Pump up the pretty: Some tools are critical to a lawyer's personal arsenal of skills -- strong analytical ability, a gift for crafting that perfect persuasive brief -- but should women add femininity to the list? Is it really OK to giggle on a conference call or put on those extra coats of mascara? Melissa Dubose (pictured) has some controversial and candid advice for women lawyers who don't want to play it safe by wearing navy suits or sensible shoes -- or by following men's rules.The Assistant-at-Law: Communication skills sometimes go out of the window between a female boss and her female assistant -- trying too hard to be friends in such a situation can become a minefield of simmering resentment on both sides. But it doesn't have to be that way. The Assistant-at-Law tells female lawyers who are bosses how to make the most of an assistant relationship without destroying it.
New way of doing things: Women are frequently trained from a young age to please others and work hard without complaint -- and women lawyers are no exception, especially when success comes at the price of a personal life. Can there truly be balance as women seek that cliche of "having it all"? Andrea “AJ” Johnson (pictured) offers tips for women lawyers who want to go from being good girls to good lawyers.
Surviving and thriving: Adrienne Randle Bond (pictured) thought she had moved beyond gender issues -- until she really reflected on disparities in the legal market. Here's her advice for the next generation of female lawyers.