As I might have mentioned—-at least a few times lately!—-the Book Launch Event for my new book, Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, July 2012) is coming up fast. The date is September 27th, and the venue is Georgetown Law from 6 to 8 PM. The celebration of the book and of women lawyers will be held in the Atrium of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library. The guest list is filling up fast, but there is still room for YOU, so get on board. I encourage all of you in the DC area to come—for a bunch of reasons, and here are just a few.
First and foremost, you will be supporting women lawyers. One of my favorite quotes—and you have heard it from me before—is attributed to Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Hear, hear. The more attention that we can create for the issues facing women lawyers today, the better the future for women lawyers will be. But, we have to stir things up a bit and get noticed. The Book Launch is a perfect time and place to do that, so come one, come all!
Second, you will have an opportunity to network with lawyers from law firms and practice settings not only in the DC area but in other areas of the country. New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Michigan are a few of the other practice areas that will be represented among the attendees. The employment market for lawyers is still challenged, and you will be able to talk to those lawyers about the opportunities in a variety of geographic areas. This kind of networking does not come your way often, so take advantage of it. Think OCIs with good food, good drink and nice people!
Some of those lawyers will be at the event representing the sponsoring law firms. These firms are AWESOME and have my complete admiration and heartfelt thanks for supporting the Best Friends at the Bar project now and in the past. Firms like DLA Piper, Womble, Venable, Cooley, Walsh Colucci, Polsinelli Shughart and Lerch Early have been there every step of the way. They provide financial support, and they are great cheerleaders for the project. Meet the lawyers from those firms and find out why they support women. Not all firms do, you know!
You also will be able to meet some of the fantastic women who are profiled in the new book. Women like: Sally Blackmun, former in-house counsel, who might even tell you some tales of her famous Supreme Court Justice father; Kathleen Tighe, Inspector General of the US Department of Education and President Obama’s appointee as Chair of the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board; Markeisha Miner, Dean of Career Services, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Laura Oberbroeckling, Harvard Law Grad, who left Big Law to hang out her own shingle in style; and Amy Yeung, an outstanding entrepreneurial young woman, who also experienced Big Law and is now in-house counsel in a fast emerging and exciting industry. These women will inspire you, and you need to meet them. You also will meet Contributors to Book One, who jumped in when the project was in its infant stages and are completely devoted to the cause. They are not to be missed!
AND, did I say that the food, the drink and the venue will be great! Yes, great, as in very tasty and plentiful food and drink and a killer venue. The Atrium of the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library at GT Law should be in Architectural Digest! Really! We are pulling out all the stops to celebrate five successful years of Best Friends at the Bar, and you need to get on the A-Train to join us.
Here’s how you do that. E-mail my publicist at [email protected] and tell her that you want to come. It is that simple. She will take care of all the details.
Be smart. Be there. I look forward to seeing Women Supporting Women!