Women in the World's Legal Professions
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Women lawyers,less than a century ago still almost a contradiction in terms, have come to stay. Who are they? Where are they? What impact have they had on the profession that had for so long been a bastion of male domination? These are key questions asked in this first comprehensive study of women in the world's legal professions. Answers are based on both quantitative and qualitative analyses, using a variety of conceptual frameworks. 26 contributions by 25 authors present and evaluate the situation of women in the legal profession in both common and civil law countries in the developed world. 15 countries from four continents are covered: the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland, France, Italy, Brazil, Korea, and Japan. The focus ranges from judges and public prosecutors, to law professors, lawyers (attorneys), notaries and company lawyers. National differences are clearly in evidence, but so are common features cutting across national boundaries. Experience of glass ceilings and revolving doors is as widespread and as real as success stories of women lawyers pursuing their own projects.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 544 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 30mm | 940g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 1841133191
  • 9781841133195

Table of contents

Introduction: Women in the World's Legal Professions: Overview and Synthesis - Ulrike Schultz PART 1. WOMEN LAWYERS IN THE COMMON LAW WORLD 1. Gender and the Profession: An American Perspective - Deborah Rhode 2. The Effect of Lawyer Gender on Client Perceptions of Lawyer Behaviour - William Felstiner et al 3. Gender in Context: Women in Family Law - Lynn Mather 4. Barriers to Gender Equality in the Canadian Legal Establishment - Fiona M Kay and Joan Brockman 5. Engendering the Legal Profession: The Education Strategy - Mary Jane Mossman 6. Women in the Legal Profession: The Australian Profile - Rosemary Hunter 7. Women Barristers and Gender Difference in Australia - Rosemary Hunter 8. New Zealand Women Lawyers at the End of the Twentieth Century - Georgina Murray 9. The Status of Women Lawyers in the United Kingdom - Clare MS McGlynn 10. Strategies for Reforming the English Solicitors' Profession: An Analysis of the Business Case for Sex Equality - Clare MS McGlynn 11. Prospects for Parity: The Position of Women in the Judiciary in England and Wales - Kate Malleson 12. Can Women Lawyer Differently? A Perspective from the UK - Hilary Sommerlad 13. The Remains of the Day: The Women Law Professors Project - Celia Wells 14. Lawyers in the Courtroom: Gender,Trials and Professional Performance in Israel - Bryna Bogoch PART 2. WOMEN LAWYERS IN THE CIVIL LAW WORLD 15. The Status of Women Lawyers in Germany - Ulrike Schultz 16. Women Lawyers in Germany: Perception and Construction of Femininity - Ulrike Schultz 17. Women Lawyers in the New Federal States of Germany: From Quantity to Quality? - Gisela Shaw 18. Women in the Dutch Legal Profession (1950-2000) - Leny E de Groot-van Leuwen 19. Choices in Context: Life Histories of Women Lawyers in the Netherlands - Heleen FP Ietswaart 20. Women Lawyers in Poland under the Impact of Post-1989 Transformation - Ma?gorzata Fuszara 21. Women Jurists in Finland at the Turn of the Century: Breakthrough or Intermezzo? - Harriet Silius 22. Male Strategies in the Face of the Feminisation of a Profession: The Case of the French Judiciary - Anne Boigeol 23. Professional Body and Gender Difference in Court: The Case of the First (Failed) Woman Lawyer in Modern Italy - Vittorio Olgiati 24. Women in the Judiciary: A Perspective from Brazil - Eliane Botelho Junqueira 25. Lee Tai-Young (1914-1998): The Pioneer Woman Lawyer of South Korea - Haesook Kim 26. Women Lawyers in Japan: Contradictory Factors in Status - Yuriko Kaminaga and Jorn Westhoff
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This book is a clever collection of essays offering a comprehensive overview of women in the legal professions of the developed world. It is easy to read and absorb. It is a good reference guide for any feminist legal research or for anyone wanting a general idea of the development and advancement of women in the legal profession. Judge Richards The Queensland Lawyer March 2004 ...a timely and significant contribution to the ongoing dialogue. Erika Rackley, University of Leicester Social and Legal Studies May 2005
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About Ulrike Schultz

Ulrike Schultz is a senior academic in law at the FernUniversitat Hagen, Germany. She is also head of the law faculty's Teaching and Learning Unit, and Chair of the university's Equal Opportunities Commission. She acts as a practical skills trainer for lawyers in Germany. Gisela Shaw is a Professor of German Studies and Director of Research in the Faculty of Languages and European Studies at the University of the West of England,Bristol.
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