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May 6th in Chicago: NAWL’s 3rd Annual “Ready to On-Ramp?” program on re-entry

Jenner & Block's Chicago offices host this year's NAWL program specifically designed to help lawyers develop their own personal strategy for re-entering the workforce. Looks like it will be a great program - especially for the bargain price of $30!

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Peg

Work-Life Balance, not just a plea from us Ms. JD bloggers

One of my favorite blogs, The Juggle, has a post today about young doctors that are looking for some work-life balance and steering clear of jobs where they would be expected to be on call at all times in the life. At the end of the post, Sara writes: Despite the downsides, this industry shift toward family-friendly solutions was probably hard to imagine just a few decades ago. Might there be a similar shift on the horizon in other industries, like consulting, i-banking, or big law?Now, as I just said, The Juggle is one of my favorite blogs. But, wake…

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Rick Bales

Symposium on Lawyer Happiness

Syracuse Law Review just published a symposium issue on Perspectives on Lawyer Happiness. Particularly worth noting is Theresa Beiner's Not All Lawyers Are Equal: Difficulties That Plague Women and Women of Color, 58 Syr. L. Rev. 317 (2008).

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Anna

Open invitation to Debbie Epstein Henry talk & networking reception in NYC @ White and Case (RSVP required)

Catherine Gratton and Kelly Hoey at the White & Case Women's Network have extended an invitation to Ms. JD readers in the NYC area to attend a free networking reception & presentation on June 4th with Debbie Epstein Henry (one of our favorite women in law) talking about the Best Law Firms for Women ranking she undertook with Working Mother Magazine last year. (We analyzed her survey results here and here.) You can RSVP online until May 15th. See the flyer after the jump for more details...

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Peg

Is being somebody’s spouse a full time job?

The WSJ Online recently published this article that reports the findings of a recent study that women professionals are more likely than male professionals to be divorced, with women MBA's twice as likely as male MBAs. These findings of course raise all sorts of issues (including culture, societal pressures, work life balance, ambition) and we could go on and on about the differences between men and women in today's America. While the article suggests that professional women are "opting out" of marriage and family in order to have careers, the point at the end of the article is interesting to…

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Peg

Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Report on Flexible Work Schedules Released in March 2008

GAWL released its Report "Its About Time II: Examining Flexible Work Arrangements from the Attorney's and the Firm's Perspective; A Study of Part Time Policies in Georgia Law Firms" in March 2008. The study is very interesting and well done. Here are some of the most interesting findings, that frankly reinforce the idea that such policies could be great recruiting tools for firms everywhere:Greater than 93% of male and female respondents look favorably on employers that allow part-time or flexible work arrangements, even if they themselves do not plan to take advantage of such arrangements86% of women attorneys are interested…

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Erin

Meet Penelope Andrews

As a Visiting Professor of Law at Valparaiso University School of Law, Penelope Andrews focuses her teaching and research on a variety of topics including: anti-discrimination law and policy, international human rights law, gender and the law, and judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights. Ms. Andrews received her LL.B. from the University of Natal, in Durban, South Africa, in 1982, followed by her LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law, in 1984. Professionally, Ms. Andrews has served in a variety of positions, including as a Consultant for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in 2001. Ms. Andrews has also…

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jessie

Must Read: Judge Kaye & Anne Reddy on Women in Firms

Twenty years ago Judith Kaye - now the Chief Judge of New York's Court of Appeals and a keynote speaker at Ms. JD's Student Leadership Summit - published a breakthrough study in the Fordham Law Review on the state of gender equity in law firms. In their current volume Fordham Law Review is publishing a follow-up, "The Progress of Women Lawyers at Big Firms: Steadied or Simply Studied?" There's good news and bad. Since 1988 there are more female attorneys and more female attorneys in senior positions. But inequities remain - in compensation and in position. In 1988, fewer than…

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Elizabeth

New Report on How Firms Can Retain Women

The Georgia Association for Women Lawyers released a report on retaining women attorneys entitled: IT'S ABOUT TIME II: Examining Flexible Work Arrangements from the Attorney's and the Firm's Perspectives -- A Study of Part-time Policies in Georgia Law Firms.The study surveys 84 law firms in Georgia and finds that only 30% of firms have "formal, written policies regarding reduced time and flexible work arrangements." The report also looks at informal flexible work arrangements, citing "responses from 386 female attorneys to an online survey [which] suggest that informal arrangements make monitoring, scheduling, and other work-related responsibilities very difficult" for those who…

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Peg

Basic Psychology

There is an very good article in last week's issue of Corporate Counsel magazine titled: Big-Firm Associates: Why They Go and How to Keep Them. I would recommend reading the entire article to anyone who, like me, is always thinking about the retention problem faced by big law firms. The article does not specifically address the problem of retaning women. However, I think the issue that it does address is universal and applies to men and women both. That issue is "[associates'] first professional experience after at least seven years of higher education is too unprofessional and demoralizing [and] that…

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