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The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 28, 2015)

It’s Time for Law Firm Leadership to “Lean In”: Susan Smith Blakely, author of the Best Friends at the Bar book series, discusses the “Lean In” mentality and what it really means for women in law careers. (The Girl’s...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 14, 2015)

From Around the Web Finding Your Path: A Business Coach Weighs In: Crystal Marsh, former attorney and career business coach, answers questions and shares her insight on law school, the first years and finding your...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (August 7, 2015)

To Hold Women Back, Keep Treating Them Like Men: A thought-provoking article on why treating women like men in the workplace may not be beneficial to their careers. (Harvard Business Review) ...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 31, 2015)

Too Many Meetings? Here’s How to Scale Back and Achieve More: To get more done at work, these are the two factors that can help you escape the inertia of unnecessary collaboration and join your efforts with others only when...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 24, 2015)

In the Age of The Internet, Changing Your Name When You Marry Is a Terrible Idea: Fewer women are changing their names than ever, but 70 percent still do. That’s bad for women’s identities, their careers, and their online...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (July 17, 2015)

So You Think You Can Teach? How to Prep for Your First Law School Class: It goes without saying that you will have to ensure you are knowledgeable about what you plan to teach, but a successful adjunct professor stint — and...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (July 10, 2015)

From Around the Web Are You Controlling Your Client’s Narrative: Most people’s lives are quite mundane, but they want, they expect, the ups and downs of fairy tales they’ve heard all their lives. That doesn’t change when...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (July 3, 2015)

From Around the Web - She’s Not a Cop, But She’s Their CPO: Liz Lyons is truly in a league of her own. She’s the privacy officer of the Washington Police Department, and she made the job up. (The Privacy Advisor) ...more

How E-Discovery is Changing the Role of Paralegals

The traditional duties of a paralegal include drafting documents, scheduling meetings and general attorney support. But the role of paralegals is rapidly evolving. Typical paralegal responsibilities are being augmented or...more

Client Q&A: Sarah Rosen

Q: In your best relationships with outside counsel, what are three important things other lawyers could learn from them? A: (1) Please be responsive. We understand and appreciate that you have many clients who are all...more

Then There Was None

One of the biggest problems of being a company in any type of business is recognizing talent and rewarding talent. A company that fails to recognize and reward talent will eventually see a talent exodus that will be...more

Manterruption, Part II: The Quest for a Cure

Don't InterruptIn our last post we discussed the widespread tendency of men to interrupt women in settings where the power stakes were high (manterruption) and their tendency to appropriate women’s comments and ideas as their...more

Time Saver Savvy – June 2015

This month's tips are from some of the women who are part of Baker Donelson's newest group of shareholders. "Learn when it may be best to say no. Not every opportunity presented to you is appropriate to take. By being...more

CorpCast Episode 7: Better Know a Judge: the Honorable Mary M. Johnston of the Delaware Superior Court [Video]

In our second installment of “Better Know a Judge,” we welcome the Honorable Mary M. Johnston of the Delaware Superior Court in New Castle County. Judge Johnston, who is a member of the Superior Court’s Complex Commercial...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (June 12, 2015)

From Around the Web - The Three Essential Networking Questions You’re Forgetting to Ask: We often forget good questions when we’re networking. Here are three that will make you stand out from the crowd. ...more

Online Reputation Management: How Your “Bad and Ugly” Translates Into “Good” for Others

Inspiration from a compliance professional whose LinkedIn profile begins: “I bribed foreign officials, cooperated with international law enforcement & went to prison...”...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (June 5, 2015)

From Around the Web - How to Find a Mentor as an Attorney: Here’s a look at what a mentor can do for you, and how to go about finding a person to guide you in your career as a lawyer. (About.com)...more

LinkedIn acquires Lynda.com for $1.5 billion

LinkedIn has announced that it will acquire Lynda.com, a subscription online education service that offers hundreds of thousands of educational videos and over 6,000 online courses to its customers....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 15, 2015)

5 Lessons Learned From Watching Law-Themed Television Shows: While most “real life” lawyers feel these shows are not an accurate representation of the law, there are a few things viewers can learn (other than being...more

8 Things You Can Do to Take Your Law Career to the Next Level

When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into...more

Ways to Make Your Family Business More Family Friendly

Family businesses face many hurdles. One of the biggest hurdles for family businesses (as for all businesses) is keeping and retaining talent. Family businesses have to compete for talent against bigger, more established...more

Lawyers Ask: How Do I Make More Money? (Part 1)

It seems like such a simple, even harmless question. The answer is both obvious and elusive. How do I make more money?...more

Use Your Dating Experience To Improve Your Mediation Success

What does success in mediation have to do with dating? PREPARATION. Remember what it was like when you used to go on first dates? How many were a disaster because you weren’t prepared for the date? ...more

That is the Telling Thing: An Interview with Jenna Bedsole

In addition to her credits as attorney and author, Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Chair and Birmingham Shareholder Jenna Bedsole can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. Jenna is the executive producer and...more

What Professionals Can Learn from National Championship Coaches' Post-Game Comments

As a proud Carolina graduate, it is somewhat painful to see Duke’s success in another national championship and even more so as I write a post praising Mike Krzyzewski. However, in our daily quest for professionalism,...more

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