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Eight Common Mistakes in Mediation and How to Avoid Them

By Jennifer B. Grippa

Improve your chances of a successful mediation.

 

A Primer on the Tax Consequences of Settlement Payments

By Julia Mandeville Damasco and Margaret Trollan

Proper drafting of settlement documents is important, as the language used can impact your client's tax consequences.

 

Questions Every Litigator Should Ask about Mediation Confidentiality

By Rachel K. Ehrlich and Emily E. Garrison

Consider what the confidentiality agreements may not protect and how they may affect future proceedings.

 

Practical Considerations for Mediating Complex Cases

By Jane I. Milas

Carefully structure mediation of complex cases for a successful outcome.

 

Collaborative Negotiation Techniques: Three Practice Tips Backed by Social Science

By Tracy Hughes

Following this advice can lead to a mutually beneficial, interest-based resolution.

 

Why Negotiate? In-House Counsel Explains Three Key Benefits for Clients

By Natalie Fabian

It allows both sides to air grievances, provides a baseline of the other side's evidence and theories, and requires fewer resources than litigation.

 

Five Terms to Consider When Negotiating Settlement Agreements

By Julie Pettit and Jnana Settle

Address deadlines, tax and credit consequences, penalties for breach, attorney fees, and release of claims when drafting the settlements.

 

Using Meditation Techniques to Succeed During Stressful Negotiations

By Kaitlyn M. Murphy

The neurological benefits of meditation can help you keep your cool in stressful negotiations with opposing counsel.

 

An Interview with Judge Gail Andler about Class Action Settlements

By Jessica Scott

A California trial judge shares her insight into the unique considerations associated with settling class actions.

 

Food and Beverage Class Actions: Trends and Potential Developments

By Sascha Henry and Robin Achen

Two Ninth Circuit cases could significantly alter the way these claims are litigated.

 

Online Indemnification Agreements: Will They Be Enforced?

By Julie Cilia

Courts generally enforce clickwrap agreements, but enforceability of browsewrap agreements tends to be more complicated.

 

Rule 23's Implicit Ascertainability Requirement: A Brewing Class Action Controversy

By Lindsay Breedlove

The courts are fashioning ascertainability requirements that serve the class-action rule's goals.

 

Can Parties to an Arbitration Agreement Contract for Expanded Judicial Review?

By Linda L. Morkan

Another state enters the national debate.

 

Litigation Update—Legal Recreational Marijuana

By Lauren P. Carboni

Parties challenging the drug laws have largely been unsuccessful, but the door is now open for potential RICO challenges.

 

Supreme Court Rejects Broad Rule Barring Representative Evidence in Class Actions

By Charity Gilbreth

The decision makes clear there is no per se bar to representative evidence and shows how it can be used in class actions.

 

Civil Rule Amendments May Allow Parties to Limit Costs and Scope of E-Discovery

By Rebecca Kahan Waldman and Meghan Rohling Kelly

They caution against overly broad discovery demands and eliminate many of the pitfalls of ESI preservation.

 

FRCP Amendments May Allow Parties to Limit Costs and Scope of eDiscovery

By Rebeccca Kahan Waldman and Meghan Rohling Kelly

The amount of discovery is perhaps the biggest factor affecting the cost and duration of litigation.

 

Full-time female lawyers earn 77 percent of male lawyer pay

By Debra Cassens Weiss

Law overall has the widest gender gap, according to Fusion.

Article originally published in the ABA Journal, March 17, 2016.

 

A Reference Guide to the Federal Rules Amendments Related to Discovery

By Elizabeth T. Timkovich

A brief overview of the recent amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 34, and 37.

 

Federal Rule of Evidence 502 Orders

By Laura Ashby

The amendments emphasize the benefits of early FRE 502 orders.

 

Keeping Things in Proportion: Preservation of ESI under Amended Rule 37(e)

By Karen Henry

Five tips on how to apply leverage to proportionality considerations in the context of preserving ESI.

 

Proportionality: A Case Law Analysis

By Patricia Daza-Luu

Litigators must limit their discovery requests to documents and information actually needed to support their clients' claims and defenses.

 

Stoning the Giant: Dealing with Bullies in Depositions

By Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair

Attorneys subject to abusive behavior should be familiar with the court's procedures for resolving in-deposition disputes.

 

Need a Competitive Edge? Try a Case Road Map

By Ariadne Montare

Mapping out the "who, what, where, when, why, and how" creates an invaluable resource for case management.

