March 14, 2016

“Changing the Profession, One Lawyer at a Time,” Law Practice Today, March 14, 2016

A new paradigm exists for women in law. The legal profession, once an old boys’ club, is a diverse and ever-evolving field where men and women of all backgrounds work together for the benefit of their clients. Female lawyers are now power brokers in the legal realm, with more women than ever in the position of managing partner or lead counsel in multi-million dollar transactions, for example.

With the great strides women have made in the business and practice of law, what does the future hold for female lawyers? How can female attorneys inspire young women to join the legal field? In this month’s Roundtable, we hear from six individuals who discuss their backgrounds and careers as women in law.

Our Moderator

Nicholas Gaffney (NG) is a member of the Law Practice Today Editorial Board and a veteran public relations practitioner.

Vivian Quinn (VQ) is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Litigation Department and Deputy Group Leader of NP’s Products/Class Action & Aggregate Litigation team. She is experienced in all aspects of civil litigation with primary emphasis on national, regional and local products liability disputes.

Leanne Rakers (LR) is a principal at Harness Dickey & Pierce. She is a registered attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Her practice is concentrated on preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications in pharmaceutical, life science and biotechnological arts, including small molecule chemistry, therapeutic methods, organometallic chemistry and recombinant DNA technology.

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