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In-depth analysis and practical advice on topics relevant to your practice. Find all of the Woman Advocate Committee’s articles in this archive.

2019

Flexibility in the Legal Profession: Five Practical Tips for the Courtroom and Beyond
By Caroline A. Morgan – August 16, 2019
Be the best negotiator, evaluator, advisor, and advocate by becoming more flexible in your approach.

Maintaining Perspective While Considering and Pursuing Alternative Work Arrangements
By Christina Plum – August 16, 2019
Revisiting a 2017 essay by Section Leader Christina Plum.

Give Yourself Some Room to Breathe
By Precious Williams Owodunni – August 16, 2019
Stress is a major problem in the legal industry. Try these three steps to embrace flexibility as a way to manage stress.

What My Trial Practice Taught Me about Ultramarathon Running
By Ashley B. Campbell – August 16, 2019
The skills I learned from trial and trial preparation taught what I needed to survive my race training and run.

Join the Jetsons: Make Technology Work for Your Legal Practice
By Pilar C. French – August 16, 2019
Five tips to best use the flexibility tech offers in the workplace.

Don’t Get Bent Out of Shape: Strive for Flexibility and Balance
By Bonnie Kelly – August 16, 2019
Know your nonnegotiables and consider nontraditional alternatives.

How Constant Connectivity Helps and Hurts Working Parents
By Lindsay McCormick – August 16, 2019
While there are benefits to flexible work arrangements, there are also costs.

It Takes Us All to Tango: Seeking Gender Parity in a Law Firm Environment
By Dawn Mertineit and Katherine E. Perrelli – May 17, 2019
What law firms can do to foster the promotion of women and what women can do to promote themselves.

Be Aware of Your Blind Side: A Game Plan for Dealing with Implicit Bias
By Amy M. Stewart and Tasheena L. Byrd – May 17, 2019
Striving for the personal growth associated with recognizing and removing implicit bias has a professional upside.

Insight from Women on the Inside: In-House Career Paths and Development
By Elizabeth T. Timkovich – May 17, 2019
Five women attorneys describe their paths to in-house careers, differences between in-house and private practice, tips for career advancement, and experiences with implicit or explicit bias.

Gender Bias in the Legal Profession: Why It Exists and How to Overcome It
By Angela Turiano – May 17, 2019
What women lawyers need is early intervention and supportive policies that will serve to eviscerate unconscious bias.

Gender Diversity with Mediators, Arbitrators, and Expert Witnesses
By Naomi M. Berry – May 17, 2019
We can all add diverse neutrals to our personal rosters of “go-to” mediators we propose to opposing counsel.

Oyez Us Roar: Reflections on the Diversity of Appellate Counsel
By Ellen Robb – May 17, 2019
A look at the relative lack of women attorneys making oral arguments and tips to help women develop appellate practices.

Be Bold, Be Brave: Female Attorneys and Inappropriate Clients
By Jeana Goosmann and Anna Limoges – April 2, 2019
How do we respond to the continuance of sexual harassment and uncomfortable behavior experienced in our profession?

Trends in Securities Litigation: What to Look for in 2019 
By Laurel C. Van Allen – March 05, 2019
Between recent stock market volatility, the trade war with China, the government shutdown, and a litany of other concerns, it is already shaping up to be an eventful year in securities class actions.

Bitcoin as a "Commodity" and the Resulting Impact on Bankruptcy Proceedings
By Joanne Molinaro and Susan Poll Klaessy – March 05, 2019
The emergence of cryptocurrency has raised thorny asset-valuation questions, and bankruptcy practitioners will be watching closely as case law continues to build on recent significant decisions.

The Federal Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project—18 Months In
By Amanda Lawrence, Scott Sakiyama, and Ian Acker – March 05, 2019
It is encouraging that some courts are willing to address specific burdens on a case-by-case basis.

Getting the Discovery You Need in Arbitration
By Carly Milner and Aurra Fellows – March 05, 2019
As courts continue to push disputes to arbitration, parties must confront the limitations of that forum.

A Brightening Horizon for Diversity in the Dispute Resolution Profession
By Kimberly Taylor – March 05, 2019
Law firms, corporations, and legal departments should partner with ADR providers to bring more diversity to ADR.

#UsToo: Be Part of the Legal Profession’s Positive Response to #MeToo
By Carla Varriale – March 05, 2019
It is up to us to use our awareness to make positive strides in 2019 and beyond. 

2018

What Does Blockchain Mean for Dispute Resolution?
By Nicole Moran – December 12, 2018
Centralized and distributed ledgers of market and financial data may allow for more efficient collection and analyses of crucial data in a variety of disputes.

How Did My Watch Become a Medical Device?
By Katrina Long – December 12, 2018
New developments, like the 21st Century Cures Act, and corresponding guidance from the FDA provide an initial road map to approach regulatory issues in the digital health age.

The Digital Revolution’s Impact on Trading and Trading Investigations
By Lilly Goldman and Anne Gron – December 12, 2018
Regulators, exchanges, and compliance departments have gone high tech in their surveillance and investigation efforts.

