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Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Saul Ewing's Debbie Spranger

Deborah Spranger is a vice chair of Saul Ewing LLP’s business and finance department, a co-chair of its life sciences practice group and a member of the firm’s seven-member executive committee. She focuses her practice on...more

Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Bilzin Sumberg's Amaducci

Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams is a partner at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP's Miami office, where she leads the firm's hospitality group. She handles all aspects of commercial real estate and finance transactions,...more

Women Justices Speak Out: On Mentoring, Leadership, and Effective Advocacy

Judges give their insights into effective briefing and oral argument and talk about the mentors who made a difference in their careers. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice, California Supreme Court (2011–present) Q:...more

The Path to the Bench: Interviews with Women Appellate Judges

State and federal appellate judges offer their advice for women considering a career on the bench. Margaret McKeown, Judge, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998–present) Q: What was your path to the...more

A Woman’s Work: Blazing the Trail

On March 26, 1930, the first female United States Supreme Court Justice was born. Today is her eighty-fourth birthday. Sandra Day O’Connor was born into a ranching family in her native Arizona. It is easy to imagine her...more

JDB 047: Trial Lawyer Confidential with Lawyer/Podcaster Elena Saris

Today on the JDBlogger Podcast I interview Elena Saris. Elena has been a public defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defenders office for more than 20 years – becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the office to...more

When Family Comes First

Ningbo native Lisa Sun spent two decades at several multi-nationals in China, climbing the ranks in the human resources sector. Three years ago, however, she was forced to make a tough call. Her son, who was in primary school...more

Saving Superwoman

Superwoman has a familiar face. She is the woman in the mirror, and she dwells in the millions of other working women struggling to balance a challenging career with the demands of family, friends and managing a household –...more

Women on Boards and in Senior Management- OSC Releases Proposed Amendments Regarding Incremental Disclosures of Corporate...

Women on Boards and in Senior Management - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has published for comment proposed amendments to Form 58-101F1 of National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance...more

OnRamp Fellowship Launches

My friend, fellow Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and occasional collaborator, Caren Ulrich Stacy, has launched a new initiative – the OnRamp Fellowship – with the goal of increasing gender diversity in law...more

The Pay Gap, The Glass Ceiling, And Pay Bias: Moving Forward 50 Years After The Equal Pay Act

I. Introduction - When the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”) became law in 1963, women earned approximately 59 cents for every dollar a man earned. Women today are earning roughly 80 cents on the dollar. While the past 50 years...more

Twitter’s All-Male Board Fuels Debate over Leadership Diversity

Amid the optimism surrounding Twitter’s blockbuster IPO last week came a disappointing reflection on America’s progress (or lack thereof) in improving boardroom diversity....more

Stealth Lawyer: Jiabei Chen, Lingerie Designer [Video]

Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) Jiabei Chen, co-founder of Ampere, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about her transition from practicing corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP to designing luxury lingerie focused on fit and...more

Business Litigation Report -- October 2013

In This Issue: Firm News: ..Quinn Emanuel’s London Office Continues Expansion with Addition of Leading Litigator Ted Greeno ..Jennifer Kash and Diane Doolittle Named Top Women Leaders in Technology Law...more

Stealth Lawyer: Megan Grandinetti, Health Coach [Video]

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Megan Grandinetti, a health and wellness coach, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about her transition from practicing law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP to providing holistic health...more

Jump Into the Pool: What it Takes to Lead

In deciding whom to select as first chair for a major piece of litigation, lead counsel in a complex transaction or heading a law firm, the questions are the same: Does the lawyer have the expertise and experience? What...more

Stealth Lawyer: Havona Madama, Kid Klass Founder [Video]

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Havona Madama, founder of Kid Klass and chief executive officer of Tuesdays at Ten, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about her transition from practicing law to producing creative solutions...more

Law Firm Culture - Its Importance And How To Overcome It

In the 1540s, Jesuit missionaries to the Wichita tribe found a ready audience, and the whole group adopted Christianity. But when the missionaries announced they were going on to the next tribe, they were killed. The...more

Senators Pass Gender Diversity Resolution – Have They Read Ecclesiazusae?

In late August, the California Senate approved SCR 62 which encourages “equitable and diverse gender representation on corporate boards”. The resolution also urges...more

Diversity in the Legal Profession: Practical Challenges and Every Attorney’s Role in a Successful Outcome

In March of 2013, the Louisiana State Bar Association hosted its sixth annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession. The purpose of this conclave is to “encourage discussion among judges and attorneys, primarily...more

Nicole Auerbach and lessons from a middle office with a view

My partner Nicole Auerbach, proud owner of a middle office, recounts the lessons learned when she voluntarily gave up her corner office, and also those from some other risks she’s taken along the way. This is her story, as...more

Lack Of Diversity Among Supreme Court Bar [Video]

May 20 (Bloomberg) -- While the Supreme Court has three female justices, a Hispanic and an African-American, the lawyers appearing before it are almost all white males. According to the Associated Press, during the...more

How the billable hour hurts women [Video]

Nicole Auerbach, partner at Valorem Law Group, discusses the pay disparity between women and men equity partners in law firms. Although women make up more than half of law school graduates (since the early 1990's) the...more

Mother-at-Law: Cravath's First Female Partner [Video]

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Back in the Mad Men days -- 1964, to be precise -- there were hardly any female lawyers at major NY firms. That's when Christine Beshar joined prestigious white-shoe firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She...more

Law Firms And Women Partners: You're Doing It Wrong (Jordan Furlong, Edge Int'l)

According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, in an article at law.com, women today constitute just 15% of equity partners in AmLaw 200 law firms. Set aside for a moment any considerations of fairness or gender...more

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