Recommended reading for all women lawyers

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The Woman Advocate, Second Edition

Abbe F. Fletman and Evelyn R. Storch, Editors

According to the Illinois State Bar Association,

The Woman Advocate is by women advocates for woman advocates. It contains first-hand accounts by successful women lawyers of their experiences at all stages of career development. In the four parts of the book—Where We Are; How We Got There; What Our Environment Is Like; and Where We’re Going—the contributors provide reflections, advice, guidance, and, of course, “war stories” in lively, entertaining and insightful prose.

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Law Firm Salaries and Law Firm Growth and Legal Job Market

6 Lessons for Lawyers Looking to Leave BigLaw (#LawJobChat No. 1 – 6/24/10)The 6Ps of the BIG 3™

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Overworked, under-appreciated, and stressed out? Enter the world of Big Law.
If you’re thinking about abandoning ship, here’s 6 things to think about:
  1. Save. If you are practicing in BigLaw, start saving money now–even if you aren’t currently planning to leave.
  2. Wait. Do not leave BigLaw until you know where you want to go.� Don’t leave just for the sake of leaving.
  3. Plan. If you want to leave BigLaw, you need a plan.� Talk to people who are doing what you want to do.� Establish a time-line.
  4. Volunteer. If you want to leave the practice of law completely, you need some non-legal experience on your resume.�� Volunteer work is one of the best ways to get non-legal experience.� Serve on committees, plan events.
  5. Learn. Learn how to read a financial statement before you leave BigLaw.
  6. Understand. Life after BigLaw is not easier.� You will likely work harder and longer hours–the difference is that you are doing something you love and control.

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via The 6Ps of the BIG 3™.

Laid-Off Attorneys Go It Alone

How are laid off attorneys coping with the worst legal job market in recent history? Opening their own firms. Read about how Eleni Zarbalas Pantaridis dealt with having young children and being laid off here.

Laid-Off Lawyers and Other Professionals – WSJ.com

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For the first time in history, lawyers are facing wholesale layoffs. Big firms like DLA Piper have had to let go of 150 lawyers at a time, and this is rippling through the industry. In February alone, Goodwin Procter, Holland & Knight, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Latham & Watkins have laid off about 325 lawyers, in some cases cutting almost 8% of their attorneys.

What is a laid-off lawyer to do? They principally had their savings in the stock and housing markets, which have been decimated. Unlike many blue-collar and public-sector workers, they have no union protection, limited pensions and suburban-family expenses. And as professionals, they have perfected how to do their narrow job well. But many have little direct business sense or experience.

via Laid-Off Lawyers and Other Professionals – WSJ.com.

Why burnt-out lawyers are bad for business

Working tirelessly on those billable hours? See the cashier at Starbucks more than your own family? Does your wardrobe consists of old college sweats and suits? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, your probably edging toward the “burnt out attorney” cliff.

Burnt out lawyers are bad news. Read on to find out why!