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Heidi Gardner Collaboration article featured on Bloomberg, Part 2 of 3

Monday, June 1, 2015

True rainmakers don’t need to be convinced to collaborate: referring work to colleagues and developing a loyal team capable of extraordinary client service is the only way they can build an enormous portfolio. But for many of today’s law firm partners, the link between collaboration and professional success is ambiguous. Is collaboration the source of success, or is it a mere byproduct of rainmakers’ triumphs?  When faced with definite rewards for boosting their own billables, does it make sense to hand off work to others?  Why should they risk precious control over a client by getting more partners involved?

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The Practice article by Romeen Sheth ’15, featured in Harvard Law Today

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Romeen Sheth ’15 is a team player. For Sheth, that doesn’t just mean that he works well with others — it means he prefers to. And he wishes more lawyers felt the same way. “There’s no way you can make an impact in our increasingly globalized world without working in teams,” says Sheth, who has been pursuing teamwork and innovation throughout his law school career.

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Bloomberg article: CEO of Clientsmart discusses how HLS Career Study “touched a raw nerve”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The recent report “Women and Men of Harvard Law School,” detailing gender roles in the legal profession touched a raw nerve. As I read the report last week I was flooded with emotion. I cried — partly out of frustration and sadness that, after decades of polite and impolite conversations about gender equality — women are still fighting against stereotypes. But then I realized that my tears were more personal. Reading the report unearthed the feelings of anxiety, fear and loss that preceded major decisions I made after law school graduation.

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Heidi Gardner 6th Annual Law Firm Marketing & BD Summit quotes featured in Bloomberg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

“The word I hate is ‘cross-selling.’ Clients hate to be cross-sold. If I’m a tax partner and I talk to a client and say, ‘Hey, can I bring my real estate partner along?’ Clients tell me that they think it’s demeaning and condescending. They say, ‘What, do you think I’m stupid and don’t have someone looking over my real estate contracts for me?’ Cross selling is the equivalent of, ‘Do you want fries with that?’

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CLP’s Corporate Purchasing Project (CPP) featured in INTA Blog

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The manner in which large corporations make decisions regarding the hiring and firing of counsel remains quite literally the million-dollar question. John Coates, Harvard Law School Professor, and Erik Ramanathan, Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Center on the Legal Profession, the authors of the report Corporate Purchasing Project: How S&P 500 Companies Evaluate Outside Counsel, obtained and analyzed hard data on a subject that was once only in the realm of anecdote and folklore.

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Do grades matter? CLP’s HLS Career Study featured in Above the Law article

Friday, May 15, 2015

Earlier this week, Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession released a preliminary report, “The Women and Men of Harvard Law School,” on a survey of HLS graduates in the classes of 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2000. Their data is full of interesting findings. For example, it appears Harvard Law grads are actually slightly […]

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CLP Faculty Director, David B. Wilkins featured in podcast from ABA National Summit

Friday, May 15, 2015

Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Jordan Furlong, Professor David Wilkins, and Professor Deborah Rhode, panelists from ‘Reporting Out with Reaction’ at the 2015 ABA National Summit on Innovation in Legal Services at Stanford Law School. The panel involved the discussion of challenges in the delivery of legal services and practical solutions to these […]

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HLS Career Study findings on “careers after children” featured in Bloomberg article

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Having children led women lawyers to quit their job and leave the paid workforce altogether, whereas men were more likely than women to report working more hours, according to a study of Harvard Law School graduates from the past several decades that offers insight on gender dynamics within the legal profession. The study, which Big Law Business also reported on […]

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Goodwin’s Regina Pisa Honored by Harvard Law’s Center on the Legal Profession

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Goodwin Procter Chairman Emeritus Regina Pisa was honored by Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at its first annual “Women as Lawyers and as Leaders” awards on May 12 in New York City. Pisa received the inaugural Award for Professional Excellence for her role as the first woman elected chairman and managing partner of […]

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CLP’s HLS Career Study findings featured in Glamour Magazine

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A new survey by Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession shows that women at law firms work more hours than men, on average. While the study, titled The Women and Men of Harvard Law School, is limited in scope—researchers mailed surveys only to Harvard Law School alumni from specific graduating classes, with a 35 percent response rate—it does paint a picture of challenges women continue to face in the legal profession.

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