I just receive a notice about a new ABA publication on Work/Life Balance, Law and Reorder. Ordinarily, I don’t promote books I haven’t read. But in this case, I’m taking it on faith that it is a worthwhile read because the author is Deborah Epstein Henry. Henry is a “nationally recognized expert on workplace restructuring, … Read more
The results are in. Working Mother Magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers have released their second annual report on the top 50 best law firms for women. As I’ve written in the past, I do believe that rankings should be kept in perspective. Large law firms are complex institutions that offer many different realities to individual attorneys … Read more
I first stumbled across Kathleen J. Wu’s article in the Texas Lawyer almost two months ago. In the article, Wu, a partner with large law firm Andrews & Kurth, was curious as to the effect that now larger law firm salaries would have on practicing attorney mothers in Texas. As she notes, female attorneys understand … Read more
Continuing my discussion of working mothers from a couple of weeks ago (which incidentally resulted in an interesting discussion on law.com’s Legal Blog Watch), I am mentioning here an article I saw in the WSJ Career Journal on what to do with your resume after staying at home with a child. The article advocated being … Read more
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
The National Association for Women Laywers has released a study documenting that women continue to lag in the partnership ranks at top U.S. firms. They also lag in compensation when they do make equity partner. No big surprises but the data sets a benchmark for future comparisons.
The ABA has just released a study documenting high rates of attrition for minority women in large law firms. You would think that law firms would have figured out by now how to address this problem. But then again, law firms are slow to change.
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.
If you missed Lauren Rikleen the other night at the Boston Bar Association, you can catch her on the Legal Talk Network over the internet. Lauren, who just published Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law, has a lot to say about why women are not advancing at the same rate … Read more