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SAN FRANCISCO — After the events that have rocked Silicon Valley this year, are you more or less hopeful about the prospects for women in the tech industry?
That’s the question that we put to all 65 of The Recorder’s Women Leaders in Tech Law this year.
From a viral blog post about Uber’s culture, a Google engineer’s internal memo suggesting women are biologically less apt to succeed in technical fields, and allegations of harassment at some of the Valley’s most prominent VC firms, this year’s biggest tech stories are a reminder of the challenges that women still face in the field.
But the response from our honorees was a resounding chorus of optimism. They pointed out that you can’t address a problem until you define it and that sunshine is often the best disinfectant.
As lawyers, advocates and advisors, they also have a special role to play in helping the tech industry take on issues of discrimination, bias and harassment. They have tackled some of the industry’s biggest courtroom challenges, negotiated market-moving deals, and helped protect the industry’s most valuable intellectual property assets. Given all these accomplishments, the optimism is understandable.
Bipartisan reaction was swift after Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill said he'd been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females" and defended Sen. Al Franken, Roy Moore and "heterosexual males" in general.
The so-called "Imperial Presidency" has its roots in a tale about a phony wedding contract, a femme fatale with a sharpshooter’s eye, the notoriously hot-tempered former California Supreme Court Justice who fell in love with her, and a U.S. Marshal who killed him on a train while defending a sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
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