Just before the COVID crisis really heated up, I interviewed Lauren Resnick, who is the Chief Practice Partner for the national law firm BakerHostetler. Lauren is someone who not only broke through the glass ceiling at an AmLaw 100 firm, but she did it as a part-time attorney. I spoke with Lauren about her path from the public sector back into private practice, and what it was like being part-time. We also discussed some of the challenges of being in a
No surprises in a recent NALP report.
In the years that I have been engaged in legal recruiting, I have worked with several really top-notch female candidates that wanted to return to an exciting practice within a large firm after having a baby, but did NOT want the hours associated with a full-time partnership track position. I relate to these women who … Read more
Who would have guessed? Maybe large firms are finally getting worried about retaining talent.
Is it really possible for large firm attorneys to work part-time and still get the brass ring? Are there models for successful part-time arrangements at the nation’s top firms? Here are some examples; though I wonder if this article isn’t sugar coating things a little. Do these women really work part-time? Do they simply not … Read more
The Boston Globe gives a positive review to Lauren Rikleen’s book on the challenges that women face in trying to advance in the practice of law. But the reviewer seems to think that the author holds no hope for the practice of law. IMHO, the reviewer overstates the case. Rikleen does paint a somewhat bleak … Read more
Here is a nice summary of some of the recent articles on women and the challenges they face in trying to advance at top law firms. Here the author emphasizes the problem of billable hours as a measure of one’s contribution to a firm.