Public Speaking, Awards, Publications and Media Presentations: Work-Life Balance & Successful Law Careers for Young Lawyers

Retention, Work-Life Balance and Career Advice for Young Lawyers:  Learn More by Bringing Susan Smith Blakely to Your Event


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I welcome public speaking opportunities to discuss key issues addressed in my Best Friends at the Bar books for women lawyers and What Millennial Lawyers Want:  A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice for ALL young lawyers.  My programs are consistently approved for CLE credits.  If you would like to arrange a speaking engagement, please contact me at [email protected].

The presentations for women lawyers address the low retention rates for women lawyers due to lack of systemic support for the issues of work-life balance and gender parity that affect so many women lawyers.  My research and conclusions detail the benefits of change for lawyers and law firms and the approach that young women lawyers take to their careers.

I speak on a wide range of subjects related to women lawyers. Here are some representative speech topics:

*The Low Retention Rates for Women Lawyers and What We Can Do About it;

*Effective Leadership for Women Lawyers;

*Effective Negotiations For Women Lawyers — For Clients and For Yourself

*Why Women Lawyers Leave;

*Why Law Firms Should Care about Retention and Advancement of Women Lawyers;

*What to Look for in a Law Firm and How to Succeed;

*The Role of Law Firm Leaders in the Success of Women Lawyers;

*Negative Leadership Behaviors and How They Impact Women Lawyers;

*How to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Male-Dominated Profession;

*Navigating the Gender Issues;

*How to Develop Personal Definitions of Success;

*The TO DO List for Success for Young Women Lawyers;

*The Art of Negotiations — for others and for yourself;

*The importance of Networking and Business Development;

*The Issues Surrounding Leaving the Profession and Re-entry;

*How to Create Balance Between Your Professional and Personal Lives;

*Myths Affecting Women Lawyers;

*How to Avoid the “Golden Handcuffs” of Private Law Practice and Keep Your Options Open;

*Pay Equity For Women Lawyers;

*Implicit Gender Bias and Its Relationship to Effective Leadership for Women Lawyers;

*How to Transition from One Practice Setting to Another.; and

*The Responsibility of Law Firm Leaders to “Lean In” on Retention Issues.

Here is what one audience member has to say:


The Women’s Bar Association of Maryland was honored to host Susan Blakely in September 2010 at the University of Baltimore School of Law to discuss her book. Susan is an interesting and personable woman who took the time to talk one on one with attendees before speaking. She truly is an inspiration to women lawyers – both brand new and seasoned alike – and has some amazing insight into surviving in the legal field. I only wish she had written her book before I went to law school! I would not only recommend it as a must read for any young woman contemplating a legal career, but as an attorney with 10 years of experience and a young family, it spoke to me as well.

Kelly Kenney

President, Anne Arundel County Chapter  of the Women’s Bar Association

 

The presentations for ALL young lawyers are non-gender specific and address what today’s young lawyers want, how young lawyers and law firms need to work together to meet the needs of today’s young lawyers and the Soft Skills young lawyers need to advance in their careers.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Future Speaking Engagements & Events

Remarks, Book Launch Event, Kirkland and Ellis, Chicago, February 2019

Speaker, DC Women’s Bar Association, Young Lawyers Group, Spring 2019

Speaker, Georgetown University Alumni in Switzerland, Geneva, Spring 2019

Past Speaking Engagements & Events

Speaker, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, October 2018

Speaker, Charlotte Women Lawyers, Charlotte, NC, February, 2018

Speaker, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Law Firm, New York, NY, November 2017

Speaker, Oklahoma City Bar Association, Oklahoma City, OK, September 2017

Speaker, Womble Carlyle Law Firm, Washington, DC, April 2017

Keynote Speaker, Federal Bar Association Women Lawyers Conference, Tampa, FL, April 2017

Speaker, American Health Lawyers Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2017

Speaker, Presidential Inaugural Scholarship Summit, Washington, DC, January 2017.

Speaker, Jackson Walker Law Firm, Dallas, TX, November 2016

Speaker, ACI Healthcare LawConference, Boston, MA, July 2016

Speaker, Simpson Thacher Law Firm, New York, NY, July 2016

Panelist, Federal Bar Association Women Lawyers Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2016

Webinar Featured Speaker, Practising Law Institute (PLI) , March 30, 2016

Speaker, Catholic University Law, Washington, DC, March, 2016

Speaker, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, March 2016

Guest, Your Working Life Podcast With Caroline Dowd-Higgins, February 2016

Speaker, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, February 32016

Discussion Leader, NewLAWu.s. Legal Market Roundtable, New York, NY, September 2015

