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Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law Hardcover – March 1, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Legalworks; 1 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314960376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314960375
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. Lauren launched the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership to help businesses and other organizations create a culture where their professionals can advance and flourish. She brings to each engagement nearly three decades of experience, including as a law firm partner, mediator, and professional and community leader.

Lauren is also the Executive-in-Residence at Boston College's Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management. Established in 1990, the Center links academic research and corporate practice to create workplace cultures that support individual and organizational success.

Lauren is frequently requested to appear as a keynote speaker and to lead programs and workshops addressing: strengthening multigenerational teams; women's leadership and advancement; unexamined bias; and related workplace issues.

Lauren is the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, published in 2006, which has been highly acclaimed for its thoughtful insights into the management of today's law firms and the institutional impediments to the retention and advancement of women in the legal profession. She is also the author of Success Strategies for Women Lawyers, published in the fall of 2010. She has authored more than 100 articles on a variety of topics within her area of expertise as well as topical commentary, including op ed pieces in major newspapers.

For the past 20 years, Lauren has been selected by her peers to be listed in Best Lawyers in America. She has also been recognized in Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers and Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Lauren brings an extraordinary background of leadership positions in professional and community organizations to her work at the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership. From August, 2008 until August, 2011, Lauren, served as a member of the governing body of the American Bar Association, the ABA Board of Governors. From 2005-2008, she served as one of twelve members of the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession, whose mission is to secure full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and the justice system. She currently serves as a chair of the Rights of Women Committee of the ABA's Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section and is a member of the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation, and a Trustee of the Middlesex Savings Bank.

As part of her commitment to the advancement of women in public leadership, Lauren serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. Lauren is also a founding member of the Council for Women of Boston College which is dedicated to furthering the role of women as active leaders and participants at BC.
Lauren is a former chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, served for ten years on the Board of Trustees of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was the first chair of the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Tri-County. She was a founder and served for six years as president of MetroWest Harvest, an organization which transports donated food and personal care items to area shelters and food pantries. She is also one of the founders of an organization which created the first shelter in the MetroWest Boston area for victims of domestic violence.

Lauren is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2011, she received the "Friend of the Division" Award from the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for her guidance, support, and mentorship. Among her other honors, Lauren was a 2010 Leading Women Award recipient from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, a recipient of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2009 Women of Justice Award, the 2007 Barbara Gray Humanitarian Award from Voices Against Violence, the Boston College 2004 Alumni Award for Excellence in Law, the Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Medal, and the 2005 Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts. In 1997, the Metrowest Chamber of Commerce named her Business Leader of the Year, and she was the 2001 winner of its Athena Award.

Lauren has written for or been interviewed by such publications and media outlets as: The Harvard Business Review Blog, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The National Law Journal, Forbes Woman, the Careerist, WBZ Radio, New England Cable News Network, MSNBC.com, The Boston Business Journal, New York Lawyer, The Glass Hammer, Legal Management, Exchange Morning Post, Women's Health, Monster's Legal Career Center, LawCrossing,the Board Room, Know Magazine, JD Journal, The Detroiter and The Public Record.

Previously, Lauren was an equity partner at Bowditch & Dewey LLP where she founded the firm's environmental practice group and managed a diverse environmental law practice, bringing her strategic and negotiating skills to her clients' enforcement and compliance problems. Lauren is also an experienced mediator.


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After enough pestering, I finally gave in and gave it a read.
H. Waterman
A good, hard look at today's law firms, Ending the Gauntlet: Removing the Barriers to Women's Success in the Law tackles tough issues comprehensively and fairly.
Carol M., Frohlinger
Ms. Rikleen rightly appreciates that it is time to redefine what it means to be successful in the legal profession.
E. Lynn Grayson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol M., Frohlinger on May 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A good, hard look at today's law firms, Ending the Gauntlet: Removing the Barriers to Women's Success in the Law tackles tough issues comprehensively and fairly. Lots to recommend about this book, but particularly helpful for those who care about law firm profitability are the practical recommendations Lauren Stiller Rikleen makes in the second part of the book.

My work is with women, however, and I found the discussion of gender stereotypes and how they impact women to be consistent with my research and observations. Rikleen is right -- most of the time, behaviors that hold women back aren't motivated by bad intentions, merely cluelessness. Yet these behaviors hurt women and, consequently, the legal profession. Rikleen offers a blueprint for law firms who want to get better; the smart ones will follow it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Lynn Grayson on March 6, 2006
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Ms. Rikleen's book is an insightful and well reasoned review of issues affecting the legal profession today and how those forces often work against the advancement of women attorneys. Ending the Gauntlet provides a comprehensive review of the issues facing women today, extensive research about these concerns and recommendations for change. The book's approach is a refreshing one noting that while women face day to day challenges to succeed given our culture, the real problem is the one faced by the legal profession overall. Ms. Rikleen rightly appreciates that it is time to redefine what it means to be successful in the legal profession. She offers hope that the legal profession can allow the opportunity for all lawyers to succeed and in achieving that success, there is a place for serving clients, raising healthy children, caring for elderly parents and participating in our communities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Parsons on March 5, 2006
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I saw an advance copy of this book and was blown away. The interviews are incredibly compelling and candid, the author's voice very unique. I at times found myself nodding along in recognition of issues that I have faced myself and, at other times shocked by the choices some women have been forced to make.

Finally, someone has put forth a book about these important issues, not only in law, but in so many other professions. This is an absolute must-read for everyone involved in practicing law and for all women balancing work and family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane K. Danielson on October 1, 2006
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Having survived three years in a law firm (and survive was the key word), I could definitly relate to the stories in this book. The only shocking part is that I was in a law firm over 10 years ago, and nothing seems to have changed. Ending the Gauntlet, however, is more than a compendium of stories of women being mommy-tracked. It looks at the structure of a law firm itself and how that contributes to the workplace issues for everyone, not just women. I particularly loved the Prologue (worth the price of the book itself, especially if you have my warped sense of humor), because it describes how a bizarre sort of company is run where performance for all employees is based solely on money they personally earn for the company; the managing director/CEO is only "part-time" because he too has to earn money to keep his title; turnover is high; management is minimal or nonexistent; and people are given management positions because they are "least objectionable" to others; part-time is extended but discouraged as it cuts into billable hours ... and you finally start to realize that while the rest of the world has moved foward, law firms are relics of days gone by
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula Giovacchini on May 26, 2006
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Ending the Gauntlet was a powerful read -- it provides a very practical and realistic view of law firm culture for women and what needs to change. I could not put it down.

As a former corporate executive who now consults with law firms on sales and leadership effectiveness, Ending the Gauntlet provides the roadmap for change -- at both the individual level for women and at the firm level.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Mendoza on May 3, 2006
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I purchased Ending the Gauntlet after hearing many rave reviews but admit that before reading it, I had my reservations that the tone of the book would be either too shrill or academic. That was absolutely not the case. Ms. Rikleen discusses the challenges that women lawyers face and the challenges that the profession as a whole faces in a thoughtful, honest and fair voice that is truly compelling to the reader. I've recommended this book to every lawyer I know (male and female).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Austin on March 6, 2006
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Finally someone honestly addresses many of the major problems facing the legal profession today. As a former attorney, I can relate to many of the issues raised by Ms. Rikleen in her book. I entered the legal profession as a second career and was dismayed by the attitudes I encountered toward female attorneys and toward the concept of creating a healthier work environment. While on the average, female attorneys suffer the most from antiquated and sexist ideas regarding what it means to practice law, the entire legal profession suffers as well. It is time for ALL attorneys to stop the craziness. All attorneys, firm managers and human development people should read this book.
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