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A Female, Biglaw, Baby Boomer’s Advice to The Female, Millennial, Graduates Headed for Biglaw

Congratulations to all the female millennials graduating law schools over the next few weeks! Savor your accomplishment before reading Richard Cohen’s article Can Women Lawyers Ever Find Equality In Biglaw? Cohen dishes a hefty dose of reality, and in one fell swoop, dashes the hope that women will become equals in Biglaw, and gain entrance to the C Suite dominated by white men.  Surveying the partnership ranks at Biglaw firms, Cohen observes: "Try counting the number of female partners or partners of color at Biglaw – see how diverse it really is. And how many lawyers with kids – male or…

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Isn’t It Time To Teach the Nuts and Bolts of Business Development?

Business development is the bedrock to sustaining a profitable entity; yet, law firms rarely teach these skills. A common thread that strings together this rare breed of "rainmakers" is that they are creative, innovative thinkers who purposefully learn the nuances of the businesses of their potential clients; and, are both good listeners and conversationalists. They are professional, persistent, and perceptive problem-solvers. Not to be minimized, all business developers commit a substantial amount of personal, out-of-office time to building and deepening relationships. It is a truism, that a client service business will cease to exist without clients. With over thirty years’…

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Stop Living in La La Land: Age Bias Affects Everyone

According to Ashton Applegate, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, well over a million and half Americans over 50, people with decades of life ahead of them can’t find work (You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch, NY Times 9/3/16). And as people are living longer, healthier lives, the number of workers over the age of 55 will continue to increase, which means more out of work Baby Boomers. Ageism, or age bias, is a word I had never heard of; I was living in La La Land. Having now joined the over 50-year-old unemployed who can’t land a…

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