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August 2006 Issue


Cover Story

Early Exits

From her office in a curved-glass building in downtown Chicago, Tina Tchen has all the trappings of success: a view, positions in national bar associations and a partnership at one of the country’s most prestigious law firms—Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

To those who know her, Tchen’s success is no surprise. A graduate of a top law school, she’s worked hard to earn her reputation as a bet-the-company tri­al lawyer.

What is surprising, though, is that Tchen decided to stick it out at a law firm at all.

According to a new study by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession, few women of color ever get the kinds of equal opportunities that Tchen received to put them on the road to partnership. As a result, most choose to leave their firms rather than stay and fight for equality.

The study, Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms, explores the experiences of these women. And what it shows is not pretty.

Feature Section

    Making Rain on the Net

    David Wochner’s day starts with a quick read of news reports on the liquefied natural gas industry. Then he writes news summaries and analyses of industry events. With the help of another colleague and an intern who is a recent journalism school graduate, he publishes a Web log, the LNG Law Blog.

    The HIV Conundrum

    It was three months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and Lorenzo Taylor was looking forward to helping his country. Fluent in three languages and holding a foreign service degree from George­town University, Taylor had easily passed the tough exams for be­coming a foreign service officer for the U.S. De­part­ment of State.

ABA Connection

Preparing for the Worst

As reports continue to pour in offering critiques of what went wrong with the re­sponse to Hur­ricane Katrina, analysts say an important lesson is that react­ing to wide­spread disasters is a private affair as well as a matter of government responsibility.

McElhaney on Litigation

The Big Idea

Corner Office

Counseling Counselors

Associates in the Trenches

Slowdown Solutions

Solo Network

An ADA Lesson

Ideas from the Front

Dangerous Waters

Worthy Work

Life Audit

Code Enforcement

President's Message

Parting Words

Executive Director's Report

Leaving on a High Note

Report from Governmental Affairs

Balancing Act

Obiter Dicta

Reptile Rebuff

Keeva on Life and Practice

Speaking Volumes