Gender Bias and the Compensation Gap

09.15.13 | Susan Duncan

Our last post Why Aren’t There More Women Leaders and Why Should Firms Care? addressed many of the reasons that women are not advancing to top levels in their firms.  Many of the impediments and biases we summarized also can be found in the discrepancies between male and female compensation for equity partners. According to “Closing the Gap,” a…

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Is Your C-Suite Siloed or Collaborative?

06.12.13 | Susan Duncan

As law firms continue to strive to run themselves as businesses, more are hiring senior level business executives who do not have law degrees or who have joint JD/MBA degrees but who likely have more experience in business than practicing law. Most law firm CEOs in the US and UK, however, are lawyers, many of whom still…

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Will Law Schools Finally Make Changes the Profession Needs?

12.30.12 | Susan Duncan

2012 brought a great deal of attention to many challenges facing and created by our current legal education system. As recently as early December, Jordan Furlong weighed in with his post “How to kill (or save) a law school.” Brian Tamanaha’s extremely well-written and researched book “Failing Law Schools,” published in 2012, describes in great detail why the system…

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Can BigLaw Accommodate the Needs of Women?

08.07.12 | Susan Duncan

A growing number of women are placing a higher priority on having a high paying career than they did fifteen years ago. According to a Pew Research Study, while women have surpassed men in education achievement since 1999, 66% of women between the age of 18 and 34 now cite a high-paying career as high priority…

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Does the Legal Profession Need Radical Change?

07.23.12 | Susan Duncan

In September, a group of high level leaders in the legal profession will convene in New York City to “solve the worst legal job market in 20 years.”   Those invited to the meeting by New York City Bar Association President Carey Dunne will be asked to identify the causes for these woes and to make recommendations to…

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Women Need Sponsors More than Mentors in Order to Succeed

07.13.12 | Susan Duncan

There is a big difference between the role of a mentor and that of a sponsor. While effective mentors can be important for career success, effective sponsors are critical.  According to Collins World English Dictionary, A mentor is “a wise or trusted adviser or guide.” To mentor is to “act as a mentor to someone; to train someone.”…

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