Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Former Legal Secretary: Male Law Partners Expect Sex on Demand

A Former Legal Secretary: Male Partners Expect Sex

on Demand, are "Terrible Business People"

Male law partners:

  1. expect sex on demand;

  2. are terrible business people;

  3. are not team players;

  4. lack interpersonal skills; and

  5. are pompous pains in the ass.

This, according to a self-described former legal secretary who worked at some of the "biggest and best law firms . . . ." Read on for more pearls of wisdom.

In 2011, the American Bar Association published an article about the results of a survey conducted by a female law professor (Felice Batlan) in Chicago, who surveyed 142 legal secretaries (mostly women) and asked them various questions, including how they felt about working for female law partners. This story was of some national interest, and was reported by established newspapers, magazines and blogs all over the United States. The American Bar Association's article (written by a woman) can be found here; this writer's blog on the topic (and the relevant commentary) can be found here

On January 14, 2012 a self-described former legal secretary submitted a scathing public commentary on this website in response to the article, which was published herein in October, 2011. The full commentary can be found at the link above. Based on her comments and her current company's website, Ms. Eugenia Kaneshige appears to be a former New Yorker now living (or at least working) in North Carolina. She appears to be a "Job Search and Career Coach" . . . this writer wonders if trashing an entire gender is a good career move? Also, based on her expressed opinions and personal experiences, one would have to conclude that she would never, ever try to place a client of hers into a job with a male partner/supervisor (thus eliminating a huge percentage of available jobs for her clients).

There are some appreciable ironies here. Ms. Kaneshige criticizes the information obtained by Professor Batlan because it "depends on one SURVEY" (of 142 legal secretaries), yet Ms. Kaneshige's own commentary damning tens of thousands of persons is based on the opinions and experiences of one legal secretary - her. There are other obvious ironies here, but we'll leave those for you to discover.

The full hailstorm of sweeping criticisms of male partners from Ms. Kaneshige is listed below:

"As a job search and career coach who many years ago put herself through undergraduate and graduate school by working as a legal secretary in quite a few of the biggest and ‘best’ law firms in NYC, I can tell you that:

  • Male partners are passive/aggressive.

  • Male partners are emotional/personal.

  • Male partners are inflexible.

  • Male partners tend to be demeaning to anyone of lesser status.

  • They are such pompous “pains in the ass!”

  • They are mostly mean, often emotional, and can’t handle the stress. Their attitude/lack of maturity somehow involves your being a punching bag.

In addition,

  • Male partners believe that sex on demand is their right.

  • Male partners have egos bigger than the Titanic.

  • Male partners are terrible business people.

  • Male partners are all about power and control.

  • Male partners lack interpersonal skills.

  • Male partners are not team players."