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Bar News - March 19, 2010

Gender Survey: Slow Progress

Jennifer Parent, winner of the Hollman Award, with Beth Deragon, Gender Equality Committee Chair.
Following the presentation of the Hollman award at the Midyear Meeting’s Gender Equality breakfast (see below), economist Dennis Delay presented an overview of the 2009 NHBA Ten-Year Gender Survey. Among the points he touched upon were that young women early in their careers are more likely to go to work for large firms—and they earn less than men. In addition, and of major concern, is that there is a lack of opportunity for professional advancement for women. A secondary issue concerns the inappropriate behavior which many women find in the non-court workplace.

Although about 50 percent of law school graduates are women, only about 35 percent actually enter the profession. Among other interesting statistics: more women work part-time than men because of the demands of family—and part-time women are let go more often than men. "That’s just thinning the seed-corn," commented Delay.

The full results of the survey will be released in the next issue of the NH Bar Journal, which will also feature a number of articles about the status of women in the legal profession.

Jennifer Parent Receives 2009 Hollman Award

Jennifer L. Parent, of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton in Manchester, is the 2010 recipient of the Gender Equality Committee’s Philip S. Hollman award, which recognizes dedication to promoting respect and fair treatment for all members of the justice system. She is pictured above with Beth Deragon, chair of the Gender Equality Committee, who presented the award.

A founding member of the NH Women’s Bar Association, Parent is a past liaison to the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division and current vice president of the NH Bar Association Board of Governors. She is also a past-president of the NH Women’s Bar Association and in 2003 received the NHBF’s Kirby award recognizing outstanding professionalism and civility in a young attorney.

In accepting the Hollman award, Parent expressed her gratitude for such recognition and said, "Like Madame Curie, I try never to look to what has been done, but what remains to be done."

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