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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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Event Announcement: Backpack to Briefcase

Backpack to Briefcase A Transitional Program for Law Students, Recent Graduates and Junior Associates Hosted by: New York City Bar - House of the Association 42 West 44th Street, New York Thursday, April 30th, 2009 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New York City Bar and The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), along with Co-sponsors the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) and Ms. JD, are pleased to present: "From Backpack to Briefcase ® A Transitional Program for Law Students, Recent Graduates and Junior Associates." This event is a transition program for law students, new graduates and junior associates…

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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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In This Economic Downturn, Now Is the Time to Prioritize Diversity and Mentorship

In a recent article written by Carl Cooper, for 'The Complete Lawyer,' Cooper argues that law firms are really missing the point in this economic downturn if they are focusing solely on increasing profits. "If law firms were ever serious about retention, now is the time to prove it. Instead of hoarding billables for themselves, partners with time on their hands should use this period to boost their individual mentoring skills and help develop different associates who may be the future client base of tomorrow," Cooper points out. While law firms are increasingly showing their will to become more diverse…

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‘Diverse’ Analyzes Female Leadership in America’s Leading Law Schools

Diverse, a forum dealing with issues in higher education across America, has released an article dealing with female leadership in law schools.  According to Diverse, as of the 2006-2007 academic year, "47 out of the 200 American Bar Association-approved U.S. law schools were being led by women," as reported by the ABA. As part of their study, Diverse also interviewed some of those women law school deans.  To read those interviews, click here.

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Anonymous

ABA to Honor Five Women for Achievement Award

The American Bar Association has announced the five women it will be honoring with the 2009 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.These women are:Helaine Barnett - a veteran legal aid attorney;Loretta Tuell - a name partner at Andersen Tuell, which was one of the first D.C. firms to have a native woman as a founding partner;Vanessa Ruiz - D.C. Court of Appeals Judge;Linda Addison - Fulbright & Jaworski partner; andArnette R. Hubbard - Cook County Circuit Court Judge.For more information on these extraordinary women and this award visit http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/04/aba-to-honor-five-women-for-achievement-award.html. 

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Cracking the Glass Ceiling?

In an article written by Sandra Rubin for the Globe and Mail, 'What will it take to crack the Glass Ceiling?", Rubin reports that according to Catalyst Canada, which surveys its law firm members on workplace diversity, women will not achieve parity with men at law firms until 2088. As Rubin points out, however, those that chalk this up to being a women's issue have it all wrong. This is not only a women's issue; it is a profitability issue. As she reports: "Every time a female associate walks out the door, anywhere from $250,000 to $600,000 the partnership has…

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Justice Ginsburg Visits New England Law Boston, Recounts Career Roadblocks

Justice Ginsburg helped New England Law Boston celebrate its 100th year by speaking to a group of 180 law students last week. Ginsburg recelled some of the challenges she faced as a woman in the profession, reported The Boston Globe: Ginsburg said rising through the ranks in a legal profession that was almost the exclusive domain of men was challenging. She said that after she graduated from Columbia Law School in 1959, where she was at the top of her class, "there was not a single law firm in the city of New York that would give me a job."…

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2009 Partner Class: Stagnant for Women Lawyers

In a recent press release, The Project for Attorney Retention reported that Law firms' 2009 partner class shows little progress for women. The good news is that at 23 of the 100 firms surveyed by the Project for Attorney Retention, the new partner classes were at least 40% female. The bad news is that the gain is offset by the failure of 14 firms to make any female partners. The top firms? Cravath (67%), Dickstein Shapiro (67%), Wiley Rein (60%), Andrews Kurth (57%), Bryan Cave (56%), Arent Fox (50%), Baker & Daniels (50%), Hogan & Hartson (50%), Holland and Hart…

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New York Law Journal Releases Issue ‘Women in the Law: Taking the Lead’

At the end of February, the New York Law Journal released a special issue entitled 'Women in the Law: Taking the Lead.'  The issue includes articles such as 'Are Law Firms Gender Neutral?,' 'Listen To Me!  Why Male Colleagues May Not Be Responding the Way You Would Like,' and 'Freedom From Stereotypes.' Click here to access the issue online.  Some content, including the editorial 'Straight Talk,' is viewable without registration.  The rest of the issue is available upon free registration with the New York Law Journal.

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