 

Custodian Interviews: Asking the Important Questions

By Selena E. Molina

When properly conducted, they provide a solid defense against attacks on document collection.

 

Three Tips for Handling Surprises at Depositions

By Ellen M. Murphy

Preparing your legal team and witness for surprises is critical.

 

The Four Traits of Confidence: Growth Mindset, Courage, Grit, and Self-Compassion

By Amy Kosterlitz

Learn how these traits can help women attorneys thrive.

 

For All Their Advances, Tech Companies Have Yet to Solve the Gender Gap

By Cristin Kent Aragon and Denise L. Ashbaugh

Suggestions are to provide training on implicit bias, implement gender-neutral policies, and support and showcase their successful women employees.

 

Leveraging Likeability: How to Present Your Client in Litigation

By Bridget Donegan

Get to know and like your clients early, and then empower them to be likeable.

 

The Name of the Game Is Politics, and the Rules Are Forever Changed

By Blaze R. Douglas

Political involvement is critical, and women attorneys are well suited for the job.

 

A Talk with Two Trial Lawyers on the Art of Oral Advocacy

By Lindsay Breedlove

Paula Hinton and Lucia Coyoca share their keys to success in jury trials.

 

What Litigators Can Learn from Actors

By Roxanna Augesen Manuel

A skilled advocate prepares, rehearses, and warms up before preforming to her audience—the jury.

 

Pick Me! Techniques to Uncover Juror Bias During Voir Dire

By Amy M. Stewart

Follow these tips to enhance your credibility and learn what the jury panel is really thinking.

 

Effective Use of Leading Questions at Deposition

By Julianne M. Hartzell

Even before trial, smart questioning lets you shape the deposition testimony of your opponent's witnesses.

 

Practical Tips for Deposing Scientific or Technical Experts

By Jane I. Milas

Know and follow the rules governing expert witnesses, and avoid exposing your work product to discovery.

 

The Three Ps of Expert Depositions: Planning, Preparation, and Personality

By Renée Miller-Mizia and Elaine Wood

Learn from expert witnesses how to make their testimony more effective.

 

Transforming a Skillfully Crafted Brief into an Effective Oral Argument

By Kathryn E. Kasper

Use the strengths of your written and spoken words to deliver your case to the judge.


Getting the Most from the Mock Trial

By Nancy J. Geenen

A successful one tests juror reactions to the witnesses, evidence, and attorney's storytelling skills.

 

Closing Arguments in Complex Cases

By Sarah K. Rathke

Effective closings provide jurors with step-by-step instructions for how to answer jury interrogatories and instructions.

 

A Strategic Road Map to Joining a Nonprofit Board

By Sabrina C. Beavens

Besides contributing to your community, joining a nonprofit board can open new avenues for business development.

 

The Benefit Corporation: A New Entity for Community Service and Leadership

By Quyen M. Tu

Forming or working for a benefit corporation allows you to serve and lead your community as well as hone your legal skills.


The Hidden Benefits of Board Service

By Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila

An experienced board member shares five benefits of serving on a nonprofit board.

 

Suicide Prevention Programs: What the Legal Profession Can Learn from the Military

By Brian Farlow

Employing transformational leadership techniques in the legal profession can promote help-seeking behavior and reduce the number of attorney suicides.

 

A Review of Adam Grant's Give and Take

By Lindsay D. Breedlove

Can helping others help women in the workplace?

 

The Benefits of Service in the Public Sector

By Barbara A. Knapic

Public service provides opportunities for education, mentoring, advocacy, and even exposure to potential clients.

 

Leadership in Community Service as a Young Lawyer

By Danielle G. Marcus

Taking the time to become active in community service will distinguish you among your peers as a leader.


Overcoming Obstacles to Victory in Pro Bono Representation

By Lorraine Woodwark

The author shares five lessons learned from "getting burned" in an unpopular pro bono representation.

 

The Power of Women Working Together

By Leyza F. Blanco

Women who support the professional development of other women create an environment where we can all prosper and succeed.

 

The Importance of Paying It Back

By Tiffany D. Gehrke

Just as others have supported us and contributed to our success, we should help those in need through pro bono work.

 

Service Is a Good Thing: Make It a Part of Your Legal Life

By Mary A. Prebula

Ms. Prebula was instrumental in founding a scholarship program for women law students and then a legal aid office for her fast-growing Georgia community.

