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Partners’ Perspective: Advice for Young Female Attorneys

By Jeffery Leon

February 24, 2017

In March's Washington Lawyer, we asked women who are partners in their firm to offer their best advice for attorneys who are just beginning their careers. Below, Kim Brooks-Rodney of Cohen & Cohen, P.C., talks about the obstacles women must overcome and trying to find balance in their professional and personal lives.

 

Kim Brooks-RodneyKim Brooks-Rodney
Cohen & Cohen, P.C.

When I started practicing law in 1985, things were a little different. I was often mistaken for the court reporter when I arrived at opposing counsel's office for a deposition. We have come a long way since 1985, but, still, female attorneys must be prepared to work harder than their male counterparts to make partner. This requirement is just a fact of life; don't let it discourage you, use it as motivation. Most importantly, you have to figure out how best to juggle the demands of your personal life with your work life. The juggling of these two lives is often very difficult, as you cannot appease everyone and maintain your own health, sanity, and happiness. Set your priorities and goals, and stick with what keeps you on that partnership track without losing that which is most important to you.