Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

Women have made significant gains in the legal profession. But even in 2020, women are woefully underrepresented in the partnership ranks of major law firms.  In the coming months, I will be interviewing women who have broken through the glass ceiling and have been elevated to partnership.

In the latest episode of the Counsel to Counsel podcast, I am joined by Hether Cahill, a partner at the Boston law firm Burns and Levinson. 

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Want to Make a Significant Career Shift in 2020? Find your Bridge

If 2020 is the year that you plan to make a significant career change, then figure out the bridge you need to take to get you where you want to go.  Employers generally hire candidates who already have specific experience. Most firms and most corporations are not looking to train lateral hires.

That doesn’t mean you are eternally trapped doing the same kind of legal work you have been doing for the past five years.  I’ve seen many lawyers make dramatic shifts

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Thirty Years of Biglaw Wisdom from a Biglaw Expat

Anyone who has ever met John Hession knows that he is not your typical attorney.  He is someone who really tries to connect with everyone whether they are partners, associates, support staff or clients.  John is also someone who has tremendous wisdom about what it takes to succeed in a big law firm.

I’ve known John for over 25 years and recently sat down with him over breakfast to catch up.  We talked about practicing at a big firm and his transition into more of a professional

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Mindlessness and the Practice of Law

For a long time, I have been thinking about bringing more mindfulness into my life.  For the past 6 months, I have actually been practicing mediation on a daily basis.  The benefits of mediation are well documented (reduced stress, increased focus, better overall health, and even better performance at work).

For attorneys who have stressful jobs (which defines many attorneys), mindfulness can be a particularly useful technique to calm the nerves and do better work for your clients.

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Creating a Mission Driven Law Practice

Jonathan KlavensAfter a brief summer hiatus, Counsel to Counsel is back!  In my latest episode, I speak with Jon Klavens of Klavens Law Group about how he has built a mission driven law practice.  Jon is a fellow alum of Northeastern University School of Law.  Like many NUSL students, Jon came to the school with a strong interest in the public interest. After a prestigious clerkship and a long stint at the Boston firm Goodwin Procter, Jon decided he wanted to have more impact on the world.  He didn’t want to work for a non-profit so he found a way to serve the public good by representing companies involved in clean energy, clean technology, resource recovery, sustainable agriculture and food ventures, and social enterprise.  You can hear the episode wherever you get your podcasts.  Stay tuned for many other interesting interviews throughout the Fall.

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