What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2019? Make partner? Start your own firm? Negotiate for better compensation? Step into a new leadership position? Check out the following Commission on Women in the Profession resources to help you achieve these goals and more.
Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law (https://www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/201805162) will help you reach the next level through its advice and examples from women who have reached the top levels of the legal profession. Painting a picture of the current landscape for women leaders with statistics and common stereotypes, the book moves on to tried-and-true action items on the path to leadership such as “Be Optimistic,” “Have a Vision (and Communicate It),” and the simple but powerful “Speak Up.” Closing chapters include interviews with women leaders in the legal profession, including the judiciary, and examples of women lawyers who have successfully implemented “leadership makeovers.”
The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms (https://www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/213652) illuminates the joys and pitfalls of opening your own firm, alone or with partners, through a series of letters from women who have successfully built independent practices. Some firm founders provide practical advice on topics like funding your business, choosing technology, and nurturing client relationships. Others wax poetic about the reasons they wanted to open firms, from disrupting the billable-hour model to filling a niche practice area when they saw a need in their community. Arranged chronologically, the letters depict how the social and professional landscape has changed for women lawyers and firm founders from the 1970s through the 2010s.
Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers (https://www.americanbar.org/products/inv/book/288356743) demonstrates how to develop your grit and growth mindset—traits common to successful women lawyers wherever and however they practice. The first part of the book describes the methodology and startling results of author Milana Hogan’s groundbreaking study on grit, which predicts a woman lawyer’s success more consistently than IQ, law school rank, or other commonly measured indicators. The book’s second part is a collection of letters by gritty women lawyers who have achieved success, broken down by practice setting: solo practitioners, law firm lawyers, in-house counsel, and government and nonprofit lawyers.