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Reflecting on Lists: Their Power and Their Price

I've had a lot of time today to contemplate the power of lists. First, I heard from Patricia Sellers, Editor-at-Large at Fortune, who rose to prominence with the promulgation of her Most Powerful Women list. Then I spent a breakout session with academic leaders bemoaning the toxic effect of U.S. News Top Law Schools list on legal education. I finally got back to my hotel room to review the freshly released Yale Law Women 2011 Top Ten Friendly Firms list.The first of these lists represents an important marketing tool for professional women. The Fortune list gave female executives the kind…

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Highlights from the 2011 Women’s Power Summit: Day 2

Day 2 was a Big Day. Stanford Business School Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer kicked things off with his tutorial on how to achieve greater individual power. You can download his full course outline here, but my favorite tips were:What we do for women, we do for all human beings. This is not only true, it's a lesson in branding. Pfeffer shared this quip from a friend who works on family-leave policy in Spain. He emphasized how she defined her issue as one of economic imperative so that it would appeal to those whose power she needed to leverage to accomplish her…

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Highlights from the 2011 Women’s Power Summit

I am thrilled to be blogging this week from the UT Center for Women in Law's 2011 Women's Power Summit on Law & Leadership. The programming is top notch and the company is rarefied. Today kicked off with a panel on the academic research on gende bias. Here were the highlights for me:Joan Williams (of PAR co-founding fame) talking about how the criteria for advancement change on the basis of gender so that women are judged by what they have already achieved while men are assessed on the basis of their potential.Robin Ely (HBS) sharing her observations of a group…

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Book Review: The Essential Little Book of Great Lawyering

The first thing to say about James Durham's "Essential Little Book of Great Lawyering" is that is is seriously little! I read through it in an afternoon. When it comes to professional help books, I think this is a huge plus, frankly.The focus is on client relations and the main message is: don't forget you are a service professional. What does that mean?Great lawyers are responsive. Durham interviewed a slew of in-house clients and this was the number one piece of advice. Read between the lines and responsive generally means available. Client calls, you pick up. Client emails, you write…

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Highlights from UCLA NWLSO Judicial Panel

Last week, the UCLA chapter of the National Women Law Students Organization hosted a judicial panel on campus.  It was a great event and there are both organizational and substantive highlights.Event Planning Best Practices:Partner with a Professional Association: UCLA NWLSO worked with California Women Lawyers on the event. CWL helped identify and recruit judges for the panel. Focus on alumnae: All three judges on the panel were UCLA grads. Not only is it easier to recruit these folks to help students, but they will be more relatable to the audience.Chaperone your dignitaries: UCLA NWLSO assigned one board member as a…

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Stop Discounting Women: Equal Pay Day 2011

Today is Equal Pay Day - the day when your 2011 earnings finally fill the gap between you and your male counterparts' 2010 earnings.  Every time I talk to women lawyers about their wage gap I am met with skepticism. "I'm in a lockstep firm," they say. "I'm paid the same as anyone else." Well wake up and smell the numbers ladies, because no you are not.Study after study confirms that controlling for everything (hours worked, years worked, leave taken, office, market) women are paid less in every professional setting (non-profit, private, lock-step (they get you with the bonus), you…

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Highlights from Stand Up! Stand Out!: Karen Stevenson

At Ms. JD's 4th Annual Conference on Women in Law, we had the privilege of hearing from Karen Stevenson. Karen was a fantastic speaker with an inspiring story. Here were her 10 points of advice for our student attendees:Ask For It: Quoting from the book by Barbara Babcock and Sara Laschever of the same name, Stevenson encouraged women to ask for respect from their peers, for mentorship from their superiors, and for work, money, and advancement in general. You Will Not Succeed Alone: Clients hire lawyers not law firms. Relationships matter. Your peers are your future clients and referrals. Lawyering…

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Gender on Law Review: An Interview with outgoing Arizon EIC Megan Scanlon

Megan Scanlon was a 2010 Ms. JD Fellowship Winner. This year she also served as the Editor-in-Chief of her law review at Arizona State University.  This interview is part of a continuing effort at Ms. JD to collect information about the experiences of women on law review. The impetus for the interview was the happy news that Megan would be succeeded by another female EIC!We know from Ms. JD’s research that a minority of law review editors-in-chief are women. What is your perception of the impact of your gender on your law review tenure? Does your gender matter in your…

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Food from the Bar

Food from the Bar is a grass-roots campaign started by lawyers to fight hunger among children in our communities. It consists of a month-long effort in the spring among law firms and legal offices in which participants contribute money, donate food, and/ or volunteer time sorting and packing food at the local food banks in their communities.  This year’s campaign will run from April 19 to May 14.Food from the Bar programs are already running in many communities (including cities in Alabama, California, New Hampshire, Missouri, New York, and Texas) and, with your help, we can grow and expand to…

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This is it! Last day to Register for Ms. JD’s Annual Conference

We're in the final countdown to Ms. JD's 4th Annual Conference for Women in Law. On April 1st & 2nd, Southwestern Law School in sunny Los Angeles, California will be the site of the most exciting event of the year for women in the profession. Student, Junior attorney, or senior practitioner - we have something for you. Register Today!

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