 

Attorneys Serving the Community: Mixing Good Works with Good Business

By Kelli Hinson and Cortland Kelly Grynwald

The cochairs of Attorneys Serving the Community explain how ASC grew and now raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for local nonprofits that benefit women, children, and families.


It Goes by So Fast: Achieving Work-Life Balance Through Community Service

By Natalie Schaefer

Natalie Schaefer spends quality time with her children while serving as a Girl Scout leader and on the board of directors for her daughter’s competitive swim team.

 

Giving Back Provides More than Warm Fuzzies

By Laura Liss

An employment lawyer with young kids of her own, Laura Liss offers advice for finding the time to volunteer: Put the commitments on your calendar and schedule around them.

 

Grit, Growth Mindset, and Being a Great Trial Lawyer

By Katherine M. Larkin-Wong

The Honorable Mark W. Bennett discusses how grit and growth mindset work for litigators and why he supports the ABA's Grit Project.

 

Growing into a Leadership Role at Your Firm

By Christine A. Amalfe

To move up the law firm ladder, consider what it takes to be a successful leader.


Making Your First Lateral Move

By Laura B. Bacon

Follow these four steps to determine whether you're ready to make a career move.

 

Helping, Not Hazing: Sharing Our Stories of "Grit" as Authentic Allies

By Jennifer DeMay and Lisa Frye Garrison

A seasoned litigator and a second-year associate discuss how we can share our stories in a way that builds connections, makes us allies, and leads more women to success.


Why Do You Want to Start a Law Practice?

By Jennifer L. Mozwecz

Independence, financial success, and others' opinions may motivate you to build your own practice, but you must be prepared for the responsibility.


Working "Remotely" from the Office: Tips for Success

By Helen V. Cantwell, Ada Fernandez Johnson, and Renee M. Cipro

To get the most out of a remote assignment, establish relationships and stay connected with team members, seek out assignments and feedback, and make yourself indispensable.


Overcoming Economic Obstacles to Reach Your Professional Goals

By Nubia Willman

When you are the "poorest" attorney in the room, don't let self-doubt take hold of you--lean instead on your perseverance and determination to achieve your professional goals.


Know Thyself: Affinity Bias in the Legal Profession

By Stella Tsai and Debra Rosen

Learn to recognize unconscious biases in the workplace and override them.


Developing the Leader in You

By Jennifer L. Parent

Wherever you are in your professional career, follow these tips to become an effective leader.

 

How To Successfully Transition to an In-House Position

By Michele Bradley and Susan B. Cassidy

Considering a switch to an in-house position? Let this guide prepare you for your move.

 

Depositions for Young Lawyers: Question Form and Technique Are Key

By Susan M. Halpern

Learn how to get the information you need from your depositions by asking the right questions.


Mind Over Matter: 10 Tips for Surviving Your First Month of Practice

By Jessica F. Nwokocha

Life as a new associate can be overwhelming. Take these tips to heart as you embark on your new legal career.

 

Successfully Arbitrating Your First (or Almost First) Case

By Gilda R. Turitz

An arbitration guide for young lawyers.


Risk Management for New Associates: Tips to Avoid Legal Malpractice Pitfalls

By Shari L. Klevens, Alanna G. Clair, and Michaela C. Kendall

Learn how to transition from new associate to senior status, while identifying and avoiding professional risks.


The Young Litigator's Approach to Legal Writing

By Courtney E. Walter

You graduated law school. You passed the bar exam. You are officially a licensed attorney. Now what?


How to Become the MVP on a Professional Team

By Joy Isaacs

As a new attorney, follow these tips to establish a presence in your new job and set the stage for your career.


Ten Things You Need to Know about eDiscovery

By Melody B. Lynch

Mastery of the eDiscovery workflows and processes can make an associate an invaluable part of the litigation team.


Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Young Lawyer

By Cristina Alonso

Your guide to drafting your first set of jury instructions and verdict form.


Birth of a Generation of Protections for Pregnant Employees

By Aisha Broderick

EEOC guidelines protect working mothers and mothers-to-be on pregnancy-related discrimination, recognizing they have both a right to reproduce and a right to work.


Social Media Marketing: A Woman Advocate's Perspective

By Courtney Ward-Reichard

Creating digital connections on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook is a great way to market your practice anytime, anywhere.


The Case for Blogging

By Elizabeth C. Kramer

Blogging not only allows you to market your practice anytime, but also provides you with national exposure that could lead to new external and internal business, a unique identity within your firm, and maybe even an increased love of your job.


