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Originally posted by tatee tatee wrote:

“When I first started going to court and so forth,” said Brown, “I had the usual experiences. ‘Are you the defendant? Are you the court reporter? Are you the plaintiff? No? Well then, who are you then?’ It never occurred to them that I could be the lawyer.”



Man this makes me so happy.

Congratulations! So very impressive.

Thank you for being the personification of everything rotten to the core yt folk live to deny in, and about us, each and every day.

No bit*hes...she's not the court reporter, clerk, lunch room attendant, mail room attendant, etc.

She is why your grandpappy didn't want Negroes to learn to read. She's why you have to down a few drinks before you can face yourself after having your azz handed to you. She's why you try ever harder to marginalize what threatens you.

That heavy sensation in your chest? That's Mrs. Brown displacing you. That's your slipping foothold on the edge of a cliff. Someday you will get the shove you so richly deserve. For now, we are greatly enjoying the inch you've lost and we've gained.

Burns doesn't it?

Congratulations Mrs. Brown!!!!




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Damn.
What a week for spitting out my juice! And it’s only Wednesday.

Lol! The racists at my job are at it again. They’re saying Affirmative Action is the reason P. Brown was nominated for Bar president.

I think my juice went into my nose I wanted to laugh so badly.

I was like, “Affirmative Action, huh? Well damn. That’s only working out for you guys (white attorneys) then right? Cause since 1878 we’ve had how many Bar presidents? And how many were black? Women?”

“Well gee…let’s see…the first black one was in 2003- 125 years after the ABA was founded. No fair. It’s terrible how you guys are using Affirmative Action to your advantage.”

Crickets…no one had a word to say. Fuc*ers!!!

Damn…what a week!!
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5 Minutes With... Paulette Brown

Paulette Brown (BA Howard University, JD Seton Hall) is due to be the first-ever female African American President of the American Bar Association, starting in 2015. Elections take place next year, and her nomination is uncontested. She is a partner in Edwards Wildman's labor & employment practice group and the firm's chief diversity officer, based in Madison, New Jersey. Throughout her career of over 35 years, Brown has held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge. Early in her career, she was the first person of color to win the New Jersey State Bar Association’s young lawyer of the year award.



"I would try to persuade law students to think more globally – what areas of law are hot outside of the USA?"

 

When did you decide to become a lawyer? Why? 


I decided to become a lawyer when I was in undergraduate school. I went to college knowing that I wanted to make a positive impact on society. I did not think about law, but rather social work. My roommates, as well as several of my professors who were lawyers, persuaded me to go to law school.


Starting out, what did you expect from a career in the law?


I expected to serve the public and obtain justice for the underserved. I learned that there are several ways that can be accomplished. Pro bono activities, for example.


How did you get into the areas of law you are known for today? By design? Chance? Both?


It was both by chance and design.


What do you consider to have been your big break?


I have had many breaks and many people who have provided opportunities to me which I have seized upon. A turning point was probably when I went to my first National Bar Association Convention and met so many successful African American lawyers, working in areas of the law that at the time I had no familiarity with. They were so embracing of me as a new lawyer and as a lawyer new to the NBA, I really started to expand my thinking.*


What achievement are you most proud of? 


There are a couple of things. The adoption of my son, leading a delegation to monitor the first and free democratic elections in South Africa and forming my Women of Color Mentoring Group.


What do you consider your greatest failure or regret?


Not focusing more on the possibilities at a much younger age and not having an understanding that you must be a participant to effectuate any type of change.


Who is your legal hero?
 

I have multiple legal heroes. If I could choose three, they would be Charles Hamilton Houston [1895 - 1950; former Dean of Howard University Law School and prominent African American lawyer], Gertrude Rush [1880 - 1962; first African American lawyer in Iowa] and Constance Baker Motley [1921 - 2005; African American civil rights activist, lawyer and state senator].


What particular challenges (if any) did/do you face in your legal career as a minority woman, and how did you overcome them? Do you have any particular advice for minority women about to embark on their careers in the law?


There is no short answer to this question. Sometimes, I remain invisible. That is to say, for example, even when I have expertise in a particular area and I am speaking to someone about a presentation, they will not necessarily think to include me. My opinion is that, to me, I am invisible to them. I remind them. I challenge assumptions. I ask the direct question when necessary.


As it relates to young women of color, there are examples. I advise them that their number one job is to become the best lawyers they can be. I advise them not to be side tracked by firm committees (such as diversity) when they are new lawyers. I advise them to get as much exposure to as many people as possible. I advise them to get immediate feedback on their work. I advise them to know what their reputation is (perceived or actual) at all times within their organization.


What career would you have in your second life? 


I would be a personal chef.


What slogan would you like to be remembered by? 


To whom much is given, much is required.


What advice would you give to students trying to enter the legal profession today? And secondly, to those who hope to ultimately get into the areas of law in which you are expert?


My area of the law is becoming commoditized and while it is extremely interesting, I would try to persuade law students to think more globally – what areas of law are hot outside of the USA? What are the common needs in the USA and abroad?



*if blacks were always supportive of one another, the community would prosper and people wouldn't be limited to what they know, but would be shown that blacks can have and be anything they want
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Originally posted by ragincajin ragincajin wrote:

Damn.
What a week for spitting out my juice! And it’s only Wednesday.

Lol! The racists at my job are at it again. They’re saying Affirmative Action is the reason P. Brown was nominated for Bar president.

I think my juice went into my nose I wanted to laugh so badly.

I was like, “Affirmative Action, huh? Well damn. That’s only working out for you guys (white attorneys) then right? Cause since 1878 we’ve had how many Bar presidents? And how many were black? Women?”

“Well gee…let’s see…the first black one was in 2003- 125 years after the ABA was founded. No fair. It’s terrible how you guys are using Affirmative Action to your advantage.”

Crickets…no one had a word to say. Fuc*ers!!!

Damn…what a week!!

I was waiting for you to come in LOL

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good for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!Clap
 
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