Panel Moderator, Georgetown Law Women’s Forum, Washington, DC, February 2015

Speaker, Women’s Business Roundtable, McLean, VA, January 2015

Speaker, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, December 2014

Speaker, Georgetown University Alumni Career Services Webinar, November 2014

Speaker and Classroom Lecturer, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC, October 2014

Speaker, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA, October 2014

Panelist, International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA), Seattle, WA, October 2014

Speaker, South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, Charleston, SC, October 2014

Keynote Speaker, Erie County Bar Association, Erie County, PA, September 2014

Webinar Speaker, Women in Business Superseries (UK), August 2014

Webinar Speaker, Georgetown University Alumni Career Services, August 2014

Keynote Speaker, University of Baltimore Law Women’s Bar Association, Baltimore, MD, April 2014

Webinar Panelist, American Bar Association Copyright and Trademark Section, March 2014

Panelist, WAPLA Pre-Law Conference, Denver, CO, March 2014

Speaker, Polsinelli Law Firm, Chicago, IL, February 2014

Speaker, Baylor Law School, Waco, TX, February 2014

Speaker, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, November 2013

Guest, Voice America Radio with Host Chris Efessiou, September 2013

Speaker,Washington Women’s Weekly, Washington, DC, June 2013

Speaker, National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (AAUW), University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, May  2013

Speaker, Ladies DC, Washington, DC, May 2013

Speaker, Lerch Early & Brewer Law Firm, Bethesda, MD, May 2013

Guest, CBS Radio with Host Bonnie Marcus, April 2013

Panelist, George Washington University Women in Business Conference, Washington, DC, April 2013

Speaker, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, April 2013

Speaker, College of the Holy Cross Pre-Law Program, Worcester, MA, February 2013

Keynote Speaker, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, October 2012.

Speaker, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, MI, October 2012.

Panelist, Ms. JD National Conference, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC,  October 2012.

Speaker, National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations Leadership Summit, Chicago, IL, August 2012.

Speaker, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (AAUW), University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, June 2012.

Speaker, Whiteford Taylor Preston Law Firm, Washington, DC, March 2012

Speaker, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA, November 2011

Panelist, American Bar Association Air & Space Law Conference, Washington, DC, October 2011

Speaker, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL, October 2011

Speaker, Holland & Knight Law Firm, Miami FL, October 2011

Speaker, Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami, FL, October  2011

Speaker, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, FL, October 2011

Panelist, George Mason University Law School, Arlington, VA, September 19, 2011

Speaker, DLA Piper Law Firm, Washington, DC, July 2011

Panelist, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, April 2011

Speaker, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ, April 2011

Speaker, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI, April 2011

Speaker, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, April 2011

Speaker, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC, March 2011

Panelist, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, March 2011

Speaker, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, February 2011

Speaker, Paul Hastings Law Firm, Chicago, IL, December 2010.

Speaker, Polsinelli Shughart Law Firm, Chicago, IL, December 2010

Speaker, George Washington University Law School/DC Women’s Bar Association Joint Program, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC, November 2010

Speaker, National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Teleconference, October 2010

Speaker, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, Detroit, MI, October 2010

Speaker, University of Baltimore Law School/Maryland Women’s Bar Association Joint Program, Baltimore, MD, September 2010

Speaker, Virginia Women Attorney’s Association, Alexandria, VA, June 2010

Speaker, Crowell & Moring Law Firm, Washington, DC, March 2010

Keynote Speaker, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, RI, March 2010

Speaker, American University Washington School of Law, Washington, DC, February 2010

Speaker, DLA Piper Law Firm Book Reception, Washington, DC, December 2009

Panelist, American University Washington College of Law Lawyer Re-Entry Program, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC, November 2008


If you would like to arrange a speaking engagement, please contact Ms. Blakely at [email protected].

AWARDS

Lawyer Monthly Women In Law Award, 2016

Ms. JD Sharing Her Passion Award, March 2015

PUBLICATIONS

Books by Susan Smith Blakely

Best Friends at the Bar:  What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers, 2009)

Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers, 2012)

Best Friends at the Bar:  Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business/Aspen Publishers, 2015)

What Millennial Lawyers Want:  A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers, 2018)

All books are available for purchase on this web site and through Amazon Books.

