Committee on Women in the Law

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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, and Ferve Ozturk, at

NYSBA CWIL Report And Recommendatons to the Executive Committee: Increasing Engagement of Women Attorneys in the New York State Bar Association (PDF)

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

Stephanie Scharf

Networking Reception

Panel 3

Ellen and Glenn

Relaxing after the program

Anna Judge Kaye Claire Helena