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

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

by Susan Smith Blakely
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ISBN-13: 9780735593855
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Publication date: 11/27/2009
Series: Coursebook Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 875,659
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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