It’s 10 P.M. [Somewhere]—Do You Know Where Your Data Is?
By Susan Tillotson Bunch – December 12, 2018
In this digital era, it is imperative to understand the threats to your data security and how to protect against them.

Opinion: Technology in Practice Can Do More Harm Than Good
By Julie Rising Bryan – December 12, 2018
We must ensure the quality of our profession doesn’t slip as we integrate new innovations into our practices.

Higher, but Unbroken: The Glass Ceiling at the Top of the Legal Profession
By Angela A. Turiano – August 21, 2018
Women have come a long way since the 1970s, both generally and within the legal profession, but there is still further to go.

Beyond Your Degree: Getting the Most Out of Law School
By Lauren Lake – June 21, 2018
Advice for succeeding not only during but also beyond law school.

The Benefits of Using External Adjudicators for Campus Sexual Assault Proceedings
By Hon. Jane Greenspan – June 21, 2018
Four reasons why external professional neutrals may be a better choice for adjudicating complaints.

Job Mobility, Student Loans, and Gender
By Brenda Samaniego de la Parra and Yuan Fei – June 21, 2018
Women’s job transitions lead to wage increases less often than men’s do.

The Pitfalls of Litigation Bonds
By Jeana L. Goosmann – June 21, 2018
A great onboarding program will help you not only retain your new hires but also recruit new top talent.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Applying to Law School
By Elizabeth Sher and Rachel Packer – June 21, 2018
Three tips for getting and staying on the path to the legal career you want.

Managing Your Legal Career Before It Starts Managing You
By Veronica Canton – June 21, 2018
Two pieces of advice that have served me well.]

Adjunct Anecdotes
By Julia B. Meister – June 21, 2018
A local law school requests your assistance as an adjunct professor. What should you expect if you agree?

Getting Everyone on Board: Increasing Law Student Classroom Participation
By Merri A. Baldwin – June 21, 2018
The job of professors is to help train a diverse population of new lawyers, using whatever productive means they can find.

Censorship on Campus: What Happened to Free Speech and Free Expression?
By Monique M. Altman – June 21, 2018
University officials who attempt to “protect” students from words and ideas that they find unpleasant or offensive are doing them a disservice.

Law and Teaching: A Primer
By Carla Varriale – June 21, 2018
Teaching is a natural second (or, in my case, a concurrent) career to the practice of law.

Seven Habits Young Lawyers Should Develop to Overcome the Challenges of Litigation Practice
By Natasha S. Cooper – April 3, 2018
Tips to achieve balance in your life as a litigator.

A Good Day at Work
By Laura M. Reich and Clarissa A. Rodriguez – March 14, 2018
What is “a good day at work” for lawyers who are also wives, partners, or mothers? For us, the answer was to open our own firm.

When Employers Hear #MeToo: Top 10 Tips on How to Respond
By Sarah Clay Leyshock and Rachel Ablin – March 14, 2018
Sexual misconduct liability and reputational risk is higher than it has ever been; it is not enough to conduct sexual harassment training.

Electronic Discovery and the Internet of Things
By Angela Emmerling Shapiro – March 14, 2018
The pervasiveness of objects that transmit, receive, and record electronic information about the world around us presents an ever-evolving challenge.

How Do I Persist?
By Jane E. Fedder – March 14, 2018
As a “seasoned” big law female litigator, I have persisted through my share of obstacles, insults, #MeToo moments, and unprofessional conduct.

Top 10 Best Practices for Working Remotely
By Sarah Hasan – March 14, 2018
The burgeoning landscape around telework leaves both employers and employees looking to better navigate the territory to avoid any pitfalls.

Opioid Addiction Enters the Workplace
By Dawn J. Lanouette – March 14, 2018
Employers should keep the focus on performance.

The Lawyer Online: Ethical Challenges and Considerations
By Maureen C. Pavely – March 14, 2018
If a case or transaction is reported in the news, posted on the Internet, or filed online with the court, can a lawyer who represented the clients involved discuss it publicly?

Is a Flexible Work Arrangement the Right Fit for You and Your Firm?
By Melissa Clark, Anna Dover, and Elizabeth McKenna –March 14, 2018
The candid perspectives of three attorneys and tips for implementing such arrangements.

Women-Owned Law: Inspiring and Cultivating Opportunities for Enhanced Client Service
By Nicole Galli and Jordan Fischer – March 14, 2018
What is “a good day at work” for lawyers who are also wives, partners, or mothers? For us, the answer was to open our own firm.

2017

On the Balance Beam of Life with Depression and Anxiety
By Anonymous – December 1, 2017
One attorney shares the struggles with mental illness and the benefits from therapy and self-care.

Why Doesn’t the Jury Like My Well-Credentialed and Exceedingly Intelligent Expert?
By Heather Russell Fine – August 17, 2017
Beyond credentials and brilliance, your expert must be relatable to the jury.

Working with Consulting Experts: Discovery Considerations
By Michelle Ramirez - August 17, 2017
Consider when the identity and work product of a consulting expert may be discoverable.

