News Updates’Finding Our Place In The Sun’: Telangana CJ Hima Kohli, Justice Anu Sivaraman Reflect on Sexual Harassment, Maternity Leave, And More In A Women’s day Event LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 March 2021 7:19 AMShare This – xSpeaking at a virtual event organised to mark International Women’s Day, Chief Justice Hima Kohli of the Telangana High Court recounted an experience from her own time at the Bar, where a client embroiled in a tenancy dispute could not afford her fee, but she continued representing the client. The client (who was a seamstress) came up to Chief Justice Kohli, offering to starch her…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSpeaking at a virtual event organised to mark International Women’s Day, Chief Justice Hima Kohli of the Telangana High Court recounted an experience from her own time at the Bar, where a client embroiled in a tenancy dispute could not afford her fee, but she continued representing the client. The client (who was a seamstress) came up to Chief Justice Kohli, offering to starch her white saris and “return the courtesy”, the Judge narrated, her voice breaking. “The satisfaction that one gets in being able to do something worthy, to make a difference in one’s life, that’s what one thrives on…”, she added. Crediting the Bench for helping her gain a different perspective of what could be done for society, the Judge spoke of the satisfaction one could derive from achieving something worthwhile. The Judge then expanded on this theme and opined that the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile probably resonated with lawyers as well. Chief Justice Kohli, along with Justice Anu Sivaraman of the Kerala High Court, and Advocate Geeta Rameseshan of the Madras High Court were panellists at an event organised by the Kerala State Unit of the Indian Law Institute on Monday on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The event was organised in conjunction with the Kerala Federation of Women Lawyers. Chief Justice Kohli delivered the women’s day message, which was followed by a discussion among Chief Justice Kohli, Justice Sivaraman and Advocate Rameseshan on challenges facing women in the legal profession. In her opening remarks, Chief Justice Kohli’s observed that the United Nations had declared the theme for this year’s Women’s Day to be ‘Choose to Challenge’. She then remarked that women have always had challenges thrown at them, wherever they were. There would have to be challenges before triumphs, she continued. Expounding upon this theme, she explained that women juggled multiple roles as mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, members of the family and others. It was these women who in turn went out into the world into to face the challenges of the legal profession. Chief Justice Kohli, Justice Sivaraman, and Advocate Geeta Rameseshan, fielded questions from the moderator on issues ranging from their beginnings in the profession, perceptions around some areas of law not being suited to women, how there could be systemic changes within the legal profession to make it more amenable to the mentorship of young female practitioners, allow for maternity leaves, and importantly, reinforce structures and safe spaces for the reporting of cases of sexual harassment. On Sexual Harassment and the Legal Profession The panellists agreed that much more needed to be done when it came to addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the profession. “Sexual harassment is a problem. It is there in the profession, we cannot deny it. It is there among lawyers. There can be no denial of the fact that it is a problem and I don’t think anybody wants to deny that, Advocate Rameseshan said Justice Sivaraman spoke of how despite systems in place after the Vishaka judgment and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, there was still reluctance to present complaints. Even with the system, how confident is the woman to approach the system? How competent is the system to actually deal with the issue? This is an area where we have to make the woman confident enough to come to us and to see that we are competent to solve?, Justice Sivaraman posited. Drawing from her experiences as head of the Sexual Harassment Committee at the Delhi High Court, Chief Justice Kohli said that very few people actually knew which forum needed to be approached when they were faced with sexual harassment. She narrated that complaints between lawyers, the State Bar Council was the forum and where the harassment was between employees of the High Court, the High Court Committee would work. Complaints as between lawyers and clerks went up before a separate body after which there was a first forum, an appellate forum, and ultimately the State Bar Council at the appeal stages. “Those levels were not even manned in many states, the bar councils had not set up these committees, unfortunately!” Chief Justice Kohli remarked. Speaking from two instances where the Committee at the High Court had to step in and successfully ensured the complainants stood firm and stuck to their stances, she said “It’s very important for the Committee to be strong, and to be able to know where the problem is and