Sections & Committees

Women in Law Section

WOMEN IN LAW SECTION MEETING

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
6.0 MCLE Credits 
Beekman, 2nd Floor
#nysba19

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download the Registration Form Here!

Fifteenth Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium
Secure Your Seat at the Table: Becoming a Leader and an Indispensable Lawyer Who Champions Women


Women continue to make great strides in the legal profession but still remain under-represented where it matters.  Only about 20% of law firm partners are women and 30% of judges are women. In 2018, women made historic gains in the U.S. Congress and state-wide elections, but men still outnumber women as lawmakers. The fact remains that there are still far more men leading deals, heading trial and major litigation teams, serving as general counsel to Fortune 500 companies, and serving as lawmakers and more work has to be done to close the gender gap. Significantly, women lawyers still face barriers that result in their earning less than their male counterparts, bringing in less business, owning less equity, and holding only a small portion of leadership roles throughout the legal industry. The Women in Law Section is pleased to present a powerful program addressing how women attorneys can secure their seat at the table to advance their own careers and to advance all women’s rights under the law. 

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9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Registration

9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Welcoming Remarks 
Susan L. Harper, Esq., Managing Director NY/NJ, Bates Group LLC and Chair, NYSBA Women in Law Section

9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Keynote Speech  
Advancing Women: Gender Equality in the Law and Justice for All Women (0.5 Credit in Skills)
Equality matters. Achieving gender equality is everyone's responsibility, and we still haven't achieved it. There are still far more men in leadership roles as attorneys and lawmakers than women. Men still make more money than women in all fields, and men still generate more business. It is shocking that after this country and major businesses have been rocked by sexual assault revelations and harassment leading to the #metoo and TimesUp movements, women still trail their male counterparts. In this dynamic Keynote, Carol Robles-Román, Co-President and CEO of the Equal Rights Coalition, will examine how women attorneys -- like women everywhere -- still do not have constitutional gender equality or equal pay, nor are they given the same opportunities for business development as their male colleagues. She will discuss why men and women need to support gender equality to get more women attorneys into seats at the "table."  She will also address how the ERA -- which has never been enacted -- and other laws and policies aimed at eradicating gender inequality can help break down these barriers to the success of women attorneys and all women. 

Speaker:  
Carol Robles-Román, Esq.

Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality

9:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Getting on Equal Footing: Promoting Women’s Equality Through Business Development and Advancement Strategies (1.0 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice, 0.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias)
Leading attorneys from law firms, corporations, the public service sector and the judiciary will discuss law firm and institutional strategies to incentivize advancement and business development opportunities for women attorneys, how some clients are using their power to support and catapult women to the table, and how women can effectively utilize women’s initiatives, bar associations, and other networking bodies to support these efforts. The panel will also examine underlying unconscious bias and discrimination that still serve as barriers to securing your seat at the table and how law firms, institutions, and women themselves can help take down these barriers to success.

Panelists:
Honorable Lucy Billings

Justice of the New York State Supreme Court

Brad S. Karp, Esq.
Chairman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Zachary W. Carter, Esq.
Corporation Counsel, City of New York

Laurie N. Robinson Haden, Esq.
Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, CBS Corporation and Founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color 

Terri A. Mazur, Esq.  (Panel Co-Chair)

Laura Sulem, Esq., Director, Practical Law Litigation, Thomson Reuters   (Panel Co-Chair)

11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Break

11:25 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. Advancing Women’s Equality Through Legislative and Policy Initiatives  (2.0 Credits in Skills)
Leaders in public policy and legislation will discuss how women can achieve equality and get a seat at the table from the perspective of important policy and legislative initiatives.  They will examine the role that women can and should play in this political environment to make sure all women are protected under the law.  This panel will address recent efforts to secure passage of an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. and New York State Constitution and related changes to New York employment laws, and how other states are advancing women through legislative efforts and policy changes.

Panelists: 
Mylan L. Denerstein, Esq.

Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Lisa Friel, Esq.
Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations, National Football League

Carol Robles-Román, Esq.
Co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality 

Honorable Loretta Weinberg
Senate Majority Leader, New Jersey Legislature

Susan L. Harper, Esq.
Managing Director NY/NJ, Bates Group LLC and Chair, NYSBA Women in Law Section    (Panel Co-Chair)

Sheryl B. Galler, Esq.
Law Office of Sheryl B. Galler (Panel Co-Chair)

1:05 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Break

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Luncheon and Presentation of Kay Crawford Murray Award
Sponsorship Opportunities available to support the Women in Law Section

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Legal and Ethical? How Far Should You Go? (2.0 Credits in Ethics)
Using legal issues ripped from the headlines, the third panel will present live enactments of ethical issues female and male attorneys may encounter while securing their seat at the table. An ethics expert will discuss whether lawyers’ conduct may be “legal” but not ethical, focusing on how far lawyers can – and should – go to protect their clients and themselves.

Panelists:
Patrick J. Brennan, Esq.

Founding Partner,  Furman, Kornfeld & Brennan LLP

J. David Canton, Esq.
Partner, Aaronson, Rappaport, Feinstein & Deutsch, LLP

Christine Champey, Esq.
Associate, Turken & Heath, LLP

Rose M. J. Charles, Esq.
Sompo International Insurance

Pery D. Krinsky, Esq.
Krinsky PLLC

Kathleen Lyons, Esq.
Vice President, Property & Casualty Business Management, Swiss Reinsurance America Holding Corporation (Panel Co-Chair)

Rosary A. Morelli, Esq.
Partner, Morelli & Lassalle, LLP (Panel Co-Chair)

4:10 p.m. -4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Women’s Networking Reception, Sponsored by Labaton Sucharow LLP

The Women in Law Section thanks the following Sponsors for their generous support:



Emerald Sponsor:
Clifford Chance US LLP

Silver Sponsor:
Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association
Morrison Cohen LLP

Networking Reception:
Labaton Sucharow LLP

Bronze Sponsors:
A.B. Data
Bates Group LLC
Precision Discovery
Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos PLLC 

Supporter:
Family Law Section


For more information about this program, or to become a sponsor, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at tbardwell@nysba.org.



Award Luncheon | 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Murray Hill East, Second Floor

Luncheon and Presentation of Kay Crawford Murray Award presented to

Sandra D. Grannum, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

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The Women in Law Section thanks the following Sponsors for their generous support:


Emerald Sponsor:
Clifford Chance US LLP

Silver Sponsor:
Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association
Morrison Cohen LLP

Networking Reception:
Labaton Sucharow LLP

Bronze Sponsors:
A.B. Data
Bates Group LLC
Precision Discovery
Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos PLLC 

Supporter:
Family Law Section


For more information about this program, or to become a sponsor, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at tbardwell@nysba.org.

Sponsorship opportunities available here

*WOMEN IN THE LAW RECEPTION

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 4:15 PM
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
#nysba18

Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

Women’s Networking Reception, Sponsored by Labaton Sucharow LLP
The Committee on Women in the Law is now the Women in Law Section!  We are thrilled to host our first networking reception as a Section.  We welcome you to come meet your colleagues, network with other leading women and men, and take this opportunity to make connections that can help you get your seat at the table.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available to support the newly created Women in Law Section.  Your sponsorship helds advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law. Click here to learn more.

Nassau, 2nd Floor


HOW TO NAVIGATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE 2018

Recorded: May 31, 2018
Total Credits: 1.0 Professional Practice

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Member: $50.00 | Non-Member: $150.00

The program will objectively address what is sexual harassment and what happens in real time when employees and employers are faced with actual or alleged sexual harassment in the work place. These issues will be addressed from the perspectives of a victim, a human resource professional, an investigator, attorneys for the employees and management, a mediator and a crisis communications consultant. 

Panelists will cover current standards in employment law, policies and procedures, practice skills, and trends in investigations. Additionally, the panel will address counseling victims and clients when facing sexual harassment issues (even if you are not an employment attorney and get “that” call), including a client’s options. 