Tips for Finding and Vetting Expert Witnesses
By Kate Mahan and Heather Menezes – August 17, 2017
By taking an organized approach, using available resources, and knowing what questions to ask, retaining an expert can be done efficiently and effectively.

Does Your Expert’s Gender Matter? Explicit and Implicit Bias in the Courtroom
By Nicole D. Galli and Marta L. Villarraga – August 17, 2017
Considering gender is an important part of adequately preparing for and executing a litigation strategy.

Five Mistakes Litigators Make When Preparing Expert Witnesses for Depositions
By Tiffany deGruy – August 17, 2017
Follow these proven solutions for avoiding common mistakes in preparing experts for deposition.

Managing Multiple Expert Witnesses: Best Practices and Pitfalls
By Rebecca Kirk Fair, Andrea Okie, Carletta Wong and Laura Comstock – August 17, 2017
Consultants highlight potential risks of and provide recommended approaches to using multiple testifying experts.

Maximizing Opportunities as a Lateral Hire
By Shireen Meer – May 25, 2017
A successful lateral career move begins with colleague research and self-introductions.

Clarifying Cooperation under Rule 1: A Command or a Recommendation?
By Kathryn Honecker and Jonathan Udell – May 25, 2017
For cooperation to be successful, it must be practiced by all counsel, their clients, and the court.

Legal Technology Can Keep You a Step Ahead
By Darby Green – May 25, 2017
Legal technology can help you gain a deeper understanding of the law, become a smarter, more strategic advocate, and generate greater revenue.

Insurance 101 for Litigators: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Recover
By Kristen E. Hudson – May 25, 2017
In an uncertain world, it is important to understand how to maximize protection and recovery from this important asset.

Gaslighting in Litigation
By Alyson A. Foster – May 25, 2017
Preparing and trusting in yourself can help you avoid this manipulation technique.

The Pitfalls of Litigation Bonds
By Michal Rogson – May 25, 2017
A basic understanding of appeal, writ, and injunction bonds can lead to their effective use to the full advantage of your clients.

New Ideas to Make Discovery Effective and Efficient
By Jenny L. Colgate – March 2, 2017
Explore creative discovery practices to save the client money, foster a better relationship with opposing counsel, and prevent discovery disputes.

Engagement Letters: Four Key Terms to Reduce Risk
By Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair – March 2, 2017
A well-drafted engagement letter serves as the first line of defense against malpractice claims.

First Steps for Launching Your Own Firm
By Ruthanne M. Deutsch and Hyland Hunt – March 2, 2017
Women advocates who recently launched their own firm share seven tips to demystify the process.

How to Remove a Case to Federal Court
By Hillary Chinigo Campbell – March 2, 2017
If you want to litigate in federal court, be sure you understand the procedural and substantive requirements for removal.

The Nuts and Bolts of Compelling Arbitration
By Gilda R. Turitz – March 2, 2017
Understand whether arbitration can be compelled, for what claims, and against whom.

7 Ways to Plan a Winning Case: “The End Is Where We Start From”
By Julia Meister – March 2, 2017
Plan early for a successful outcome.

Responding to a Complaint in Federal Court: Answer or Motion?
By Chelsea J. Glynn and Heather Lee – March 2, 2017
Before you respond to a complaint, consider whether you should file an answer or a motion to dismiss.

A Primer on Standing in Federal Court
By Terese A. West – March 2, 2017
Litigation based on intangible harms arising from the use or misuse of information from technological advancements highlights the complexities of the standing doctrine.

Prepare to Win: First Steps in International Arbitration
By Laura M. Reich and Clarissa A. Rodriguez – March 2, 2017
In federal court, a plaintiff's injury must be concrete and particularized.

Steel Magnolias and Velvet Hammers: The Power of Quiet Persuasion
By Peggy Smith Bush – November 21, 2017
A loud, argumentative approach is not necessary to effectively argue your case.

Negotiating in the Workplace, with Advice from Renowned Women Attorneys
By Valerie Samuels and Catherine Lombardo – November 21, 2017
Three accomplished attorneys discuss challenges and strategies for advocating in the workplace and what can be done to remove gendered barriers.

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Negotiating: Stop Self-Sabotaging Behaviors
By Amy M. Stewart – November 21, 2017
Don’t derail your path to professional success.

“The Art of the Deal”: Exploring President Trump’s Negotiation Style
By Joan Stearns Johnsen – November 21, 2017
Competitive bargaining can be successful in the right circumstances, but there are risks.

Negotiating Your Own Family or Maternity Leave: Set Yourself Up for Success!
By Rosa Aliberti and Alex Berke – November 21, 2017
Use employer incentives and applicable laws to negotiate the best deal for your leave and post-leave return to the workplace.

How to Get the Most Out of Mediation
By Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair – November 21, 2017
Prepare for mediation with the same diligence and strategic analysis as you would for trial.

A Woman’s Guide to Negotiation: Using Your Innate Strengths to Get the Best Deal
By Angela A. Turiano and Nichole D. Atallah – November 21, 2017
Characteristics often seen as feminine can be used to advantage in professional as well as personal negotiations.

