The September Women of Legal Tech series at Legaltech News features Amy Sullivan Cahill, founder and managing partner of Cahill IP. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Cahill shares her experiences as a young lawyer, where it became clear that women were not being treated like men. So she decided to set up her own IP firm, with three other women lawyers.
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Q: Where do you want to be in five years, 10 years?
A: Cahill. Within five years, I would like to grow our firm to 10 attorneys. In 10 years, I would like our firm to be among the top two IP firms in the state.
Q. Dress codes?
A: I fear that any clothing expectations inadvertently impose double standards for men and women. At our state bar convention this year, one of the lauded speakers advised women to refrain from wearing slacks to court. This is absurd and insulting. I would say, feel good in your clothing and if you do not, try to get help from a professional who can help you develop a style you feel is authentic to you. At the end of the day, it’s not about the clothes.
Q. Advice for young women?
A: Try not to lead with emotion. This is different from not having emotions. Emotions can guide and inform you, but if you cannot control your emotions when communicating with others you will be less effective.
Q. Favorite charities?
A: I serve on the board of a local cancer center, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. This work has heightened meaning as one of our four children has battled cancer.
Q. Favorite vacation?
A. Outdoors with our children—the beach or mountain skiing.
Monica Bay is a Fellow at CodeX and a freelance journalist. She is a member of the California bar. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MonicaBay.
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