ABA Commission on Women

ABA Commission on Women The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession is comprised of 12 members appointed by the ABA President. Its mission is to secure the full and equal participation of women in the ABA, the legal profession, and the justice system.
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As the national voice for women lawyers, the Commission forges a new and better profession that ensures that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement commensurate with their male counterparts. Now in its third decade, the Commission not only reports the challenges that women lawyers face, it also brings about positive change in the legal workplace. ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Phone: 312-988-5715

As the national voice for women lawyers, the Commission forges a new and better profession that ensures that women have equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement commensurate with their male counterparts. Now in its third decade, the Commission not only reports the challenges that women lawyers face, it also brings about positive change in the legal workplace. ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Phone: 312-988-5715

Mission: To secure the full and equal participation of women in the ABA, the legal profession, and the justice system.

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12/23/2020
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2021-22 ABA-IPL Young Lawyer Fellows Program

The ABA-IPL Section is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 Young Lawyer Fellows Program. The goal of the program is to develop future leadership and encourage diversity in the Section. The two selected fellows will serve a two-year-term. Resumes and completed applications are due by January 14, 2021.

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There is a lot going on in these turbulent times as we wonder how the landscape will be for working women amid COVID in ...
12/15/2020
Perspectives - DiversityInclusionConnect

There is a lot going on in these turbulent times as we wonder how the landscape will be for working women amid COVID in 2021. Share your thoughts and concerns with other #WomenLawyers in the Perspectives community: https://connect.americanbar.org/diversityinclusionconnect/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=58b39306-566e-4970-83fe-afaa1e4c53b1

Hello, The American Bar Association, the nation's largest voluntary bar association, is soliciting applications for the position of senior associate executive director and general counsel to join its executive leadership team. The ABA is dedicated to ...

The Commission has published many informative books to help women succeed in law careers, such as the perennially popula...
11/20/2020

The Commission has published many informative books to help women succeed in law careers, such as the perennially popular GRIT & the pithy LEARNING TO LEAD. Take advantage of the ABA's Cyber Monday sale on 30 November to stock up on the titles that'll help you grow your career in 2021, despite the challenges our world continues to face. Find out what books are best for you at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/publications/

11/17/2020
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Nominations are now open for the Brent awards. Brent honorees are #womenlawyers who've made outstanding contributions to the profession while also lifting other women as they climb. Submit a nomination for a worthy woman in your network through 1/29. Learn more at www.ambar.org/brentawards!

11/11/2020

Don't forget to register for CWP's webinar, This Talk Isn't Cheap: Guiding Conversations toward Equity! Coming up on Monday the 16th at noon Central Time, this webinar will provide valuable takeaways on how to improve conversations about gender, race, and ethnicity so that all women can work together in combating the barriers to advancement in the legal profession. Through this type of dialogue, we take critical steps to creating a more inclusive, just & equitable society. Sign up here: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/406481829/

Nominate a worthy woman in your network for the Margaret Brent awards! https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/wome...
10/30/2020
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

Nominate a worthy woman in your network for the Margaret Brent awards!

https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/margaret-brent-awards/

Nominations are now open for the 31st annual Brent Awards! We welcome your nominations for these awards, which will be presented in August '21. The award was established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, this award honors up to five outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. These women demonstrate excellence in a variety of professional settings and personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.

The deadline to submit the nomination form and supporting materials is Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM CT.

Nomination criteria and application requirements https://aba.fluidreview.com/

Not sure whom to nominate? Read about our past winners https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/margaret-brent-awards/pasthonorees/ and get inspired! https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/margaret-brent-awards/


Resubmission of Nomination
If you submitted a nomination packet in 2019 or 2020 it's not too late to resubmit! Please contact Laura Tannous at [email protected] or 312-988-5715. Note: Re-submission must include (1) a new award criteria narrative and (2) an updated resume.

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The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is now accepting nominations for the 31st Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. The award was established in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Each year, this award honors up to five outstanding wom...

#ABAGivingDay is TODAY!  Support CWP's work towards greater opportunities for women lawyers of color, as well as all our...
10/29/2020
American Bar Association Giving Day

#ABAGivingDay is TODAY! Support CWP's work towards greater opportunities for women lawyers of color, as well as all our other projects, by giving here: https://givingday.americanbar.org/

What is ABA Giving Day?
ABA Giving Day is a daylong giving event dedicated to counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America. Held in conjunction with the National Celebration of Pro Bono – a time that recognizes the collective power of free legal services – ABA Giving Day promotes multiple ways to help ensure a just society by giving you the opportunity to donate your time and your charitable dollars to address the urgent social issues of today.

Legal services are human services, and they are needed more urgently than ever. ABA Giving Day is your opportunity to invest in programs that counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America. Held in conjunction with the National Celebration of Pro Bono – a time that recog...