Ladies Who Launch: Reflections on Marketing

By Molly R. Hamilton Cawley and Amie E. Penny Sayler

The keys to effective marketing are teaming up with colleagues, being passionate about your practice, focusing on the long term, and being bold in asking for referrals.


Marketing Tips for Young Women Attorneys: Your Partners and Colleagues Are Clients, Too

By Tiffany deGruy and Anna M. Manasco

Want those premium assignments, more responsibility, and coveted marketing opportunities? Establish yourself as a "go-to" associate by forming mentoring relationships, fostering peer relationships, volunteering, developing a support system, and maintaining confidence in yourself.


A Two-Way Street: Reciprocal Mentoring in Business Development

By Francine Friedman Griesing and Ashley Kenney Shea

A senior and a junior attorney share their advice on how reciprocal mentoring benefits both parties with respect to networking, technology and practice building, and collaboration.


Practical Tips for Crafting Effective Pitches

By Jennifer Roscetti

For the perfect pitch, learn about the client first, focus the presentation on the client?s needs and goals, and listen and communicate before, during, and after the pitch.


Tips for Generating Business in Untapped Markets

By Jane I. Milas

To obtain business from an industry traditionally dominated by male litigators, understand your value, get to know the decision makers who hire legal counsel by joining and participating in industry groups, and market yourself to existing clients and other lawyers.


Avoiding Malpractice Risks for Litigators

By Gilda R. Turitz

Many complaints against litigators are rooted in real or perceived failures to manage client expectations properly.


Risk Taking 101 for Women Attorneys

By Teresa Beck

Taking smart risks will undoubtedly result in rewards.


Fighting Fraud: Detecting, Investigating, and Managing Fraud Risk

By Kerry Francis and Phebe Neely Ciulla

Having a well-scoped investigation plan in place can help an organization weather a fraud incident and maintain its reputation.


Social Media: Risks and Rewards

By Diane Darling

Manage your career by carefully curating your online identity.


Risky Business: Identifying, Preventing, and Managing Conflicts of Interest

By Merri A. Baldwin

Failing to manage conflicts effectively can lead to pitfalls.


How I Defied the Risks, Started My Own Firm, and Lived to Tell About It

By Jeana Goosmann

What one lawyer learned about building a successful firm from scratch—despite the odds.


As Good As It Gets: Appellate Training Through Judicial Clerkships

By Paula Mitchell

For attorneys who intend to practice appellate law, being challenged by a judge is the best training.


Boutique Appellate Practice

By Cindy Tobisman

In addition to working with people you like and respect as attorneys, you also need people with whom you can work out any business issues that arise.


Becoming an Appellate Lawyer: One Associate's Perspective

By Abbott Jones

Following this advice should go a long way in preparing you to become a successful appellate lawyer.


Law Firm Appellate Practice and How a Former Prosecutor Got There

By Sonia Escobio O'Donnell

People often underestimate what it takes to successfully appeal a case, or to defend one at the appellate level.


The Path to the Bench: Interviews with Women Appellate Judges

By M.C. Sungaila

Aspire to the bench? Read about the paths these judges have taken.


Women Justices Speak Out: On Mentoring, Leadership, and Effective Advocacy

By M.C. Sungaila

Appellate judges give their insights on how to present your case successfully.


Ten Tips to Building an Appellate Practice

By Laurie Webb Daniel

How successful appellate lawyers can be proactive in establishing their practices.


Oral Argument: Facing the Challenge and Embracing the Opportunity

By Margaret Grignon

The key to a successful oral argument is preparation.


When to Think About an Interlocutory Appeal

By Jessica E. Yates

Consider the options for an immediate appeal after receiving an adverse pretrial decision.


Relationships and Resources: Building an Appellate Practice in a Large-Firm Setting

By Linda Coberly

Good business judgment is essential to building a successful law practice, whether in appellate litigation or any other specialty.


Building a Successful Solo Appellate Practice

By Julia Pendery

Embrace the freedom of solo practice and enjoy the ride.


Achieve Your Greatest Successes by Following Your Dreams

By Lynne Thaxter Brown

With a relentless pursuit of your passion, your dream job can be a reality.


The Rights of Children of Same-Sex Couples: In Their Own Words

By Monique R. Sherman

An amicus curiae brief gives the children a powerful and persuasive voice in the Supreme Court.


