October 15, 2013: New York State Bar Association Launches New Women's Community

The New York State Bar Association has created a new initiative to meet the unique challenges faced by women attorneys.

The Women’s Community will launch on October 17 at the Committee on Women in the Law’s program, “Women on the Move 2013: Racing Ahead of the Curve—Tech-Savvy Practice Pointers for Innovative Women Attorneys,” at the State Bar Center in Albany.

“Women represent nearly half of all law students, yet constitute just 20 percent of law firm partners. Even in high-level positions, women make significantly less than their male counterparts do,” said State Bar President David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody). “We developed the Women’s Community to help connect women attorneys with the State Bar and each other for professional success.”

“The State Bar has long supported gender equity in the legal profession. It is our hope that the Community will provide new opportunities for women and encourage all lawyers to work together toward greater equality,” he added.

The newsletter, “NYSBA Women’s Community,” includes practical tips for career success, updates from State Bar staff and interviews with prominent attorneys. The State Bar’s recently unveiled website features an online resource center, www.nysba.org/womenscommunity. It offers online professional development resources and links of interest. A private online community also is available.

For more details about the October 17 event, see www.nysba.org/2013womenonthemove.

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.


Contact: Brandon J. Vogel 
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