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Ladder Down: Success Strategies For Lawyers From Women Who Will Be Hiring, Reviewing And Promoting You

The path to success for lawyers is harder than ever.  Excellence at one’s craft is simply a baseline.  Lawyers also face the challenges of developing a specialty, maintaining and bringing in new clients, undertaking organizational leadership roles, participating in professional associations, and engaging in one’s community.

Each of these challenges can represent either tremendous opportunity or overwhelming stress.  The goal is to meet these challenges with a sense of excitement at what the future holds.

Ladder Down offers lawyers – and law students – a guidepost for meeting the challenges of law practice with enthusiasm.  It is written for women and men who seek a satisfying career in the law.  

In Ladder Down, well-known author Lauren Stiller Rikleen offers an easy-to-read, hopeful, optimistic view of a profession that has been under siege.  It reminds lawyers why they went to law school, and helps them reclaim their enthusiasm for practicing law. 

A unique feature of this book is that it contains advice from successful women practitioners around the globe.  The advice works as much for men as it does for women, and covers such topics as:

  • Developing a niche practice – and understanding the link between your brand and your niche
  • Developing leadership skills and using them to make a difference
  • How to find and work with mentors and champions
  • Rethinking the word “networking”
  • Implementing proven strategies for generating business
  • Advocating on behalf of your accomplishments
  • Recognizing the business imperative for work-life integration strategies, and understanding their connection to generational shifts taking place
  • Reflections on a changing profession

Ladder Down is the perfect resource for lawyers and law students who seek practical and accessible strategies for success in the legal profession. 

You Raised Us - Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams 

As large numbers of Millennials enter the workplace, they are wondering just how far the accomplishments of their childhood can take them in a workplace reeling from a prolonged economic downturn. They worry about what it means to have been told all their lives to study hard and follow their dreams, only to feel overwhelmed by choices, buried in historically high student loan debt, and thwarted by what they perceive as an outdated workplace structure.

At the same time, they are confronting sweeping stereotypes about their generation. Baby Boomers and Gen Xers often complain that Millennials act entitled and have an excessive need for praise. This book separates the Millennials’ behavioral myths from reality.

You Raised Us - Now Work With Us provides nuanced insights, detailed research, and practical advice to help the generations understand each other better and recognize the impact of their own behaviors on the workplace. It will help Boomers and Gen Xers respond to the opportunities that Millennials bring by offering practical recommendations for effective leadership and talent development. It also will help Millennials navigate their way through the complexities of today’s work environment.

This book is an indispensable resource for Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers wanting to bring out the best in each other and enhance their own career success, while identifying opportunities to make needed changes in the workplace that will benefit everyone.

“Read this book if you want to get beyond stereotypes and understand millennials and the work place.  Lauren Rikleen provides terrific practical insight that will help employers harness the talent of millennials in the workplace.  Whether you are a parent, an educator, or an employer, this book will help you understand the dynamics of the millennial generation. Buy the book. Give it to your friends. They will thank you.”

David P. Angel, President, Clark University

Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law

This meticulously researched book has been called one of the best business books written about the legal profession today. Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law analyzes critical aspects of law firm life which present roadblocks to the retention and advancement of women: management, the assignment process, billable-hour demands, business development, compensation, mentoring, attrition, and firm policies and practices affecting how lawyers address their work/family challenges.

Ending the Gauntlet is the result of two years of research and interviews with women lawyers and law firm managers from around the country. Author Lauren Stiller Rikleen also draws extensively on a wide range of research across multiple disciplines, resulting in a book with broad applicability to other professional settings. The lessons from the book are particularly relevant today in light of the continued low rate of women advancing to equity partner status, the increasing attrition among senior women, and the impact of all these issues on the Millennials entering the workplace today.

Ending the Gauntlet is particularly important reading for anyone in a position of management at a law firm, offering concrete steps law firms can and should implement to decrease costly attrition and provide equal opportunities for all of their high talent professionals.