June 18, 2012
Susan Smith Blakely graduated from the University of Wisconsin with distinction and from Georgetown Law where she taught legal research and writing as a Law Fellow. Her diverse background includes private practice with law firms, specializing in litigation and land use law, experience in both state and federal courts and before administrative commissions and boards, and service in the public sector as Chief of Staff for an elected official. She has also published several comprehensive articles in academic law journals.
After 25 years of practice and public service, Blakely retired as a law firm partner in 2006. When she is not writing, Susan enjoys reading, playing the piano, gardening, skiing, traveling, and being with family and friends.
Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law is Blakely’s first book. Her second book, Best Friends at the Bar: The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer will be released by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business in July 2012. She has additional books planned for the Best Friends at the Bar series.