Giving Back While Improving Yourself and Your Practice

By Laurel Stevenson

Lawyers need to recognize the importance of balancing the expectations of clients with the tools, resources, and staff available.


How I Found My Balance in Pro Bono

By Kimberly King

Women are constantly looking for ways to "lean" into our careers yet honor our commitments to our families and to ourselves. It can be a real struggle.


Women Helping Women End Domestic Violence

By Mary Frances Palisano and Michele C. Lefkowitz

Many women, are not represented because they cannot afford an attorney, and there are not enough pro bono attorneys undertaking these types of cases.


Finding Your Calling: Pro Bono as a Path to New Practice Areas

By M.C. Sungaila

Attorneys at all levels may wish to give back and serve the underserved. But few expect to find their calling.


Marshaling the Pro Bono Talents of Stay-at-Home Lawyers: A New Model

By Kristina Entner

Many attorneys want to provide pro bono legal service from home but lack a workable model. Chicago-area lawyers are blazing the trail.


The Hidden Benefits of Pro Bono

By Deb Mallgrave

Pro bono work provides lawyers with opportunities to give back to the community, but there are other, less-recognized career benefits that stem from pro bono work.


Risk Management Issues in Pro Bono Representations

By Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair

Increased risk can be managed to help ensure that attorneys are able to serve their pro bono clients without creating liability issues for themselves.


Serving Together: Deepening Client Relationships While Empowering the Underserved

By Alana C. Jochum

Bringing firm lawyers and firm clients together to provide counsel to underserved communities strengthens relationships while doing the right thing.


Building a Practice Through Volunteering

By McClain E. Bryant

The power of a book of business remains in the hands of the few, but volunteering can lead to new focus and new paying clients.


Twenty-Five Years of Pro Bono

By Sally Crawford

The privilege of practicing law comes with the professional and ethical duty to give back to the community in a way that only lawyers can.


Hackers Are Targeting Law Firms: Are You Ready?

By Stacy Berliner

Recent cyber attacks on law firms, as well as revisions to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, require attorneys to understand the security risks and protect their clients' information.


You've Come a Long Way, Baby*


*But there are still a few more things you need to know about trial technology

By Gayle Mumm Rossi and Ann T. Greeley

Three tips for becoming a tech-savvy trial lawyer.


New Legislation Helps in the Fight Against Patent Trolls

By Hilda C. Galvan

A story about patents, hijacking, and extortion.


PRISM Leaks Cannot Kill Cloud Computing

By Steven Bennett

Although the leaks may have eroded public confidence in data security and privacy to some degree, the move toward cloud computing seems inexorable.


Using Computer Forensics in Trade Secret Cases: Five Things Your Forensic Computer Expert Wishes You Knew

By Sheryl Falk

Strategies to ensure that your forensic expert is able to conduct an effective trade-secret investigation on your client's behalf.


Privacy in the Mobile Age: Recent Developments and New Regulations

By Monique Bhargava

Companies are increasingly charged with the responsibility to inform consumers about information collection, use, sharing, and security.


Take Control of Technology Before It Takes Control of You

By Shannon Spangler and Anne Kershaw

The digital world has moved ahead, leaving lawyers in its wake. Are you running to catch up?


Female Attorneys of Color Continue to Struggle in Corporate Law Departments

By Angela A. Turiano

Female attorneys of color face racial and gender discrimination that adversely affects their careers both with regard to advancement and compensation.


The Business of Law: Women on Leadership, Mentoring, and Client Service

By M.C. Sungaila

Views on business success from general counsel, law firm managing partners, executives, and entrepreneurs.


Delegate for Success

By Nan E. Joesten

Benefit from learning to be better at delegating.


Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due

By Ellen Ostrow

Women face a minefield when seeking to obtain client matter orgination credit.


Why Working with Entrepreneurs Is Different

By Richard Sudek

Working with entrepreneurs requires taking a different approach.


What Women in Law Can Learn From Women in Business

By Brande Stellings

Insights about career advancement from the experiences of women in business.


Overcoming Barriers to Valuing Your Case

By Laura A. Kaster and Harrie Samaras

The underlying reason for poor risk assessment is that our brains get in our way.


Do I Look Fat in This Profession? Escaping Gender Bias in ADR

By Victoria Pynchon

If we want to be viewed as commercial lawyers and hardnosed, pragmatic business neutrals first and ladies second, we need to quite publicly walk the walk and talk the talk.


Effective Advocacy and Efficiency in Commercial Arbitration

By Ruth V. Glick

To effectively achieve their clients' goals, advocates should recognize and exploit the differences between litigation and arbitration.


