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What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law

What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law
Product Code: 1620430
Author: Monica R. Parker
Publication Date: May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59031-992-5
Page Count: 160
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Sponsoring Entities: ABA Book Publishing, Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Topics: Legal Education
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About What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law

You're a woman of color who wants to succeed in the practice of law. Now, with a little dedication and the valuable advice found in this important book, you can achieve it. Monica Parker, an African American lawyer, Harvard graduate and renowned career coach, writes about the specific issues facing female attorneys of color, providing solid advice on finding career satisfaction and success.

What it Takes first examines the history of women of color in the law illustrating how they accomplished some amazing things, but still have a long way to go. The book then provides a wealth of practical advice for achieving greatness at a large firm. mid-sized firm or boutique, government or in-house firm. This book has been written especially for young women of color associates. If you're just starting your career at the firm or you've only been there for a year or two, this book is for you--but law students and law firms will learn from the unique perspective offered in this book.
What Others Are Saying...

"This book is a must-read for women of color entering and engaging in the legal profession. Based on the idea that success is a goal shared by the lawyer herself, her family and friends, and most consequentially, the firm that hires her, Monica Parker's book offers practical advice that is both easy and essential to follow."
--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

"Monica Parkers What It Takes is a practical handbook on how to succeed in the legal profession. Its fresh approach captures your attention and gives proven common sense strategies modeled on countless success stories which enable the reader to fast track their career."
--Hon. Pamila J. Brown, Associate Judge and Chair, ABA Minority Caucus

"Monica Parker has interviewed dozens of successful black women lawyers, asked them detailed and personal questions about how they achieved success, and then included verbatim their wisdom and guidance. Reading this book is like being in the room with the wisest, toughest, most successful women in the profession and listening to them swap stories. You can't help but learn how to achieve the same level of success."
--Mavis Thompson, 2009-2010 President, National Bar Association

"[A] perfect guide for women before they start their journey into law school and during law school...a great check for already-practicing lawyers to keep on track...The book is filled with sound advice that any female lawyer can use."
--Kelly-Anne Clark, 2009-10 Chair of ABA Young Lawyers Division, and Associate, Greer, Herz & Adams, L.L.P. in Galveston, Texas
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