2016

Online Indemnification Agreements: Will They Be Enforced?
By Julie Cilia – May 24, 2016
Courts generally enforce clickwrap agreements, but enforceability of browsewrap agreements tends to be more complicated.

Eight Common Mistakes in Mediation and How to Avoid Them
By Jennifer B. Grippa – September 8, 2016
Improve your chances of a successful mediation.

A Primer on the Tax Consequences of Settlement Payments
By Julia Mandeville Damasco and Margaret Trollan – September 8, 2016
Proper drafting of settlement documents is important, as the language used can impact your client's tax consequences.

Collaborative Negotiation Techniques: Three Practice Tips Backed by Social Science
By Tracy Hughes – September 8, 2016
Following this advice can lead to a mutually beneficial, interest-based resolution.

Questions Every Litigator Should Ask about Mediation Confidentialitys
By Rachel K. Ehrlich and Emily E. Garrison – September 8, 2016
Consider what the confidentiality agreements may not protect and how they may affect future proceedings.

Why Negotiate? In-House Counsel Explains Three Key Benefits for Clients
By Natalie Fabian – September 8, 2016
It allows both sides to air grievances, provides a baseline of the other side's evidence and theories, and requires fewer resources than litigation.

Practical Considerations for Mediating Complex Cases
By Jane I. Milas – September 8, 2016
Carefully structure mediation of complex cases for a successful outcome.

Five Terms to Consider When Negotiating Settlement Agreements
By Mark M. Haddad – April 28, 2016
Address deadlines, tax and credit consequences, penalties for breach, attorney fees, and release of claims when drafting the settlements.

Supreme Court Rejects Broad Rule Barring Representative Evidence in Class Actions
By Charity Gilbreth – May 24, 2016
The decision makes clear there is no per se bar to representative evidence and shows how it can be used in class actions.

An Interview with Judge Gail Andler about Class Action Settlements
By Jessica Scott – September 8, 2016
A California trial judge shares her insight into the unique considerations associated with settling class actions.

Using Meditation Techniques to Succeed During Stressful Negotiations
By Kaitlyn M. Murphy – September 8, 2016
The neurological benefits of meditation can help you keep your cool in stressful negotiations with opposing counsel.

Rule 23's Implicit Ascertainability Requirement: A Brewing Class Action Controversy
By Lindsay Breedlove – May 24, 2016
The courts are fashioning ascertainability requirements that serve the class-action rule's goals.

Food and Beverage Class Actions: Trends and Potential Developments
By Sascha Henry and Robin Achen – May 24, 2016
Two Ninth Circuit cases could significantly alter the way these claims are litigated.

Litigation Update—Legal Recreational Marijuana
By Lauren P. Carboni – May 24, 2016
Parties challenging the drug laws have largely been unsuccessful, but the door is now open for potential RICO challenges.

Can Parties to an Arbitration Agreement Contract for Expanded Judicial Review?
By Linda L. Morkan – May 24, 2016
Another state enters the national debate.

FRCP Amendments May Allow Parties to Limit Costs and Scope of eDiscovery
By Rebeccca Kahan Waldman and Meghan Rohling Kelly – April 26, 2016
The amount of discovery is perhaps the biggest factor affecting the cost and duration of litigation.

Civil Rule Amendments May Allow Parties to Limit Costs and Scope of E-Discovery
By Rebecca Kahan Waldman and Meghan Rohling Kelly – May 24, 2016
They caution against overly broad discovery demands and eliminate many of the pitfalls of ESI preservation.

A Reference Guide to the Federal Rules Amendments Related to Discovery
By Elizabeth T. Timkovich – February 23, 2016
A brief overview of the recent amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 34, and 37.

Full-time Female Lawyers Earn 77 Percent of Male Lawyer Pay
By Debra Cassens Weiss - Mar 17, 2016
Law overall has the widest gender gap, according to Fusion.

Federal Rule of Evidence 502 Orders
By Laura Ashby – February 23, 2016
The amendments emphasize the benefits of early FRE 502 orders.

Stoning the Giant: Dealing with Bullies in Depositions
By Shari L. Klevens and Alanna Clair – February 23, 2016
Attorneys subject to abusive behavior should be familiar with the court's procedures for resolving in-deposition disputes.

Proportionality: A Case Law Analysis
By Patricia Daza-Luu – February 23, 2016
Litigators must limit their discovery requests to documents and information actually needed to support their clients' claims and defenses.

Prepare for a Successful Mediation
By Nancy Tinsley – October 20, 2016
Once the mediator has been chosen and the mediation date is set, preparation is the answer.

2015

Need a Competitive Edge? Try a Case Road Map
By Ariadne Montare – November 17, 2015
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 – November 17, 2015
When properly conducted, they provide a solid defense against attacks on document collection.

Three Tips for Handling Surprises at Depositions
By Ellen M. Murphy – November 17, 2015
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 – November 17, 2015
Learn how these traits can help women attorneys thrive.

