Secure Your Seat at the Table: Becoming a Leader and an Indispensable Lawyer Who Champions Women
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | New York Hilton Midtown | NYC
Fifteenth Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium
Program (6.0 Total MCLE Credits)
9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Beekman Room, 2nd Floor
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. Women make up approximately 25.5% of all state legislators and 20% of the U.S. Congress in 2018. 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. Women make up approximately 25.5% of all state legislators and 20% of the U.S. Congress in 2018. 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. 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.
This all-day program will feature three compelling panels. The first – consisting of leading attorneys from law firms, corporations 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. The second panel will approach getting a seat at the table from the perspective of important policy and legislative initiatives and 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 and countries are advancing women through legislative efforts and policy changes. Finally, using legal issues ripped from the headlines, a panel of ethics experts will examine issues you may encounter while securing your seat at the table and discuss whether lawyers’ conduct may be “legal,” but not ethical (such as tape recording client conversations), focusing on how far lawyers can – and should – go to “protect” their clients and themselves.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Murray Hill East, 2nd Floor
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nassau Room, 2nd Floor
Sponsorship Opportunities available - view the varying options and secure your support by December 17
Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 12, 2019. For more details, please contact Tiffany Bardwell in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or email@example.com.