The Common Scold

The Common Scold is named after a cause of action that originated in Pilgrim days, when meddlesome, argumentative, opinionated women who displeased the Puritan elders were punished by a brisk dunk in the local pond. Believe it or not, the tort lasted until 1972, when State v. Palendrano, 120 N.J. Super. 336, 293 A.2d 747 (N.J.Super.L., Jul 13, 1972) pretty much put it to rest. But the thought of those feisty women, not afraid of a little cold water, has always cheered me up and inspired me. I first used the moniker as the name of my humor column at the University of San Francisco School of Law many moons ago, and revive it now for this blawg!



Mlj ALM's Diversity Scorecard is now available from our sibling publication, The Minority Law Journal. It tracks the number of minority attys at 240 major U.S. firms, with breakdowns for lawyers of African, Asian, Hispanic, Arab, and Native American descent. It also tracks the number of women; and offers breakdowns by partner/associate, etc.

One not surprising finding: the growing diversity among law firm attorneys seems to correlate positively with the increasing demands from corporate clients that their outside counsel include minority attorneys. Check out the summer issue for further info.

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Interesting that the clients are demanding diversity. Are these the same clients about which the firms used to say that the clients wouldn't accept minority or female lawyers? Once again, proof that the clients, not the lawyers, will ultimately reshape the practice. Faster, faster.

Posted by: Bruce W. Marcus | Jul 6, 2006 7:44:34 PM

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