Career Development for Women Lawyers

Being a Woman in a Woman's World - Making Your Mark

Featuring Patricia K. Gillette, Bailey Bosch, , Rachel Brushfield, Yolanda Cartusciello, Susan Saltonstall Duncan, and many more

Career Development for Women Lawyers

For women, by women – to help female lawyers progress their careers in an industry still struggling with gender equality.

Although women comprise nearly half of all law students and incoming associates at law firms, and have done so for many years, they remain greatly outnumbered by men at senior levels. If nothing is done to change this trend, the percentage of women equity partners will remain under 20 percent for decades to come.

Overview:

Ark Groups new book Career Development for Women Lawyers

Slow progress in gender equality at senior roles raises awkward questions for the industry – and highlights the challenges that women lawyers face when developing their careers.

Indeed, at mid-career, when earnings peak, the top 10 percent of female lawyers earn more than $300,000 a year, while the top 10 percent of male lawyers earn more than $500,000. Coupled with this, the number of female equity partners at top US law firms has risen by only five percent in the last 12 years. Although women comprise 47 percent of associate ranks at law firms, female lawyers make up only 31 percent of those entering the equity partnership class.

Career Development for Women Lawyers is packed with exclusive insight, experience, and research from a broad range of lawyers, coaches, academics, thought leaders, and consultants, including:

  • The gender pay gap, Susan Eandi and Monica Kurnatowska, partners, Baker McKenzie
  • Being a woman in a woman’s world, Joanne Frears and Belinda Lester, Lionshead Law
  • Framing your career and designing an effective job search , Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder, DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing; co-founder, Bliss Lawyers
  • The branded lawyer – professional development through confident brand-building, Nika Kabiri, VP, Lux insights
  • Blurring the professional and the personal – relationship building, Karen Johnson-McKewan, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • The power of maximizing your strategic network, Christie Guimond, corporate development manager, Bird & Bird
  • Executive presence to advance career success, Susan Saltonstall Duncan, Rainmaking Oasis
  • Flexible working arrangements – the next stage from the “office nine-to-five”, Katherine Thomas and Bailey Bosch, Free Range Lawyers
  • Going it alone – setting up your own practice”, Rachel Khiara, Khiara Law
  • Work’s not working – portfolio careers”, Rachel Brushfield, The Talent Liberator, Energise Legal
  • Law as a second career”, Pam Loch, managing partner, Loch Associates
  • Uncovering bias that sabotages career development and success”, Rosalie Chamberlain, Chamberlain Consulting
  • Modern career trajectories – is partnership still the end goal?”, Clare Harman Clark, senior professional support lawyer, Taylor Wessing
  • Women are leaving - what might make them stay?”, Yolanda Cartusciello, partner, PP&C Consulting
  • Women are ready – is the legal industry?”, Patricia Gillette

This book is for women, by women – to help female lawyers progress their careers in an industry still struggling with gender equality.

Written by outstanding women lawyers in their respective fields, each contribution takes a personal and professional view of the legal sector, providing insight and analysis of issues as diverse as flexible working, portfolio careers, unconscious bias and the modern career trajectory.

The book is split into four sections, and begins with the results of original research undertaken by ARK Group in early 2019. Surveying 100 women lawyers from across the globe, we asked women at all stages in their careers to open up about their experiences, from recruitment to retirement, and the challenges – and opportunities – that being female has brought. The results make for interesting, and perhaps surprising, reading.