Aspen Publishing

Best Friends at the Bar: Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers

Susan Smith Blakely


  • ISBN: 9781454866084

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    In her continuing quest to raise the retention rates for women lawyers, Susan Smith Blakely takes the messages of her award-winning Best Friends at the Bar project to a new audience. The first two books in the Best Friends at the Bar series, What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law and The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer, address the challenges of the law profession for women lawyers and the responsibilities of young women to take charge of their professional lives to develop successful and satisfying careers. With this new book, the author shifts her focus to law firm leaders and their responsibility for helping women lawyers meet the challenges of law practice and for retaining the considerable talent that women lawyers bring to firms and to the profession. Through the use of proven leadership concepts, the author tells law firm leaders what others are afraid to tell them about the failings of their leadership styles, particularly as applied to young women lawyers. As a former law firm partner, a chief of staff in public service, and a wife and mother, Susan Blakely understands leadership for women lawyers and how it must be responsive to the values that are unique to women in the workplace.

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    1         Why Women Lawyers Leave

    2          Why Law Firms Should Care

    3          Why Past Retention Efforts Have Failed

    4          Why Mentors Are Important to the Success of Women Lawyers

    5          How Law Firms Have Changed: Getting to Know the Players

    6          What Matters to Women in the Workplace: A Model for Leadership

    7          How to Effectively Lead Women Lawyers

    8          What Law Firm Leaders Should Be Telling Women Lawyers: The Brass Tacks

    9          The Dos and Don’ts For Women Lawyers:The Lists You Have Been Waiting For!

    Epilogue: Hope for the Future