Finally, panelists will address how they would counsel their clients on best practices to prevent and address harassment, negotiate and problem-solve these issues, and avoid retaliation and potential damage to reputations. 

Panelists:
Ellen S. Davis, Esq. | Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Cara E. Greene, Esq. | Partner, Outten & Golden LLP | Incoming Chair, NYSBA Labor & Employment Law Section
Loren Gesinsky, Esq. | Partner, Labor & Employment Law Department, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Elizabeth J. Shampnoi Esq. |  Mediator/Director, Office of Mediation and Conflict Resolution, NYC Commission on Human Rights
Dr. Victoria Berger-Gross | Retired Chief Human Resources Officer, Tiffany & Co.
Michael Putetti | Labor and Employment Consultant and Expert, Bates Group LLC
Deborah Kaye, Esq. | Member, NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law  

The Committee on Women in the Law is now the Women in Law Section! All NYSBA members can join here.

NEW! Check out the Q &A with Section Chair Susan Harper.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:
The section has presented educational forums on gender concerns; sexual harassment in the profession; balancing professional and family responsibilities; career development beyond partnerships; women in politics; seeking service on the bench; and breast cancer. Additionally, the section presents forums for women law students on career issues and opportunities.  

AWARDS:
To provide recognition for exemplary achievement by a male or female member of the Association in addressing the concerns of women, an Association award was established in honor of the Committee on Women in the Law's first Chair, Ruth G. Schapiro. The annual award was proposed and is administered by the Women in Law Section. The first recipient of this award in 1992 was The Honorable Judith S. Kaye. For more information about the Ruth G. Schapiro Memorial Award, click here.

To honor women in the profession who recognize the value of diversity in the legal profession and have dedicated their time to advancing the professional development of women attorneys, the section has established the Kay Crawford Murray Award. Future recipients will posses the following characteristics: A distinguished legal career or a rising star in the profession; An active member of bar associations for the purpose of advancing the professional and personal development of women attorneys; An active mentor to women attorneys. For more information about the Kay Crawford Murray Award, click here.

CWILAMTrailblazerGroupSiegel-1WOMEN ATTORNEY TRAILBLAZERS IN NEW YORK STATE
New York State has a rich history of amazing trailblazing women attorneys who broke through many barriers and blatant discrimination to make major contributions in the legal profession.  Their stories are ones of fierce determination, passion for the law, keen intelligence, and inspiring achievement.  

From the late 19th Century, when the first women gained admission to state bars, through the 1960s, women attorneys faced closed doors and discrimination.  Women have made tremendous strides in the past 40 years - in large part due to the efforts of women attorneys who overcame obstacles and blazed a path for other women attorneys to follow.  

The Women in Law Section (formerly the Committee on Women in the Law) - whose first chair, Ruth Schapiro, was one of the women trailblazers at New York State Bar Association - is delighted to spotlight the lives and careers of 10 women lawyers who fought discrimination and gained a foothold in a range of legal careers. These women have paved the way for other women attorneys, serving as role models and, often, as mentors.

We hope that you will draw inspiration from the stories of these 10 remarkable New York attorneys. Read the brochure here.


SuffragetteSizedSuffragette Commemoration on Display at the Bar Center
Check out our "A Centennial Commemoration of Women's Suffrage and the Achievement of Legal Rights" that premiered in November 2017. View the slides here




bernicecomfedNYSBA House of Delegates Adopts Report of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section 11/4/17 
The House of Delegates approved the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section's report, "If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR" on November 4, 2017. The Women in Law Section supported this report and continues to promote and advocate for it. Read the press release here. Watch the video here.



JSK0829Judge Judith Kaye Portrait Unveiled
On November 3, 2017, the New York State Bar Association unveiled a new painting of Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of the state of New York, on display in our Great Hall. Jugee Kaye was the first female appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals in 1983. She was chief judge of the state of New York from 1993 until 2008. She was the inaugural recipient of the Ruth G. Schapiro Award.