Thought For The Week: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

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Happy Thanksgiving to All!

I wish you all a wonderful holiday and excitement in returning to a celebration with family and friends this year — in person!

Please stay safe and well.

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Thought For The Week: “Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.” William Bennett

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What Women Lawyers Need to Know about Remote Practice

Remote practice, especially working from home (WFH), is the kind of flexibility that really can benefit women lawyers with small children. It has become an accepted alternative to in-office practice during the pandemic, and that is expected to continue into the future. The new models may be blends of in-office and WFH, but they are likely to include significant remote practice opportunities to benefit not only mothers but also fathers and lawyers with special circumstances.

However, we don’t want to see remote practice turn into a penalty for women lawyers who desire upward mobility. So, read this article and find out how to navigate the pitfalls.

And keep your eye on the prize — whatever form of practice that means for you. Personal definitions of success apply!

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Thought For The Week: “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” Elvis Presley

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What Makes a Woman Glamourous?

This is a detour from my typical blog. But, when I read about Mariska Hargitay’s acceptance speech when she was awarded the Glamour magazine Woman of the Year award, I just had to share it with you. The star of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit explained what glamour means to her and captured all of the complexities that make up women. The complexities that make most of us so very happy that we came out with two X chromosomes.

Here is some of what she had to say:

My husband and my kids will tell you that one of my go-to responses when one of them asks me to do something is, ‘I decide!’ I will admit that I can overuse it—say, at the dinner table one of them will say, ‘Will you pass the spaghetti sauce?’ And I’ll respond with, ‘I decide.’

So in that spirit, I want to talk about the word glamour.

The dictionary says that glamour is ‘an exciting and often illusory and romantic attractiveness,’ or in another dictionary, ‘an attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing.’ What’s the obvious implication? That glamour covers, that glamour is surface, and that the real is underneath.

So to that I would like to say: No, I decide. Glamour isn’t surface. I’m a girl who likes to put on a pretty dress, who likes to put on makeup, who likes to glam it up. I love glamour. I love it. But it’s not illusory. It’s not so I seem appealing. It’s not to cover anything. I love glamour because it expresses, not because it hides.

I’m going to be so bold as to say that for those you’ve chosen to honor tonight, and for that matter, for the billions—billions—of women we stand for and fight for, that our glamour is something that lives and shines and breathes deep, deep within us.

It’s our deep desire for change. It’s our insistence on the good. It’s how we show up for our daily battles, big and small, public and private, the ones that last only a moment and the ones that stretch a lifetime. Inner beauty. Inner poise. Inner strength. That’s glamour to me. Truth and authenticity, radiating outward.

So you don’t tell us what our glamour means. We decide.

And I also want to say that you’ve given me a bigger gift than you know: an evening that for me is very much about my mother. We have many pictures of her in our house, and my God, she is just so unbelievably glamorous. But I think that her glamour, her real glamour, the glamour of her luminous, tender, searching heart, was deeper and more beautiful than she ever knew.

She would be 88 now, and I think she would have liked this evening very much. I also think that she knows more now than when she died. She is here with us, and she is here with me, sitting with us and sitting with me, and I am so happy and grateful that we get to learn these things together. Thank you for this incredible honor.



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Thought For The Week: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett

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Are We Seeing the End of the 5-Days-in-the-Office Workweeks for Lawyers?

This topic is very important for women lawyers, especially those who also are mothers. Out-of-home daycare facilities for young children and commuting on public transit to and from offices every day both raise health issues for parents of young children.

Working from home (WFH) does not present those issues, and the pandemic experience has left little doubt that WFH or from other off-site locations is just as profitable as working from the office. Lawyers got used to it during the isolation of COVID-19, and now many lawyers, especially those with young children, are demanding it. With such a dynamic lateral market for young lawyers, employers are finding that they must pay attention to these demands or lose talent.

However, that does not mean that some time in the office is not important for career advancement. But all time in the office seems to be a dying concept. Employers also have an additional incentive. Brick and mortar offices are very expensive to maintain, and blended work models make good economic sense.

Read more about it here:

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