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Discrimination against women in law firms?

Posted in News, Women and the law

Former law firm associate Catriona Collins sued the law firm that had employed her, Cohen Pontani Lieberman & Pavane, claiming that she was passed over for work assignments and ultimately dismissed on the basis of her gender.  Last week, the ABA Journal reported on Judge Kimba Wood’s Order denying (in part) the firm’s motion for summary judgment… Continue Reading

A host of great articles in the latest issue of The Complete Lawyer

Posted in Coaching for lawyers, Leaving the practice, The practice, Women and the law, Work/life balance

The latest issue of The Complete Lawyer features the theme “What’s Your Exit Strategy?” and includes articles that discuss exits including retirement, job changes, leaving the law, setting up a plan to ensure that your clients will be protected if you’re suddenly unavailable, and more.  Here are a few highlights: Rob Hockett offers simple advice on… Continue Reading

What do women lawyers really want?

Posted in Women and the law

 If there’s one question that I hear more than any other, it’s probably “What do women lawyers want?”  I’ll admit that the question usually causes me to sigh, because the truth for me and, I suspect, for many others is that women lawyers want pretty much what any lawyer wants: a strong practice, good clients,… Continue Reading

Monday Shorts 2/25/08

Posted in Quick hits, Women and the law

  Blawg Review #148  Hosted by Brett Trout of BlawgIT, Blawg Review #148 is devoted to Internet Memes, complete with the requisite YouTube videos.  Who could resist this? While considering a theme for this week’s Blawg Review, it struck me that lawyers do not spend as much time aimlessly meandering the web as would, for instance,… Continue Reading

Empowerment and Leadership: Tried and True Methods for Women Lawyers

Posted in Book reviews, Women and the law

 Empowerment and Leadership: Tried and True Methods for Women Lawyers is a 50-page booklet produced by the ABA Commission of Women in the Profession based on focus groups interviews with  lawyers in over 100 law firms and corporations.  The project was clearly directed toward prescribing steps to correct the gaping discrepancy between female representation in… Continue Reading

Tuesday Shorts 12/11/07

Posted in For new lawyers, Quick hits, Women and the law, Work/life balance

 Survival tips for new associates:  David Dummer, an associate in the Dallas office of Weil, Gotshal &  Manges, has written an article with 10 survival tips for new associates.  Although the tips are not particularly revolutionary, they set a good framework for new associates and might serve as a reminder for more advanced lawyers.  Some… Continue Reading

Tuesday shorts: 10/9/07

Posted in Quick hits, Women and the law

A few things from the last week that deserve to be highlighted… Bruce MacEwen of Adam Smith, Esq. offers a fascinating interview with Bruce Stachenfeld of Duval & Stachenfeld, a New York-based firm that’s made the news recently with its unusual compensation plan.  The firm pays first-year lawyers $60,000 and calls them “opportunity associates.”  The… Continue Reading

Conscious disregard of value: women vs. the legal profession

Posted in Women and the law, Work/life balance

One of the things I most enjoy about the blogosphere is the free exchange of ideas and thoughts.  Recently, Stephanie West Allen and I have been discussing a trend reported by Canada’s leading newspaper The Globe and Mail in an article entitled “Office Stress Ruining Women Lawyers’ Lives.”  (With thanks to Gerry Riskin of Amazing Firms,… Continue Reading

Top firms for women or leaving the law: it’s all about perceived satisfaction

Posted in The practice, Women and the law, Work/life balance

As announced in a flurry of law firm press releases yesterday, Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC have announced the top 50 firms for women, as measured through “groundbreaking programs to help women strike a better work/life balance and climb to the top” and “implementing penalty-free flex schedules and mentoring, networking and leadership programs.”  Large firms… Continue Reading