Reaching the Bar: Stories of Women at All Stages of Their Law Careers

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Robin Sax
Kaplan Publishing, Mar 31, 2009 - Law - 224 pages
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Women account for 30% of the 1.14 million attorneys currently practicing in the U.S., and in 2007, 48% of all juris doctor degrees were awarded to women. Despite the growing appearance of women at the bar, the law is still a profession dominated by older white men. While some of the challenges an aspiring lawyer faces are the same regardless of gender, other issues are particular hurdles for woman attorneys.

Reaching the Bar provides the perspectives of women lawyers to their peers and to women just getting started in their legal careers. From their first torts class to their final case studies, women at law have to make choices about what specialty degrees to pursue, whether or when to have children, and how they are going to respond to sexism in the workplace and the courtroom.

These books provide a forum for women at all levels to describe and examine those choices

Reaching the Bar features stories from each stage of a lawyer’s career – beginning with the law school students and clerks, through the corporate stages from junior associate to senior partner, then on to late-stage careers like judges or professors. Reaching the Bar blends inspirational, funny and dramatic stories, with the constant theme of seasoned women looking back at their experiences and sharing what they’ve learned.

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About the author (2009)

Robin Sax has spent the bulk of her career as deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles and specializing in crimes against children. She is also a legal analyst and commentator, often featured on Larry King Live, CNN, and Fox News, where she has covered high-profile as well as underreported news stories.

Robin is the author Predators and Child Molesters: A Sex Crimes DA Answers Parents’ 100 Most-Asked Questions; It Happens Everyday: Inside the Life of a Sex Crimes DA, which will be released in spring 2009 by Prometheus Books.

Robin is also the author of Everything I Know About Parenting I Learned in Court: How To Raise Disciplined Kids, due out Summer 2009. Robin Sax is now completing The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System, to be published in May 2009 by Penguin USA

Robin is an instructor for the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the California District Attorneys Association. She is also a lecturer at UCLA’s paralegal program, and is adjunct professor at Cal State, Los Angeles.

As a highly sought-after speaker on Internet safety, Robin Sax educates hundreds of parents every year on how to prevent their children from becoming victim of the Internet. Her Internet safety course teaches parents how to acquire the tools to get tech savvy quickly, become familiar with the symptoms of Internet danger, become trained to recognize cyber-crimes and cyber-bullying, and leave the course with the ability to develop a personalized family Internet protocol.

Robin is also the founder of Justice Interrupted, a program with the mission to raise public awareness on underreported crimes against people. Justice Interrupted’s mission is to provide awareness, advocacy, and education to those whose lives have been interrupted by crime.

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