Leveraging Likeability: How to Present Your Client in Litigation
By Bridget Donegan – November 17, 2015
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 – November 17, 2015
The Name of the Game Is Politics, and the Rules Are Forever Changed

The Three Ps of Expert Depositions: Planning, Preparation, and Personality
By Renée Miller-Mizia and Elaine Wood – August 27, 2015
Learn from expert witnesses how to make their testimony more effective.

Practical Tips for Deposing Scientific or Technical Experts
By Jane I. Milas – August 27, 2015
Know and follow the rules governing expert witnesses, and avoid exposing your work product to discovery.

A Talk with Two Trial Lawyers on the Art of Oral AdvocacyNew
By Lindsay Breedlove – August 27, 2015
Paula Hinton and Lucia Coyoca share their keys to success in jury trials.

For All Their Advances, Tech Companies Have Yet to Solve the Gender Gap
By Cristin Kent Aragon and Denise L. Ashbaugh – November 17, 2015
Suggestions are to provide training on implicit bias, implement gender-neutral policies, and support and showcase their successful women employees.

Effective Use of Leading Questions at Deposition
By Jennifer B. Grippa – September 8, 2016
Even before trial, smart questioning lets you shape the deposition testimony of your opponent's witnesses.

Pick Me! Techniques to Uncover Juror Bias During Voir Dire
By Amy M. Stewart – August 27, 2015
Follow these tips to enhance your credibility and learn what the jury panel is really thinking.

What Litigators Can Learn from Actors
By Roxanna Augesen Manuel – August 27, 2015
A skilled advocate prepares, rehearses, and warms up before preforming to her audience—the jury.

The Importance of Paying It Back
By Tiffany D. Gehrke – June 12, 2015
Just as others have supported us and contributed to our success, we should help those in need through pro bono work.

Attorneys Serving the Community: Mixing Good Works with Good Business
By Kelli Hinson and Cortland Kelly Grynwald – May 8, 2015
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.

The Benefit Corporation: A New Entity for Community Service and LeadershipNew
By Quyen M. Tu – June 12, 2015
Forming or working for a benefit corporation allows you to serve and lead your community as well as hone your legal skills.

Transforming a Skillfully Crafted Brief into an Effective Oral Argument
By Nancy J. Geenen – August 27, 2015
Use the strengths of your written and spoken words to deliver your case to the judge.

A Strategic Road Map to Joining a Nonprofit Board
By Sabrina C. Beavens – June 12, 2015
Besides contributing to your community, joining a nonprofit board can open new avenues for business development.

Closing Arguments in Complex CasesNew
By Sarah K. Rathke – August 27, 2015
Effective closings provide jurors with step-by-step instructions for how to answer jury interrogatories and instructions.

Suicide Prevention Programs: What the Legal Profession Can Learn from the Military
By Brian Farlow – June 12, 2015
Employing transformational leadership techniques in the legal profession can promote help-seeking behavior and reduce the number of attorney suicides.

The Hidden Benefits of Board Service
By Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila – June 12, 2015
An experienced board member shares five benefits of serving on a nonprofit board.

The Benefits of Service in the Public SectorNew
By Barbara A. Knapic – June 12, 2015
Public service provides opportunities for education, mentoring, advocacy, and even exposure to potential clients.

A Review of Adam Grant's Give and Take
By Lindsay D. Breedlove – June 12, 2015
Can helping others help women in the workplace?

The Power of Women Working Together
By Leyza F. Blanco – June 12, 2015
Women who support the professional development of other women create an environment where we can all prosper and succeed.

Overcoming Obstacles to Victory in Pro Bono Representation
By Lorraine Woodwark – June 12, 2015
The author shares five lessons learned from "getting burned" in an unpopular pro bono representation.

Leadership in Community Service as a Young Lawyer
By Danielle G. Marcus – June 12, 2015
Taking the time to become active in community service will distinguish you among your peers as a leader.

Giving Back Provides More than Warm Fuzzies
By Laura Liss – May 8, 2015
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.

Service Is a Good Thing: Make It a Part of Your Legal Life
By Mary A. Prebula – May 8, 2015
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.

It Goes by So Fast: Achieving Work-Life Balance Through Community Service
By Natalie Schaefer – May 8, 2015
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.

Grit, Growth Mindset, and Being a Great Trial Lawyer
By Katherine M. Larkin-Wong – March 9, 2015
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 – March 9, 2015
To move up the law firm ladder, consider what it takes to be a successful leader.

Helping, Not Hazing: Sharing Our Stories of "Grit" as Authentic Allies
By Jennifer DeMay and Lisa Frye Garrison – March 9, 2015
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.

Making Your First Lateral Move
By Laura B. Bacon – March 9, 2015
Follow these four steps to determine whether you're ready to make a career move.

Know Thyself: Affinity Bias in the Legal Profession
By Stella Tsai and Debra Rosen – March 9, 2015
Learn to recognize unconscious biases in the workplace and override them.

Overcoming Economic Obstacles to Reach Your Professional Goals
By Nubia Willman – March 9, 2015
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.

