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Where She Has Practiced Her Entire Career

A recent e-bar announced the installation of Caryn Coppedge McNeill, the new president of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the election of the president-elect, Jacqueline D. Grant. A demanding, virtually full-time job...more

Bragging Rights: How to Effectively Complete Your Self-Evaluation

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Brag. It’s not a four-letter word. Though, as women, we sometimes shy away from bragging, even at times when it matters most. This trait can cause women to miss out on opportunities to advance their careers, particularly when...more

Learning firsthand how to fight bigotry and discrimination

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Beginning in January 2012, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has featured Tina's column "Paradigm Shift," focusing on different facets of the practice of law which have been impacted by the seismic changes in the profession over...more

Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel

2016 S&P/TSX Composite Board Study - In late 2016, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) initiated a novel study to examine the involvement of general counsel and lawyers on the board of directors of Canadian publicly...more

All [A]Board: Insights and Inspirations for Your Journey to and in the Boardroom

[co-author: Olga Mack, Clearslide] Carly and Olga were law school classmates at Berkeley Law and have continued their friendship and professional collaboration ever since. They serve as board members for both for-profit...more

Diversity Matters: Note from the Editor - Spring 2017

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Every day we celebrate very dynamic women who impact our lives. During March, we highlighted the accomplishments of historical and ceiling-shattering women. Tonya Mitchem Grindon is one such dynamic and ceiling-shattering...more

Different Power Rules Apply to Men than to Women (LWB Farewell Series)

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A just released study by the Yale Law Women documents that class participation at Yale Law tends to be disproportionately male (H/T to Jeff and Lior Strahilevitz at Prawfblawg). Although the report offers prescriptive advice...more

On the Fast Track: How Logan Maley Has Quickly Risen to Lead Procore’s Legal Department

Logan Maley, associate general counsel for Procore Technologies, explains one aspect of her job as the lead lawyer for the construction software company: “One of my jobs is to see the iceberg miles away, so that we can chart...more

Strategies for EEO Compliance: Focus on Leadership, Not Compliance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We observed last year that the legal industry is no more immune to the holdovers of sexism than any other profession. As we noted, in a step toward stemming this problem, the American Bar Association has passed a new model...more

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

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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

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

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

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

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

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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

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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

by Reed Smith on

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

by Pamela Woldow on

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

by Pamela Woldow on

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

by Pamela Woldow on

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

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