Welcome to Amicae Curiae, a blog for ‘Girlfriends of the Court’. The blog was intended to discuss the role of women in the law, in legal education, as students, as academics, and within the legal profession, and we also discuss other issues. There are many posts on a variety of topics relating to legal life throughout this blog, but here is a quick guide to our most popular ones. Read on…
If you are looking for our posts on women in the legal profession, and in law school, you might start with The Plight of Law’s Supergirl, and Early Optimism, a study of 1st year law student’s expectations both by Jeannie Paterson and Melissa Castan.
This is complimented by 3 top tips from our girlfriends of the court, for those starting out in law.
Kate Galloway has a series of posts on the gendered culture of professional uniform and language with
- Respect Ma Authoritah!
- Who controls women’s bodies?
- Do clothes make the (wo)man?
- Lawyers Lingerie League: Clothing as Control and
- Don’t call me girl. I’m a woman.
- In the legal profession, gender comes up trumps!
And Jeannie Paterson wrote on similar issues of clothing and control in
Melissa Castan and Kate Galloway considered the 2012 VEOHRC report into research on women in the law,
- After 20 years do the numbers stack up? (part I)
- The legal profession’s treatment of women lawyers is a barometer of its ethics (part II)
An earlier complimentary piece is Mind the Gap (about the gender pay gap).
Melissa has a series on social media and the law, with
- Finding Australian Law Blogs
- It’s more than the vibe; blogging the Constitution
- 30 sites in 30 slides (or why you should love your law librarian)
- 64 (and more) Australian Legal Tweeters
- Australian legal info on twitter
And Kate and Melissa wrote a Blawg Review while channelling Joan of Arc (as a modern female legal blogger) in
Last but not least, one of our most commented on posts is by James Farrell, with New Kids On The Block, reflecting on life as a new law academic.
Thee are many other posts throughout this blog, we hope this helps you find something useful in your journey within the law! Newer posts by Melissa Castan are at Melissa Castan’s blog, and by Kate Galloway at Kat Gallow, and Curl.
*picture from http://expolounge.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/mad-men-barbie-dolls.html