Our newest toolkit, the Guided Conversations Project, was just released! The toolkit includes a new research report, Thi...
10/27/2020
Guided Conversations Project

Our newest toolkit, the Guided Conversations Project, was just released! The toolkit includes a new research report, This Talk Isn't Cheap, and instructions for how to create structured dialogues between women lawyers of color and white women lawyers so the profession can become more hospitable to all women. Learning more about the experiences of women lawyers of color is the first step towards effective allyship.

Read about the toolkit here: https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2020/10/report-examines-roadblocks-among-women-lawyers--offers-toolkit-f/

and experience it for yourself here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/initiatives_awards/women_of_color_research_initiative/guided-conversations-project/

The Guided Conversations Project addresses the intersectionality of race and gender in the legal profession. Women of color and white women can engage in structured dialog about their differing experiences in the legal profession and how allyship by white women can bridge gaps in trust while promoti...

CWP will cosponsor ABA Health Law's webinar How Attorneys Can Help Cancer Patients Navigate COVID-19: Work & Insurance, ...
10/23/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: How Attorneys Can Help Cancer Patients Navigate COVID-19: Work & Insurance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

CWP will cosponsor ABA Health Law's webinar How Attorneys Can Help Cancer Patients Navigate COVID-19: Work & Insurance, 27 Oct, 12-1pm CT. Register here: https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XfcSy0ZIT06xfKf5Pm8ipA

Things are changing fast, and people have questions about how COVID-19 may impact their jobs, insurance, and finances. As states reopen, what rights do cancer patients and caregivers have at work and with their health insurance? This webinar, will provide up-to-the-minute information about changes t...

Reminder: Join us TOMORROW for the webinar Becoming Notorious. A virtual panel discussion will celebrate the life, legac...
10/20/2020
Becoming Notorious: RBG’s Impact on Litigations and Dissents [CC]

Reminder: Join us TOMORROW for the webinar Becoming Notorious. A virtual panel discussion will celebrate the life, legacy, and tremendous accomplishments of a true champion of justice with the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and two presidents of the American Bar Association: past and present.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. EST. CLE credit available. Register at www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/406472581

Please join us for a virtual panel discussion celebrating the life, legacy, and tremendous accomplishments of a true champion of justice with the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, No…

ABA Giving Day is October 29!  Legal services are human services, and they are needed more urgently than ever. ABA Givin...
10/13/2020
American Bar Association Giving Day

ABA Giving Day is October 29! Legal services are human services, and they are needed more urgently than ever. ABA Giving Day is your opportunity to invest in programs that counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America. We are so proud that the Commission on Women in the Profession's work is featured this year on https://givingday.americanbar.org Please support our projects so we can continue to move the needle for gender equity in the legal profession!

Legal services are human services, and they are needed more urgently than ever. ABA Giving Day is your opportunity to invest in programs that counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America. Held in conjunction with the National Celebration of Pro Bono – a time that recog...

10/12/2020

The Commission is proud to cosponsor the Antitrust Section's Women.Connected cmte's webinar Grit & Growth Mindset: Tools for Combating COVID Burnout. The webinar will take place on Thurs.,11/5 from 12:00-1:30 P.M. Eastern Time via Zoom.

It’s a nearly daily occurrence that another think piece chronicles the challenges facing women lawyers during COVID. From navigating remote work to serving as teacher, tutor, and room parent, to daily negotiations with partners, research shows that women are bearing the brunt of the load. This has led many diversity advocates for the profession to sound alarms. They fear that the combination of a recession and the disproportionate load that is falling on women could lead to a massive loss of women lawyers’ talent.

While organizations must do their part to address these problems, Women.Connected invites you to a practical program that will explore Grit and Growth Mindset, two psychological tools that can help lawyers combat COVID burnout. Based on the CWP’s ground-breaking Grit Project, this session will explore what grit and growth mindset can do for us during COVID. Specifically, Dr. Milana Hogan will present her research showing that women lawyers tend to have grit in spades (making it a tool that women lawyers can draw on in this unique moment) and explain the value of developing a growth mindset.

Register here: https://www.americanbar.org/events-cle/mtg/web/406047546/

Join us for a webinar on #WomenLawyers of color!  The Commission is cosponsoring, together with the Bar Association of S...
10/07/2020
Display event - Evaluating “Left Out and Left Behind”

Join us for a webinar on #WomenLawyers of color! The Commission is cosponsoring, together with the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, a program titled Evaluating Left Out and Left Behind which will discuss the results of our study about the experience of women of color in the legal profession. You will learn what recent groundbreaking research has to say about why women lawyers of color stay in or leave the profession, and how they can attain access to success in their careers.

Date: Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
Time: 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time

Register here: https://portal.sfbar.org/SFBAR/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=B200211&WebsiteKey=7ff45d51-7883-4a28-ab2a-c56a3eb4a5e0
ABA Members, email [email protected] to receive your $15 discount!