Developing the Leader in You
By Jennifer L. Parent – March 9, 2015
Wherever you are in your professional career, follow these tips to become an effective leader.

2014

Depositions for Young Lawyers: Question Form and Technique Are Key
By Susan M. Halpern – December 16, 2014
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 – December 16, 2014
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 – December 16, 2014
An arbitration guide for young lawyers.

How to Become the MVP on a Professional Team
By Joy Isaacs – December 16, 2014
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 – December 16, 2014
Mastery of the eDiscovery workflows and processes can make an associate an invaluable part of the litigation team.

The Young Litigator's Approach to Legal Writing
By Courtney E. Walter – December 16, 2014
You graduated law school. You passed the bar exam. You are officially a licensed attorney. Now what?

How To Successfully Transition to an In-House Position
By Michele Bradley and Susan B. Cassidy – December 16, 2014
Considering a switch to an in-house position? Let this guide prepare you for your move.

Risk Management for New Associates: Tips to Avoid Legal Malpractice Pitfalls
By Shari L. Klevens, Alanna G. Clair, and Michaela C. Kendall – December 16, 2014
Learn how to transition from new associate to senior status, while identifying and avoiding professional risks.

Jury Instructions, Verdict Forms, and the Young Lawyer
By Cristina Alonso – December 16, 2014
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 – September 4, 2014
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.

The Case for Blogging
By Elizabeth C. Kramer – August 29, 2014
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 – August 29, 2014
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.

Social Media Marketing: A Woman Advocate's Perspective
By Courtney Ward-Reichard – August 29, 2014
Creating digital connections on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Facebook is a great way to market your practice anytime, anywhere.

Marketing Tips for Young Women Attorneys: Your Partners and Colleagues Are Clients, Too
By Tiffany deGruy and Anna M. Manasco – August 29, 2014
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 – August 29, 2014
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.

Tips for Generating Business in Untapped Markets
By Jane I. Milas – August 29, 2014
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.

Practical Tips for Crafting Effective Pitches
By Jennifer Roscetti – August 29, 2014
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.

Social Media: Risks and Rewards
By Diane Darling – May 20, 2014
Manage your career by carefully curating your online identity.

Avoiding Malpractice Risks for Litigators
By Gilda R. Turitz – May 20, 2014
Many complaints against litigators are rooted in real or perceived failures to manage client expectations properly.

Risk Taking 101 for Women Attorneys
By Jennifer B. Grippa – September 8, 2016
Taking smart risks will undoubtedly result in rewards.

How I Defied the Risks, Started My Own Firm, and Lived to Tell About It
By Jeana Goosmann – May 20, 2014
What one lawyer learned about building a successful firm from scratch—despite the odds.

Fighting Fraud: Detecting, Investigating, and Managing Fraud Risk
By Kerry Francis and Phebe Neely Ciulla – May 20, 2014
Having a well-scoped investigation plan in place can help an organization weather a fraud incident and maintain its reputation.

Risky Business: Identifying, Preventing, and Managing Conflicts of Interest
By Merri A. Baldwin – May 20, 2014
Failing to manage conflicts effectively can lead to pitfalls.

As Good As It Gets: Appellate Training Through Judicial Clerkships
By Paula Mitchell – April 21, 2014
For attorneys who intend to practice appellate law, being challenged by a judge is the best training.

Becoming an Appellate Lawyer: One Associate's Perspective
By Abbott Jones – April 8, 2014
Following this advice should go a long way in preparing you to become a successful appellate lawyer.

Boutique Appellate Practice
By Cindy Tobisman – April 14, 2014
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.

Law Firm Appellate Practice and How a Former Prosecutor Got There
By Sonia Escobio O'Donnell – March 31, 2014
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 – March 26, 2014
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 – March 26, 2014
Appellate judges give their insights on how to present your case successfully.

Oral Argument: Facing the Challenge and Embracing the Opportunity
By Margaret Grignon – March 26, 2014
The key to a successful oral argument is preparation.

Ten Tips to Building an Appellate Practice
By Laurie Webb Daniel – March 26, 2014
How successful appellate lawyers can be proactive in establishing their practices.

Relationships and Resources Building an Appellate Practice in a Large-Firm Setting
By Linda Coberly – March 26, 2014
Good business judgment is essential to building a successful law practice, whether in appellate litigation or any other specialty.

When to Think About an Interlocutory Appeal
By Jessica E. Yates – March 26, 2014
Improve your chances of a successful mediation.

Achieve Your Greatest Successes by Following Your Dreams
By Lynne Thaxter Brown – March 26, 2014
With a relentless pursuit of your passion, your dream job can be a reality.

Building a Successful Solo Appellate Practice
By Julia Pendery – March 26, 2014
Embrace the freedom of solo practice and enjoy the ride.

2013

Finding Your Calling: Pro Bono as a Path to New Practice Areas
By M.C. Sungaila – December 17, 2013
Attorneys at all levels may wish to give back and serve the underserved. But few expect to find their calling.

