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Peg

Review: Lipstick Jungle, NBC Thursday Nights at 10pm

Editor's Note: a new episode of Lipstick Jungle airs tonight. [Link goes to TV Guide to help you catch reruns and then the new ep tonight on NBC, USA, Oxygen, and Bravo.] In these days of slim-pickens when it comes to new scripted TV to watch, I am intrigued that two new drama-dies have come out of the woodwork to comment on the struggles of working women. (I haven't watched Cashmere Mafia but have heard that it is really good.) Last night I watched Lipstick Jungle on NBC. I even put off my contract revision and diligence work until 11pm…

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jessie

Must Read: The Counselors by Elizabeth Vrato

In 1991, Hillary Rodham Clinton in her capacity as President of the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession established the Margaret Brent Award "to recognize some of the women who were crashing through the glass ceiling and changing the world." Elizabeth Vrato interviewed 18 recipients and collected their stories in her book, Counselors: Conversations with 18 Courageous Women Who Have Changed the World. Some of the recipients will be familiar to all readers: Supreme Court Justices O'Connor and Ginsburg are among those interviewed. As is former Attorney General Janet Reno. The stories of these most public figures were familiar…

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lawscoop

Book Review: amBITCHous

Debra Condren's amBITCHous is a self-help book that seeks to convince female readers that "ambition is a virtue, not a vice." Condren argues that the word "ambitious" has acquired a negative connotation in recent years, and her book is an attempt to redefine and recast ambition in a positive light. Condren posits that ambition should not be reviled but rather celebrated, for "[a}mbition is the best of who we are." Condren provides eight "amBITCHous Rules" that will help the reader learn to become "amBITCHous" - a word that Condren defines as "a woman who: 1) makes more money, 2) has…

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Elizabeth

Developing a “Persuasive Presence”

In a recent article, Legal Negotiation Styles: Feminine Weaknesses, Feminine Strengths, Natalie Fraser details advice from professionals on how women lawyers can avoid minimizing themselves and their professional leadership potential. First, women often use "minimalizing language," which undermines their ability "to develop a persuasive presence" and "effectively negotiate." According to Donna Goodhand, a leadership communications specialist, "people respond more to the person representing the cause than they do to the cause itself," which makes image crucial. Goodhand advises that if women "want to be seen as leaders in our realm, if we want our ideas to be credited and our…

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Peg

How do women General Counsels stack up?

The 2007 Almanac of Corporate Counsel magazine lists the 100 highest paid general counsels in America. In a small chart on the fifth page of the report, the stats for the women on the list appear under the line "Women on the Rise". It reports that more women (15) than ever made the list. However, it is worth pointing out that only one woman made it into the top 25 and that is Louise Parent the GC of American Express Company. Reportedly her total cash compensation for 2006 was almost $3M and total take home (including stock value realized) was…

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JMLiebman

Finding Work in the Work-Life Balance

Much talk on Ms. JD has been devoted to the work-life balance, or the idea that one can have a career, and still have time to come home and do a load of laundry from time to time. Or even (gasp) have a hobby, or read a non-work related book. Of course, for many recent graduates of even top tier law schools, the work-life balance discussion is purely academic. I’m still trying to find work to put in balance with my life. So what does the post graduation job search look like, you may ask? The conventional wisdom is that…

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KHernan881

A book you can skip:  It’s Harder in Heels: Essays by Women Lawyers Achieving Work-Life Balance (July 2007)

I am sorry to report that this book with a very promising title is really not that good. I am infinitely interested in how women lawyers make it all work, how they balance work and life, how they network, who their mentors are, etc etc. I purchased this book with extreme excitement over the possibility that this would be the lawyer's counterpart to the Mommy Wars book which was basically written by journalists. The back cover promises essays that are "inspiring, observant, introspective, insightful, and wise." Well, it is sad, but this book is a real disappointment. Instead of being…

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KHernan881

Note to readers

I have recently come up on some personal/political obstacles that will require me to change the name under which I post here on Ms. JD. As Jessie would say, the personal is political. Over the last few months, I have gotten a lot more personal in my posts than I intended (which is good, I think) so I am going to have to make my identity a little more cryptic so that I maintain more control over who knows what I am writing. I am not ashamed of anything that I've written and I whole-heartedly believe in what I've said.…

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Peg

Cursing Around Women: Taboo, Offensive, or Get Over it - No Big Deal?

Law.com had a great article yesterday about one female firm partner's recipe for success. (Thanks to www.PTlawmom.com for the tip.) The article was refreshing to me because this particular woman, Mercedes Meyer, has revealed that her secret to success in BigLaw is not trying to get the firm to conform to her needs as a female professional but by trying to conform herself to some of the male-ness of the practice.I was intrigued right from the start because Ms. Meyer credits a book that I've just recently set out to read as a turning point in her professional life:Her eyes…

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kirkebaby

Last time I checked, it wasn’t any of your business. . .

I am not sure how other peoples' employers have treated you when you were pregnant or getting ready to take pregnancy related leave, but it seems to me that there are too many people who are almost what I would say "jealous" of anyone getting "benefits" because of a pregnancy (I would say most of these people are male and not of childbearing age).  Since my last submission, we have moved to our new city and it's approximately 90 miles from my job. I am fortunate enough that my mother lives in the same place as my job and has…

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