The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms (eBook)
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The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms (eBook)

The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms (eBook)
Product Code: 4920046EBK
Publication Date: July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61438-162-4
Page Count: 412
Sponsoring Entities: Commission on Women in the Profession
Topics: Women in Law
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About the eBook Version

The Road to Independence is a collection of 101 letters from women who have taken the courageous and difficult step of creating a law firm of their own, either as a solo or with others. Focusing on the experiences, challenges, and opportunities of women-owned law firms, these women, in their personal voices, reiterate key themes: Of becoming businesswomen. Of choosing a practice area true to their passion and the high character they bring to the bar. Of controlling not only their days but their destinies. Of ambition in action.

Women continue to face significant barriers and obstacles at law firms in this country; thus, it is hardly surprising that more and more women are opting to create their own firms.

Throughout this inspirational book, the reader will find business-savvy tidbits and practical tips for starting and growing a successful law practice in the words of the founders themselves. Grouped chronologically according to when each writer started her woman-owned practice, this collection implicitly portrays the profession's growth, the society's evolution, the economy's fortunes, and the periodic changes in business models of private practice. Explicitly, these letters unite to reflect not only the drive to practice law but also, the impact of those cultural changes on women in private practice.

The letters compiled in this book reflect the voices of women who are happy with their practices, proud of their entrepreneurial spirit and business development skills, and eager to share their advice with others who may be emboldened to follow in their footsteps. The Road to Independence will serve as a catalyst, guide, and inspiration for other women who are contemplating the possibility of setting out on their own.

Summary of Contents:

  • Chapter 1 -- Through 1979: The Pioneers and the First Advocates of Women-Owned Firms

  • Chapter 2 -- 1980-1989: The Early Movers - Experimenting with Individual Reasons to Strike Out

  • Chapter 3 -- 1990-1994: Controlling Types of Clients and Practice Philosophy

  • Chapter 4 -- 1995-1999: Creating Work/Life Balance

  • Chapter 5 -- 2000-2004: Responding to Tighter Constraints in the Large Law Firm Model

  • Chapter 6 -- 2005-2008: Accelerating into the Recession

  • Chapter 7 -- 2009-2010 Plus One: Diversifying the Practice Areas, Broadening the Seniority of Founders

What others are saying about the book ...

The Road to Independence is fascinating and a must-read for any lawyer considering opening a firm. Filled with practical advice, these lawyers and their letters provide creative suggestions, thoughtful perspective, and top-notch mentoring on how to succeed, survive, and, importantly, thrive in your own firm.

Dorian S. Denburg, President, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2010-2011


This book is a fantastic resource for any lawyer who is thinking about starting her own firm, whether it be right out of law school or in transition from another practice setting. The historical perspective provides a unique and valuable tool to women who may have thought about this option but did not know where to start, how to go about it, or whether to take the leap of faith that presents both risks and rewards. I am confident that this inspirational, easy-to-read resource will have an impact on the important choice that many women lawyers are considering that can change their lives for the better.

Laura V. Farber, Chair, ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division, 2011-2012


At once inspirational and practical, The Road to Independence is a must-read for any woman considering taking the plunge and starting her own practice. It is filled with useful tips and proven techniques from amazing women who have done so successfully and who, in their own voices, are willing to share their lessons and experiences. The advice given is insightful and encouraging. It's a great resource for any lawyer, young or old, considering making that move, as well as a great read for those just curious to hear the stories of those who have.

Mary E. Sharp, President, National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, 2010-2011

Related Files

Table of Contents PDF
Introduction PDF
Author Index PDF


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