The book contains essays by and about women lawyers: stories about women practicing (or choosing not to practice) law, about hitting the glass ceiling, about amazing lawyer-mentors, about professional achievements, about personal and professional hardships, about the stress of juggling multiple roles, about meeting the demands of work and family, about being Superwoman, and about hitting the maternal wall. The essays describe women's satisfactions and their struggles.
While it may be "harder in heels," the essays are inspiring, observant, introspective, insightful, and wise. Even though the stories revolve around women trained to be lawyers, their stories are relevant to life outside the legal profession and will be lessons for all women professionals.
Jacquelyn Slotkin: B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.A., West Virginia University; Ph.D., University of Arizona; J.D., University of San Diego.
Professor Slotkin, former director of the Legal Skills Program and a legal skills professor, is currently director of the LL.M./M.C.L. Program for foreign lawyers at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. She has been researching female roles since 1976 when she surveyed and analyzed data about female college graduates for her Ph.D. dissertation. In 1996 and in 2002, she surveyed an ethnically diverse population of female attorneys living and working in San Diego to determine if educated women were experiencing role conflict. She is currently completing an article about German women lawyers - an international perspective on women in the legal profession.
Samantha Slotkin Goodman: B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., Loyola Law School.
Samantha Goodman joined Bryan Cave LLP as Counsel in 2005 as a member of the Real Estate Client Service Group. She concentrates her practice in real estate leasing, representing both landlords and tenants. Ms. Goodman is a frequent lecturer on Landlord and Tenant Law in California. Samantha has been named a â€œSouthern California Rising Starâ€ù for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 in a poll among Southern California Super Lawyers conducted by Law and Politics and Los Angeles magazines. In addition, she was named one of "The Southland's Rising Young Stars Under 40" by Real Estate Southern California in 2005. Prior to joining Bryan Cave LLP, Samantha was a Senior Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and DLA Piper US LLP.