Congratulations to David Robson of Robson Design and Susie Isaacs of publisher Ampersand, Inc., on Third Place in the Colorado Independent Press Association’s EVVY Awards for Best Cover. One for the Ark was the only fiction cover to place in this category in this twenty-five year old contest. David also designed the cover of Saluting...Read More
This is the birthday of Roberta Cooper Ramo, who I don’t know personally and didn’t know much about at the time that she became the first woman president of the American Bar Association (1995-96). With the nomination of another woman lawyer pioneer as the Democratic candidate for President, it seems like a good time to...Read More
The Democratic National Convention starts today and you know that Daphne would love to be there, if she could. Thomas, of course, was probably at last week’s convention, but only for purposes of hobnobbing with his fellow State party leaders. You’ll understand soon enough: at election time, Mayor Thomas Donaldson, a moderate conservative, and his...Read More
We’re a few months away from the publication of my fourth novel, ONE FOR THE ARK. I won’t use “fourth” as a segue here (that would be cheesy), but I will take this opportunity to be grateful for freedom of the press, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, all of which come into play...Read More
Read all about it in today’s Chicago Tribune, Lifestyle section. Reproduced below: chicagotribune.com Remarkable Woman Mary Hutchings Reed, lawyer turned writer Lawyer fulfills long-deferred dream of being a writer By Bill Daley, Tribune Newspapers 12:00 AM CST, January 24, 2014 Mary Hutchings Reed had three Ivy League degrees, launched her legal career in 1976 and...Read More
What to give the attorney who has everything? ‘Tis the season for that challenging question. Perhaps Scott Turow’s newest, “Identical” (Grand Central Publishing), Chicago attorney Thomas R. Leavens’ “Music Law for the General Practitioner (ABA) or, hey, even my own “Courting Kathleen Hannigan” (Ampersand) or “Warming Up” (She Writes Press)? That would be so...Read More
"A year before Helman looked back on his career, Mary Hutchings Reed, a former partner now of counsel at the similarly elite Winston & Strawn, also looked back on a career that started 20 years after Helman's, and came to similar conclusions:
Harder still for a lawyer billing by the hour to suggest that she do only the most important things, or the most cost-effective things. So now we're more efficient, but we do more and bill more, and balance less. We've become adept at the metrics for measuring our productivity, but we frequently mistake our billings for our value and self-worth. We don't know how to quantify professional values, such as thoughtful analysis, creativity, learnedness, and commitment. Are we, as a profession, "better" lawyers now than then? I don't know. I do sense that we spend too much time lawyering, at the expense of our personal lives.
Large-firm practice is today technologically more efficient, facially more diverse, institutionally more conscious of women and minorities, formally supportive of pro bono, and structurally more suited to alternative work arrangements. However, largely because of technology, today's firms are also more time-consuming, more demanding, more money-conscious, less intellectual, and less human.
It's an evolution paralleled by that of investment banking, which Mary Ho found in her excellent book Liquidated.
What was once a stable entry into the respectable upper-middle-class—"a profession, not a lifestyle," as Reed describes it—evolved very quickly into a hypercompetitive world of brutal hours that made people very wealthy, but destabilized employees and eventually the firms that employed them. What's left looks a lot like the economy as a whole: layoffs, contract workers, and an industry in search of the stability it once had."
Read the whole article: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/July-2013/How-Big-Law-Wrecked-Itself/
Thanks to the women of Freebon & Peters for a wonderful discussion of Leaning In and Courting Kathleen Hannigan. My contemporary Eileen Trost wrote: “Thank you for your thoughts and insights, and your unique contribution to the advancement of women by memorializing where we have come from, and keeping us mindful that we have a...Read More
Non-Billable Hours By Mary Hutchings Reed February 1, 2013 We’ve been writing together since April and have written past any blocks; returned to the path fromdiversionary research frolics; and been inspired by the writings of our favorite authors. But even as the manuscript grows, we might be feeling a bit of insecurity....Read More