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Susan Smith Blakely

Pay Equity For Women Lawyers

Pay equity for women lawyers is a subject that you definitely should care about.  I have blogged about it before, but now I have written about it in a comprehensive article published recently by the DC Women's Bar Association.  This article also makes the nexus between implicit gender bias and unequal pay for women lawyers, a connection that must be taken seriously. Here is a link to the article:  http:  www.wbadc.org//Files/Newsletters/2016-2017/WBA_RTB_2016-2017_Issue4_NovDec.pdf. Here is how I introduce the issue: One of the tenets of my Best Friends at the Bar program for women lawyers is “Be a discriminating listener, but do…

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Get an Edge in Your Attorney Career Using the Tech Power

The fields of law and law enforcement have been dominated by men for centuries. Today, the situation is starting to chance, but there is no arguing the fact that males are still at an advantage in these particular industries. Therefore, a woman must use all tools available to achieve maximum efficiency in her chosen profession, and this is where modern technology can help. Tech innovation is making its way into all areas of life, including law and law enforcement. There are startups, software solutions, and gadgets that help solve crimes, punish criminals, and get restitution for the victims. Whether you…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

Q: I have decided I should switch practice groups, because the one I am in is not giving me much mentoring. But I have not had much success getting work from the new group. Any advice on what to do? A: Yes. Finding a good “fit” at a firm is critical to your long-term success. But both you and the new practice group have to decide (either formally or informally) that you should work together. And until you have officially joined the second group, the dance can be delicate. At first, you will need work for both groups. And over…

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Lawyers can be techies, too: An Introduction to Legal Tech

First things first, what is legal tech? Originally, the term referred to the technology and software tools, products, and services targeted at or created for the practice of law, namely law firms (such as e-discovery or matter and practice management, and including well-known companies such as Lexis Nexis and WestLaw). A new generation of companies is now changing this definition to include companies focusing on disrupting the practice of law and innovating in the legal industry, much like startups in other industries such as education or healthcare. Why should law students or practicing lawyers care about legal tech? Legal tech…

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Navigating “Biglaw” as a Woman of Color

Study after study show that women of color are fading from large law firms and most leave before they are even considered for partnership. Hence, women of color remain the most underrepresented group at the partnership level. The source of this problem is definitely complicated and difficult to pinpoint: is it an issue of law firm culture, a dearth of minority leadership and access to high-ranking mentors and sponsors to guide women of color in their professional development, or a lack of exposure to clients and quality work assignments to develop their legal skills? Perhaps it is not an “either/or…

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What Female Lawyers Have to Be Aware of when Opening Their Own Firms

Today isn’t exactly the perfect time for being a young lawyer at the beginning of legal career: job market is overfilled, competition is vicious, and student debt is at an all-time high. And all these problems are only exacerbated for female lawyers: they have to try harder to prove their competitiveness and use every available weapon to the fullest to achieve maximum efficiency and survive in this cutthroat business. Here are some of the things you should pay special attention to acquiring the much-needed edge over your competitors. 1.    You’ll Have to Learn Marketing We all have strengths and weaknesses. Lawyers…

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Failure Turned Inside Out: You Are Stronger than You Know

NAME: ELIZABETH RIOS PROFESSIONAL TITLE: MANAGING ATTORNEY FOR LEGAL SERVICES OF SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN Law School: University of Michigan Law School Years Practicing Law: 10 years Sector: Public Service-Nonprofit Specialization: Housing Law Extra Tid Bit: “God Bless and Go Blue!” “I do it because I love it and I feel privileged everyday to be able to do this work.” What ultimately sparked your interest in becoming a lawyer? I first decided to become a lawyer as an undergraduate at The University of Michigan. The affirmative action lawsuits were being litigated and it was so clear the power and impact that legal advocacy could…

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The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Legal Paths.

Happy New Year, fellow writers (and readers)!  Thanks for stopping by!  Let's start things off with a shot of some Q&A to ease us down the road.  1. What is an "alternative legal path?"   In this blog, we'll be discussing anything you can do with a law degree that doesn't involve keeping your feet stuck on the traditional conveyor belt. This could include:  Opening a solo practice Transitioning into a high-level HR/recruiting role at a law firm Continuing to practice in biglaw, but in a "nontraditional" way - such as in an overseas office or working part-time Starting a business…

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Reflections Before Moving Forward

Happy New Year! Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting year as we move forward and say good-bye to the good and bad moments of 2016. As for me, 2016 was an interesting year. After traveling a twisty road, I graduated with my law degree in May 2016.  Through careful deliberation, I made the difficult choice to postpone taking the bar exam until July 2017 as the State Bar will be switching to the Uniform Bar Exam. I applied for many employment opportunities in nonprofits and state and local governments, was rejected by many, and received several interviews. Undeterred,…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Happy New Year, Women Lawyers!

Happy New Year! I am back from my December hiatus and ready to embrace all new opportunities for the new year.  I hope you are in a similar frame of mind. Being a bit of a dreamer and having an open mind and a positive outlook for the future can be very helpful to your career development.  In fact, I could argue that those attributes are essential to positive career growth. If you are a maker of New Year's resolutions — and I know that some of you are — you might want to think outside the box this year…

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