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|About||Creating and nurturing Communities for women attorneys across the U.S. for their support and growth both personally and professionally.|
The Mission of GIRL ATTORNEY, LLC:
GIRL ATTORNEY LLC exists for women attorneys (both those that do, and do not, practice law) to support and encourage each other both professionally and personally.
There are FB support/encouragement/referral-finding Communities (on FB's highest privacy setting, so you cannot see/find them*) for every state in the U.S., and Washington D.C., and there is a National GA Group, too.
"This" only started a few months ago (July 2016), so while there are over 16,000 women in these groups currently/collectively, the "launched" state FB Groups vary in size from as few as 100 members, and as many as 5,400 members.
There are also a handful of not-yet-launched states which currently have no members.
If you would like to be added to any of these FB Communities, and you are a woman who has graduated from law school, please go to the Girl Attorney website, follow this link, and complete the form at the bottom of the page: www.girlattorney.com/facebook
If you are interested in possibly help launch a FB Community for your state, let me know that too!
Susan Carns Curtiss, founder and CEO of GIRL ATTORNEY, LLC
*Please note - there is a "Girl Attorney - NC" FB Group, which can be found from a search, and which is not affiliated with GIRL ATTORNEY, LLC in any way.
The Story of GIRL ATTORNEY, LLC:
It was the fall of 2010, and I had recently begun working at a large law office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., where my job responsibilities included vetting cases for possible representation. For the convenience of those I connected with by phone, I developed a habit of ending those conversations with, “Here’s my name and my direct line, but also, if you lose this information - as long as you remember the name of this law office - call back, and ask for THE GIRL ATTORNEY." I was the only female attorney that worked at that office, so - no matter who answered the phone - the caller would easily find their way back to me.
A few years later (having tried more than a dozen jury trials by then), while attending a trial lawyers' conference, I quickly noted that I was one of no more than five women there...out of well over 100 trial lawyers. What's more, over the course of that multi-day conference, I was repeatedly mistaken for "someone's spouse." There I was – with “my people” – but, simply for being female, I was also virtually unrecognizable to them.
I'll admit it; I was discouraged.
On the last day of the conference, from my back-corner-of-the-large-conference-room seat, I observed the otherwise collective chest thumping of the crowd, and I contemplated the role of my femininity in this “jungle.”
Me: Girl Attorney.
Naturally (for me), my mind wandered to the possibility that there was some source of solace for me online. So, I searched the internet, and was surprised to find - I could not find anything. I found stories and articles about working women in general, and working female attorneys specifically - some books, sure; but I did not find a community.
Before I got up from my seat that day I searched for - and then bought - www.girlattorney.com
Over the next three years, considerable thought, research, observations, experiences, conversations, and coffee contributed to the development of the context of this website
|Founded||July 3, 2016|