Weekly Roundup

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Elena Kagan wore a pantsuit for her first oral argument!  Above the Law has all the details on her outfit.

The NY Lawyer’s “Snark” column (tongue in cheek, but not really) advises “constant vigilence,” and we have to agree.

– Should you name your daughters masculine names in order to help them to succeed?  The ABA Journal wonders.

Lifehacker advises how to securely destroy your credit card in 15 slices.

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  1. No no no on the names! I have a gender-ambiguous name (Erin is my middle name). I walked in to my very first callback interview my 1L year wearing, and the interviewer – who had final hiring authority – jumped up from behind his desk and said “Oh, we were expecting a guy!” He proceeded to be extremely polite and solicitous and I did not get the job. My career services office counseled me to put things on my resume that clearly indicated gender – membership in the women law students group, for instance – but this sort of thing kept happening. Even now at my current job, just last week I got an email – from HR, nonetheless! – addressing me as Mr.! It sucks. Don’t do it to your daughter.

  2. Erin, I have the exact same problem (right down to people mistaking me for a man when they clearly didn’t read my resume indicating membership in the Women’s Law Association, etc.). I commented on the ABA Journal article, but I’ll repost here:

    Please, mamas, don’t give your girl babies masculine names! My mother did it to me, albeit unknowingly – she got the name from a friend’s daughter, so I guess ultimately it’s her friend’s fault. To make matters worse, the name is both somewhat ethnic and commonly used as a last name (so when people don’t think I’m male, they think my first name is my last name and vice versa). Confusion abounds.

    I haven’t been practicing long, but it’s already become clear that this is a professional liability for me. Unfortunately, it’s too late at this point in my life to change it.

  3. Erin, I wouldn’t want to work for any of the firms that could not figure out that you are a woman! Maybe you got lucky that you didn’t get hired. One of the male partners in my firm works with a female associate. The client clearly prefers to deal with the associate. The partner called that the “Palin-effect.”