Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law

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Author Susan Blakely writes like a trusted mentor, candidly discussing the choices and issues that women confront in the legal profession. Including personal testimonies from an impressive group of contributors, Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law offers the benefit of experience to all women who are considering or pursuing careers in the law.

Invaluable preparation for making important choices, Best Friends at the Bar features:

A realistic look at both the opportunities and the challenges encountered by women in their careers in law

Helpful advice from practitioners in both the private and public sectors, as different in their age, race, and ethnic backgrounds as in their professional experiences

Comprehensive coverage that addresses the business, cultural, and personal conditions for women in the legal profession

More than 60 contributors, including lawyers, judges, law school career counselors, and managing partners of national and international law firms

Case in Point-true examples of women's experiences, both good and bad

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735593855
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 11/27/2009
  • Series: Coursebook Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 The Problem 7

Chapter 2 The Starting Point 19

Chart Your Career Plan Early 20

Define Yourself 30

The Economy Matters-A Lot 34

Chapter 3 Be Realistic About Your Expectations 49

The "Having It All" Debate 50

Maternity Leave 62

The Quest for Flex 65

The Off-Ramp Dilemma 77

The Gender Divide 80

Chapter 4 Legal Imperatives 85

Choose Your Specialty Well 87

Choose Your Employer Well 97

Be an Excellent Lawyer 117

Do Not Tolerate Gender Bias 122

Be a Team Player 134

Be Prepared to Reinvent Yourself 137

Seek out Women's Practice Initiatives 139

Find Good Mentors 141

Ask for Help When You Need It 143

Remember That Law Is a Business 144

Understand the Conditions of Partnership 149

Find a Comfort Zone for Promoting Work 161

Make a Graceful Exit 167

Chapter 5 Critical Lessons 169

Dress Appropriately and Practice Good Etiquette 169

Watch Out for Emotions and Temper 177

Understand That "No" Is an Answer 178

Support Your Female Colleagues 179

Get It in Writing 183

Treat Support Staff Well 185

Party Hardy at Your Peril 187

Avoid Office Romances and Affairs 188

Watch Your Mouth 190

Chapter 6 The Working Bar Speaks Out: As Heard From the Best Friends 193

Typical Profiles and Work-Life Challenges 194

Advice to Employers 215

Chapter 7 The Solution 219

Epilogue: The Male Perspective Sheldon Krantz Esquire 223

Bibliography 227

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