Welcome to the Committee on Women in the Law
The Committee on Women in the Law (CWIL) invites you to
browse this web page for information to help you manage your busy life, family
and your daily practice of law. One of our primary goals is to assist women in
the resolution of issues that constantly face women, including gender bias, pay
equity, the struggle to build a career and reputation in the legal community,
the challenge to find skilled child care and to juggle family issues. The
quality of life issue has become increasingly important as the profession
continues to grow with strong competent women who are continually performing a
balancing act with life and work.
The CWIL remains committed to supporting women in the law and we
welcome your input and participation on issues that are important to you and the
legal profession. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact
the co-chairs of the CWIL, Ellen Makofsky, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Ferve Ozturk,
The CWIL Best Practices sub-committee has prepared a report and recommendations
outlining initiatives for the New York State Bar Association to recruit, retain, and tap leadership potential from women members.
The initiatives are (1) a targeted career development
program for junior women attorneys, (2) a targeted career development
for women attorneys transitioning back into the workforce, (3) a
partnership program between the NYSBA and New York law firms, (4) a
trailblazer award for women attorneys, and (5) a program
to strengthen the NYSBA online Women’s Community.
On June 19, 2014, the NYSBA Executive Committee accepted the report in principle
and directed CWIL to further advise on the structure, logistics, and
funding needs of each proposed initiative for presentation at a future
Execute Committee meeting.
The 2014 Annual Meeting Program was a great success