The Rights of Children of Same-Sex Couples: In Their Own Words
By Monique R. Sherman – October 7, 2013
An amicus curiae brief gives the children a powerful and persuasive voice in the Supreme Court.

Marshaling the Pro Bono Talents of Stay-at-Home Lawyers: A New Model New
By Kristina Entner – December 17, 2013
Many attorneys want to provide pro bono legal service from home but lack a workable model. Chicago-area lawyers are blazing the trail.

Women Helping Women End Domestic Violence
By Mary Frances Palisano and Michele C. Lefkowitz – December 23, 2013
Many women, are not represented because they cannot afford an attorney, and there are not enough pro bono attorneys undertaking these types of cases.

How I Found My Balance in Pro Bono
By Kimberly King – December 30, 2013
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.

Giving Back While Improving Yourself and Your Practice
By Laurel Stevenson – January 6, 2014
Lawyers need to recognize the importance of balancing the expectations of clients with the tools, resources, and staff available.

New Legislation Helps in the Fight Against Patent Trolls
By Hilda C. Galvan – August 27, 2013
A story about patents, hijacking, and extortion.

Building a Practice Through Volunteering
By McClain E. Bryant – December 17, 2013
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.

Serving Together: Deepening Client Relationships While Empowering the Underserved
By Alana C. Jochum – December 17, 2013
Bringing firm lawyers and firm clients together to provide counsel to underserved communities strengthens relationships while doing the right thing.

Risk Management Issues in Pro Bono Representations
By Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair – December 17, 2013
Increased risk can be managed to help ensure that attorneys are able to serve their pro bono clients without creating liability issues for themselves.

The Hidden Benefits of Pro Bono
By Deb Mallgrave – December 17, 2013
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.

You've Come a Long Way, Baby*
By Gayle Mumm Rossi and Ann T. Greeley – August 27, 2013
Three tips for becoming a tech-savvy trial lawyer.

Twenty-Five Years of Pro Bono
By Sally Crawford – December 17, 2013
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 – August 27, 2013
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.

Female Attorneys of Color Continue to Struggle in Corporate Law Departments
By Angela A. Turiano – June 5, 2013
Female attorneys of color face racial and gender discrimination that adversely affects their careers both with regard to advancement and compensation.

Delegate for Success
By Nan E. Joesten, Esq. – June 4, 2013
Benefit from learning to be better at delegating.

Privacy in the Mobile Age: Recent Developments and New Regulations
By Monique Bhargava – August 27, 2013
Companies are increasingly charged with the responsibility to inform consumers about information collection, use, sharing, and security.

Using Computer Forensics in Trade Secret Cases: Five Things Your Forensic Computer Expert Wishes You Knew New
By Sheryl Falk – August 27, 2013
Strategies to ensure that your forensic expert is able to conduct an effective trade-secret investigation on your client's behalf.

Getting Credit Where Credit Is Due
By Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., PCC, CMC – June 4, 2013
Women face a minefield when seeking to obtain client matter orgination credit.

The Business of Law: Women on Leadership, Mentoring, and Client Service
By M.C. Sungaila – June 4, 2013
Views on business success from general counsel, law firm managing partners, executives, and entrepreneurs.

Why Working with Entrepreneurs Is Different New
By Richard Sudek – June 4, 2013
Working with entrepreneurs requires taking a different approach.

Overcoming Barriers to Valuing Your Case
By Laura A. Kaster and Harrie Samaras – March 6, 2013
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 – March 6, 2013
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.

What Women in Law Can Learn From Women in Business New
By Brande Stellings – June 4, 2013
Insights about career advancement from the experiences of women in business.

Effective Advocacy and Efficiency in Commercial Arbitration
By Ruth V. Glick – March 06, 2013
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 – March 6, 2013
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 – March 6, 2013
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 – March 6, 2013
Advice on key building blocks to developing a successful mediation practice.

2012

Nailing Your Direct Examination
By Marsha Hunter– December 3, 2012
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 – December 3, 2012
Universal tactics for securing a favorable outcome in high-stakes cases where the psychological stability of a client is questioned.

Accurately Predicting the Outcome of Your Case
By Jessica Hoffman Brylo – June 5, 2012
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.

The Fine Art of Litigation Involving Non-English-Speaking Witnesses
By Erika Ronquillo – December 3, 2012
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.

Keeping Discovery Bullies at Bay
By Joan K. Archer and Jennifer E. Hoekel – December 3, 2012
Ten tips for remaining calm, cool, and collected while dealing with aggressive opponents during these often-heated disputes.

Staying Healthy (and Sane) During Trial
By Nicole Hooper – December 3, 2012
We make the case for why prioritizing your own physical, mental, and emotional health during a stressful trial pays off.

Gutsy Career Moves: Anecdotes from Women Lawyers
By Lisa Frye Garrison – August 28, 2012
A variety of stories from women lawyers detail their own courageous career choices, both large and small.

Cultivating the Courage to Ask for Business
By Debra L. Bruce – August 28, 2012
Expressing your interest in working with someone can make a difference.

