Catching Up….Women & The Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power Symposium
Twitter is a tricky thing. I just love it, but I think that’s because I’m lazy. I mean, who really follows twitter anyway? No, lots of people do, but many don’t and I suspect won’t. Although of course if you follow the IFLS through FB you get the posts AND the tweets. And some things from twitter don’t need more attention, for instance:
— (usually) S Lawrence (@OsgoodeIFLS) April 17, 2012
The problem is that I end up putting some really amazing things I see out through twitter, which is less than they deserve.
So I’m going to try to do a better job of getting the issues from Twitter out through the blog. To start:
The ceiling may be shattered, but the pipeline to power remains elusive for most women. This symposium serves as a catalyst to raise awareness about, discuss the dynamics of, and strategize solutions to the persistent gender disparity that exists in positions of power within the legal profession. Scholars and experts from the fields of law, gender studies, political science, journalism, and beyond will reframe and advance the course of existing dialogue on gender equality.
This symposium was held at Michigan State University College of Law and set up by the co-chairs of the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession Professor Renee Knake and Lecturer-in-Law Hannah Brenner. Bridget Crawford, of Pace Law and many blogs especially Feminist Law Professors, did a great job of rounding up the conference. She even pulled all her posts together in one place, here, so you can read them all. One of the most interesting things is here (in which Prof. Crawford talks to some students who were attending and ended up wondering, “Were we at the same symposium?”).
The live-blogging, tweeting and rounding up wasn’t just something ad hoc. The conference organizers and Prof. Crawford collaborated on it, as a method of expanding the reach of the materials and speakers. The conference web page notes “For those unable to attend the symposium, Bridget Crawford, Professor of Law at Pace School of Law will live-blog with posts appearing at the Faculty Lounge, Feminist Law Professors, and the Legal Ethics Forum.” Something to think about next time you’re organizing – is it worth putting out some of the content on social media? How? What? and who should do it?
The Symposium content will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Michigan State Law Review and I will try to make sure that I note the release of the volume.
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