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The Case for Women's Leadership

It's more than just "the right thing to do."


Video—"Make It About the New Client"

A business development video feature in the March 2016 Monthly Section Newsletter.


4 Ways Female Attorneys Can Grow Their Careers

Strategic moves for advancing in the legal world.



Articles »

FRCP Amendments May Allow Parties to Limit Costs and Scope of eDiscovery

By Rebeccca Kahan Waldman and Meghan Rohling Kelly

The amount of discovery is perhaps the biggest factor affecting the cost and duration of litigation.


Full-time female lawyers earn 77 percent of male lawyer pay

By Debra Cassens Weiss

Law overall has the widest gender gap, according to Fusion.

Article originally published in the ABA Journal, March 17, 2016.


A Reference Guide to the Federal Rules Amendments Related to Discovery

By Elizabeth T. Timkovich

A brief overview of the recent amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 34, and 37.


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 »

Roundatable May 25, 2016: "Legal Marketing Toolkit: Taking Your Personal Brand to the Next Level"

Register now for this informative Roundtable being held on Wednesday, May 25, from 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Eastern.


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 Web 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


Newsletter Editors

M.C. Sungaila

Los Angeles, CA


Jackie Palik

Tampa, FL


Elizabeth T. Timkovich

Charlotte, NC

Tiffany deGruy

Birmingham, AL


Angela Turiano

New York, NY


Suzanne Jones

Minneapolis, MN