how to deal with that by passing interim orders and keeping your control throughout the entire process of the complaint until it attains finality”, Chief Justice Kohli underscored. Advocate Rameseshan added that where the complaints were between lawyers, women would hesitate approaching the Bar Councils and would instead go to the police. There they could face threats by lawyers’ groups, and they might even be afraid of becoming unpopular and no other office willing to take her on, the lawyer explained. “A great vested interest structure is very much there”, Advocate Rameseshan pointed out. On Maternity, Family and Childcare, and Rates of Attrition among Female Lawyers Chief Justice Kohli recalled that the rates of dropping out between the 80s and the 90s were much higher than they are presently. At the time, women were often forced to make a choice between continuing on in practice and marriage, as parents believed that if a woman continued in practice, she would never get an ideal match. While women who married lawyers or belonged to families of lawyers had husbands, fathers, or brothers to carry the reins of law practice when she helped set up a family, and had a running practice to fall back on. On the other hand, standalone practitioners did not and were forced to drop out, she pointed out. Remarking that the situation has changed drastically now, with the advent of law firms, Chief Justice Kohli noted that women were more focussed on merging the two – continuing practice while getting married. “Of course, the biological clock is ticking and the woman also knows that if she wants to marry and set up a family, there are timelines attached to it. But that’s not a deterrent (now).”, Chief Justice Kohli observed. Justice Sivaraman expressed that childcare and maternity were the most challenging for a working woman and caused the most disruption to a practising woman lawyer. The issue of maternity leaves and perceptions around it need to be addressed, Justice Sivaraman emphasized. “I have also noticed that once you take a break and the break goes on long enough, even when you come back, you are not really taken as seriously as a lawyer who stayed in the profession…I think it is up to us to find out how this issue of child care can be addressed,” she said. Advocate Rameseshan stated that the individualistic nature of the profession meant that a senior in lawyer would not be able to allow a complete break to his female subordinate, however empathetic they were. In this context, she discussed avenues of strengthening external child care systems and support systems for working mothers. On Mentorship The panellists highlighted the of the need to form support structures within the legal profession to serve as safe spaces for women to interact, network, and get support from other members of the Bar. Revealing the at the subject of mentorship for women practitioners of law was a subject very close to her heart, Chief Justice Kohli spoke of her experiences in forming the Women in Law and Litigation collective in Delhi. “It is very important to have that bulwark available for women for being able to interact with each other, to lend your strengths and borrow someone else’s weaknesses and make them into strengths”, she said. While Justice Anu Sivaraman of the High Court emphasized that such a system always existed informally at the Kerala High Court, Advocate Geeta Rameseshan of the Madras High Court underscored the importance of formalising any informal support structure in order to strengthen it. On perceptions of some areas of law being more suited to women, sensitivity among judges and early challenges they faced On perceptions of some laws not being suited to women, Justice Anu Sivaraman observed that they remained as perceptions, stereotypes encountered at every stage in life. While agreeing that systemic changes were necessary for these perceptions to disappear, she emphasized that proving one’s competence in one’s areas of practice was the way to dispel these notions. Explaining that she nurtured an interest in service laws, as against the prevalent belief that family laws were more suited to women, she stated that female pioneers in law broke stereotypes by proving their competence. She added, “Systemic changes are required, yes, but it is the will to work our way, to break our paths that is required” Chief Justice Kohli spoke about her own experiences as a woman starting out in the legal profession, and said that she mostly faced challenges from those outside her family. Narrating that she came from a family without a background in law, Chief Justice Kohli said that she would not have entered into the legal profession but for her mother’s support. Thereafter, her challenges came from outside the family, Chief Justice Kohli emphasized. However, senior lawyers who were generous with their time, and kind enough to give opportunities, afforded her opportunities to progress. Advocate Geeta Rameseshan spoke about how offices of leading lawyers, ‘the doyens’, were often unwilling to take in female juniors. “Now the position has reversed, more and more offices are seeking women juniors…they are perceived as hardworking,” she said. Talking of her personal experience, she