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Tips From the Top: Trailblazing Women Weigh In on What it Takes to Succeed
The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

Just 19 percent of U.S. law firm partners were women in 2011. And while nearly half (42 percent) of the members of the Association of Corporate Counsel are female, just 101 women (or 20 percent) hold the chief legal officer position among Fortune 500 firms. For the rest of the Fortune 1000 (companies ranked 501 to 1000 in revenue), 82 CLOs (or 16 percent) are women. These numbers should be much higher given that women have comprised nearly half of the nation’s law school enrollment for more than two decades. Full Text


Why Women Need to Look to Nontraditional Mentors
The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

When women in the legal profession meet to discuss matters of common interest and concern, there are recurring hot topics: developing business, improving communication skills and mentoring. We see these topics again and again when the conventional or accepted wisdom fails to evolve and the matter is still one of concern for a significant number of women in the profession. The insight is not new: if we keep doing the same things, we should expect the same result. Full Text


Roundtable Discussion
The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

The editorial staff of The Legal has always been aware that the hiring and retention of female attorneys is an ongoing issue in the legal community. In an effort to discuss some of the specific problems facing female attorneys and present potential solutions to those problems, we invited 11 practitioners to talk about how to bolster the role of women in the law. Previous roundtable discussions have dealt with the issues, but this year we asked our panelists to place a heavy emphasis on what can be done to turn the tide. Full Text


What Does it Take to Build a Book of Business?
The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

here is no doubt about it. For attorneys, business is a necessary key to success. It means independence, autonomy and, even more importantly, security in these uncertain times. According to the golden rule, the one that has the gold makes the rules. While that credo rings just as true for men and women, female attorneys have traditionally had a tricky time attracting a robust stable of clients. These days successful, client-laden female attorneys are hardly an endangered species. That said, the legal profession could certainly use some more. Full Text


The Positive Impact of a Social Media Presence
The Legal Intelligencer

April 24, 2012

Social media is a phrase that can bring up nightmares of ethical risks and time-consuming efforts on one hand, or happy thoughts of inexpensive and easy marketing on the other. The truth is somewhere in between. Proper and timely use of social media can help expand a network and a career. Improper use can be a time-waster and cause serious embarrassment. But with a little bit of education and a lot of appreciation for its value, social media, combined with more traditional efforts, can help take a legal career from zero to 60 in a surprisingly short period of time. This is especially true for women attorneys. Full Text


Advantages of Smaller Firms for Working Mothers
The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

The depressing statistics on female retention and advancement in law firms are unfortunately all too familiar. Based on current research, women still constitute approximately half of all law students and half of all law firm associates, but only 20 percent of law firm partners. While the causes of this decline from associate to partner remain the focus of much debate and scholarship, I submit that on a micro level the issue for many women, and in particular working mothers, comes down to one simple question: Is it worth it? That is, is the constant struggle to find some degree of "balance" between home responsibilities and work obligations worth it? Full Text



Investing in Self-Evaluations for Maximum Return

The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

It’s no mistake that the title of this article draws from the language of finance. While law firms implemented written self-evaluations to look beyond the numbers and to provide context for other reviews, self-evaluations remain critical to some pretty important numbers. Those numbers include salary, bonus and years to partnership promotion. The self-evaluation process is an important component of many law firms’ performance evaluation and compensation systems, but studies of the legal industry show that women generally do not do it as well as men do. Full Text


Women of the Year
The Legal Intelligencer
April 24, 2012

The Legal’s editorial staff recently set out to select our Women of the Year, in which we highlight the achievements of top women lawyers across the state. We name a new group of women every two years in an effort to illuminate the valuable work being done by women throughout the state in all areas of the legal profession. Our staff examined our archives and asked for insight from respected legal professionals in coming up with our list of honorees. The scope of our search was broad, looking at women working at law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies and anywhere else that women lawyers are able to make an impact. Full Text