Bethanie Barnes Slack Technologies, Inc. Suzette Barnes Orrick Chambord Benton-Hayes Ogletree Deakins Paulette Brown Locke Lord Eileen Letts Zuber, Lawler, and del Duca Destiny Peery The Red Bee Group

We are excited to cosponsor a Supreme Court Preview program exploring the upcoming docket.  Don't miss your chance to he...
09/30/2020

We are excited to cosponsor a Supreme Court Preview program exploring the upcoming docket. Don't miss your chance to hear what the experts think about the cases the high court will decide this year.

A special commemorative tribute to #RBG is being held TOMORROW, Thursday, 9/24 by California Women Lawyers.  You can acc...
09/23/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Joint Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

A special commemorative tribute to #RBG is being held TOMORROW, Thursday, 9/24 by California Women Lawyers. You can access the tribute here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uKVPVYiTRoGC_NqtLo5Zuw

Senator Dianne Feinstein will speak, and an opera aria will be sung in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's love of the genre. Let's celebrate the amazing life and incredible contributions of this trail-blazing jurist and her commitment to #genderequality !

As a tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, California Women Lawyers has joined with local, statewide and national women’s bar groups in California and across the nation to present an online celebration of Justice Ginsburg’s trailblazing life and work. This unique event brings together speakers...

How do women of color experience the legal profession, and how can allies and leaders make it more hospitable to them?  ...
09/22/2020
Display event - Evaluating “Left Out and Left Behind”

How do women of color experience the legal profession, and how can allies and leaders make it more hospitable to them? Join the discussion at the Bar Association of San Francisco's event, Evaluating "Left Out and Left Behind", where recommendations from the ABA's report of the same name will be analyzed. The event takes place on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:45am PT & is approved for 1.5 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE. CWP's proud to cosponsor, along with the the Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California.

Panelists include the report's authors, Destiny Peery, the Red Bee Group; Paulette Brown, Locke Lord; and Eileen Letts, Zuber, Lawler, and del Duca. Bethanie Barnes, Slack Technologies, Inc.; Suzette Barnes, Orrick; Chambord Benton-Hayes, Ogletree Deakins; and moderator Lindsey Mignano, Smith Shapourian Mignano also feature on the panel.

Learn more and register here: https://portal.sfbar.org/SFBAR/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=B200211&WebsiteKey=7ff45d51-7883-4a28-ab2a-c56a3eb4a5e0

Bethanie Barnes Slack Technologies, Inc. Suzette Barnes Orrick Chambord Benton-Hayes Ogletree Deakins Paulette Brown Locke Lord Eileen Letts Zuber, Lawler, and del Duca Destiny Peery The Red Bee Group

Do you own your own law practice and balance that with family responsibilities - or want to learn from those who do?  At...
09/22/2020
Home - Lawyer Mom Owner Summit

Do you own your own law practice and balance that with family responsibilities - or want to learn from those who do? Attend the Lawyer Mom Owner Summit from September 30-October 1, 2020! Learn more: https://lawyermomownersummit.com/

LAWYER + MOM + OWNER VIRTUAL SUMMIT parenthood, practice & profit in the pandemic REGISTER NOW! JUST $39! September 30-October 1, 2020 ONE THOUSAND LAWYER MOM OWNERS STRONG. ONE VIRTUAL SUMMIT TO UNITE THEM ALL. What You’ll Learn Practical advice on protecting your firm and clients and operating v...

CWP, the American Bar Association, and the entire profession mourn the tremendous loss of Justice #RBG .  Our deepest sy...
09/19/2020
Ginsburgmania

CWP, the American Bar Association, and the entire profession mourn the tremendous loss of Justice #RBG . Our deepest sympathy lies with her family and friends. Justice Ginsburg's many accomplishments not only had meaning for our country and justice system but ushered in a sea change for women in the legal profession. Read ABA President Patricia Lee Refo's statement on Ginsburg: https://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2020/09/aba-president-statement-on-the-passing-of-justice-ruth-bader-gin/ and learn more about her impact in Perspectives: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/women/publications/perspectives/2015/summer/ginsburgmania/

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has achieved rock-star status as her decisions, dissents, and passionate support for women’s issues—along with her incisive and witty quotes beyond the bench—have earned her the affectionate moniker “Notorious RBG.”

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I am a former practicing lawyer (YLS ’86) who has been a legal recruiter for the past 15 years. I work with partners and practice groups which have substantial, portable client practices--to further candidate career and client practice objectives. One of the major barriers I see for senior women in law firms is the presumption that your portable book of business will not grow after age fifty—that it will, in fact decline. This presumption is, of course, ageist, and denies the demographic reality that some women (and men) will actively practice into their seventies and beyond. But it disparately impacts women who are most likely to scale down their practices and/or client development, to accommodate family demands. A woman attorney may be ready to go full guns blazing after her kids or other family demands on her time have diminished. But her access to client development resources in her own firm and the ability to move firms is likely more limited. This presumption also acts to the detriment of anyone who has had to deal with a temporary setback—maybe a health related issue or caring for elderly parents---which affects their production for a period of time. #whywomenleave
This doesn't tell me anything. What about the ABA commission on women?