Susan Smith Blakely graduated from the University of Wisconsin with distinction and from Georgetown Law where she was a teaching 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. During her practice years, Ms. Blakely published several comprehensive articles in academic law journals.
After 25 years of practice and public service, Ms. Blakely retired as a law firm partner in 2006 to devote herself to issues challenging young lawyers. She and her husband Bill, who is also a lawyer, live in Great Falls, Virginia, and have two children: Elizabeth, a graduate of the University of Virginia and Seton Hall University School of Law, who is an associate with a law firm in NYC; and Derick, also a graduate of the University of Virginia and Washington College of Law, American University, an associate with a law firm in Nashville, TN. When she is not writing, Ms. Blakely enjoys reading, playing the piano, gardening, summers at the shore, traveling, being with family and friends, and serving on not-for-profit boards of directors.
Ms. Blakely is the author of the “Best Friends at the Bar” book series focusing on women lawyers and “What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge from the Past to the Future of Law Practice.”
Susan Smith Blakely talks about her latest book, “What Millennial Lawyers Want: A Bridge From Past to Future Law Practice.”
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