Consulting, Public Speaking & Law Career Counseling

Susan Smith Blakely regularly speaks and consults to law firms, organizations, colleges, law schools, and professional groups about the important insights from her own extensive experience and research for Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law, Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer and Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers.   As a consultant, Susan brings practical, real-world solutions to law firms and schools that want to be more competitive for the 21st century. A gifted public speaker, she brings warmth, wisdom, and a fearless look at the challenges facing young women lawyers and the legal profession to all of her conversations and speeches.

Susan Smith Blakely is a warm and confident speaker who shares her experiences and ideas while providing work-life balance and career advice for women attorneys—her recent engagement to speak for a Women’s Bar Association of Maryland event was enlightening, entertaining, and informative. Thank you, Susan!

L. Teri Spradlin-Dahn, Attorney at Law, LEED AP

Former-Chapter President Women’s Bar Association of Maryland

Susan has guided and mentored women throughout her career and writing the Best Friends at the Bar  book series is one way she has chosen to give back to her profession. Whether she presents lessons learned through public speaking, consulting, career counseling, or in her groundbreaking book, Susan continually strives  to improve retention rates for women attorneys.


Retaining young women lawyers can be a challenge for managing partners at law firms. Susan will work with young women lawyers in your firm and consult with diversity and women’s initiatives to develop programs that benefit your firm and women attorneys.

Public Speaking

Whether you are looking for a vibrant speaker for your college, law school, professional organization, or law firm Women’s Initiative or retreat, you can demonstrate support for young women by inviting Susan to speak about successful career planning, realities of the legal profession, cutting edge solutions to help retain valuable, talented women in the legal profession, and effective leadership for women lawyers.

Law Career Counseling

Law school educators and career counselors working with women students find that Susan’s message contains just the right balance of emphasis on education and planning, caution, and empowerment. If young women don’t recognize and prepare for the challenges that await them in their careers, they will not thrive and many will abandon their practice. Working in a male-dominated profession is a reality for many women, having mentors who share their experience and insight can make all the difference between success and failure. Best Friends at the Bar is a great start.