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“Based on the current rates of women becoming partner, it will take until 2115 to reach 50 percent women partners,” says Amron, calling this statistic “astonishing.”
Amron says more women need to educate themselves about a firm’s culture, explore practice areas with reasonable demands, and work to cultivate their own clients. Most importantly, women need to be more decisive about becoming “heavy hitters” in the firm, attaining roles as partner or managing partner.
“If more women would shoot for those goals,” says Amron, “we would be changing the profession more than it was changing us.”
“You have to first assess what you want. I wanted to have a career, and I wanted to have children, and I wanted to be married. I just decided that I could do all three. Men do it all the time. Why couldn’t I do it?” and Regulation practice group, says firm culture is of the utmost importance. “I come to this question as one of three senior women managing the Government Investigations practice group in our firm, which has a female chairperson,” says Johnson. “I think this has occurred at our firm because our clients and colleagues respect our work and our leadership. Firms should focus on the basics of providing leadership opportunities, modeling and teaching excellent legal skills, encouraging creativity and respect, and filling the work place with laughter and support.” – Betty Southard Murphy “Everything may be difficult, but nothing is impossible,” she insists. Her advice to other female lawyers includes things like getting on a bar association committee, becoming involved in a community service organization, authoring articles in newspapers and law journals, and networking.
Asked what still has to be done to level the playing fields in law firms, Dixie L. Johnson, a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and co-head of the firm’s Securities Enforcement
Murphy has a tried-and-true tip that she shares in her mentoring and motivational speeches to women: The PEP Rule—Preparation, Experience/ Education and Perseverance.
“You have to first assess what you want. I wanted to have a career, and I wanted to have children, and I wanted to be married. I just decided that I could do all three. Men do it all the time. Why couldn’t I do it?” says Murphy.
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atherine Wang and jean Kiddoo are two of the founders of Bingham Mccutchen’s telecommunications, Media and technology practice, one of the largest and most widely-recognized tMt practices in the world. their careers have spanned more than two decades of turbulent legal and regulatory changes affecting the communications industry. they have been involved in virtually every significant regulatory policy initiative during that time, representing clients before the Federal communications commission, all 51 state utility commissions, congress, and foreign regulators. C
Ms. Wang is a long-time member of the national asian pacific american Bar association and the Society of Satellite professionals international. at the forefront of the communications revolution, she acts as co-leader of the practice and is defined by what The Legal 500 sees as a “tactful and sincere approach to advising on the most complex regulatory matters.”
Ms. Kiddoo has served as president of the Federal communications Bar association, a nationwide organization of over 2,500 private and government attorneys and communications professionals, in which she has been active for more than 25 years. Known
Catherine Wang and Jean Kiddoo
for using her extensive regulatory, legislative, litigation and transactional experience to craft multidisciplinary approaches for her clients, she is regularly profiled in “Who’s Who Legal—The international Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.”
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