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Women and the LawThe newsletter of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law

May 2009, vol. 14, no. 4

Spring 2009: Launch of The Legal Balance

Get involved with a new resource for women attorneys to be launched this spring!

What is The Legal Balance?

The Legal Balance is a new, soon-to-be launched online community catering exclusively to women attorneys to help them find a way to effectively and efficiently handle their personal and professional priorities. The Legal Balance is a repository of information and resources. Its mission is to provide resources that improve the promotion, retention and leadership of women attorneys in the legal profession and beyond. The community draws on the collective knowledge of its members to create a powerhouse “brain.” No matter where one is at in their career, The Legal Balance would like to connect its members to other women attorneys just like them to provide the information, opportunities and resources they seek, thereby increasing all members’ personal and professional satisfaction, efficiency, and effectiveness.

The Legal Balance will provide numerous resources for women attorneys in one spot, including tips on rainmaking, mentoring, career advancement, and job opportunities. The Legal Balance is designed as one-stop shopping for resources women attorneys need.

How Does The Legal Balance Help Women?

The Legal Balance will provide anonymous forums to facilitate community discussions. Ask those tough and sometimes delicate questions. Are you looking for a fertility specialist? Do you need tips on partnership advocacy? Are you working part-time with a reduction of salary but no reduction of job responsibilities? Ask the Legal Balance community your questions in a safe, nurturing and supportive community.

The Legal Balance also has many contributors, including a group of successful and powerful women attorneys, such as our “Dear Jane” contributor where members can ask their questions anonymously. Do you want to know if it is okay to date a co-worker? Why has no one asked you to take an expert deposition? The Legal Balance’s “Dear Jane” will work with its members to create a success strategy career game plan.

The Legal Balance will provide an events calendar to its members where the bar associations’ events will be showcased and listed for quick review and to connect its members to the various bar association committees and resources focusing on career issues, women’s issues, mentoring opportunities and other programs geared towards women attorneys.

The Legal Balance will provide access to the Top 100 Legal Balance Leaders in its section entitled, “This is how she does it!” where The Legal Balance will showcase successful women attorney leaders in Chicago and later the nation.

Lastly, The Legal Balance has numerous experts on hand to answer questions on real estate, finance, career, skin care from an Oprah show dermatologist, even wine!

The Legal Balance is designed for all women attorneys. Whether one is a new lawyer freshly sworn into the bar, a veteran lawyer whose been practicing for years, an associate, in-house council, government attorney, not-for-profit lawyer, judge, staff attorney, partner, law student, stay-at-home mom, or an attorney looking to return to the practice, The Legal Balance wants all women to know they are welcome!

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About the Founder: After practicing law for many years, Erica was alarmed at the attrition rate of women attorneys leaving the practice of law, and Erica realized a new passion: helping women attorneys from all backgrounds gain access to resources and to connect them in a powerful community. It is her hope that the Legal Balance will assist women attorneys in all stages of their career choices. She also hopes that women attorneys will use their great brains, talents and resources to help others.

Prior to The Legal Balance, Erica practiced corporate litigation at numerous prestigious law firms that have done much to advance women attorneys to leadership in Chicago, including Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg, a litigation boutique spun-off from Sidley & Austin, Ungaretti & Harris, and Williams, Montgomery & John. Erica is a 1998 graduate from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

The Legal Balance goes live this spring with a small $40 annual membership fee to join. If you would like an invitation to join, Erica can be reached at Erica@thelegalbalance.com.


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