If only they could shift it to "drive." If you're bummed out about how women lawyers in the United States seem to be stuck in neutral, you might want to check out the latest job openings for women in Saudi Arabia. For the first time, women lawyers will be allowed to plead cases in court.
Reports The Houston Chronicle:
According to the directive, the ruling will take effect at the beginning of next month, after the end of the four-day Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha, and will apply to all women who have a law degree and have spent at least three years working in a law office.
It's a giant, giant step for our sisters in that ultraconservative country. My only question: How will they get to court? Last I heard, women there weren't allow to drive. It would be a bummer to have to be nice to your male opponent to get to court.
Lap dancing might not be art. For all of you thinking of alternative careers in the adult entertainment industry (pipe down, I'm talking about the business side, not performing), please keep this latest New York tax ruling in mind. At issue was whether lap dancing is an art form that qualifies for a tax exemption.
Reports Crain's New York Business:
Lap dances are taxable because they don't promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York's highest court concluded Tuesday in a sharply divided ruling.
The court split 4 to 3, with the dissenting judges saying there's no distinction in state law between "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance," so the case raises "significant constitutional problems. "
Dissenting Judge Robert Smith wrote that the law and regulations about what constitutes dramatic or musical arts were unclear. "Choreography means dance, and clearly the women at Nite Moves dance," reports Crain's about Smith's reasoning.
I'm sure we could all debate deep into the night about what constitutes "art," but, for now, just be warned that running a strip club might not be the best investment if you're looking for a tax break.
This can't be that much worse than document production. If going to Saudi Arabia or starting an adult entertainment business seems too drastic, here's a nice, pedestrian alternative career to law: accounting.
Crain's New York says that "those with specialized skills in accounting, auditing, and finance need not worry," even in this shaky job market. "Increased demand for candidates with those skills is spurring an uptick in accountant hiring—and pay."
And how much money are we talking about? Well, it's not quite Big Law salary, but it's respectable—certainly comparable to what NALP reports is the median salary for law grads in private practice these days: "The average starting salary for a tax servicer at a large public accounting firm in New York City, for example, will be $83,541 next year, up 3 percent from this year. The national average will be $59,250."Okay, accounting is not sexy. But, honey, I've got news for you: Neither is law.