Friday, February 24, 2006

Credit (Where Credit Due)

Since financial topics have been of great interest to me recently, and at risk of sacrificing some of my anonymity, I just wanted to send a huge thank you to the organizers of the Women's Leadership Forum at Boalt today. Among several different events of interest to all law students ("Alternative Career Paths") and some addressed more specifically to women's issues ("Overcoming obstacles through Mentorship and Coalition Building"), there was a great session on personal financial planning. The speaker entertained general and individual questions and offered informal advice on issues such as managing debt (consumer v. educational v. mortgage, etc.), credit cards and ratings, investment and retirement planning and day-to-day budgeting strategies. I wish that Boalt as an institution offered such sessions more regularly, as the interest in the room and the sophistication of the questions suggests that this is a really important topic to students...

In any case, thanks to the WLF organizers for a great event.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what can we say... BHWA rocks.

2/24/2006 7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I wish I had gone to parts of the conference, speaking as a guy.

2/25/2006 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, BHWWA (boalt hall white women's association) really knows how to work on radical change to the legal profession, don't they?

2/25/2006 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I'm sure that BHWA members would probably have some effective comeback to 11:21 PM's remark to show that BHWA is a diverse organization, serving the needs of women of a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds.

But let's assume the "worst-case scenario." Even if BHWA's active membership consists more of white women than any other group (not as a result of intentional discrimination of any sort, but rather because of the physics of social grouping) so what? At least those members of the Boalt community have an organization that addresses issues of concern to them.

2/26/2006 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11:21pm. It's all too simple to make assumptions about groups of which you are not a part. This event was specifically meant to promote coalition building and end precisely the kind of divisiveness you so proudly exhibit. Want to engage in some radical change to the legal profession? Quit making assumptions about people based on race, especially the integrity of their motives.

2/26/2006 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more comments about 11:21 PM's prodding remark? Come on, finally, some action on this blog, and we just have one or two whimpers. I want to see multiculturalism and feminism duke it out!

2/26/2006 9:45 PM  
Blogger Tacitus said...

I would only point out to 11:21 that BHWA (regardless of your attitude towards that organization) was not the sole organizer of the WLF. ACS co-sponsored, apparently, and according to the literature handed out at the event, the steering committee included: "APALSA, BHSA, boalt.org, Center for Social Justice, Environmental Law Society, NALSA, KALSA, LSAD, Law Students for Choice, La Raza, Boalt Muslim Students Association, Students Opposing Domestic Violence (STOP DV), Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (a continuation of Berkeley Women’s Law Journal, and Boalt Hall Women’s Association."

That's a fairly diverse roster of groups.

2/26/2006 10:50 PM  
Blogger Mad.J.D. said...

I thought the crack about white women was kind of funny, but I guess this is serious and so that's bad or something. But I'm giving 11:21 the benefit of the doubt. Good one, 11:21! (This comment in no way endorses or promotes hatred of white women. Quite the contrary, actually; some of my best women friends are white...I'll shut up now.)

2/27/2006 1:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: 11:21 pm.

WLF was created because of ignorant comments like yours. yes, BHWA is mainly white women, but WLF is about how women as leaders as boalt can come together and discuss pressing issues that the legal profession faces -- like the work/family balance, pay inequities, diminished public interest service, sexual harassment and discrimination.

BHWA was the point organization for this event that stemmed from a STRONG COALITION of steering committee members. WLF uses the steering committee model because it enables all women who are leading their respective organizations to support one another in those roles. So yes, it is working on radical change from within.

2/27/2006 9:36 AM  

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