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    • Committee on Women in the Law Annual Meeting: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

      Tuesday, January 27, 2015
      Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
      Luncheon 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Meeting resumes 1:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
      Networking Reception 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

      Women Rising: Advancement, Mentoring and Negotiating Your Way to the Top. Women have the will to lead and the drive to succeed, yet women are underrepresented in positions of leadership and power across the legal spectrum. What’s standing in the way? The program 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.

      1. Where Are The Women Leaders? Leading women from many sectors of the legal profession discuss the reasons why women in leadership positions are the exception rather than the norm, and will provide concrete strategies to chart your path to success. They also will address emerging legal trends and issues in their respective practices that may provide opportunities for women to excel.

      2. How Mentors and Sponsors Can Jump Start Your Career. Thought leaders discuss mentoring, sponsorship and professional development for lawyers and focus on how the right mentors and sponsors can boost your legal career to the next level. They will provide a road map to help law firms establish effective formal mentoring programs.

      3. Negotiation Ethics: Pitfalls and Rules.Mock negotiations will highlight common ethics pitfalls in negotiations and the requirements under the NY Rules of Professional Conduct and relevant case law. The panel will discuss the difficult decisions lawyers often confront when advocating zealously for clients, including the ethical dilemmas that can arise when a mentee works with her mentor on such negotiations.

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    Find Your Path to Success: Moving Forward through Mentorship, Sponsorship and Career Path Planning
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.

    Free Webcast and Live Program for NYSBA Members co-sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law and the Committee on Lawyers in Transition.

    You've worked hard to get to where you are.  So what's next?  The NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law is excited to host Emily Campbell, Managing Director, SJL Shannon, and Eve Birnbaum, Founder, Eve Birnbaum Associates, to show you how to use career path planning, as well as sponsorship and mentorship relationships, to identify and achieve the goals you have set for yourself.  

    Program attendees in Syracuse and New York City will have the option of participating in a 30-minute moderated mentoring exercise featuring experienced attorneys at the conclusion of the panel discussion.  

    Program Locations

    NYC | MetLife | 1095 Avenue of the Americas (Between 41st and 42nd Streets) 

    Syracuse | Bond, Schoeneck & King | One Lincoln Center, Syracuse, NY 
    This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.  Syracuse attendees will view the panel presentation via webcast.  The mentoring exercise at the Syracuse location will be in person.

    Emily Campbell, Managing Director SJL Shannon, New York and Boston
    Eve Birnbaum, Founder, Eve Birnbaum Associates

    Register Online | 

    Please note: This program does not carry MCLE credit. Registration closes November 14, 2014. 

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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.

    EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: 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.

    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'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.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: 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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