Unique Challenges Facing Women Lawyers

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Nov 09, 2014 Comments Off on Unique Challenges Facing Women Lawyers

Online Webinar
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:30 – 1:30pm

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Join Susan Smith Blakely (L'79), Founder of the Best Friends at the Bar project, as she reflects on the issues facing women lawyers today from her unique perspective as a practicing lawyer with over 25 years experience in the private and public sectors.  Her experience also includes being the mother of two small children during many of her practice years and being married to a large firm commercial litigator.  She has lived the work-life struggle and uses her experiences to help young women lawyers make good career decisions and keep their professional aspirations alive.  

In this candid session, Blakely will offer practical, real-world solutions to the challenges facing young women lawyers with a focus on raising the retention rates for women in the law. Ms. Blakely believes that many of these challenges also affect an increasing number of young male lawyers today, and she welcomes the participation of both female and male lawyers in her programs. 

Blakely will discuss:

• How to find a law firm that will be a good fit for your goals (personal and professional);
• The necessity for women lawyers to create personal definitions of success;
• The need for work-life balance and how to achieve it;
• Why women lawyers leave large firms;
• How to overcome the gender challenges in a male-dominated profession; and
• Dispel myths affecting women lawyers.

About the presenter:
Susan Smith Blakely is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Georgetown Law.  She is a former practicing attorney, law firm partner, Chief of Staff in public service, and the founder of LegalPerspectives, LLC and the Best Friends at the Bar project.  Her diverse background includes private law practice, specializing in litigation and land use law, experience in both state and federal courts and before administrative commissions and boards, and service in the public sector as Chief of Staff for an elected official. Ms. Blakely also has published comprehensive articles in academic law journals.

She is the author of "Best Friends at the Bar:  What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law" (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers 2009) and "Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today's Woman Lawyer"(Wolters Kluwer 2012), and her third book, focused on the responsibility of law firm leadership in addressing the challenges to women lawyers, is scheduled for release in 2015. Ms. Blakely speaks at law schools, law firms and law organizations throughout the country.  She is married to a commercial litigator and is the mother of two children.  Her daughter is a lawyer in New York City, and her son is a second-year law student.

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