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Practice Points »

Six Tips to Stay Connected to Your Professional Network

Maintaining a strong network is advantageous for future opportunities.


More Women in the Judiciary Means Justice for All

Critical mass for change begins around 20 percent.


"What Happens At Law Firms When Women Take Charge"

An article on the rewards of achieving gender parity.



Articles »

Eight Common Mistakes in Mediation and How to Avoid Them

By Jennifer B. Grippa

Improve your chances of a successful mediation.


A Primer on the Tax Consequences of Settlement Payments

By Julia Mandeville Damasco and Margaret Trollan

Proper drafting of settlement documents is important, as the language used can impact your client's tax consequences.


Questions Every Litigator Should Ask about Mediation Confidentiality

By Rachel K. Ehrlich and Emily E. Garrison

Consider what the confidentiality agreements may not protect and how they may affect future proceedings.


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 »

Woman Advocate Conference, Kansas City: November 9–10, 2016

We hope you have already made plans to join us in Kansas City on November 9-10, 2016 for the Woman Advocate Committee’s Annual Meeting. Registration is now open! Registration rates are competitively priced at $175 for ABA Section of Litigation Members, $235 for Non-Members, $50 for in-house counsel, and $25 for law students.


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.


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


Emily Farr

Chicago, IL