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Women in IP Law: panel examines divided infringement, cyber-risk

In September, DLA Piper hosted its tenth annual Women in IP Law CLE program at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley. Over 100 attendees enjoyed a celebratory cocktail reception and networking opportunity following a panel...more

Diversifying the Boardroom: Mary Quazzo Discusses the Chief Legal Officer’s Role

Mary Quazzo is a governance guru. She is the vice president, principal counsel, and secretary for Bechtel Group, Inc., and has served in-house at Bechtel for the past 27 years. Bechtel is not only one of the largest and most...more

Playing the Board Game: Tips for Networking Onto a Corporate Board

Legal experience alone is unfortunately not high on the list of skill sets companies are looking for to fill an open board seat. But lawyers tend to have a knack for one of the key skills necessary to join a corporate board:...more

The Power of Being in the Room: 4 Ways Attorneys Can Help Increase Boardroom Diversity

Beth Stewart, CEO of Trewstar Corporate Board Services, knows a thing or two about placing women on corporate boards. Since 2013 she has successfully placed 35 women directors on corporate boards, usually for Fortune 500...more

The Building Blocks of Board Service: Determining if Board Service is Right For You

Understanding the basics of board service is a necessary first step for those interested in joining a board of directors. In part one of this three-part series, we shared insights from Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women...more

Life’s Work: How Aileen Casanave Pursues Her Passions, Grows as an Attorney, and Impacts Her Community Through Board Service

People hear the word ‘boards’ and they make many assumptions. Many of them are simply false,” says Aileen Casanave, deputy general counsel at Jiff, Inc. Jiff, Inc. helps companies lower healthcare costs and cultivate...more

A Different Kind of Board: Bret Magpiong Explains the Phenomenon of Family Boards of Advisors

When most people think about boards, they usually consider boards of directors for public or private companies, or non-profit boards. But there are other types of boards that rarely come to mind. Bret Magpiong, Chief Practice...more

Attorney mom of special needs child chooses law, motherhood

GableGotwals attorney Ellen Adams put her firm's family friendly policies to the test eight years ago when she delivered a child with special needs. Adams was given all the time and flexibility she needed to balance her...more

Moving Companies Forward: How Michelle Wilson Applies Her Expertise in Growth Companies to Her Role on the Board

Michelle Wilson knows growth. As senior vice president and general counsel for Amazon from 1999-2012, she helped guide the company through 13 years of growth. She currently serves on the boards of directors for Zendesk, Okta,...more

Women’s Health Litigation Conference

No television show gives its viewers more than Game of Thrones – more characters, more plot-lines, more sex, more violence, and more magic. The enormous production values scream from the screen. The frame cannot quite...more

Thriving Through Transformation: How PayPal’s Emily Ward Used Her Network and Values to Define a Year

In 2015, Emily Ward, vice president and deputy general counsel at PayPal, was busy. Her itinerary included helping lead aspects of PayPal's separation from eBay, aiding PayPal's transition as its own company, organizing...more

Feminenglish Part V: Remedies for Lousy Communication

In recent posts, we have been discussing the wasteful and demoralizing patterns of “asymmetrical communication” between male and female lawyers, particularly as it impacts team collaboration and effectiveness, as well as good...more

A Strategic Pause: How Lauri Shanahan Successfully Transitioned to Full Time Board Service

Lauri Shanahan, who went from being the chief legal and administrative officer of a multinational corporation (Gap Inc.), to sitting on the board of directors of three companies, insists that a key to her success has been to...more

Female Lawyer With Republican Boss? Go Back To The Kitchen!

I don’t know what to make of the study, conducted by business professors from the University of Michigan and Temple University, that purports to find a negative correlation between political conservatism among some law firm...more

Feminenglish Part IV: Pointing the Finger

We’re no sociologists, but it’s not hard to divine the root cause of asymmetrical communication between male and female lawyers: the perks, pleasures and pursuit of power. Power both creates and reinforces inequality –...more

High Power, Low Volume: The Dynamics of Feminenglish, Part II

Typical of the way catchy neologisms leap into common currency, there’s a hot new compliment making the rounds these days: “So-and-so speaks truth to power.” The connotations of this high-powered compliment are rich indeed,...more

Battling Law’s Second Language

Americans are derided in foreign cultures because so few of us speak a “foreign” language. We simply figure that in light of America’s overwhelming economic, political and cultural power, we are entitled to demand that...more

WIN Newsletter - 2016

2015 WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - “Strategies for Success” Panel As part of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s 2015 Women’s Leadership Academy, which was held on October 26-27, 2015, the firm’s women attorneys had the...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

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