Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: How Do You Rate Your Commitment to Law Practice?

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 21, 2011.I participated on a panel last night at George Mason University Law School. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Law Association, and the other panelists were a former Administrative Judge for the Department of Interior and a member of the Career Services staff at the law school. There was a lot of interesting information about the practice experience of the panelists and some candid observations about the past and future for women in the law.One of the comments that caught my attention was about…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: The Importance of Negotiating—For Yourself

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 23, 2011.It is coincidental that I was reminded today about the greatest negotiations coup on my own behalf of my career, and then I saw the article that I discuss below.  My thoughts about my own success at negotiating for myself was how late it had come in my career and how I wish I had learned this skill earlier.  Finally, at some point, when I thought I had nothing to lose, I stepped up to the plate and risked it all for myself.  Not for…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: All Mothers Are Not Created Equal

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 27, 2011.It used to be that motherhood was motherhood, and taking maternity leave to care for a newborn infant was the issue.  Now, the issue seems to be more about how the baby came into being than about what the baby needs.  For all of you contemplating maternity leave, listen up…..Recently, as reported at www.bionews,.org.uk/page, a US business woman is suing her employer after being allegedly denied maternity leave following the birth of her twins through a surrogate mother.  The surrogate arrangement resulted from the woman…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Historical Perspectives About Women in the Law

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 29, 2011.I know, I know.  You young women do not like to hear us “older women” dwell on the hardships of life “in the day”.  That seems to be particularly true of young women lawyers, and I think some of that attitude may result from the fact that “seasoned” women lawyers can get preachy and judgmental when delivering the message.  That is their bad, and they should temper their presentation if they want to be heard.However, you should not disregard the message just because you do…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: A Reminder of the Power of Mentoring

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 9, 2011.Well, here I am, back after a wonderful summer respite full of time with old friends, new friends and family.  I have survived an earthquake, a hurricane and flash floods here on the East Coast, and I am renewed and ready to concentrate again on my projects for young women lawyers.There are lots of new things on the horizon for me, like a newly-designed web site, a new book, a new research assistant, and an exciting new schedule for the coming work/school year. Don’t forget…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Be Nice To Everyone In The Courthouse

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is excited to announce that Susan Smith Blakely, author of Best Friends at the Bar, will be speaking at Ms. JD: She Leads on October 5, 2012. This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog. Be nice to everyone you meet in the courthouse.  One of them may turn out to be a juror in your case! This seems particularly apropos with all of the citizen attention on juries in the aftermath of the Casey Anthony trial.  But, I also have some personal experience with this.When I was a young lawyer, I had my first jury…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Women Lawyers Do Not Need To Be Perfect!

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is excited to announce that Susan Smith Blakely, author of Best Friends at the Bar, will be speaking at Ms. JD: She Leads on October 5, 2012. This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on July 18, 2011.Laura Stiller Rikleen, author of Ending the Gauntlet, Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law, has this advice for women lawyers, “Be aggressive but not strident.  Be sure to look good, but do not call undue attention to what you wear.  If you are a working mother, be the perfect role model while walking the tightrope between commitment…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Young Women Lawyers and Peep-Toe Pumps

Editor's Note: Ms. JD is excited to announce that Susan Smith Blakely, author of Best Friends at the Bar, will be speaking at Ms. JD: She Leads on October 5, 2012. This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on June 23, 2011.I am feeling a bit frivolous today, so I think I will get on the bandwagon and discuss Peep-Toe Pumps.  What is the issue you wonder—-about Peep-Toe Pumps?  To ask that is to acknowledge that you skipped the summer of 2010 when law bloggers, including Viva Chen of The Careerist and David Lat of Above the Law, took shots…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Good Advice For Women Lawyers Going Solo

Editor's Note:  Ms. JD is excited to announce that Susan Smith Blakely, author of Best Friends at the Bar, will be speaking at Ms. JD: She Leadson October 5, 2012. This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on June 30, 2011.Going solo is an interesting concept and one that is gaining more popularity during these tough economic times when law firm hires are down.  A new book has just been published by the American Bar Association addressing the issue after a three-year study by the ABA Commission on Women. The book is based on letters written by women lawyers…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Women in Business - And Law Is a Business - Must Learn To Lean In

Editor's Note:  Ms. JD is excited to announce that Susan Smith Blakely, author of Best Friends at the Bar, will be speaking at Ms. JD: She Leads on October 5, 2012. This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on May 26, 2011.I promised you more on Sherly Sandberg, and here it is.  I might have mentioned that I admire this woman a lot, and here is more to make you understand why.Recently, Ms. Sandberg, former COO of Google and current COO of Facebook, delivered the commencement address at Barnard College, the esteemed women’s college at Columbia University. Her theme was…

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