The Woman Advocate Committee
The Woman Advocate Committee is open to all members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Joining the committee entitles a member to a number of benefits (see list below). The committee’s leadership is made up of experienced women litigators from all over the country working to provide support and useful information to all women who litigate.
To accomplish this goal, the committee provides its members with these benefits:
- The Woman Advocate, a quarterly publication
- programs that feature talented, effective women trial lawyers demonstrating trial and advocacy skills and styles
- programs on rainmaking for women, emphasizing how women can effectively attract and retain clients
- opportunities to network with other women trial lawyers and exchange information, questions, or ideas on a wide variety of professional and personal issues confronting women lawyers, particularly those in a litigation practice, including alternative work styles, balancing trial work and motherhood, mentoring, and perceptions of women advocates
Whether you want to receive The Woman Advocate, learn from and network with top women litigators, contribute to our programs and publications, or all of the above, join us. Section of Litigation members may join up to three committees at no charge.
This Roundtable includes a panel of four experienced legal professionals, including a professional business development coach, an in-house general counsel, a chief client officer, and a Gen Why podcaster and branding expert who will discuss strategies and provide useful tips for successful marketing efforts by lawyers. The panel members will share first-hand insights regarding the following topics: (a) the importance for a lawyer to establish a personal brand, (b) the key elements of a successful marketing plan, (c) common characteristics for successful business developers, and (d) the effective use of social media in marketing and business development. The panelists will also share best practices for increasing success in your client development efforts. Register today!
Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer of Cisco
Karen Kaplowitz, President of The New Ellis Group
Catherine Zinn, Chief Client Officer at Orrick
Nicole Abboud, Fashion Law Lawyer & Gen Why Podcaster
Ladd Hirsch, Business Litigation Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP
The 2016 Section of Litigation Annual Conference took place between April 13–15 at the Ritz-Carlton & Four Seasons in Chicago, Illinois. The Woman Advocate Committee participated on April 13th in a "Dutch Treat" family-styled dinner and on April 14th in a Dry Styling Event. Both events were a resounding success. Thanks to everyone for attending, and we hope to see those we missed next time.
Check out the March 2016 edition of ABA's Law Practice Today. The "Women in Law" issue features articles with tips for navigating the male-dominated IP world, the role of women on corporate boards, and other topics critical to being a female in the legal world.
Continuing the tradition of the highly successful Women of the Section of Litigation meetings, The Woman Advocate Committee will present its own conference focusing on the issues that matter most to our members and their practices. This exciting conference will be held in Kansas City, MO, on November 10, 2016, at Polsinelli. A Welcome Cocktail Party and Dutch Treat Dinner will be held on November 9.
We are currently accepting program proposals for the Conference and welcome your submissions. All programs will be plenary sessions that are open to a broad array of subjects relating to the theme, The Woman Advocate Advocates. You can propose programs addressing where or how the woman advocate advocates, for whom, to whom, for what reason, etc. In other words, the topics are wide open to your imagination and creativity. We would love to hear your recommendations for programs and speakers, so please submit your proposal to us! This is your chance to reach a wide audience for a plenary program.
Complete program proposal submissions require inclusion of proposed speaker names and diversity information. Proposals not including this information cannot be considered. Do not contact any of your proposed speakers, however, until your program is accepted and the speakers are approved by the ABA.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016
WAC's Call for Proposals:
Program Proposal Guidelines for The Woman Advocate Committee Conference:
- We are seeking cutting-edge topics that appeal substantively to a broad cross-section of women litigators
- Try to limit each panel to three or four speakers plus one moderator;
- To adhere to the ABA’s Goal III policy, the Committee will only select programs that include diverse speakers;
- Programs need to be informative, entertaining, interactive, and allow for audience participation to the greatest extent possible;
- Creativity and energetic moderation is strongly encouraged;
- Identify potential speakers but wait to invite them until you hear whether your program is selected and your speakers are approved.
- Sponsorship opportunities, including complimentary registrations, to follow.
WAC Members - We Want Your Programming Proposals for the 2016 WAC Meeting!
The Woman Advocate Committee wants to hear from its members - that means YOU! This year's WAC Meeting will be held on November 10 , 2016 in Kansas City, MO. As many of you know, this will be an incredible conference for woman litigators, both new and seasoned. There will be a full day of plenary programming for CLE credit and lots of opportunities for networking, including a Welcome Cocktail Party and Dutch Treat Dinner the night before.
We are asking that you, our members, tell us your ideas. What types of cutting-edge plenary sessions do you want? Do you have a dream panel of speakers you'd like to see? A role play or demonstration you would like to participate in?
Please send us your ideas and thoughts! You are our greatest resource and we want this program to deliver what you want.
The Program Proposal Form will download automatically here. Send your completed form to the Conference Cochairs, Evelyn Storch at EStorch@harwoodlloyd.com or Amy Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Evelyn or Amy.
We look forward to presenting this conference as one of the highlights of the upcoming bar year!
Evelyn Storch and Amy Stewart, Conference Cochairs
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Meetings will be held at the locations listed here and connected by teleconference. Please RSVP by email to the host at our desired location if you would like to join.
More than 315 attendees in 25 locations across the country participated in the Woman Advocate Committee's September 22 Regional Education and Networking Event. The special program—"The Grit Project: True Grit and a Growth Mindset"—featured speaker Milana Hogan of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, who provided an overview of the Grit & Growth Mindset research. Local hosts and attendees then discussed how grit and mindset can be applied to scenarios commonly experienced in the practice of law. Thank you to all our hosts around the country, and we hope to see you again for our next program.
Cochairs Sabrina Beavens, Erica Calderas, Beatty O'Donnell, and Heather White welcome you to the Woman Advocate Committee. Read the new Message from the Chairs to learn more about the noteworthy, and fun, activities that we have planned for the year.
WAC Monthly Conference Calls
The second Tuesday of every month, the Woman Advocate Committee holds an hour-long conference call to discuss committee issues and planning. If you would like to join our calls, please use the following conference information:
Call in # (866) 646-6488 / Passcode: 2611-423-420
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Our active subcommittees include:
- Young Lawyer Outreach
- Website & Technology
- Balancing Work & Home
- Corporate Counsel
- Regional Meetings
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