Submitted by KimberlyRice
To take control of your legal career, you must become the CEO of your own one-(wo)man firm: “You, Inc.”
As we head into a new year, consider committing yourself to making it different, better, more fulfilling. Sure, the life of a female lawyer is nothing if not an exercise in multi-tasking, constant balancing of multiple priorities, and going the extra mile to be acknowledged and rewarded compared to your male counterparts; but the savvy lawyer understands that her legal career is only as satisfying as she molds it to be.
Even as law firms still struggle to rebound from the most recent recession, there has never been a more pressing time for women lawyers to take control of their careers and build solid books of business of their own.
With all the studies and chatter on gender-wage inequities, the disparate number of female law firm leaders (Nov 13, 2013 NY Times), and the incessant sexual and gender discrimination issues that plague the profession, it is no wonder that female lawyers are packing up and leaving their posts with increased frequency. But, to those who choose to stay, I would say, “You must understand, deeply, that whether you are a solo practitioner or a member of an AmLaw 100 law firm, if you are in private practice, you are a business owner and must regard yourself as a business owner, regardless of whether you actually have any business of your own.”