narrated that she had been drawn to criminal laws as well as family laws, and that her break into practice in these areas came through the legal aid movement. When queried about the need to increase the number of women at the top echelons of the judiciary, the panel agreed that the same needed to be done. They noted, however, that often times male colleagues on the bench reacted with equal if not more sensitivity on issues concerning women. Chief Justice Hima Kohli noted that sometimes women on the bench could be more conservative vis-à-vis the male. The Chief Justice opined that male judges who reacted with such sensitivity were probably a product of an upbringing that encouraged such sensitivity on their part. “Speaking for myself, I found that the sensitivity of my bench partners who are males on issues relating to women was surprisingly far more than I would have expected my own self or a woman colleague on the bench to have…For a man to take that stance with equal or if not more sensitivity was a pleasant surprise” On the impact of the pandemic The panellists agreed with the proposition that the virtual court system helped women, especially those with families. Women, particularly without chambers, offices, or means of commute had the opportunity to log in and log out of courts with the limited technology at hand, and continue practice. Women were also able to explore other areas of practice such as mediation thanks to the flexibility of virtual hearings, Chief Justice Kohli narrated, referring to the Delhi High Court’s virtual mediation system. In her concluding remarks, Justice Sivaraman touched upon the work of numerous women in the magistracy and the subordinate courts, whose numbers had increased exponentially. “Their good work and the dedication we ought not forget”, she emphasized. After closing remarks by the moderator, Advocate Ninni Susan Thomas, and a vote of thanks from Advocate Krishna, the event drew to a closeSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
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The number of coronavirus cases in Florida is quickly approaching the 17,000 mark.According to the Department of Health, there are 16,826 total cases of COVID-19 in our state as of Thursday evening.At least 371 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Current Positive Cases in FloridaPalm Beach County: 1,333 cases-75 deaths-676 men, 645 women-239 hospitalizationsBroward County: 2,480 cases-67 deaths-1,341 men, 1,120 women-357 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 5,898 cases-66 deaths-3,092 men, 2,735 women-450 hospitalizations
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Milivojevic full of pride leading Crystal Palace to win at Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic was delighted with victory at Manchester City on Saturday.The Serb scored from the spot for the shock 3-2 win.”This result is very special, I am very proud and after the last game against Leicester at home we went on and got the win today. To be honest, you try to do something but you don’t expect a lot from these kind of games but when you score three goals here you can say you deserved to win,” said Milivojevic as he heaped praise on the second Palace goal, an excellent strike from 30 yards out by Andros Townsend.“It was an amazing goal, one of the best I have seen in my career whilst I have been out on the pitch playing in a game”. Milivojevic missed a spot-kick against City 12 months ago in a home draw but he made no mistake in front of the 800 Palace fans inside the stadium.He also told cpfc.co.uk: “I was not nervous, I decided where I wanted to place the ball and I think that goal was massive because that going in gave us more confidence for the second half, Let’s say they possibly gave up a little bit after that goal but then they score late on which put a lot of pressure on us. It wasn’t an easy game but as I say we are all so proud of this victory and we now know the next game is massive for us. (against Cardiff City) I want to thank our fans and I think they deserved this victory.”
Twitter/@CoachZachSmithThe high-scoring NCAA Football game between Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and Jared Foley, a Buckeyes fan that he visited in the hospital before the national championship, is quickly becoming one of the most hotly-contested video game results that we can remember. The game was originally thought to be a 91-35 win for Jones, but yesterday he clarified that he added a late touchdown to make it 98-35.Clearly, Jones wants to get credit for all of the points he scored, but he may have undersold Foley’s effort himself. In response to a t-shirt that an OSU fan created to celebrate the game, Foley claims that he actually scored 42 [email protected] I NEED ONE!! #Savage RT @Court0385: @CJ12_ @bearfoley check out the new shirts pic.twitter.com/xRauvMJbi1— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 11, [email protected] it was 98-42— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, [email protected] yeah I scored in the finel minute— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, 2015Maybe Cardale can invite him to the next Taco Tuesday to make up for this discrepancy.
