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Study examines why senior women attorneys leave the profession

A recent study across the largest law firms across the country found that female attorneys face unique challenges in the profession, a fact particularly evident among those who have been practicing for more than 20 years, the ABA Journal reported.

Preliminary results from a survey of 1,300 respondents from the nation’s 350 largest firms by the American Bar Association and ALM Intelligence highlights several challenges and stereotypes senior women attorneys face, including:

• 81 percent of women say they were mistaken for a lower-level employee but this didn’t happen to men.

• 60 percent of women said they’d left firms because of care-taking commitments, compared to 46 percent of men.

• 54 percent of women said they were responsible for arranging child care, compared to 1 percent of men.

• 39 percent of women said they were responsible for cooking, compared to 11 percent of men.

• 34 percent of women say they leave work for children’s needs, versus 5 percent of men.

Despite those challenges, the study also found that men and women have similar job satisfaction with respect to practicing law, suggesting women don’t want to leave the profession but are forced out.

The full report will be released in September.


Priest in abuse case ‘will never be looked  at’ the same

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Catholic priest in the Saginaw area will be considered a “sex offender for the remainder” of his life, even if he doesn’t go to prison.

Authorities held a news conference Wednesday, a day after the Rev. Robert DeLand pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct and six other charges. He’s expected to serve a year in jail.
Assistant prosecutor Melissa Hoover says being labeled a sex offender is like a “life sentence” for DeLand. She says the priest “will never be looked at in this community the same as he once did.”

The 71-year-old DeLand was known as Father Bob. He was pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland. The victims were three males.

A no-contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.


Detroit CFO to step down by end of year

DETROIT (AP) — John Hill is stepping down as Detroit’s chief financial officer.

The city says Hill has told Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones that he will be leaving his post by the end of December.

Hill was hired in 2013 by then-emergency manager Kevyn Orr and is credited with helping Detroit’s financial restructuring through and after the city’s historic bankruptcy. Detroit exited bankruptcy in late 2014.

Hill also has helped the city address legacy pension obligations.

As chief financial officer, Hill led the restructuring of all finance, budget, grants management, procurement, and property assessment functions and created a new centralized financial management organization.


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