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Kate McGuinness coachingThe amazing Kate McGuinness, authoradvocate, and former BigLaw partner and Fortune 300 GC stopped by to tell us about a low-cost program that provides women with a coach to make positive changes in their life. Check it out, especially if you’re in law school!

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Which of Your Selves Comes Forward as a Lawyer?

Double faced lawyerPlease welcome Kate McGuinness back to talk about how career (and life) plans might evolve to reveal different “selves,” and how to handle this situation when it occurs.

Without further ado…here’s Kate!

I have several different selves rattling around inside. No, I’m not suggesting multiple personality disorder. I’m alluding to the varied interests and aptitudes that have led to different careers over time.

My nurturing, playful self became an elementary school teacher. She was followed by the brainy, kick-ass self who became a lawyer. Then the creative, reclusive self came forward to write my legal thriller Terminal Ambition. Now the compassionate, wise self is stepping up as a coach to guide clients through growth and change.

Just as Harry Potter discovered that he had a “good self” and a “bad self,” each of us has many selves.
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Kate’s Counsel: Speak Up!

Kate McGuinness - Terminal AmbitionMore hard-won advice from the fantastic Kate McGuinness, author, advocate, and former BigLaw partner and Fortune 300 GC. Do check out the video at the end!

I imagine many readers are burned out from adopting and abandoning New Year’s resolutions, but I’m going to suggest one more: Speak up in class.

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Kate’s Counsel: Chill Out About Exams

Sad law studentJust in the nick of time, Kate McGuinness returns with some words of hard-earned wisdom about law school exams & your future career!

In an astonishing display of clairvoyance, I will correctly predict the emotional state of each of the nation’s law students. Ta-da, it’s anxiety.

Exam Time!

Exams are coming, and no matter how hard you worked over Thanksgiving break, you’re certain you didn’t work hard enough. You finished reviewing your class notes, but you’ve given up creating your own outline. Gilberts and E&Es sit unopened on your desk. You haven’t taken a single practice exam yet.

Here’s my advice:

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Kate’s Counsel: Finding Your Way in the Legal Profession

Kate McGuinness - Terminal AmbitionBig news! Kate McGuinness, author of Terminal Ambition and a legal trailblazer in her own right, is going to be a regular writer on The Girl’s Guide, which I couldn’t be more excited about.

Kate has a wealth of valuable experience to share about navigating as a woman in the legal profession, and she’s open to questions. So — if you need advice from someone who’s been-there-done-that — don’t be shy! Leave your questions in the comments.

Now, without further ado, here’s Kate!

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If I Could Choose Again, Would I Still Wait To Have Children?

ChildrenFocused on a demanding career as an attorney and married to a man who refused to become the “default parent,” Kate McGuinness waited too long to have a biological child. So she adopted a son, ended her marriage, and wouldn’t change a thing.

Childless women often view their declining fertility with ambivalence. Jennifer Westfeldt, director and producer of Friends With Kids, recently said,

I kept feeling like I’d wake up with absolute clarity, and I haven’t. And we have a pretty great life together. The chance that we’ll regret it doesn’t seem like a compelling enough reason to do it. I may wake up tomorrow with that lighting bolt, and I’ll have to scramble to make it happen.

Ms. Westfield is 42. “Scrambling to make it happen” would, in all likelihood, entail high-tech fertility rites with a low chance of producing a child with both her genes and those of her partner Jon Hamm.

I know firsthand the profound regret of having waited too long and the frustration of fertility treatments. But I sympathize fully with the difficulty of forcing a life-changing decision. 

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The More Things Change…

No girls!Today’s interview is with Kate McGuinness, who joined the legal profession in the 1970s, when things looked quite different than they do today. Once a BigLaw partner and now a writer and women’s rights activist, she’s got fascinating stories to tell about what’s changed, and, sadly, how much hasn’t changed as fast as she’d hoped.

Take it away!

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