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    Due to winter weather conditions, the New York State Bar Association had to cancel all Annual Meeting programming on Tuesday, January 27, including the Committee on Women in the Law's program.  

    The Committee will reschedule this program, the Kay Crawford Murray Award Luncheon and the Networking Reception.  The Committee is currently exploring dates in April or May.  

    Thank you for your interest in this program.

    Eleventh Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium
    Women Rising:  Advancement, Mentoring, and Negotiating Your Way to the Top

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015
    New York Hilton Midtown
    1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City
    Sutton South, 2nd Floor | 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
    Networking Reception | Sponsored by Labaton Sucharow LLP 
    Madison, 2nd Floor | 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

    Committee Chairs:
    Ellen G. Makofsky, Esq., Garden City
    Ferve E. Ozturk, Esq., New York City

    Program Chairs:
    Terri A. Mazur, Esq., New York City
    Carol C. Villegas, Esq., New York City

    Women have the will to lead and the drive to succeed, yet remain underrepresented in positions of leadership and power across the legal spectrum. What’s standing in the way? The Committee on Women in the Law is pleased to offer a program that will change the way you look at your path to the top, and provide you with practical skills to get to the next level of your practice.

    Keynote Address: Breaking Barriers: Rising to Leadership & Success 
    Speaker: The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Esq., Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Retired Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals

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    About the Committee on Women in the Law

    MISSION: Established in 1986, the Committee on Women in the Law is charged with the responsibility of identifying, studying and making recommendations to address gender bias and law-related issues affecting women. The Committee proposes legislation; the adoption and implementation of policy by the Executive Committee and House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association; and other actions to ensure the fair treatment of women under law and the full participation of women in the administration of justice and as equal members of the legal community. The Committee is a standing committee of the Association as designated by the House of Delegates in 1989.

    The Committee 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 Committee presents forums for women law students on career issues and opportunities.

    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's first Chair, Ruth G. Schapiro. The annual award was proposed and is administered by the Committee. 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 Committee 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.

    Please contact Robyn Ryan, Committee on Women in the Law, NYSBA, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207; 518-463-3200.

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    What are Member Communities?
    The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members. 

    To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds.

    How Can I Use It?
    Seamlessly integrated with, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. 

    Just like a listserv, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library.

    If you are a member of a NYSBA Section, Committee or Task Force, and working to develop a report, white paper, policy change or recommendation, an online community is the perfect forum for you and your colleagues. You have a dedicated space designed to facilitate an efficient and collaborative work effort.

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