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Everyone Needs a Mentor: Even Lawyers

When the first senior partner I ever worked for was about to retire, he shared with me his inspiration: Dear Lord, In the struggle that goes on through life we ask for a field that is fair, a chance that is...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (September 18, 2015)

Start Listening to These 8 Legal Podcasts: With topics ranging from mindfulness to literature, it should be no surprise there are no shortage of legal podcasts to enjoy. Here are eight podcasts that I recommend you add...more

Manterruption IV: Reader Responses & Connecting the Dots

In several recent At the Intersection posts, we commented on some important social research discussing men’s pervasive tendency to interrupt women in group meetings or settings where the power stakes were high...more

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 21, 2015)

5 Best Practices to Improve SEO for Your Firm’s Website: The reality is that if people can’t easily find your firm and your attorneys online, they won’t — and will instead turn to a competitor with better digital...more

Mintz Levin Alumni Profile — Flora Feng, Senior Director & Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo

Narges Kakalia, a member in the litigation section in our New York office, recently sat down with Mintz Levin alumna Flora Feng, Senior Director & Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific Region for PepsiCo to discuss career transitions,...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

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

FLASH UPDATE: No Seat at the Table

Only a few days ago we posted a blog post, Are You a Manterrupter?, in which we discussed how unconscious gender biases of men may compromise leadership communication and result in female colleagues being marginalized, shut...more

[Event] Executive Presence: Behaving and Performing as a Leader - May 12, Westport, CT

Please join the Wiggin and Dana Women's Network for an engaging presentation by Julie Jansen, a popular speaker, author and business consultant to Fortune 500 businesses, privately held companies and...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

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 6, 2014)

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending March 6. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week. From Around the Web - What is Good Legal Writing? To find success as a lawyer, it’s critical to be...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Feb 20, 2014)

From Around the Web - Restore Order to Your Desk to Reduce Stress: Stacks of paper, overflowing inboxes, and cluttered desks are major contributors to stress. To regain a sense of calm, you need to take control of your...more

Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Carlton Fields' Patterson-Strachan

Shaunda Patterson-Strachan is a shareholder and co-chairwoman of the financial services and insurance litigation practice group at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Washington, D.C. She represents life insurance companies in...more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading (Jan 23, 2014)

From Around the Web - Staying Motivated While Starting a Solo Law Practice: Starting a solo law practice can be invigorating and exciting, but after the adrenaline fades, how do lawyers stay motivated? Susan Cartier...more

25 Years of Creating Opportunities for Minorities and Women

CMCP’s marquee event, the annual Business Conference, was held in San Francisco from October 20th to the 21st and included two full days of panel discussions, speeches and awards ceremonies. This year’s event was particularly...more

Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Carlton Fields' Ann Black

Ann Young Black is a shareholder and co-chairwoman of the financial services regulatory practice group at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA. She counsels financial services clients on a broad range of insurance, securities and...more

Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Bradley Arant's Hope Cannon

Hope Thai Cannon is a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Alabama. She is licensed in Florida, Alabama and Texas, and actively litigates cases in all three states, focusing primarily on Florida and...more

One on One: Diversity through Mentoring

We have changed. Fifteen years ago, we at Pessin Katz Law had one female partner and not a single minority or LGBT attorney. Today, one half of our equity partners are women and we have a number of other attorneys and...more

Helen Wan, Former Associate General Counsel at @Time, Talks About Her Life as an Author and Speaker [Video]

Today, my special guest is Helen Wan, former Associate General Counsel at Time, now speaker, writer and author of "The Partner Track." Helen worked on the manuscript for her novel for over 12 years and when it was finally...more

How Does a Young, Female Attorney Navigate a Male-Dominated Firm?

Kate McGuinness joins us to answer a question from a young female lawyer who needs some help navigating the waters of her law firm. Kate is an attorney-turned certified executive and life transition coach, and the founder of...more

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

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