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Peg

Will flextime get you laid off?

There was a provocative article on Forbes.com recently, titled "Will Flextime Set You Up to Be Laid Off?" In it, the author, Tara Weiss, discusses anecdotal evidence that working a flex schedule may, in fact, put you at the top of the layoff list. She also talks to Deborah Epstein Henry, of Flex-time Lawyers, LLC (a friend of Ms. JD) and one of the founders of Balanomics -- an initiative that Ms. JD signed up to support early on. At the end of the article, Weiss suggests ways to avoid a layoff being the unintended consequence of flextime -- all…

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Peg

When one woman leaves

I've got to vent a little...A few weeks ago a female senior associate left my firm to go work for a judge. She is one of the few associates that has left voluntarily since I've been here. She is amazing - mother of 2, great attorney, part-time but cleary on track for partnership. (The head of litigation in our office is reported to have said that she was the first part-time lawyer that he would consider making a partner.) She was involved in the policies of the firm (as much as an associate can be) -- on the associate committee,…

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jessie

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” - Women’s Failure to Self-Promote Helps Keep Firm Glass Ceilings Intact

I always think Pat Gillette's assessment of the problems facing women in the profession hits the nail on the head. Her AmLaw Daily piece on self-promotion skills is no exception. After identifying external factors, like unconscious bias, that hinder women's advancement in law firm hierarchies, Gillette points the finger at women as well, arguing that a failure to effectively take credit when it's due and ask for advancement when it's available also stops women from excelling within firm structures. One thing that resonates with me, is Gillette's focus on "power" and "books of business." When I talk to students and…

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jep

Is Losing Lockstep a Step Backwards for Women?

Many firms such as DLA Piper, Howrey, and Orrick are moving away from or re-examining a lockstep program of training and compensation. The lockstep program is a training and compensation program based objectively on the number of years served. While the lockstep program may not be perfect, it was an objective way to ensure that the base level for associates was fair. And while these other compensation models will likely take into account measurable and objective factors, they will likely also rely on subjective factors, many of which are outside an associate's control, such as who you work for or…

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Anonymous

AmLaw Litigator of the Week: Dianne Elderkin of Woodcock Washburn

After a year of naming Litigators of the Week, The American Lawyer selected their first female litagator to receive the honor: We can finally confess something that's been bugging us for several months. We've been picking Litigators of the Week for a little more than a year, and we've never selected a woman. It wasn't because we didn't want to, or because we weren't looking. We were. In fact, it's been surprising and more than a little disturbing to see how few women are leading the cases we cover at the Litigation Daily. Dianne Elderkin led the trial team that…

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Anonymous

New Report: Even in Bad Economic Times Women Lawyers Seek Work-Life Balance

A new survey released by the Rutgers Center for Women and Work shows that despite the current poor economic climate, women lawyers are still prioritizing work-life balance in their careers. The report, "Legal Talent at the Crossroads: Why New Jersey Women Lawyers Leave their Law Firms and Why They Choose to Stay," found a number of the women had chosen firms that provided "work and family balance." The Rutgers survey reported that "nearly two-thirds of the more than 520 New Jersey women lawyers surveyed said they're satisfied with the hours at their current jobs. But almost half had to switch…

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Kat

Women Lawyers’ Mother’s Day Project Receives National Award

The National Conference of Women's Bar Associations has awarded the Hawaii Women Lawyers' and Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation's Mother's Day Project with the 2009 Public Service Award. The Mother's Day Project provides children in foster homes, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, or living with relatives, with Mother's Day gifts to give to foster mothers, biological mothers and grandparents. To read more about this project click here.

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Kat

End of the ‘Sisterhood’ for Women Lawyers?

Recently, Vivia Chen wrote a piece for the American Lawyer entitled 'The End of Sisterhood.' In that article, she examines whether women lawyers are really as united as they make out to be. As Chen posits: "[W]omen -- particularly their immediate superiors -- can be [fellow women lawyers'] worst tormentors." Hearing stories about how women can be particularly hard on members of their own sex is nothing new. Chen explains this phenomenon, however, by chalking the lack of 'sisterly support' up to misplaced expectations. "Women expect other women to be more empathetic and nicer -- or at least they hope…

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Anonymous

Book Review: ‘The Insider’s Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job’

This year, Erika Finn and Jessica Olmon, two attorneys practicing law in Los Angeles, published a book entitled 'The Insider's Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job.' This book is intended to serve as a comprehensive guide for law students who are interviewing for Big Law jobs, and it fulfills this role very well. The authors have organized the book into eighteen main sections. These sections range from inciting law students to ask themselves whether Big Law is right for them, to advising 3Ls on how their interview experiences as non-2Ls may be different. The authors also include sample resumes…

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Peg

Supply and Demand

I spend a fair amount of time considering why it is that women are so under represented in the partnerships of large law firms. I do this as a semi-professional endeavor but also due to my own self-interest as a junior associate who (1) intends to make partner in a few years and some day be involved in the management of my current firm and (2) wonders if there is something that I am not anticipating that will drive me from practice as has happened to so many partnership tracked women ahead of me. One of the key pieces of…

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