Author Archives: Beth Hray, Esq.

Some Women are Trading in their Briefcases for Diaper Bags

Is it possible to have a prominent legal career and a family? The answer is an emphatic yes! However, each day we are only given 24 hours. Within those 24 hours, that seem to fly by, each person has varying demands and obligations that he or she must accomplish. The more demands we have the less time we have to devote to each of our responsibilities. A demanding job tends to be coupled with demanding hours. This may mean less time for other things in life. Could this be why About 25 Percent of Lawyer Moms Leave the Workplace, Study Finds – News – ABA Journal? See also, The Opt-Out Revolution –

Miami Networking Event

The Miami Networking Event will be held on May 26th in conjunction with the Dade County Bar Association.  The event will be a “Wine and Tapas Night” social from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe located at 124 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida.  There is no fee for students for the event since it is being sponsored by Florida Coastal.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Miami legal community and to develop contacts there.


Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe recommends parking on the street or in the Wachovia garage which is behind their shop.  Should you have difficulty locating their shop, you may contact them at (305) 445-4567.

Atlanta Networking Event

 The Atlanta Networking Event will be held on May 26th in conjunction with the Atlanta Bar Association, which covers the entire metropolitan area.  Note that this is a change in date from the originally scheduled May 19th.  There is no fee for students for the event since it is being co-sponsored by Florida Coastal.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Atlanta legal community and to develop contacts there.

The reception is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the law offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, at 201 17th Street NW, Suite 1700 in Atlanta.  This is a great opportunity to visit the offices of a national law firm.  Since the reception is being held in their offices, there will likely be a fair number of their attorneys in attendance.  Find out more about the firm at  Select the “Atlanta” button at the bottom of the home page to learn about that branch.


2011 Diversity Summit

The sixth annual Diversity Summit will bring together NALP and ALFDP members, law firm partners, in-house lawyers, law school deans, industry consultants, and other legal career professionals who have an interest in continuing to expand diversity in the legal profession. The chief purpose of this exciting conference is to provide a forum for a robust exchange of information about the current challenges and innovations surrounding the issue of diversity in the legal employment arena. Participants will also enjoy multiple networking opportunities, allowing occasions to connect and share best practices.

 Our experts will explore such topics as:

 • advanced lessons on core competencies

• advice and strategies from the client perspective

• steps to take to promote true inclusion

• the power of microinequities

• the link between diversity and leadership effectiveness

When: Friday, June 10, 2011- 8AM-4:30 PM

Opening Reception Thursday June 9, 2011- 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

 Where: Northwestern UniversitySchool of Law, Thorne Auditorium, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611


Muslims in the Legal Profession

I recently read an article in HR Magazine entitled “Muslim Employees: Valuable but Vulnerable.” The article brought to my attention some of the unique issues facing Muslims in the workplace. As a career counselor, I work with all students at FCSL to assist with career and professional development, and I also act as the liaison between Career Services and our diverse and multicultural population on campus. After reading the article, the wheels in my head starting spinning and thinking of ways to address issues that Muslim students at FCSL may face as they enter the job market. I started posing questions that I may be asked when counseling a Muslim student. Some of the questions included, should a Muslim woman wear a head covering during an interview, how should a Muslim intern or attorney address an employer about accommodations to pray five times a day or providing a place for ablution? My list of questions goes on and on. Although I am still seeking insight from Muslim attorneys, in the meantime, I was able to find an article that sheds legal light on the issues that Muslims may face in the workplace, Making Space for Islam in the Workplace.