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Washington DC’s Women Leaders in the LawtM

Women Attorneys:

Navigating a Changing Legal


By Jeannie Greeley

T here is perhaps no better example of the changing nature of women in the law than 43-year-old Karla L. Palmer, a litigator and mother of four who became equity partner despite her reduced-hour schedule to allow for a complex balancing act of work and family.

“They said, ‘You can do whatever you want, work whatever schedule you want,’” she says of her firm, McDermott, Will & Emery, which she considered leaving after having her second child.

The firm’s response is indicative of a change Palmer says she has witnessed in law firm culture over the past 15 years.

Baker Hostetler

Melissa Maxman

Marcy Stras

Elizabeth Scully

t Baker hostetler, the generation-spanning ranks of experienced attorneys more closely resemble a family than a firm, and for good reason. through the firmwide initiatives addressed by the Women’s committee, Baker hostetler has attracted a core of women with maverick personalities and a shared entrepreneurial spirit, cultivating relationships and mutual respect among attorneys at all levels. A

through the firm’s stalwart efforts, half of Baker hostetler’s new hires over the past eight years were women and minorities, all of whom enjoy healthy work/life balances, family-friendly atmospheres, and notoriously long tenures. the following women are among the firm’s most esteemed leaders.

Betty Southard Murphy, prominent labor and employment lawyer, has had 7 presidential appointments, has tried cases in 29 states, recently received the prestigious american inns of court professionalism award for the u.S. court of appeals and has an active practice here and abroad.

Johnine Barnes is on the Board of governors for the d.c. Bar association, is general counsel to the district of columbia chamber of commerce, and a Fellow of the american Bar association.

Marcy Stras is a Business immigration and international trade lawyer. She is co-chair of the aBa’s international law Section’s Spring 2009 conference and co-chair of the Section’s canada committee.

Janis Penman is a partner in the firm’s business group, primarily focusing on mergers and acquisitions and federal securities work.

Terry Connerton heads the Washington office’s eriSa

Terry Connerton

Janis Penman

Johnine Barnes

Betty Southard Murphy

practice and is active in the aBa’s employee Benefits committee of the labor & employment law Section and tax Section. Washington Square, Suite 1100 1050 connecticut avenue nW Washington, dc 20036 tel: 202.861.1500 Fax: 202.861.1783 www.bakerlaw.com Elizabeth Scully is actively involved in the leadership of the d.c. Bar and the Women’s Bar association, having served as d.c. Bar treasurer and on its Board of governors and as chair of the WBa’s judicial and executive endorsements committee.

Melissa Maxman heads the firm’s antitrust practice, is the former vice-chair of the aBa antitrust Section’s communication committee and serves on the advisory Board of the consumer antitrust institute and the civil rico report.

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