was your overall reaction to the panel? Describe two points made
by the panelists that you found most significant and explain how these relate
to the readings for this week (or indeed to issues raised earlier in the
course). Menkel-Mendow and some of the scholars in Bernstein's story argue that
women learn and practice the law differently from men. Did the panelists
support this contention? How do you think that the large increase in the number
of women in the legal profession will affect the way law is practiced and
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