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More on Gender Differences in the Legal Profession

Today, my news aggregator delivered two stories concerning gender differences in the legal profession.  First up is this Bloomberg story, which reports that male lawyers in the U.K. earn $38,000 -- or 32 percent -- more than female lawyers. As in the United States, U.K. female lawyers hold about 43 percent of practicing certificates, but they hit a glass ceiling when it comes to higher paying partnerships. The outlook isn't much better for minority lawyers, who on average earn 17 percent less than their white counterparts.

In another story relating to gender differences, the Las Vegas Review Journal discusses the differences in lawyers' perception of male and female judges' courteousness. In a survey of 378 lawyers conducted by the Review-Journal, male judges in Clark County, Nev., outscored female judges on courtesy. In fact, even the highest-ranked female judge still had lower courtesy scores than all but two men. One possible explanation offered for the disparity is that two-thirds of the lawyers surveyed were men and thus, may have favored male judges. Or, it may just be that when a male judge acts sternly or impatiently, he's merely regarded as firm or strict, whereas a woman who conducts herself the same way is labeled as strident or obnoxious.

Do you agree? In your experience, have you found male judges more courteous than female? Share your experience below.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 22, 2008 at 05:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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