We celebrated women lawyers in style—-oh, yes we did!
The Book Launch for my new book, Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2012) on September 27th at Georgetown Law was a huge success. Almost 100 guests filled the Atrium of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library at Georgetown Law to celebrate the new book and to meet some of the lawyers who made the night possible. Lawyers from the sponsoring firms, Polsinelli Shughart and Lerch Early & Brewer, mixed with lawyers from honorary sponsors Cooley, Womble, and DLA, and they all were delighted to meet so many women lawyers who have contributed to the Best Friends at the Bar books.
Contributors like Kathy Tighe, Inspector General of the US Department of Education, and Mary Gately, partner at DLA Piper, clearly enjoyed discussing their participation in the books and encouraging the young lawyers to take advantage of the many mentors who have contributed to the books. The video chronically the project debuted at this event and met with rave reviews.
Matt Calise, Director of Alumni Affairs at Georgetown Law gave welcoming remarks on behalf of the law school, and Assistant Dean Markeisha Miner of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School delivered key notes. My remarks were focused on thanking the many people who worked so hard to make the evening a success. Special thanks are due to the event partner, GlobalWIN (Global Women’s Innovation Network) and to media partner, Ms. JD. I hope that many of the guests took my advice and hurried to sign up for the Ms. JD She Leads Annual Conference on October 5th at Washington College of Law, American University, in Washington, DC. I will be participating in that conference, and I know what an excellent learning experience it will be for young lawyers.
Most of the guests walked away with signed books and ready to spread the word further about the Best Friends at the Bar project. It was a great night, and I could not be prouder of what we have accomplished in raising awareness of the challenges to women lawyers and in providing the tools to help young women lawyers make realistic career choices and plans to fit their personal circumstances.
Bravo to all who supported the event and who accept the mission. We have demonstrated that we are making a difference!
Keep an eye out for pics from the evening on the Best Friends at the Bar Facebook page. Maybe you will see yourself there!