March 13, 2020
Sometimes it's easy to imagine a career end goal but hard to know how to get there. For Women's History Month, the firm asked some of its women attorneys — from those early in their careers to those who have made partner — what advice they would give to someone who wants to practice and succeed in the field of law.
"Be true to yourself. It sounds cliché, but I have found that the most rewarding opportunities and advances I have made professionally have come about when I brought my 'full self' to the table. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to practicing law, so there is no need to tailor your practice, manner of speech, and approach to resolving legal challenges so that it mirrors someone else. Instead, think about how your unique experiences and ideas can help move the issue closer to resolution. You will develop a more rewarding practice and career in the process."
"Be fearless and relentless in asking for what you want or need. Don’t talk yourself out of asking for what you want because you think the answer that will come back is no, and don’t stop asking for what you want until you find the person who will say yes."
"My favorite quote from the poet Maya Angelou states: 'My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.' For those who are at the beginning of their journey in the practice of law, remember that although the road ahead may contain a few ups and downs, don’t settle for average. Continue to thrive for excellency in your practice, and in due time you will see that the obstacles that you overcome will ignite your passion to reach levels you haven’t dreamed of yet."
"Do not compare yourself to others. Identify your goals and chart a path to get there. Then work hard and lean on trusted mentors and sponsors to help you get there. The rest is noise — block it out!"
"I would not be in the position I am today if it weren’t for the impact and guidance of my mentor. A mentor/mentee relationship is an invaluable key to success. Seek out a trusted advisor and commit to building that relationship. Do not wait for one to come to you. Mentorship can be a catalyst for growth. Take advantage of the lessons, personal guidance, connections, and opportunities that your mentor may provide, but remember that the relationship is a two-way street. And do not forget to pay it forward."
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