Summary of “Female Lawyers Still Face Sexism in the Courtroom”

In the courtroom women remain a minority, particularly in the high-profile role of first chair at trial.
In a landmark 2001 report on sexism in the courtroom, Deborah Rhode, a Stanford Law professor, wrote that women in the courtroom face what she described as a “Double standard and a double bind.” Women, she wrote, must avoid being seen as “Too ‘soft’ or too ‘strident,’ too ‘aggressive’ or ‘not aggressive enough.’‚ÄČ”.
If the courtroom were merely another place where the advancement of women has been checked, that would be troubling, if not entirely surprising.
The problem isn’t merely that women are outnumbered in the courtroom.
In the criminal context, the odds are that a female lawyer will face off against a male prosecutor in a contest overseen by a male judge.
Most judges, of course, don’t strike female attorneys in their courtroom.
In November, one of my students was slated to argue a motion before a judge who I knew could be nasty to female lawyers.
In the courtroom, whether as an attorney or as an instructor, I’m constantly reminded that women lawyers don’t have access to the same “Means and expedients” that men do.

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