Managing Discovery in Arbitration

By Gilda R. Turitz

Four factors that generally govern discovery in an arbitration can result in a wide spectrum of what is permitted.


Mediators Take Sides: Do's and Don'ts from Top Mediators

By Teresa M. Beck

Experienced mediators provide insight regarding common lawyer strategies that both facilitate and inhibit successful mediation.


A Strategy for Building a Mediation Practice

By Shalini K. Kedia

Advice on key building blocks to developing a successful mediation practice.


Keeping Discovery Bullies at Bay

By Joan K. Archer and Jennifer E. Hoekel

Ten tips for remaining calm, cool, and collected while dealing with aggressive opponents during these often-heated disputes.


Nailing Your Direct Examination

By Marsha Hunter

Successfully pulling off a compelling witness examination may require turning conventional wisdom on its head.


When a Client’s Mental Health Is at Issue

By Andrea Lance

Universal tactics for securing a favorable outcome in high-stakes cases where the psychological stability of a client is questioned.


The Fine Art of Litigation Involving Non-English-Speaking Witnesses

By Erika Ronquillo

In the great performance that is a trial, calling a witness that does not speak English demands a carefully choreographed dance between lawyer, witness, and interpreter.


Accurately Predicting the Outcome of Your Case

By Jessica Hoffman Brylo

A lawyer's judgement about the outcome of a case is crucial in knowing how much to settle for, and how to persuade a jury.

 

Staying Healthy (and Sane) During Trial

By Nicole Hooper

We make the case for why prioritizing your own physical, mental, and emotional health during a stressful trial pays off.

 

The Courage to Pay Heed: Knowing and Responding to Implicit Bias

By Sarah Redfield

Women and diverse lawyers remain far from parity with our representation in the population.


Cultivating the Courage to Ask for Business

By Debra L. Bruce

Expressing your interest in working with someone can make a difference.


Gutsy Career Moves: Anecdotes from Women Lawyers

By Lisa Frye Garrison

A variety of stories from women lawyers detail their own courageous career choices, both large and small.


The Courage to Confront the Work-Life Imbalance

By Regina Pepe Martorana

Can we stay in such a demanding profession and still be there for our children?


The Courage to Speak Out Against Discrimination

By Elizabeth Kristen

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, and yet this law remains dramatically under-enforced.


Book Review: Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500

By Gilda R. Turitz

The book chronicles how women have successfully attained and fulfilled the general counsel role in Fortune 500 companies.


The Risks of Electronic Data Over-Preservation

By Anne Kershaw and Shannon Spangler

Many are reluctant to throw electronic data out and risk spoliation sanctions, but saving everything to avoid sanctions is not an insurance policy; to the contrary, it increases risk.


How to Launch and Grow a Successful Litigation Firm

By Francine Friedman Griesing, Esq.

In many ways, the challenges of starting and building a law firm can be particularly daunting—clients are often reluctant to select a sole practitioner or small group to handle significant matters.


Partnering with Your Clients Before Your Invoices

By Rebecca Woods

You can transform your invoices from an odious and risky proposition to a source of strength. Here are some pointers.


Transitioning Client Relationships Within a Firm

By Teresa G. Minor

How do you make sure client relationships are successfully transitioned from one lawyer to the next generation so the firm maintains the client?


Managing a High-Volume Practice: Tips for Young Attorneys

By Melisa A. San Martin Esq.

By implementing basic but essential strategies into your everyday practice, you can effectively and efficiently progressed toward managing a high-volume caseload.


Maintaining Friendships Between In-House and Outside Counsel

By Angela A. Turiano, Esq.

Studies indicate that success in a law firm—or any business, for that matter—can be traced, among other things, to securing strong mentoring relationships early on.


How to Write a Good Invoice

By Teresa Beck, Esq.

Learn the rules for each client. Once you know the rules, they are often very simple to follow.


Strategies for “Getting, Using, and Keeping Power in the Legal Profession”

By Kerry Murphy

Leaders in the legal profession convened with academics and business leaders with the goal of advancing women in the legal profession.


ABA Women Leaders: On the Importance and Impact of Mentoring

By M.C. Sungaila

A select group of ABA women leaders were asked to describe how mentors had positively impacted their development as lawyers and leaders.


Counselor, Who Is Counseling You?