The Courage to Pay Heed: Knowing and Responding to Implicit Bias
By Sarah Redfield – August 28, 2012
Women and diverse lawyers remain far from parity with our representation in the population.

The Courage to Confront the Work-Life Imbalance New
By Regina Pepe Martorana – August 28, 2012
Can we stay in such a demanding profession and still be there for our children?

Book Review: Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500New
By Gilda R. Turitz – August 28, 2012
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 – May 25, 2012
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.

The Courage to Speak Out Against Discrimination
By Elizabeth Kristen – August 28, 2012
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, and yet this law remains dramatically under-enforced.

How to Launch and Grow a Successful Litigation Firm
By Francine Friedman Griesing, Esq. – May 9, 2012
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 Jennifer B. Grippa – September 8, 2012
You can transform your invoices from an odious and risky proposition to a source of strength. Here are some pointers.

Managing a High-Volume Practice: Tips for Young Attorneys
By Melisa A. San Martin Esq. – May 9, 2012
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. – May 9, 2012
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.

Transitioning Client Relationships Within a Firm
By Teresa G. Minor – May 9, 2012
How do you make sure client relationships are successfully transitioned from one lawyer to the next generation so the firm maintains the client?

How to Write a Good Invoice
By Teresa Beck, Esq. – May 9, 2012
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 – April 16, 2012
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 – February 27, 2012
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 – February 27, 2012
Guided professional development, modeling advice, and advocacy are ongoing necessities for a successful legal career.

Where Mentoring Ends and Sponsorship Begins
By Susan Letterman White, JD, MS – February 27, 2012
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 – February 27, 2012
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 – February 27, 2012
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 – February 27, 2012
Two mentors provide their insight into a successful mentoring relationship.

2011

It's About Work-Life Choices, Not Work-Life Balance
By Kendra Brodin – September 28, 2011
You have the power to have more balance in your life. It comes down to your work-life choices.

Preparing for Partnership Buy-In: Exploring the Important Questions
By Cammie Hauser – November 14, 2011
One of the most important long-term career decisions relates to becoming an owner of a business.

Elements of a Competitive Corporate Compensation Package
By Kandice K. Bridges – November 14, 2011
Attorneys moving in-house must understand the different elements that make up a competitive compensation package for corporate executives.

Writing and Using the Effective "I Love Me" Memo
By Nan E. Joesten – November 14, 2011
The author offers 10 steps to take to better negotiate the salary you deserve.

The Myths and Realities of Law Firm Compensation for Women
By Jennifer Hoekel – November 14, 2011
A recent study notes that at the current pace, women partners will achieve pay equity with their male counterparts in 2086.

The Importance of Promoting Yourself as a Female Attorney
By Angela A. Turiano – November 14, 2011
As a young attorney, it is imperative that you promote your accomplishments and share your ideas.

Finding My Way on a Reduced-Hours Schedule
By Sara E. Dionne – September 28, 2011
The result of a reduced-hours schedule can be a more manageable practice and a more peaceful coexistence between your professional and personal lives.

Toward Living a "Guilt-Free" Life
By Katherine Y. Fergus – November 14, 2011
A common challenge for female lawyers is balancing the need to meet billable hours with the need to be present at home.

Helping Disadvantaged Children Build a Brighter Future
By Patricia C. O'Prey – September 28, 2011
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 – September 28, 2011
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 – September 28, 2011
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 – August 15, 2011
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 – June 6, 2011
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 – June 6, 2011
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.

Top Tips for Litigators
By Hon. Susan N. Burke – June 6, 2011
Judge Susan N. Burke offers tips for women litigators from the perspective of a female judge.

Did I Mention the Guilt? Striving for Work-Life Balance
By Hon. Marguerite D. Downing – June 6, 2011
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.

The Art of Lawyering: A Delicate Balance
By Hon. Pamila J. Brown – June 6, 2011
Judges and lawyers alike must balance their lives in and out of the courtroom.

Administrative Law Judging: This Much I Know
By Hon. Joan Davenport – June 6, 2011
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 – June 6, 2011
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 – May 25, 2011
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 – April 4, 2011
Karen Pordum focues on helping women prioritize where their personal time and energy goes.

Creating a Women's Initiative at Your Firm
By Kathleen A. Flynn – March 10, 2011
A woman-focused mentoring program provides a platform for women attorneys to advance their professional development needs.

Not All Law Firms Are Caves
By Danielle M. Kays – March 10, 2011
Good firms where lawyers can attain work-life balance do exist.

Book Review: Reevaluating Right-Brain Thinking
By Dorothy M. Pritchett – March 10, 2011
The author of Whole New Mind claims that a successful life depends on both hemispheres of the brain working together.

Book Review: Women's Leadership in Law Firms
By Emily N. Masalski – March 10, 2011
Ida Abbott's book Women on Top details the realities behind law firm politics and career decisions that impact personal growth.

Top 10 Tips for Work-Life Balance
By Erica L. Reilley – March 10, 2011
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 – March 1, 2011
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 – October 28, 2010
President Obama recently signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, an important act for new or nursing mothers.