Congratulations! You’ve joined the small, elite force of women law firm partners. Your perseverance, fortitude and political savvy helped you wind your way through the law firm equivalents of Scylla and Charybdis. You’ve stayed afloat in the swirl of endless, exhausting, deadline-driven hours and created a reputation for yourself as nonfungible despite how easily women disappear into anonymity in the absence of powerful advocates and high-visibility assignments.
Most law firms continue with business as usual after partner elections. This is unfortunate because it’s not just your job description that’s changed, it’s also your identity. This is the kind of transition that calls for a formal rite of passage, one that would remove you from the daily routine, teach you the skills required for your new status and reintegrate your new partner self.