National trial lawyers webinar breaking through the glass ceiling - 11-18-14
Attorney Lyndsay Markley of Chicago reveals how women lawyers can break through the glass ceiling. Hosted by National Trial Lawyers Publisher Larry Bodine, this program covers the key steps for overcoming inequality in the legal profession.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National trial lawyers webinar breaking through the glass ceiling - 11-18-14
BREAKING THROUGH THE GLASS CEILING
HOW FEMALE ATTORNEYS CAN PROSPER
Featuring Lyndsay A. Markley
TODAY’S WEBINAR IS SPONSORED BY
The National Trial Lawyers
Publisher, National Trial Lawyers
Lyndsay A. Markley, Esq.
The Law Firm of Lyndsay A. Markley
The National Trial Lawyers
Recognized, Chicago-based personal injury/wrongful death trial
Currently Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Lyndsay A. Markley, Ltd.
Previously was an equity shareholder at an established Chicago law
firm since 2011.
Approximately 34% of attorneys in private law firm practice are female.
Of these women, only 17% percent are equity partners .
Only 3% are in a management partnership at the largest 200 law firms.
Female shareholders at the largest 200 firms make 11% less than their male colleagues.
From ‘A Current Glance at Women in Law’- July 2014, American Bar Association Commission on Women
in the Legal Profession
TYPES OF GENDER BASED INEQUALITY
WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
Define success for yourself.
What does success look like for you?
Large or Small Firm? Junior Partnership
or Equity? Name on the door? Autonomy?
Tailor your career trajectory to these long
Find a mentor.
“Success” = trial attorney
My name on the door of a small, established law firm.
Associate 2005 at defense law firm.
Associate 2006 - 2011 at small plaintiff firm.
In 2011, achieved my goal of named shareholder status at a small established
In 2014, my game plan was changed abruptly and I started my own law firm. So
far this “unplanned” aspect of my career has been the best and most exciting
WHY AREN’T WOMEN BEING PROMOTED?
Of asking for promotions, raises or what we want.
Our talents will be recognized and then promotions handed to us.
To apply for jobs we qualify for.
To take advantage of a business plan that allows for an alternative schedule.
To recognize the importance of acquiring business.
To make career goals known to superiors.
Overestimating the importance of the worker bee.
The Mommy Track and its assumptions
HOW CAN WE CHANGE THIS?
1. Ask for the promotion!
2. Bring in Business
3. Seek out a mentor
4. Bring in Business
5. Make your goals known
6. Bring in Business
7. Make your accomplishments known
8. Oh, and also, bring in business
A STEP FURTHER
What if these actions do not work?
Get Feedback- Speak with your mentor
Take your business and start up your
MAKE YOURSELF INDISPENSABLE
The most important aspect to any business (including a law firm) is the kind of
long-term financial gain the business (firm) stands to gain from you.
Ask yourself: “How valuable am I to the business?” And be honest.
Prioritize bringing in new business or forming strong relationships with
HOW CAN THE FELLAS HELP MAKE A CHANGE?
It’s not all on women’s shoulders! Male
counterparts can assist by:
Realizing that not all women want to bear
Knowing that even those who do can still
be great attorneys
Embracing a woman’s need to physically
recover after having a child and delight in
the fact that a woman wants to
emotionally-bond with a child for its health
TIPS FOR GOING SOLO:
After honestly assessing the business that
would follow you and determining that you
can financially make a move, consider
taking your destiny into your own hands
and starting your own business.
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