Salary Negotiations

Salary negotiations can be a challenge for anyone, especially young attorneys.  Many young attorneys aren't sure if it is appropriate to negotiate, or how to even get started in the negotiations process. It seems that women are less likely to negotiate their salaries then men are.  Many people theorize that one of the big reasons for the salary gap between men and women is that women don't try to negotiate their salaries.  Even Sheryl Sandberg, in her book Lean In, discusses her own stress about negotiating her salary when she joined Facebook.   Watch her talk about salary negotiations here. Additionally, the Corporette blog had an interesting discussion this week about how (and when) to negotiate salary and benefits. Read it here: Corporette Have you negotiated your salary and/or benefits? If so, what tips do you have?

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Leading Litigators

How many times have you gone to trial? Many litigators will happily reflect on their experiences in Court.  It always makes me smile when a litigator’s account of their trial sounds as if he or she were Matlock or Perry Mason acting alone as the sole advocate for their client.  In reality very few attorneys prepare for trial by themselves, but rather have surrounded themselves with a trial team.  Of course every team has a leader.  When it comes to battles in the courtroom, how many trial leaders are female? I know for many young lawyers participating in a trial is exciting enough, and the idea of leading the battle is a distant (hopefully not too distant) dream.  However, the Philadelphia Business Journal just reported that women are still “significantly underrepresented as lead trial lawyers.”  Do you agree? How can we make this change?  

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TYLA Tuesday: Passing the Bar

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! It's that time a year again, if you live near a law school or know any law students, TYLA's Passing the Bar would be a great project to share.  This study guide is intended to help…

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TYLA Tuesday: Probate Passport

One big question that comes up when work-life balance is discussed, is “How do you work, have a family, and give time to your community?” There are many answers to this question, but one great way to do it is to share existing Texas Young Lawyers Association projects. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to be a “young” lawyer), materials can be obtained through our website or by contacting the TYLA office.  We even have guides to give you an idea of how to share (or “roll-out”) these projects with members of your community. The TYLA Tuesday posts will feature TYLA projects, old and new.  If you would like more details, please visit the TYLA website! The Texas Probate Passport is a great resource, which was designed to inform the public about (1) what happens when he or she dies with or without a will, and (2) how the probate process…

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