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Fourteen Years

September 15, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Exactly fourteen years ago tonight, at 11 p.m. on the eve of the birth of my second daughter (a planned induction since I was overdue), I waddled from my house to the just-opened all-night CVS four blocks away to buy a disposable camera for the big day. Back then, smartphones with reasonable photo capability hadn’t […]

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Is In-Person Networking the Right Approach for Every Person?

May 22, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

I read with interest, a pair of posts by Philadelphia law blogger Jordan Rushie  and Scott Greenfield about the importance of in-person networking.  I don’t disagree with them. For better or for worse, Scott’s and Jordan’s way is how business still gets done in most of the legal profession. By starting at the low end […]

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Don’t Lean In, Tune Out

May 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

In August 2003, roughly nine months into blogging, I crossed the line between professional and personal when I posted this picture of my daughters and me at MyShingle. I recall actually fretting over whether to put the picture up or not – because even though the legal blogosphere back then was small and full of […]

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Why Does NAMWOLF, An Association for Women & Minority Lawyers Exclude Solos?

September 26, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Legal excellence knows no color or gender, reads the tagline for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). Unfortunately, NAMWOLF’s egalitarian notion of legal excellence doesn’t extend to size: shockingly, NAMWOLF bars women and minority owned solo and two-attorney practices from even applying for membership . For an organization that professes […]

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Social Media: Best Mother’s Day Gift for Lawyer Moms

May 8, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

So, social media for lawyers has been experiencing a bit of a backlash lately. Some of it, deservedly so — and that’s from someone who’s co-authored a book on the subject. By now, many lawyers are not only recognizing, but beginning to agree that despite the hype from self-professed experts social media doesn’t make lawyers […]

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Women Lawyers Too Busy Reading People Magazine To Blog, Suggests Crime & Federalism Blogger

February 9, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Objectively speaking, there are fewer women than men who blog or contribute to wikipedia or are partners at AmLaw 100 law firms, for whatever that dubious honor is worth besides a huge paycheck. Sure, I’d like to see more women enjoy the same benefits that I have from blogging, but I surely don’t blame men […]

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Not Much to Say About Women Speaking Up

February 7, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

There’s a post by Staci Zaretsky up at Lawyerist asking why Women Lawyers Are Silencing Themselves Staci concludes that irrespective of what most women do, she’d rather be labeled a bitch than be silent. Jessie Kornberg, the executive director of Ms. JD also suggests that women are caught between a rock and a hard place: […]

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How the Work-Life Balance Advocates Do A Disservice To Women Lawyers

November 19, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

[Updated as of 10 am] For years, Deborah Epstein Henry, author of the just-released book, Law and Reorder , Cynthia Calvert of the Project for Attorney Retention and others have been pushing large law firms to offer part-time and other flexible employment arrangements to retain women. And if the results of the fifth annual report […]

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Whoosh, They’re Gone

June 27, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

From the moment that my first daughter and then her sister were born, I steeled myself for the day that they would grow up and leave.  Yet their departure came sooner than I imagined:  at 8 am this morning, to be precise, when my husband and I dropped them off at the stop for the […]

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When You’re the Boss, You Don’t Beg For Work Life Balance. You Make It So.

February 14, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Like every parent on the planet, I’ve told my daughters more times than I can remember some variation of the following: Yes, you can eat chocolate for dinner or stay up until three am or leave orange peels on the floor or [fill in the blank] when you have your own place and pay your […]

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