By Ellen Ostrow, PhD, CMC

Guided professional development, modeling advice, and advocacy are ongoing necessities for a successful legal career.


Selecting Tomorrow's Leaders—and Ensuring Women Are Among Them

By Ida Abbott

A turbulent and uncertain marketplace requires leaders who are equipped to handle its challenges—and the urgency is even greater in light of the pending retirement of current firm leaders.


Where Mentoring Ends and Sponsorship Begins

By Susan Letterman White, JD, MS

A mentor often plays two chief roles, acting as both a mirror for seeing yourself more clearly and a prism for seeing organizations and systems more clearly.


Women Seeking Men?—Finding the Right Mentor for Your Legal Practice

By Desiree Moore

Studies indicate that success in a law firm—or any business, for that matter—can be traced, among other things, to securing strong mentoring relationships early on.


Who Makes the Best Mentors for Female Associates?

By Holly J. Clemente

While starting the career process can be a struggle for any fresh associate, it can prove especially difficult for young women just entering the firm environment.


The Recipe for a Successful Mentoring Relationship

By Sabrina C. Beavens

Two mentors provide their insight into a successful mentoring relationship.


The Myths and Realities of Law Firm Compensation for Women

By Jennifer Hoekel

A recent study notes that at the current pace, women partners will achieve pay equity with their male counterparts in 2086.


Writing and Using the Effective "I Love Me" Memo

By Nan E. Joesten

The author offers 10 steps to take to better negotiate the salary you deserve.


Elements of a Competitive Corporate Compensation Package

By Kandice K. Bridges

Attorneys moving in-house must understand the different elements that make up a competitive compensation package for corporate executives.


The Importance of Promoting Yourself as a Female Attorney

By Angela A. Turiano

As a young attorney, it is imperative that you promote your accomplishments and share your ideas.


Preparing for Partnership Buy-In: Exploring the Important Questions

By Cammie Hauser

One of the most important long-term career decisions relates to becoming an owner of a business.


Toward Living a "Guilt-Free" Life

By Katherine Y. Fergus

A common challenge for female lawyers is balancing the need to meet billable hours with the need to be present at home.


It's About Work-Life Choices, Not Work-Life Balance

By Kendra Brodin

You have the power to have more balance in your life. It comes down to your work-life choices.


Finding My Way on a Reduced-Hours Schedule

By Sara E. Dionne

The result of a reduced-hours schedule can be a more manageable practice and a more peaceful coexistence between your professional and personal lives.


Helping Disadvantaged Children Build a Brighter Future

By Patricia C. O'Prey

Educate Tomorrow is a nonprofit committed to making education an attainable goal for the disadvantaged.


Hollee Schwartz Temple on Good Enough Is the New Perfect

By Meredith L. Mercurio

The author of Good Enough Is the New Perfect talks about the choices that litigator moms have available to them in achieving work-life balance.


This I Believe: Happily Ever After

By Abbe Fletman

The author delivers a message on the importance of choice, which resonates across all lines of potential division, in NPR's "I Believe" series.


Legally Mom: Every Mom Has a Story

By Anne Murphy Brown

Legally Mom is a work of qualitative research on the experience of women practicing law and raising children.


The Road to Judging

By Hon. J. Michelle Childs

The author recounts her road to becoming a judge and how her journey has allowed her to build upon her strengths and meet new challenges.


Transitions: It's Not Our Mother's World

By Hon. Joan F. Kessler

Career transitions will be successful, in large part, based on how willing we are to reexamine the bases for our assumptions and adjust our actions to the reality we discover.


The Art of Lawyering: A Delicate Balance

By Hon. Pamela J. Brown

Judges and lawyers alike must balance their lives in and out of the courtroom.


Did I Mention the Guilt? Striving for Work-Life Balance

By Hon. Marguerite D. Downing

Judges and litigators are responsible for ensuring that cases are handled in a timely matter, and maintaining a balance between professional and personal initiatives is imperative.


Top Tips for Litigators

By Hon. Susan N. Burke

Judge Susan N. Burke offers tips for women litigators from the perspective of a female judge.


Administrative Law Judging: This Much I Know

By Hon. Joan Davenport

There's more to being a well-rounded administrative law judge than having good writing and analytical skills.


Carry the Profession Forward by Being Prepared

By Christine M. Ho

Judge Patricia Fawsett and General Magistrate Linh Ison share their experiences and offer tips for women litigators.


Advice for Younger Women Lawyers

By Abbe Fletman

Abbe Fletman offers advice to young women lawyers on how to have a satisfying career and happy life.


