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Should We Rescue Biglaw, or Run From It?

April 5, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

At the Ms. JD conference that I attended last week, one woman responded to various remarks on the benefits of starting a firm (by some of us troublemakers in the picture) by saying something to the effect that “Starting a firm is all well and good, but if everyone flees biglaw life, firms will be […]

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Summary of Ms.JD at Susan Cartier-Liebel’s Site

April 1, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

I can’t add anything except a big “me too!” to Susan Cartier-Liebel’s exhaustive summary of the recent Ms. JD conference held at Yale Law School yesterday.  The conference gave me a chance to finally meet Susan and reconnect with Lisa Solomon, Brandy Karl and, briefly, Cathy Kirkman whom I’d met previously. [Update] Lisa Solomon has […]

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Does work-life balance mean we need to settle for a B+?

March 16, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

My colleague and fellow solo blogger, Jill Pugh Employment Law Blog tipped me off to an interesting new resource, Ms-JD to address the growing number of women leaving the legal profession or failing to reach the upper echelons of the profession. The site seems promising, though thus far, there’s little mention of the law firm […]

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This One’s For All of You “Neglectful” Moms, Trying to Strike a Balance

March 2, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Just when I thought that I’d probably found the right formula to work-life balance, I discovered that I’m really nothing more than a neglectful mom.  I spent much of yesterday pushing to prepare a motion already a few days overdue to the client because of more pressing deadlines earlier in the week.  Since my daughters […]

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Are Solos Helping Women At Law Firms?

November 5, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

The impact of solo and small firm practice is far reaching, so much so that in my view, it’s helping women attorneys succeed at biglaw.  Don’t believe it?  Consider these two stories that ran in today’s news.  The first, Deciding to Go It Alone, (San Fernando Valley Business 11/4/06) reports on how more and more, […]

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Mothers’ Day Mix

May 14, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Ah, Mothers’ Day.  A time when my daughters leave me free to blog uninterrupted. (though I guess I should worry a little when my younger daughter’s mother day note reads like this:  My mom likes to hug me.  She always works on her computer).   Today, I’ve rounded up a couple of articles of interest to […]

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New Zealand Lawyers Get the Gender Issues

April 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

Gender disparity at large firms is not unique to the US; our colleagues down under in New Zealand share these problems also, as reported in Flexible work practices avoid gender disparity (April 21, 2006); NZ Lawyer Issue 38.  According to the article, women comprise over a third of all law practitioners, but less than 20 […]

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Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top At Large Firms – And Why Do We Care?

March 20, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

This past weekend’s New York Times article Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top of Big Law Firms? (Timothy O’Brien, 3/19/06) makes me ask the question “Why Should We Care?”  The article describes the oft-cited problem of why women aren’t making it to the top at large firms or why they prematurely leave, blaming […]

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My Article: Treating Family Like Business

January 3, 2006 by Carolyn Elefant

An article I wrote several months ago, Treating Family Like Business, just appeared in Law.com’s new Career Center.  Primarily, my article reacts to pieces like this which advise attorneys seeking a home-work balance (mostly women) to pussy-foot around and beg for accomodation instead of taking the bull by the horns and advocating, strategizing and negotiating […]

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Women Will Best Succeed on their Own

October 3, 2005 by Carolyn Elefant

Funny contrast in this week’s news.  This article, How Women Can Develop Business, National Law Journal (9/29/05) bemoans that women at large firms have it tough when it comes to business development, citing obstacles like lack of effective mentoring and  difficulty of striking a manageable work-life balance.  (The article does offer many useful suggestions for […]

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