Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: From the Air and Space Law World: We Have Touchdown!

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on October 20, 2011.Today Best Friends at the Bar had touchdown—not on the moon, but close.  Let me tell you about it and why it was so important.I was on a panel sponsored by the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section today.  The conference is held anually in Washington, DC and is attended by attorneys in the aviation and space law practices.  This year’s panel was designed around the Best Friends at the Bar project, and other panelists were women aviation lawyers in both the…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Follow Your Passion To A Non-Profit

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on October 18, 2011. Yesterday I attended a program at George Mason University Law School on public interest and non-profit job opportunities.  Among the panelists was Reena Glazer, the Assistant Director of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project at the Pro Bono Institute (“PBI”) in Washington, DC.  I really liked some of the things that she had to say, and I want to share them with you.Ms. Glazer is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University and Duke University School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Sharpen Your Marketing Skills and Fasten Your Seatbelts!

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on October 6, 2011.The principal of LawBiz Management Company, Ed Poll, has some interesting things to say about  the marketing skills of women lawyers.  Mr. Poll has practiced law on all sides of the table for 25 years– as a corporate general counsel, government prosecutor, sole practitioner, partner, and law firm chief operating officer, and he ought to know a thing or two.According to his theories, if law firms encourage women in the interpersonal marketing arena and if women engage, women will be very successful marketers,and they will…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: How Well You Interview, Part II

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 15, 2011.Hopefully, you paid attention to Part I on interviewing tips.  If not, it would be a good idea to scroll back and take a look.  I covered many of the basics in my last blog, but there is still a lot of practical stuff to consider.For instance…Talk slowly and speak up.  If you are lucky enough to get to the top of the food chain in your interviews, you will be talking to people who may have lost part of their hearing at their advanced…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: How Will You Interview?

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 13, 2011.It is no coincidence that most law school job interviews start in October.  Halloween is in October, after all, and both the Hallowed Eve and law school job interviews have something significant in common.  They both can be pretty SCARY.So, you know me by now, and I consider it one of my important jobs to take the scary out of some of this stuff for you.  Job interviews can be a huge pain in the neck or they can be a valuable educational experience.  The…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: How Do You Rate Your Commitment to Law Practice?

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 21, 2011.I participated on a panel last night at George Mason University Law School. The event was sponsored by the Women’s Law Association, and the other panelists were a former Administrative Judge for the Department of Interior and a member of the Career Services staff at the law school. There was a lot of interesting information about the practice experience of the panelists and some candid observations about the past and future for women in the law.One of the comments that caught my attention was about…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: The Importance of Negotiating—For Yourself

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 23, 2011.It is coincidental that I was reminded today about the greatest negotiations coup on my own behalf of my career, and then I saw the article that I discuss below.  My thoughts about my own success at negotiating for myself was how late it had come in my career and how I wish I had learned this skill earlier.  Finally, at some point, when I thought I had nothing to lose, I stepped up to the plate and risked it all for myself.  Not for…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: All Mothers Are Not Created Equal

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 27, 2011.It used to be that motherhood was motherhood, and taking maternity leave to care for a newborn infant was the issue.  Now, the issue seems to be more about how the baby came into being than about what the baby needs.  For all of you contemplating maternity leave, listen up…..Recently, as reported at www.bionews,.org.uk/page, a US business woman is suing her employer after being allegedly denied maternity leave following the birth of her twins through a surrogate mother.  The surrogate arrangement resulted from the woman…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: Historical Perspectives About Women in the Law

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 29, 2011.I know, I know.  You young women do not like to hear us “older women” dwell on the hardships of life “in the day”.  That seems to be particularly true of young women lawyers, and I think some of that attitude may result from the fact that “seasoned” women lawyers can get preachy and judgmental when delivering the message.  That is their bad, and they should temper their presentation if they want to be heard.However, you should not disregard the message just because you do…

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Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar: A Reminder of the Power of Mentoring

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on the Best Friends at the Bar blog on September 9, 2011.Well, here I am, back after a wonderful summer respite full of time with old friends, new friends and family.  I have survived an earthquake, a hurricane and flash floods here on the East Coast, and I am renewed and ready to concentrate again on my projects for young women lawyers.There are lots of new things on the horizon for me, like a newly-designed web site, a new book, a new research assistant, and an exciting new schedule for the coming work/school year. Don’t forget…

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