Woman Advocate Interviews Karen Pordum of Legally Organized

By M.C. Sungaila

Karen Pordum focues on helping women prioritize where their personal time and energy goes.


Creating a Successful Remote Office

By Sabrina C. Beavens

There are several things to consider when creating a remote office, including communication among employees and an investment in technology.


Creating a Women's Initiative at Your Firm

By Kathleen A. Flynn

A woman-focused mentoring program provides a platform for women attorneys to advance their professional development needs.


Rainmaking Tips for Women: A Primer

By Michelle Foster

A recent study found that there is a direct correlation between the time spent on business development and the amount of business generated.


Not All Law Firms Are Caves

By Danielle M. Kays

Good firms where lawyers can attain work-life balance do exist.


Book Review: Women's Leadership in Law Firms

By Emily N. Masalski

Ida Abbott's book Women on Top details the realities behind law firm politics and career decisions that impact personal growth.


Book Review: Reevaluating Right-Brain Thinking

By Dorothy M. Pritchett

The author of Whole New Mind claims that a successful life depends on both hemispheres of the brain working together.


Top 10 Tips for Work-Life Balance

By Erica L. Reilley

Finding balance in your personal and professional life is imperative to being a good mother and lawyer.


Professional Employer Organization Services for Law Firms

By Samantha Bond

The benefits of a PEO inlcude outsourcing payroll and payroll tax administration and arranging group insurance plans.


New Law Provides Protection for Nursing Mothers

By Lindsay Galloway

President Obama recently signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an important act for new or nursing mothers.


Developing Trial Lawyers in the Age of Shrinking Trial Dockets

By Margaret Lockhart

An effective program for developing trial lawyers should include both training and mentorship.


Tips to Capture the Best Jury: A Defense Attorney Perspective

By Sharon F. Bridges

With adequate preparation, the corporate defense attorney can help uncover biases and assist in seating an impartial jury.


The Five Cs of Effective E-Discovery Management from Processing through Production

By Susan Burns

Use the five Cs to manage discovery and reduce costs so you can focus on a winning trial strategy.


Private Mediation: A Checklist

By Beatrice O'Donnell

It is imperative to prepare for mediation and structure it to produce the best outcome for your client.


Ten Tips for Making a Trial Court Record That Will Help Your Appeal

By Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila

Create a record that will make the best case for the client before the appellate court.


Cathy Lamboley's Five Keys to Success

By Haley Maple & Jacqueline Taylor

The former general counsel of Shell Oil Company shares her five-part strategy for career success.


Surviving the Financial Hurricane

By Sonia Gallagher

To make your law firm thrive, you have to think outside the box, be innovative and creative, and set yourself apart from the competition.


Defining Elusive "Success" for Women in Law Firm Leadership

By Teresa Bult

Women attorneys are constantly straining to meet and understand the newest definition of success.


Becoming a Law Firm Leader: Three Key Strategies for Women

Ida Abbott

Women attorneys need a strategic plan to become a law-firm leader.

Cathy Lamboley: Taking Action on Diversity

By Haley Maple and Jacqueline Taylor

Catherine Lamboley's strong commitment to diversity is evident in her former role as general counsel of Shell Oil Company.


Opting In: Making the Move from Government to Private Practice

By Jessie K. Liu

Transitioning from the public sector to private practice can be a challenge but can also hold many advantages for women.


Effective Communication Using "I" Statements

By Deborah London Baker

We’ve all been taught to avoid the first person pronoun. It’s been said that “I” is a word that causes all sorts of difficulties.


Integrating a Law Firm Partnership with Family

By Anne C. Martin

Everyone mentions the need for "flexibility" when talking about work-life balance, but few mention "integration."


Working with a Paralegal: A Primer for Junior Associates

By Malia Wheaton

A paralegal can provide an invaluable service to junior associates during the discovery process.


Advice on Meeting Your Work/Life Needs

By Deborah Epstein Henry

There are four parameters that affect a lawyer's satisfaction with work load and life.


Swimming with the Information Current: How to Manage the Rising Knowledge Tide

By Cheryl A. LeeVan

Keeping current on developments in the law is no easy feat in today's information-centric world.


Women, Lawyers, And Mammograms: A Perspective On Misdirected Advocacy  | PDF

By Nancy J. Newman

Instead of promoting mammography, we should advocate that women get the facts to make an informed decision about getting a mammogram.