Ohio State Scarlet and Gray DaysUpdate: We’ve got another Scarlet and Gray Days preview to show you. This one features Braxton Miller, wide receiver. Like what you see, @OhioStAthletics fans? Don’t miss “Scarlet & Gray Days” at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday. #InsideOSU http://t.co/CYarPB7qKE— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 18, 2015Earlier: The Ohio State football program is the subject of a new Big Ten Network show that’s focusing on the Buckeyes’ 2015 training camp. The show, Scarlet and Gray Days, is set to debut Wednesday at 7 p.m. E.T. on BTN. Thanks to Land Grant Holy Land, we’ve gotten a sneak peek at one of the scenes from the first show. In this scene, Urban Meyer is addressing his players. “We will not go into Game 1 in Blacksburg, Va., not nine strong,” he says. Urban Meyer: “We will not go into Game 1 in Blacksburg, VA not ‘nine strong’ … That’s absolutely not negotiable.” http://t.co/y39urFk7T6— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) August 17, 2015Ready for the fall, Buckeye fans? Ohio State opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama just scored a major recruiting coup, flipping Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) five-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan from Florida State. Cowan committed to FSU in December but took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Roll Tide pic.twitter.com/MMF3uXdtBc— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016Familypic.twitter.com/sOXSSguqA3— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Cowan is the No.5 outside linebacker in the 2017 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.
SchefterVirtually every year during the NFL Draft process, a few high-profile prospects fail drug tests from February’s combine. That is, until 2016. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, not one player tested positive at this year’s event in Indianapolis, something that is almost unprecedented.For the first time in recent memory, NFL has notified all 32 teams that no player tested positive at February combine, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2016No matter where you fall on the subject of recreational drug use, most would hope that a player can avoid failing a test that they know is coming at the combine. Almost every draft class has a few players fail and see their stock suffer, so congratulations to the class of 2016 for bucking that trend.
APTN National NewsThe Nunavut RCMP is getting a scolding for violating a man’s charter rights at Iqaluit’s airport.It’s coming from a judge who presided over a case where a man was arrested for possession of marijuana.What’s at issue is how the police knew he was carrying the drugs.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has the details.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips was a featured speaker at the Alberta Climate Summit in Calgary Wednesday afternoon.She told the crowd at the BMO Centre that especially young people are passionate about climate change, and that’s why they will be launching the Alberta Youth Climate Change Council.But along with promoting the province’s Climate Leadership Plan, Phillips says decisions about the environment and energy development need to be based on science, evidence and facts.The minister also took aim at the conservative elements in the province, and criticized those who say climate change is not real.Following her speech, she also met with reporters to discuss this balance and how to move ahead with projects such as the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.When asked about how the province can keep the environment safe but also develop oil and gas projects, Phillips believes the NDP has proven it can be done — shown by two years of economic growth and the introduction of the new Climate Leadership Plan.“This is a reality that not only puts food on the table for thousands of Alberta families but also millions of Canadians. So what we need to do as an energy economy is ensure we are poised to be able to compete in a carbon-constrained world because we know that climate change is real,” said Phillips.Then, looking at how they can transition into that carbon-constrained future, Phillips added that policies like the carbon tax help out.“We need to make sure that we are thoughtfully reinvesting the proceeds of our price on pollution into making those innovative solutions a reality, lowering costs for producers, as well as creating new jobs.”At the Alberta Climate Summit, where Environment Minister Shannon Phillips is speaking. Summit is hosted by the Pembina Institute. Phillips talking about science based methods to combat climate change, criticizes doubters in the Conservative party #ableg #climate pic.twitter.com/hnTywkU9hG— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) September 26, 2018Phillips was also asked about her upcoming meeting in Ottawa, along with Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, to lobby for changes over Bill C-69.She said that the first issue over the bill which helps determine how energy projects are approved in Canada concerns the time-frames.“We still don’t have much in the way of comfort around timelines, so that’s one of the biggest things. Two, better defining the scope — in particular for the pre-assessment. I still think there are still some issues there. And three, it’s just a little bit too vague in terms of some of the federal encroachment into provincial jurisdiction on work that we are already doing.”Also on Wednesday, a new three-member panel was named to the National Energy Board to conduct another review on the Trans Mountain expansion.Phillips says the NDP government will be monitoring their upcoming discussions.“If Alberta begins to see that games are being played with respect to this process, then we will be going back to the federal government to explore a legislative solution. Right now, we do have to take a bit of a wait and see approach, but if we can adhere to that 22-week timeline we believe that this project will move forward in the time-frame that it ought to, and shovels can go back into the ground and people can get back to work as they were in late August.”