Articles by Susan Smith Blakely

ABA Business Law Today, “Good Law Firm Business:  Protecting Millennial Talent,” https://businesslawtoday.org/2018/11/good-law-firm-business-protecting-millennial-talent/, November 15, 2018

Law360, “Losing Law Firm Talent at Both Ends,” https://www.law360.com/articles/1094538/protecting-law-firm-talent-at-both-ends-, October 30, 2018

Corporate Counsel, ” What Millennial Lawyers Want,” https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/10/25/what-millennial-lawyers-want-a-bridge-from-the-past-to-the-future-of-law-practice/?slreturn=20180926090755

Lawyer & Statesman, “Flexible Work Models Should Improve Law Firm Culture,” , National Jurist, March 21, 2017

DC Women’s Bar Association Raising the Bar, Recent Developments on Gender Pay Equity,” Raising the Bar, December 2016, http://www.wbadc.org//Files/Newsletters/2016-2017/WBA_RTB_2016-2017_Issue4_NovDec.pdf

Corporate Counsel, “Is Work-Life Balance a Hopeless Goal in the Legal Profession?,”    September 2016, and reprinted in DC Women’s Bar Association Raising the Bar, October 2016, http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202760663523/Is-WorkLife-Balance-a-Hopeless-Goal-in-the-Legal-Profession-?slreturn=20160810140531 (archived and only available through Nexis Lexis)

Corporate Counsel , What Millennial Lawyers Want,”  October 2018, https://www.law.com/corpcounsel/2018/10/25/what-millennial-lawyers-want-a-bridge-from-the-past-to-the-future-of-law-practice/?slreturn=20180926090755

University of Michigan Website, “The Law School Decision,” https://careercenter.umich.edu/articles/popular/writing-better-bullet-points?…60…

Law 360,Protecting Law Firm Talent at Both Ends”, October 2018, https://www.law360.com/articles/1094538/protecting-law-firm-talent-at-both-ends- 

NALP Handbook for Pre-Law Advisors, “Special Challenges for Women Lawyers,”  Book Chapter, , 2015

Noted and Quoted In:

 Law 360, https://www.law360.com/articles/1104964/newlaw-is-wooing-biglaw-s-young-talent-

University of Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, Fall 2018, Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/43204524-wisconsin-alumni

Daily Report: http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202793623943/Law-Firms-WorkLife-Warrior-Award-Recognizes-Messy-Truth-Theres-More-to-Life-Than-Work

American Assoc of Law Librarians – Book Review: https://aallspectrum.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/book-review-best-friends-at-the-bar/

American Bar Association — Cites BFAB: http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/litigation/materials/2014_sac/2014_sac/lean_in_for_lawyers.authcheckdam.pdf

Examiner Newspaper: /www.examiner.com/article/best-friends-at-the-bar-author-susan-smith-blakeley-says-women-can-have-it-all

Forbes Woman, www.forbes.com/sites/shenegotiates/2012/07/20/your-bff-at-the-bar-would-like-to-have-a-few-words-with-you/

Girl’s Guide to Law School http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/05/should-i-become-a-lawyer-some-advice-from-the-author-of-best-friends-at-the-bar/

 Her Campus — How to Get Into Law School — http://www.hercampus.com/life/academics/how-get-law-school

Intern Queen: Speech Review: https://www.internqueen.com/blog/2015/02/people-inspiring-us-2015

LA Daily Journal: https://issuu.com/elizabethblakely/docs/dailyjournal

Law Insider: www.thelawinsider.com/insider…/five-things-women-can-learn-from-sheryl-sandberg

 Lawyerist — Book Review — https://lawyerist.com/52562/best-friends-at-the-bar-the-new-balance-for-todays-woman-lawyer-book-review/

National Jurist:  http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/lawyerstatesman2016/#/16

National Jurist:  http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/op-ed-flexible-work-models-should-improve-law-firm-culture

 Daily Muse— Why Do Women Leave the Law: A Q and A: https://www.themuse.com/advice/why-do-women-leave-the-law-a-qa-with-susan-smit…

Huffington Post — Advice for Women Lawyers: www.huffingtonpost.com/susan-smith-blakely/women-lawyers_b_2155906.html

Law Bank – Book Review:   law-bank.com/three-tips-for-women-in-law/

Law Society of Upper Canada: www.lsuc.on.ca/uploadedFiles/…/career_advancement_lawyer_August_2012(1).pdf

 Litig8or – Advice for Women Lawyers: blog.litigatortechnology.com/…/best-friends-at-the-bar-an-interview-with-author-susa..

 Media Bistro: http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/book-party-best-friends-at-the-bar_b83709

 PR Underground: www.prunderground.com/women-lawyers-leaving-profession-in-record…/007379/

TimeSolv:   Book Review: https://www.timesolv.com/traversing-the-legal-world-as-a-female-attorney

Women’s Law Journal (WLJ) published by NAWL: Book 3 Review in Vol 101, No 1, page 32

Newsletters

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VIDEOS

YouTube Videos,”Susan Smith Blakely” channel

Video of Presentation at Womble Carlyle,  http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/592612/Recruiting