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Peg

Book Review: Lipstick Jungle

As I've posted about before, I am a fan of the NBC series "Lipstick Jungle". Sadly, rumor has it that the series has been cancelled and this Friday's "Season Finale" is actually the end of the show forever. Looks like my lot in life is to have the network dramas that I really like get cancelled. For Christmas, I asked for and recieved the book by Candace Bushnell that inspired the series. Even though I pretty much read for a living, I still enjoy a good fiction novel every once in a while but it needs to be something good…

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Janet

Q & A with Managing Partner Brigid Higgins

Brigid Higgins, Managing Shareholder, Gordon Silver, rose from associate to managing partner in less than ten years. In her interview with In Business Las Vegas, Higgins discusses what is like to be a female managing parter, how she balances her duties, and how she made such a rapid rise to the top. She also gives some advice to new lawyers: For new lawyers, I think - and this goes to the issue of the influx of regional and national law firms in the area - one of the things I think that's gotten lost since I started practicing law is…

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Peg

A false dicotomy: Husband-shopping vs. Serious Professional

There is a post from last week on a blog called "Hiring Partner's Office" that seemingly gives sage advice about building your law firm reputation. The hypothetical is about two women associates. One is "pleasant, cheerful" and career focused. The other does "seemingly solid work" but isn't social. The post is decent until the point where the author accuses the second (and more inferior) associate of possibly working at the firm just to land a "rich hubby".!!! What!!! This point is questioned by a couple of the commentors and earned the post a link on corporette.com. This scenario makes me…

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Peg

NAWL’s 2008 National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, Part II

Now for the second part of the NAWL survey that I found particularly interesting this year: the finding that "For both male and femail lawyers, moving (laterally moving between firms) is likely to be a better strategy than staying in the lawyer's original firm." This finding was interesting to me (perhaps more than others) because I have no intention of ever making a lateral move and every intention to make partner at my current firm. This finding was surprising to me since I was under the impression that law firm management wasn't happy about the ease at which young lawyers…

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Peg

NAWL’s 2008 National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, Part I

So, it is that time of year and NAWL released it's 2008 Survey report yesterday. Truthfully, there isn't much to write about this survey that you can't learn by reading the report and posts about it from last year. The numbers have not really changed. However, there are two things in the report that I would like to discuss: (1) the "tier" structure of a law firm's partnership and how that impacts women hoping to make partner; and (2) the market for lateral hires and how that impacts women hoping to make partner. First, I found the aspect of the…

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Anonymous

One Quarter of Chicago Firms Meet the “Call to Action”

in 2004, the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women the created the “Call to Action” project, a three year program to increase women in leadship roles. Forty-four Chicago firms signed the pledge, agreeing to foster diversity in the legal profession. Each law firm signatory's goal was to: increase the percent of its women partners by 3 percentage points from its 2004 levels by December 31, 2007. have women represented on every firm committee in the same proportion as the number of women partners at the firm by December 31, 2007. increase the number of women practice group leaders at the…

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Janet

First Female Solicitor General?

The U.S. Solicitor General position has been held by many prominent lawyers--Thurgood Marshall and Robert Bork, to name two--but the position has yet to be filled by a woman. Several sources are reporting that "some women could be on Obama's short list for the spot", including Washington lawyer Beth Brinkmann, Stanford Law School professor and former dean Kathleen Sullivan, Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan, former New York State solicitor general Preeta Bansal, and MetLife litigation counsel Teresa Wynn Roseborough. Reporting on the immediate impact Obama's decision could have, Joan Biskupic writes: Unlike justices, who are appointed for life, the solicitor…

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Jabberwocky

Law Firm Hierarchy: Is Rank Unfeminine?

I enjoyed a coversation recently with a male friend who inquired about my looming future career as a "big firm lawyer." I expressed some rational doubt and hesitancy about my future - anyone who thinks that gearing up from the luxurious gliding pace of 3L year to the 80 hour week grind is going to be easy is living in a wonderful dream world. My friend mentioned that "It must be hard for women to assimilate to that world." Intrigued, and perhaps preemptively annoyed, I questioned him further and he responded that while men are naturally drawn to rank, order,…

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Anonymous

Daddy Bonus, Mommy Penalty

Neil H. Buchanan's recent paper, Why Do Women Lawyers Earn Less than Men? Parenthood and Gender in a Survey of Law School Graduates, reveals a correlation between parental status and salary. Using a dataset of survey responses from University of Michigan Law School graduates from the classes of 1970 through 1996, I find that fathers tend to receive higher salaries than non-fathers (a "daddy bonus"). In addition, mothers earn less than non-mothers (a "mommy penalty"). There is also some statistical support for the inference that there is a penalty associated purely with gender (women earning less than men, independent of…

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Anonymous

Minority Women Partners: Some Cities Fare Better Than Others

Recent analysis by NALP reports that minority women continue to be dramatically underrepresented at the partnership level, making up less than 2% of partners in the nation's major law firms. The findings also reveal that, nationally, women and minorities continue to be much better represented in associate and summer associate ranks than in the partnership ranks. The analysis goes on to report that some cities fare better than others in the represetation of women in both partnerships and associateships nationwide: Analyses for the 46 cities with the most attorneys represented in the directory reveal considerable variations in these demographic measures.…

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