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Is the Legal Profession Showing Its Age?

The figure below suggests that a growing number of students are attending law school but not going on to become lawyers. This conclusion requires some explanation, which I will supply below. Alternative explanations are...more

7 Questions with Kate McGuinness of Counselor Coaching

The 7 Questions with … interview series will give you an inside glimpse into the lives of various individuals involved in the legal profession, but in very different ways. Today we’re exited to welcome Kate McGuinness, an...more

Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and...more

On My Bookshelf – Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time, by Brigid Schulte

Welcome to our lives – the lives of early 21st century working women juggling responsible careers, family, home and marriage without catastrophe! How did we get here? We have the kind of lives that our mothers and...more

City Spotlight: Association of Corporate Counsel's Georgia Chapter

In February of this year, I had a day like any other day that we all know well. Up at 5:30 to run, back to the house to dress and pack for a business trip, make breakfast and get my junior high school daughter off to school....more

Women's Health Tip – Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Here is the simple truth – we are spending an inordinate amount of time sitting and it may be killing us. The average person sits more than 64 hours a week, contributing to a myriad of health problems and resulting in the...more

Women GCs: The Best Advice I Ever Received

Over three days during September 17-19, InsideCounsel magazine succeeded where others have not. They created a national forum to facilitate women-to-women exchange on current legal issues. This year’s conference was the...more

Time Saver Savvy – Helpful Tips for the Busy Professional

A colleague and I took a seminar on time management for working mothers some 20 years ago. We met each other at the hotel conference room, rushing in at the last minute just as did every other woman in attendance –...more

Can a Monthly Lunch Date Further Your Career?

I recently attended a workshop hosted by Bryan Cave’s San Francisco Office as part of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. The workshop was lead by coaches from Suite Track. At the end of the presentation, the coaches challenged...more

Is Going to Women’s Initiatives Events Worth It?

Last week, I attended an event at Bryan Cave’s San Francisco Office as part of its Women’s Initiative Power Project leadership training series. (I was the guest of a friend of mine who is one of the organizers at the firm.) I...more

“But You’re Not a Person of Color—You’re Asian”

Growing up in an affluent, mostly white suburb of Detroit, I never really embraced my diversity. I knew that I was different from my schoolmates and friends, but I didn’t think much about it. Sure, I took Chinese lessons...more

NYC Women in Intellectual Property Discuss Cybersecurity

Yesterday, Mintz Levin attended a panel breakfast sponsored by the New York City Bar’s Committee on Women in Intellectual Property. The panel featured two practitioners, one from the public sector and one from the private...more

Increase The Number Of Women On Corporate Boards

Corporate boards need more women. That is a simple statement, backed by research and evidence that corporate boards with more women are more profitable. I have written about that in the past....more

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

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