Sections & Committees

Women in Law Section

About the WomEN IN LAW SECTION

The Committee on Women in the Law is now the Women in Law Section! Joining the section is free for all NYSBA members until August 31, 2018

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

MISSION: New Section mission coming soon!

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.

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.
•Read the press release here.
• Watch the video here.





Judge Kaye PortraitJudge 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 of the state of New York, to be displayed in our Great Hall.

Suffragette Commemoration on Display at the Bar Center
Also, on display at the Bar Center is our "A Centennial Commemoration of Women's Suffrage and the Achievement of Legal Rights." View the slides here.

Check out our memorandum in support to amend the Executive Law in relation to prohibiting employers from seeking salary history from prospective employees.


Women 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.   

Sincerely,

Maureen Bezuhly
Co-chair, Women in Law Section Best Practices Subcommittee
New York City

Monica P. Ruela
Co-chair, Women in Law Section Best Practices Subcommittee
New York City

Susan Harper
Chair, Women in Law Section
New York City

Read the brochure here.