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Practice Points »

Tips for Getting Origination Credit, from an Expert

Learn about the importance of creating self-determination in private practice.

An Increase in Acceptance of Gender Role Reversals, but Still Some Work to Do

Traditions are breaking down, but attitudes about the "proper role" of women need to change.

The Importance of Mentor Relationships

Particularly those between millennial and baby-boomer female attorneys.

Articles »

Need a Competitive Edge? Try a Case Road Map

By Ariadne Montare

Mapping out the "who, what, where, when, why, and how" creates an invaluable resource for case management.


Custodian Interviews: Asking the Important Questions

By Selena E. Molina

When properly conducted, they provide a solid defense against attacks on document collection.


Three Tips for Handling Surprises at Depositions

By Ellen M. Murphy

Preparing your legal team and witness for surprises is critical.


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 »

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 »

Upcoming WAC Education and Networking Event

Emotional Health Networking Lunch, Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PT).

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