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Courting Kathleen Hannigan

Courting Kathleen Hannigan

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by Mary Hutchings Reed
     
 
Courting Kathleen Hannigan is based on Mary Hutchings Reed's (Yale Law, '76) personal knowledge of what goes on behind those beautifully veneered law firm doors. Kathleen Hannigan shrewdly plays the partnership game with her whole heart until she is called to testify in a sex discrimination suit and is forced to choose between her partners and her principles.

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Courting Kathleen Hannigan is based on Mary Hutchings Reed's (Yale Law, '76) personal knowledge of what goes on behind those beautifully veneered law firm doors. Kathleen Hannigan shrewdly plays the partnership game with her whole heart until she is called to testify in a sex discrimination suit and is forced to choose between her partners and her principles.

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ISBN-13:
9780976123569
Publisher:
Ampersand
Publication date:
08/29/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Lucia Blinn
Wonderfully intelligent and revealing. In brisk yet thoughtful prose, Mary Hutchings Reed has wrought a juicy tale of a brilliant woman lawyer facing the toughest challenge of her career: another woman lawyer.
— Lucia Blinn, author, Passing for Normal and Navigating the night
Anne Mini
Courting Kathleen Hannigan gives the reader a chilling but empowering sense of what might have happened to the author's fellow Yale alumna Hillary Clinton had she followed her classmates into a high-powered law firm -- and what is still happening to smart, ambitous women today as they navigate the difficult line between being professionally strong and being labeled unfeminine. A must-read for any woman who has ever tried, aspires to, or is cururious about breaking into a male-dominated field.
— Anne Mini, Ph.D., author No Fear and A Family Darkly
Jane DiRenzo Pigott
I'm so glad that someone has chosen to tell this story because so many women professionals who entered the work place in the ''70s and '80s will recognize it. I could not resist loving Kitty, but reading about her dilemmas and choices was almost too personal. She made me want to call my women friends at major law firms to make sure they have the support they deserve and that they know that they are not 'the crazy ones!
— Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Lawyer and First Female Member of the Executive Committee, Winston & Strawn, Chicago

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WendyEThomas More than 1 year ago
With its intelligent writing, fast pace, and brilliant humorous observations, Courting Kathleen Hannigan is as delightful as reading your favorite episode of Sex in the City. Honestly, I started this book and couldn't (or more accurately wouldn't) put it down until I was finished. Katherine (don't call her Kitty when she's in lawyer mode) Hannigan is a bright, young, knife sharp lawyer trying to find her way in the male dominated world of American law in the mid '70s. We are introduced to her as she readies herself to take the stand defending her law firm from a sexual-discrimination case initiated by another woman in the firm who had been passed up for partnership. "The stakes were high; she would be playing with the truth and her own career. No, she decided reluctantly, hot pink was too hot, too controversial, Instead, she chose a gray suit with a skirt two inches above her knees, which added length to her legs and made her feel younger than her 41 years. Still, gray was the Allbright & Gill party line, so she smiled a wicked smile when she slipped into her favorite shoes - horse hair dyed to look like leopard. Sexy. Strong. Savage. Confident camouflage for Kathleen's uncertain soul." The story then goes to deconstruct Kathleen's experiences as she begins her law career in a Chicago firm while trying to fit into what was then a man's world unable to conceive of women joining the ranks. Mistaken as a Secretary at the firm, naive Kathleen, who assumed that her sex was not an issue, is continually frustrated by the blatant male superior behavior she keeps encountering. Why, women can't even be members of the elite dining club and are only allowed to dine if invited and escorted to a private room. Being true to the women's movement, Kathleen had chosen her career first deciding that she didn't need a man to make her life complete. The constant dismissal of her intelligence and identity simply because she is female, however, frustrates sensible and logical Kathleen making her question what is really important in her life. It is only when she realizes the power women collectively have that she starts to feel her own self empowerment. Her realizations as she struggles on defining her roles as a lawyer and as a woman touch a poignant chord in anyone who has not fit in simply for being who they are. Well written, funny, and at times aggravatingly true (even in today's times) Courting Kathleen Hannigan is a wonderful and compelling story with which any strong and powerful woman can identify. Mary Hutchings Reed, Yale law 1976 has been a partner in the Chicago law firms of Sidley & Austin and Winston & Strawn. She is the author of six novels, a memoir and a handful of short stories, and wrote the book and lyrics for Fairways, a new musical about golf, honesty, and love. She had won honors from the William Wisdom-William Faulkner Prize competitions for three of her novels. Her world has also been commended by Pariah Publishing, Writer's Digest and ByLine Magazine. She lives in Chicago with her husband Dr. William R. Reed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel reveals and reflects on what it's been like for my generation of women to enter and succeed in the arena of big law firm practice. Like the heroine in this book, I graduated from law school in the 1970s and rose through the ranks to partner in a big city firm. The challenge to stay true to yourself is constant. I'd like to think I've dealt with the challenge with the humor and good grace of Kathleen H. The book is very well written and not at all a polemic. The characters are well drawn, full-bodied and believable. I feel I know some people just like them! This is a great read for all us professionals 'of a certain age' as well as graduating law students and new lawyers who should see what the recent past was like.