Practice v. Parenting

May 8, 2015

by Alana Bassin

I typically write my blogs about the practice of law and often champion women’s success at doing it all. Not today. Today I’m going to be real and confess the fact that last night I forgot to pick up my 7 year old son from running club after school (I thought he had taken the bus to after school care).

I’m sure many of you are thinking, “been there, done that, it happens.”  Well, the problem is, this is the second week in the row I did it.  Did the same thing last Monday when he stayed late for, you guessed it, [Read More]

A Summer Associate’s View on How to Thrive

July 22, 2014

by Lea Westman, Summer Associate

The other evening, I met with a few friends after work. Before the food came to the table, the stories started pouring out of people: complex projects, quick turnarounds, and long hours. All of us are going to begin our third and final year of law school this fall – which means this summer we are all interning as summer associates. The firm I am at is busy, sometimes hectic, and requires long hours and hard work. But it is a very engaging environment for a young professional. The work is challenging and interesting. More than that, the people are [Read More]

Inaugural Women in the Law Conference

July 1, 2014

The Federal Bar Association is holding its inaugural Women in Law Conference on Power and Progress.  This conference will be held on July 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. at the George Washington University Marvin Center.  Key note speakers include Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, and Hon. Patricia A. Millett, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and they will focus on changing the conversation about women in law.  A Networking Reception will be held on July 10 at DLA Piper.  For more information on the Women in the Law Conference, visit

Biglaw Memo May Have Some Valid Points After All

November 14, 2013

by Alana Bassin

I started out writing this blog thinking that I was going to jump on the bandwagon and join the online commentators in criticism of the Clifford Chance female attorney who dared to pass out a memo to her female colleagues giving such basic public-speaking tips as “dress professionally.” I read a piece on the memo that pulled eight lines out of the five-page memo, which they seemed to think were some of the most egregious tidbits, things such as: “No one heard Hillary the day she showed cleavage.” Then I read the actual memo. Then I spent a [Read More]

Law Moms

September 6, 2013

By Suzanne Swaner
I have an announcement to make. But I am behind. Way behind, and on many fronts. I think my Courtroom Diva-ness was on summer vacation along with my kids these last few months. Back to School brought me Back to my Senses, however, and I now realize the extent to which this announcement is overdue. Better late than never though, right?

In hopes of finding a little introductory material to get the creative juices flowing for this post, I bought D Moms magazine. As I browsed the pages, I found a lot of things that do not apply to me as [Read More]

“Back-to-the-Fold” Recruitment

May 10, 2013
Welcome Back

By Sheryl Bjork

All of a sudden, it seems, “women in the workplace” is an issue again.  Sheryl Sandberg, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Marissa Mayer have all offered their “two cents.”

But the piece that really caught my eye was Leslie Kwoh’s February 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal, “McKinsey Tries to Recruit Mothers Who Left the Fold.”  In the article, Kwoh describes how companies are not only welcoming back former stay-at-home moms, but actively recruiting them back to the workplace.  Lucky for me, I was one of those moms who was recruited back.  I’m not sure I would be here otherwise.

When I graduated [Read More]

Why Sandberg’s “Lean In” Message is Good

March 13, 2013

By Alana Bassin

If you have seen any news in the last week, you can’t avoid the hot discussion of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” book. I’ve read the very newly released book, have seen her TED talk, watched her interview on 60 Minutes and read (and blogged about) the debate stirred by Anne Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic Monthly last spring when she referred to Sheryl Sandberg’s message as “rah, rah” feminism and suggested that women really can’t have it all.

In short, Sandberg’s message is that although there are a lot of external obstacles that women face in the work force that they [Read More]

Top Ten Reasons I Love Trials

January 10, 2013

By Sandra Giannone Ezell

It is easy to be critical of the number of lawsuits that are filed in the extent of the verdicts rendered, the judges you are assigned, the law in the jurisdiction you live in, the team you work with, and clearly some of those criticisms bear contemplation as we constantly strive to try our cases.

For those of us who believe that the highest and best use of our time is in a courtroom, trying a case to a jury of citizens, the opportunities to be in our element are diminishing every [Read More]

How Far We Have Come

December 13, 2012

By Alana K. Bassin

So often we write about the work that needs to be done for women. However, with the year-end approaching, I thought I’d comment on how far we’ve come.

Interestingly, one of the holiday season’s blockbuster movies is Lincoln focusing on Lincoln’s masterful politicking behind the 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery. A scene in the movie focuses on the discussion in the House where questions move from the abolition of slavery into what next …giving women the right to vote.

Fast forward 147 years and things have changed.  Women not only [Read More]

Find the Time

December 10, 2012

By Sandra Giannone Ezell

None of the things that I do is, taken individually, hard to the point of overwhelming. Being a mom, being a wife, being a small business-owner, being a law partner, being a trial lawyer, being a firm leader, being a mentor, being a role model, being a trailblazer, being a friend, and being a blogger – all have challenges and rewards. Some are more challenging, some are more rewarding, and the balance between challenge and reward are consistently shifting as life marches forward. As with most women, however, I don’t want to give up [Read More]