Thursday, May 31, 2012

Make it Rain

Well the rainy season in Northern California seems to be over, I for one hope that we are in for a long, warm and dry summer.  While that is a good thing for outdoor enthusiasts, a long dry spell without "rain" can be devastating, or at least very discouraging, for women lawyers trying to succeed in private practice.  The number one criteria for succeeding as a partner in private practice is the ability to bring in quality work in the quantities necessary; don't believe for a moment that good quality work as a service partner will suffice for advancement as a partner!

Here are some resources for further reading:

Women Rainmakers Through the Generations
By Angela Nadler
Three women rainmakers, at three different points in their careers, offer business development advice.
Career Paths: Julie Broyles
Interviewed by Dennis Kennedy
Julie Ann Broyles, Senior Counsel at Ascension Health in St. Louis, offers insights into changing career paths.
How to Make Your Services Irresistible to Clients
By Ruth Fenton
Strategies for adapting your practice to meet the changing needs of your clients.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Message from ABA

Dear Colleagues:
On this Memorial Day, I hope every member of the American Bar Association will consider how to assist and support our nation’s veterans. For more than 200 years, men and women in our country have died for our constitutionally protected freedom. In return, we can demonstrate our gratitude by doing what we, as lawyers, do so well — giving back to our communities.
Volunteerism takes many forms, and the needs are many. There are a number of existing programs serving veterans and their families where pro bono service can truly make an impact. For information about opportunities throughout the country, visit our Web page This comprehensive list captures bar programs, legal aid and others to apply your skills to help veterans overcome the challenges they face.
If programs near you do not offer services within your expertise, there are other ways to make a difference. Many organizations can match you to volunteer opportunities in your community. The Department of Veterans Affairs has resources on volunteering at Programs include planning welcome-home events for returning soldiers through the president’s United We Serve ( or assisting homeless veterans at a Stand Down event ( Your local veterans’ service organizations have excellent resources as well.
These programs exist because men and women like you commit yourselves to volunteerism all year long. We know of your tireless efforts because the Obama administration, members of Congress and the veteran community tell us of your outstanding service. Thank you.
This year, on behalf of the ABA, I have had the privilege of visiting four of our service academies: the United States Military Academy (Army), the United States Naval Academy (Navy and Marines), the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy, to demonstrate the ABA’s ongoing commitment to our military.
God bless those in our military who throughout our history have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and pass on to us the freedom in America we are blessed to enjoy today. Upward and onward for our military and their families.
Warmest regards,

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Organizing Social Media

Confused about social media?  No wonder.  Here's a diagram that sort of organizes the social media landscape from Buddy Media; see commentary at Business Insider.  Double click to enlarge.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

National Girlfriends Networking Day

Oh this sounds like such a good idea:

June 4, 2012 will mark the first annual National Girlfriends Networking Day, a day devoted to helping young women, so vastly underrepresented in leadership roles, to advance and succeed.  So mark your calendar and plan to participate.  You can attend an NGN Day Event in Your City or sponsor an event in your town. All you need is a public venue with an internet connection. Email for more info.  

Springfield, ILAstoria, OR 
Chicago, ILAtlanta, GA 
Portsmouth, NHWashington, DC 
Seattle, WAVancouver, WA 
Los Angeles, CA  

For a heartfelt summary of all the important reasons for networking among women, check out Victoria Pynchon's post at She Negotiates.
For more information about the organization promoting the day, visit The New Agenda