Message from the Chair

Terri MazurWelcome to the New York State Bar Association’s Women in Law Section (also “WILS” or “Section”). The Women in Law Section is a dynamic group of attorneys – both women and men – and serves as a critical voice for professional women.  Our mission is to advance women in the legal profession and all women under the law. Membership in our Section offers many opportunities to address the professional, legal, policy and legislative issues impacting women.  You can also take advantage of educational programs (such as the annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium -- WILS’ Annual Meeting CLE – and Women on the Move) and meet and network with other attorneys.

We invite you to join one of our committees, which will give you an opportunity to be part of a engaging group, use your voice, talent and passion to benefit women; interact with members and leaders of our Section and the legal profession; expand your individual network and develop your career; and advance critical change in the legal profession and for all women under the law. For example, our new Partners Committee focuses on the unique challenges that affect women who are partners in law firms; the Equity in the Legal Profession Committee works to advance women in the legal profession and includes activities such as advocacy, programming, scholarship, and reports; the Champions Committee engages men as partners to support women in the profession, in NYSBA and society-at-large – its activities include Events, Drinks & Dialogues, networking and business development, reports and publications, and commenting on news issues; and the Gender Issues Committee works to address specific issues ad rights that may impact women, children and families, such as domestic violence, human trafficking and gender parity. The WILS Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending the WILS legislative agenda to the Section’s Executive Committee for adoption and also identifies new or existing New York State legislation relating to issues of interest to women, among other activities. Our Committees are as follows:

  • Annual Meeting, Program & CLE Committee, which includes the following subcommittees, Annual Meeting, Women on the Move, Awards and Programming
  • Champions Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Development & Sponsorship Committee
  • Emerging Lawyers Committee
  • Equity in the Legal Profession Committee
  • Gender Issues Committee
  • General Counsels Committee
  • Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Membership & Engagement Committee
  • Partners Committee
  • Reports, Surveys & Publications Committee
  • Women in the Association Committee

Regardless of your membership in the Women in Law Section, however, you are always welcome to attend our committee programs.  We also encourage members to participate as organizers, speakers or attendees at our educational programs and networking events, and to contribute their views to the various issues we address.

You are also invited to attend the following events that our Section has planned in the coming months:

  • The General Counsels Committee Program featuring Lisa Skeete Tatum, founder of LandIt, on September 24, 2019 in New York City
  • Women on the Move CLE Program on October 23, 2019 in Albany
  • The Sixteenth Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium and the Women in Law’s Annual Section Meeting on January  28, 2020 in New York City

A list of our scheduled events and programs can be found at www.nysba.org/wils and on the Women in Law Communities.

The Women in Law Section has an engaging and dynamic membership and we hope to welcome you as a member or have your participation in our activities and events.

To join this Section online go to http://www.NYSBA.org/sectionjoin, or email the Member Resource Center at mrc@nysba.org or call them at (800) 582-2452 during business hours. Section dues are $30 per year (NYSBA membership is required to join the Section).

ALREADY A MEMBER OF THIS SECTION? JOIN A COMMITTEE! Please email our staff liaison, Tiffany Bardwell (tbardwell@nysba.org) to indicate the committees you wish to join.

I look forward to welcoming you as a member.

Terri A. Mazur
Section Chair