The Book

Susan Smith Blakely’s books are THE books for young women lawyers and all Millennial Lawyers. But her books are just the beginning.

Susan is a dynamic public speaker on the issues challenging ALL young lawyers in practice today. She speaks at law schools, law firms and law organizations throughout the country. She also consults to law firm managers and leaders on issues of retaining talent, and she provides individual and small group career counseling for young lawyers and law students. The Best Friends at the Bar project is one of a kind and is making a great contribution to the profession of law.

Perfect For

Law students who take the time to plan for the futures they want have much better chances of reaching their goals. Best Friends at the Bar is a tremendous resource for all law students, male and female alike, and provides a roadmap for making good choices about issues that will affect their careers for years to come.

The first three books are focused on the unique challenges for women lawyers, but they are not exclusive to women.   Male lawyers need to be familiar with these challenges to be effective leaders of women.  Male lawyers, who are supervised by women lawyers, need to be especially familiar with these issues.  And male lawyers, who are married to women lawyers, may be the most needy constituency for this information!

Recent law school graduates face challenging transitions, significant uncertainty starting out in their careers, and pressure to create fulfilling lives and careers that will sustain them for years to come.  The Best Friends at the Bar books and What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice contain the kind of wisdom that law school curricula and law firm experience does not provide.  Get a leg up on the competition by reading these important books and investing in your future.

Many undergraduates want to get into great law schools, but still aren’t sure about the best ways to prepare. You may be one of those students. The Best Friends at the Bar books and What Millennial Lawyers Want:  A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice and the website blogs contain a wealth of information to help you make good choices for your future early on.

The Best Friends at the Bar books and What Millennial Lawyers Want:  A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice and the website blogs provide a realistic overview of the challenges facing young lawyers as well as detailed guidance and solutions to empower students while supporting law career counselors as they fulfill their responsibilities to students.

The Reviews

Susan Blakely catches the zeitgeist in the legal profession; she has a knack for providing hard-headed advice and uplift, a tricky balance that she pulls off in style. I have had many of my students sing her praises, and her books are valuable resources for them and for women lawyers at all stages of their careers for years to come.

David Logan
Professor and Former Dean, Roger Williams University Law School

“What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice” is a must-read for any law firm leader or attorney mentor looking to attract and retain the millennial workforce. Drawing from her personal and professional leadership experiences, Susan Blakely uses extensive research and storytelling techniques to describe how law firms can maximize the strengths that millennial lawyers bring to the practice of law. In doing so, she shares best practices on how to create a law firm culture where all generations can succeed together.”

Colleen Davies
Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Susan is a rare breed in our industry -- she not only talks about the challenges facing women, but she takes action to solve them. Her tireless pursuit and desire to create gender parity in law firms is unmatched. Her newest book, Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers, is a guide for both women lawyers and law firm leaders who share her passion -- personally and professionally -- for women's advancement in the legal industry.

Caren Ulrich Stacy
Founder, Legal Talent Lab & OnRamp Fellowship

“In her new book for millennial lawyers, Susan Blakely has made a fascinating connection between the search for job satisfaction by current-day millennial lawyers and the traditional values of the legal profession as exemplified by their WWII-era predecessors. This reconnection with the essence of the profession holds the hope that, with the efforts of Millennial Generation lawyers, that embrace can be greatly strengthened as they come to predominate our numbers.”

Andrew D. Ness
Partner, Jones Day

“Author (and former law partner) Susan Smith Blakely has gathered an extraordinary group of women and men for a no-nonsense, yet inspiring, look at what practicing law is really like for today’s lawyers. Any young lawyer who is thinking about (or navigating) a legal career can benefit from the wisdom in her books.”

Jezra Kaye
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