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Lady Lawyers Lacking at the Lectern

A survey of cases in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois reveals gender disparity in the role of lead counsel.


"Just" Don't Use It

Strengthen your communication by eliminating the word "just" from your vocabulary.


Creating and Maintaining Work/Life Balance

Balancing the roles of mother and attorney.

Articles »

A Strategic Road Map to Joining a Nonprofit Board

By Sabrina C. Beavens

Besides contributing to your community, joining a nonprofit board can open new avenues for business development.


The Benefit Corporation: A New Entity for Community Service and Leadership

By Quyen M. Tu

Forming or working for a benefit corporation allows you to serve and lead your community as well as hone your legal skills.

The Hidden Benefits of Board Service

By Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila

An experienced board member shares five benefits of serving on a nonprofit board.

Words of Wisdom »

What challenges should new lawyers be prepared for, and how can they best prepare for them?

Read what two women litigators think you should anticipate for.


Sharing Our Success Tips »

Check back regularly for the most recent tip!

At the November 2014 WOTSOL meeting in Chicago, WAC received several meaningful "Sharing Our Success" tips.


Sound Advice

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)

audio 10 Lessons from the 50 Yard Line

By Shayna M. Steinfeld

Trying to balance work and home is a challenge for all professionals. Hear Shayna Steinfeld's "Ten Lessons from the 50 Yard Line" for suggestions on how to improve your life at home thus leading to a better life in the office. (14:57 min)

audio Balancing Work and Home

By Danielle Kays

Being an attorney is a full time job. Being a parent is also a full time job. Listen as Danielle Kays offers 10 tips on how to be successful at both. (14:38 min)



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)



Paying It Forward: A Special Woman Advocate Series on Community Service

In honor of Mother’s Day, The Woman Advocate proudly presents inspiring stories from remarkable women lawyers, leaders, and mothers with thriving careers, who have made community service a priority. Read more perspectives on community service in our spring newsletter.


WAC Members: We Want Your Programming Proposals for 2015 WOTSOL Meeting!

This is a great opportunity to showcase your trial skills or participate in a high-level plenary. Read more.

Seeking Authors and Article Proposals

The Woman Advocate newsletter is seeking article proposals and authors for our upcoming issue, which will have the theme "Service and Leadership." Read more.

WAC Welcomes New Web Editor Tiffany deGruy!

The Woman Advocate Committee is delighted to welcome Tiffany deGruy as a new web editor! Read more.

WAC Receives "Best E-Newsletter Award" from ABA

Congratulations to WAC's brilliant newsletter editors, Margaret Lyle, editor-in-chief; Jackie Palik; M.C. Sungaila; Gilda Turitz; and Elizabeth Timkovich! Read more.

The Woman Advocate Committee Leadership

Cochairs Newsletter Editor-in-Chief Web Editors

Sabrina Beavens

Portsmouth, NH

Beatrice O'Donnell

Philadelphia, PA

Patricia O'Prey

Norwalk, CT

Heather White

Charlotte, NC



Margaret I. Lyle

Dallas, TX


Tiffany deGruy

Birmingham, AL

Angela Turiano

New York, NY

Suzanne Jones

Minneapolis, MN

Newsletter Editors

M.C. Sungaila

Los Angeles, CA

Gilda R. Turitz

San Francisco, CA

Jackie Palik

Tampa, FL

Elizabeth T. Timkovich

Charlotte, NC