2d Quarter 2009 Appearances

My article, "Girlfriends and other Success Strategies," appears on page 5 of the June 2009 issue of The Suffolk Lawyer, as part of the Special Edition on Women and the Law. Click here, then on The Suffolk Lawyer, then on June 2009 to read the entire publication.

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I had the opportunity to contribute the article thanks to Allison Shields, a practice management and business development consultant for lawyers.

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I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to write a guest post for the M-BRANE SF blog, which belongs to Christopher Fletcher, the publisher of M-Brane SF, The Monthly Magazine of Astonishing Stories.  Thanks also to GUD Magazine for introducing me to Christopher on Twitter.

My post "For Writers: A Story & Three Tactics" is about my evolution as a fiction writer, my writing process, and three techniques I use to polish my work.  It was published on June 11, 2009.

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No one who knows or has worked with me would call me an apologist for large law firms.  I have written, in some places scathingly, about the many, many things these firms could do better relative to their workforce, to their clients and to running themselves like sensible, for-profit businesses.

(If you're interested in reading any of my constructive criticisms, check out The Productive Culture Blueprint or browse the Careers and Feminism posts on my blog.)

But when I met Ron Fox on Twitter and surprised him by saying I thought large law firms, despite their many shortcomings, were still the best places for new law grads to learn the craft of being lawyers, I found myself limning the positives of what Ron calls "BigLaw" to explain what I meant.

Our ensuing email conversation was quite spirited, and Ron suggested that we break it down into four separate posts for publication on his Lawyer Satisfaction Blog.

Post #1: BIGLAW FOR NEW GRADS: FRIEND OR FOE?

Post #2: HOW DO LAW STUDENTS MAKE CAREER DECISIONS?

Post #3: ARE LAW SCHOOLS MERELY FUNNELS FOR BIGLAW?

Post # 4: WHAT DO WOMEN WANT?

June 1-10, 2009