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Books and Blogs

 

Books and Blogs for female (and female-friendly) lawyers:

Blogs: 

 

  • Feminist Law Professors

    Highlights the work of feminist law professors and contains information about articles and events that are likely to be of interest to them. Posts cover court cases, legislation and scholarship related to sexual discrimination for like-minded readers, as well as alert them to relevant conferences.

  • think like a woman ... act like a man

    Journal about the blogger's life and fledgling legal job. "How much of the blog is based in fact and how much of it is based in fiction is a finding of fact that you, the reader, must determine."

  • Ms.JD

    "Serving women in law school and the legal profession, Ms. JD is an online community that provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and aspiring lawyers." The blawg features issues relating to the numbers of women who opt out of the legal profession and the poor representation of women in the courts and legal community. The site also addresses the role of gender in legal careers.

  • Lag Liv

    "A brand-new corporate attorney with a husband, toddler, cat, two big dogs and a lot of shoes."

  • Women’s Rights Employment Law Blog

    The Women's Rights Employment Law Blog covers women's and transgender rights, with links to news items and posts of reader comments.

  • Woman of the Law

    "I'm a fast-talkin' hell-raisin' son of a bitch, and I'm a sinner and I know how to fight."

  • Corporette

    "Corporette is a fashion and lifestyle blog for women lawyers, bankers, MBAs, consultants, and otherwise overachieving chicks. Our readers work in conservative environments but want to look professional and fashionable."

  • Women Lawyers—Back on Track

    "For women attorneys seeking success and happiness in the legal profession."

  • Magic Cookie

    "Corporate lawyer by day, keeper of a small, rude, incontinent person by night."

  • Attorney Work Product

    "Life in the Bluegrass as a wife, mom, and attorney."

  • Feminist Legal Theory

    News stories about women in the legal workplace and political arena.

  • A Woman in Law School

    "Law school from a woman's perspective. Topics include class observations, book reviews, feminism, and a variety of legal issues of interest."

  • She Thinks

    "Provides resources, inspiration and amusement to women and men who have an interest in developing and supporting leading lawyer ladies. The site includes links to reviewed sites, helpful resources and commentary." The blogger also notes "that the most common Google search that brings readers to this site involve some variation of 'what should a female lawyer wear to work?' " and she posts on that topic as well.

  • Darling Hill

    "Where life and flexible lawyering meet. Where there's no shame in the mommy track (or daddy track). Where lawyers come to find flexible lawyer jobs, alternative legal career ideas and work/life balance. The legal niche for part-time lawyers, stay-at-home lawyers, and work-from-home lawyers."

  • Daisy, JD (Just Daisy)

    "No goal is met without sweet tea or a glass of wine."

  • The Outlaw Mom Blawg

    Blog addresses work/life balance issues of an attorney who is the mother of two small children and ambivalent about working outside the home.

  • Spilled Milk

    Most posts are about motherhood, but the blogger also writes about balancing her billable hours with her son's needs.

  • JD Moms

    "The tales of our adventures balancing babies and the billable hour."

  • Threshold Advisors

    Posts deal with leadership initiatives, career counseling, business development, coaching, discrimination and gender initiatives.

  • Law School Mom

    "A book, a mom, and a baby."

     

    • Motherly Law

      Discusses the legal aspects to parenting in general, and to child safety issues such as bullying and bike helmet laws. Posts a weekly "Motherly Advice" quote.

    • Rock the Boat

      "Musings about the law and stuff."

    • Alexis Neely ♥ Lawyer You Love

      "Writings on life, business and the pursuit of truth."

    • The Careerist

      The blog has a stated goal of being a "career sherpa" for its readers. Some posts give advice to those who seek success in BigLaw or at least news about BigLaw hiring trends; other posts focus on women in the law and work-life balance issues.

    • Never Been Lived Before

      "Adventures of a lesbian attorney superhero."

    • Surviving Law School as a Single Mom

      "The adventures of a single mom trying to maintain a life balance while attending law school part-time and working full-time."

    • Mommy Madness

      "Life and times of a working mother." Among her posts are her "Lawliss" podcasts.

    • Young Lawyers Blog

      "Features posts on the trials and tribulations of the young lawyer as well as posts that would be beneficial and interesting to law students. Readers will find a variety of posts on legal news, practice-specific issues, technology pitfalls, metadata, e-discovery, women’s issues, diversity issues, business development tips, and recruiting advice."

    • MamaLaw

      The blog focuses posts on the lives of three moms and wives who are also lawyers. The trio have seven kids between them, which creates countless opportunities for the sharing of "funny stories, touching moments, reasons to rant and the occasional kernel of parenting wisdom."

