I talk a lot of students about life as a lawyer and finding ways to balance the needs of the profession with having a life. There's no way around it. It's not easy. It's particularly tough on women. In response to issues in the profession and in M&A that are specific to women, the ABA's M&A Committee has formed a Women in M&A Task Force Task Force:
The primary goal of the Women in M&A Taskforce is to increase the participation and retention of women lawyers in M&A through four key initiatives: (i) work with law schools to educate women law students about the profession; (ii) increase awareness at law firms; (iii) promote networking and provide business development tools to women in the profession; and (iv) provide avenues of communication among Taskforce members to enable the sharing of materials, experiences and best practices. The American Bar Association’s Women in M&A Taskforce is Co-Chaired by Jennifer Muller at Houlihan Lokey and Leigh Walton from Bass, Berry & Sims. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a worthy effort that everyone should get behind. I'll post links to any reports or recommendations the Taskforce may generate.
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