Resources for Women in the Law

For additional information on the subjects addressed in the Best Friends at the Bar books, Susan Smith Blakely recommends the following resources:


Linda Babcock & Sara Laschever, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiations and Positive Strategies for Change (Bantam, 2007)

Joan Biskupic, Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice (Ecco 2005)

Carol Fishman Cohen & Vivien Stein Rabin, Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work (Business Plus, 2007)

Phyllis Horn Epstein, Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success (American Bar Association, 2004)

Sally Gunz & Robers V. A. Jones, The New Corporate Counsel (Carswell Legal, 1991)

Mark Harris, So You Want To Be Corporate Counsel (Infinity, 2002)

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Off-ramps and On-ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success (Harvard Business School Press, 2007)

Emma Gilbey Keller, The Comeback: Seven Stories of Women Who Went from Career to Family and Back Again (Bloomsbury USA, 2008)

Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams & Carol Frohlinger, Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success (Jossey-Bass, 2004)

Terrance Real, How Can I Get to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women (Scribner, 2002)

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law (Thomson Legalworks, 2006)

State Bar of Wisconsin, Balancing Work and Personal Life: Developing Flexible Work Options for Lawyers (State Bar of Wisconsin, 2004)

Kimm Alayne Walton, Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams (Gilbert Law, Thomson West, 2008)

Joan C. Williams and Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Solving the Part-Time Puzzle: The Law Firm’s Guide to Balanced Hours (National Association for Law Placement, 2004)


ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Charting Our Profession: The Status of Women in the Profession Today (ABA, 2006)

Linda Bray Chanow, Actions for Advancing Women into Law Firm Leadership (National Association of Women Lawyers, 2008)

Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA, A Current Glance at Women in the Law (ABA, 2007)

National Association of Women Lawyers, National Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms (Nov 2010)

Project for Attorney Retention, Solving the Part-Time Puzzle: The Law Firm’s Guide to Balanced Hour Programs (Project for Attorney Retention, 2004)

Project for Attorney Retention, Positioning Law Firm for Long-Term Success: New Strategies for Advancing Women Lawyers: The First Annual Conference of the Project for Attorney Retention, Washington, DC (Project for Attorney Retention, 2008)

Jean E. Wallace, Juggling It All: Exploring Lawyers’ Work, Home and Family Demands and Coping Strategies (Law School Admission Council, 2002)

Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women, Creating Pathways to Success: Retaining Women in Today’s Law Firms (Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, May 2006)

Susan’s Past Publications

In addition to the following publications, please see the list of media publications and blogs that Susan has contributed to on the Praise and Press page.

The Law School Decision, University of Michigan Career Center, [email protected], January 24, 2013

Credit Opportunities for Women:  The ECOA and Its Effects, Wisconsin Law Review, Fall 1981

Judicial and Legislative Attitudes Toward the Right to an Equal Education for the Handicapped, Ohio State Law Journal, Fall 1979