     

 

Books: 

 

Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules

Drawing on interviews with more than 100 female lawyers, most of them graduates of Harvard Law School, attorney Harrington (coauthor of Women of Academe ) presents an absorbing mosaic of the issues impeding advancement of her subjects. Women lawyers, she argues plausibly, "are on dangerous ground," connected to both the male establishment and the majority of women, yet anchored by neither. She describes the professional, legal and social strictures that hamper women at corporate law firms. Her account of the tensions at law schools is interesting but brief, as is her survey of media representation of lawyers. More trenchant are her expositions of father/ daughter roles as they affect a woman lawyer, women's style of dress and the stresses of the competitive litigation ethos. She finds some progress on the periphery--women creating more collegial firms, or publicizing the pressures of law school on their personal lives. A few of her topics deserve further analysis, but Harrington provides much food for thought. - Publisher’s Weekly

 

 

Women and Workplace Discrimination: Overcoming Barriers to Gender Equality

Title VII of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act and state anti-discrimination laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on sex, as well as on race, national origin, and religion. At the same time, sweeping economic and social trends have led to women's entry into the national workforce in vast numbers. Women have gained access to positions formerly barred to them, and the past four decades have witnessed the elevation of women to corporate and professional levels formerly unheard of. Undoubtedly, during this time, discrimination against women in the workplace has abated. But it remains prevalent.

Attorney Raymond F. Gregory addresses the millions of women who think they might be facing sexual discrimination and traces the history of federal measures enacted to assist workers in contesting unlawful employer conduct. He explains how the law works and presents actual court cases to demonstrate the ways that women have challenged their employers. The cases illustrate legal principles in real-life experiences. Many of the cases relate compelling stories of workers caught up in a web of employer discriminatory conduct. Gregory has eliminated legal jargon, ensuring that all concepts are clear to his readers. Individuals will turn to this book again and again to obtain authoritative background on this important topic. – Back cover

It's Harder in Heels: Essays by Women Lawyers Achieving Work-Life Balance

The book contains essays by and about women lawyers: stories about women practicing (or choosing not to practice) law, about hitting the glass ceiling, about amazing lawyer-mentors, about professional achievements, about personal and professional hardships, about the stress of juggling multiple roles, about meeting the demands of work and family, about being Superwoman, and about hitting the maternal wall. The essays describe women s satisfactions and their struggles. While it may be harder in heels, the essays are inspiring, observant, introspective, insightful, and wise. Even though the stories revolve around women trained to be lawyers, their stories are relevant to life outside the legal profession and will be lessons for all women professionals. – Product Description

Women at Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success 

For this new guide, author Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles in a wide variety of practice settings nationwide to address how women today are meeting the challenges of competing in an often all-consuming profession without sacrificing their desire for a multidimensional life. Women-at-Law provides a wealth of practical guidance and direction from experienced women lawyers who share their life stories and advice to inspire and encourage others by offering solutions to the challenges—personal and professional.

If you are a law student, a practicing lawyer, or simply a woman considering a career in the law, you’ll benefit from the guidance offered in this unique resource. Real-life experiences and shared advice Women-at-Law shares advice and wisdom from women lawyers who, in the last half-century, have in very individual ways confronted obstacles to their self-fulfillment. Some have already achieved national recognition and notoriety, while others are more quietly successful. From their real-life experiences, you’ll learn:How some notable and successful women have taken a "time out" from their career to raise children, move from one city to another, or try an alternative career track-- and made a comeback to succeed – Product Description

 

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

If you work nonstop without a break...worry about offending others and back down too easily...explain too much when asked for information....or "poll" your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabotaging your career!


Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She's spotted a unique set of behaviors--101 in all--that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groudbreaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back--and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change the behaviors that say "girl" not "woman", the results will pay off in carrer opportunites you never thought possible--and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office. – Product Description

Reaching the Bar: Stories of Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers

Reaching the Bar provides the perspectives of women lawyers to their peers and to women just getting started in their legal careers. From their first torts class to their final case studies, women at law have to make choices about what specialty degrees to pursue, whether or when to have children, and how they are going to respond to sexism in the workplace and the courtroom. These books provide a forum for women at all levels to describe and examine those choices Reaching the Bar features stories from each stage of a lawyer’s career – beginning with the law school students and clerks, through the corporate stages from junior associate to senior partner, then on to late-stage careers like judges or professors. Reaching the Bar blends inspirational, funny and dramatic stories, with the constant theme of seasoned women looking back at their experiences and sharing what they’ve learned. – Product Description

 

 

Sisters-in-Law 

Aimed at lawyer-chicks, aspiring lawyer-chicks and even former lawyer-chicks, this handbook to life as a female legal practitioner is based on one image: practicing law is like searching for the perfect pair of shoes (e.g., "Large law firms are the stilettos of law practice"). As even the authors admit, this metaphor quickly grows stale. In fact, their writing is full of hip (and not-so-hip) clichés—but, in between the too-cute prose and tiresome shoe metaphors, there is solid, useful information for women getting acclimated to this "eccentric subculture" and trying to understand "why we tend to be anal-retentive perfectionists and always think we are right." Sherman, Turchiano and Schecter—all members of the sisters-in-law club—explain matters of both substance (what type of firm is right for you?) and style (how to decorate your office; what color suit to wear to a job interview if your hair is blond). They also offer solid advice on the pros and cons of office romance and various types of legal settings (e.g., big firm vs. in-house counsel—but they overlook public-interest law). Many may feel, however, that they can skip the sections on what gift your secretary wants most and the top 10 snacks among legal sisters. This book is way too cute for many readers—but some may find the shoe fits.- Publishers Weekly

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