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Practice Points »

More Women in the Judiciary Means Justice for All

Critical mass for impactful change is theorized to begin around 20 percent.


"What Happens At Law Firms When Women Take Charge"

An article on the rewards of achieving gender parity.


Wall Street Firms Among the Toughest for Female Partners

Suggestions on how to overcome the odds.



Articles »

Food and Beverage Class Actions: Trends and Potential Developments

By Sascha Henry and Robin Achen

Two Ninth Circuit cases could significantly alter the way these claims are litigated.


Online Indemnification Agreements: Will They Be Enforced?

By Julie Cilia

Courts generally enforce clickwrap agreements, but enforceability of browsewrap agreements tends to be more complicated.


Rule 23's Implicit Ascertainability Requirement: A Brewing Class Action Controversy

By Lindsay Breedlove

The courts are fashioning ascertainability requirements that serve the class-action rule's goals.


Words of Wisdom »

How can litigators identify emerging trends and generate new business from them?

Four women respond with straightforward, practical tips.



Sharing Our Success Tips »

Read our most recent tip!

We're glad you connected with the "Sharing Our Success" initiative, which began at the ABA's first "Women of the Section of Litigation (WOTSOL)" Conference in Chicago last November.


Sound Advice »

audio Mentors vs. Sponsors

By LaKeisha Randall

Having a successful career is often achieved with the help of others. Listen as LaKeisha Randall discusses that while mentors are useful, having a sponsor is your best option for advancing your career. (8:22 min)


audio Dealing with Difficult Witnesses

By Anne Marie Seibel

Listen as Anne Marie Seibel outlines various types of difficult witnesses that you may encounter, followed by specific advice for how to best deal with each of them by assessing their personality types.


audio Work-Life Management

By Paula Hinton and Sabrina Beavens

Being successful at work can come at the expense of other parts of your life. Litigators and mothers Sabrina Beavens and Paula Hinton discuss how "managing" is the best goal for success. (9:17 min)



Roundtables »

audio Closing the Gap: Steps to Achieve Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Compensation

A discussion on specific strategies and solutions for addressing and eliminating long-standing pay disparity in compensation between male and female attorneys practicing in law firms. (47:57)


audio Yes—Lawyers Can Do Tech!

In today's world, the lawyers who succeed will be the lawyers who use technology to be better, faster, smarter and more agile. (1:01:46)


Announcements »

Dutch Treat Dinner at ABA Annual

RSVP to Annasara Purcell for this homestyle Italian dinner at Ristorante Ideal on Thursday, August 4, 2016.


Two Successful SAC April 2016 Events

The Woman Advocate Committee participated in a "Dutch Treat" family-styled dinner and in a Dry Styling Event.


Read Law Practice Today's "Women in Law" Issue

Check out the March 2016 edition of ABA's Law Practice Today.


The Woman Advocate Meeting: "The Woman Advocate Advocates"

This exciting conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, on November 10, 2016, at Polsinelli. Don't miss out on an opportunity to submit your program proposal!


Woman Advocate Committee February 9 Education & Networking Event Another Resounding Success

More than 185 attendees in more than 20 locations across the country participated in the event.


Learn More About the Committee

Read the updated message from our new cochairs Sabrina Beavens, Erica Calderas, Beatty O'Donnell, and Heather White.


The Woman Advocate Committee Leadership

Cochairs Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Newsletter Editors

Beatrice "Beatty" O’Donnell

Philadelphia, PA


Erica L. Calderas

Cleveland, OH


Sabrina Beavens

Portsmouth, NH


Heather White

Charlotte, NC



Margaret I. Lyle

Dallas, TX


Web Editors

Tiffany deGruy

Birmingham, AL


Angela Turiano

New York, NY


Suzanne Jones

Minneapolis, MN

M.C. Sungaila

Los Angeles, CA


Jackie Palik

Tampa, FL


Elizabeth T. Timkovich

Charlotte, NC


Lindsay Breedlove

Philadelphia, PA