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Presented by: Career Development Committee
Susan Blakely, Author, Best Friends at the Bar and Legal Perspectives LLC
Join us for a lively conversation with Susan Blakely, lawyer and author of the Best Friends at the Bar book series. Her remarks will focus on the need to improve conversations on the challenges women lawyers face, the role effective leadership plays in those conversations, and the future of law firms. Ms. Blakely will present the “grim statistics” about the retention and advancement of women lawyers, discuss what women lawyers can do to improve those statistics, and what law firm leaders must do to address the issues and protect law firm business interests. She will also share an excerpt from her most recent book, Best Friends at the Bar: Top-Down Leadership for Women Lawyers (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers 2015).
WBA Member: $15
Student Member: $10
WBA Member: $20
Student Member: $15
Susan Blakely graduated from the University of Wisconsin with distinction and from Georgetown Law, where she was a teaching fellow. Her diverse background includes private practice with law firms, specializing in litigation and land use law, experience in both state and federal courts and before administrative commissions and boards, and service in the public sector as Chief of Staff for an elected official.
After 25 years of practice and public service, Ms. Blakely retired as a law firm partner in 2006. She and her husband Bill, who also is a lawyer, live in Great Falls, Virginia, and have two children: Elizabeth, a graduate of the University of Virginia and Seton Hall University School of Law, who is an associate with a law firm in NYC; and Derick, also a graduate of the University of Virginia and Washington College of Law, American University, an associate with a law firm in Nashville, TN. When she is not writing, Susan enjoys reading, playing the piano, gardening, skiing, traveling, being with family and friends, and serving on not-for-profit boards of directors.
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