So after 12 years, I’m back, but it’s very different. Because 12 years is a long time and things change fast around here. This opportunity only came about because I’ve been changing and now have something different to offer, that matches up with how the firm has been changing. I could have resisted learning all these new things over the years, but that would have also limited what I could do going forward. I’m really happy I didn’t do that. It might be the best career move I’ve ever made.
The question I’ve always had though, is what exactly changed and when did it change? Because I can’t believe most women go to law school and graduate planning on working at a large law firm for a few years and then leaving to go solo, in-house, public sector, or teaching at law school, despite the fact that it happens a lot! Again, in my anecdotal experience, it happens much more often than it does for male associates.
If we have a system that “works” for male lawyers this much more often than female or gender non-binary lawyers, maybe it’s not a good system.
If you’re a female attorney who’s left a law firm and wants to share your experience and reasons, I’d love to hear about it and possibly write about it. (You can reach out to me privately if you’d like to remain anonymous.) I am truly curious about what it’s like to graduate law school versus the reality of law firm life a few years later, and what law firms could have done to keep you.
Over the years I think many firms have started to understand that and taken steps to improve their own security posture.
And then along comes a story like this.
Sterling Miller, on his blog Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel, shared his most recent “ten things” on being a manager. I’ve often heard it said that law school doesn’t do a very good job of teaching business skills and how that can impact lawyers trying to run a law firm. The…