Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Luncheon 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Meeting resumes 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Networking Reception 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
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ELEVENTH ANNUAL EDITH I. SPIVACK SYMPOSIUM
Sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Law; Co-Sponsored by Labaton Sucharow LLP, Kaye Scholer LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Bond, Schoeneck & King Attorneys, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, and the Antitrust Law Section, the Elder Law & Special Needs Section, the Trusts & Estates Section and the Membership Committee
THE COMMITTEE ON WOMEN IN THE LAW PRESENTS
Women Rising: Advancement, Mentoring, and Negotiating Your Way to the Top
Committee Chairs Program Chairs
Ellen G. Makofsky, Esq., Garden City Terri A. Mazur, Esq., New York City
Ferve E. Ozturk, 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.
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Registration
9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Keynote Speech: Breaking Barriers - Rising to Leadership & Success
Women are graduating from law schools in virtually equal numbers to men, but at the top of the profession, women make up only about 20% of the partners, 17% equity partners and 4% of managing partners, approximately 30% of state and federal judges, and 21% of general counsels for Fortune 500 companies. Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the Court of Appeals for the State of New York – who is currently Of Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP -- will provide strategic guidance on the opportunities and challenges that confront women lawyers along the path to success and the impact of mentors on a lawyer’s career. She will provide insight, from a judge’s perspective, on how women can hone their advocacy skills to maximize their effectiveness and success as a litigator (and as lawyers, generally) and become leading trial lawyers. Judge Kaye, who was the first woman ever to serve on New York’s highest court, and the first female partner at Olwine, Connelly, Chase, O’Donnell & Weyher, will discuss how she was able to break so many barriers, and will inspire you to break the barriers to achieving professional success.
The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Esq., Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Retired Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals
9:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Where Are The Women Leaders?
Have you ever wondered why there are so few women leaders in the legal profession? The first panel, “Where Are The Women Leaders?,” gathers prominent women -- including a judge, in-house counsel, attorneys in private practice and in the government, and a leading consul- tant on women and diversity issues -- to discuss the reasons why women in leadership positions are the exception rather than the norm, and to provide concrete strategies to chart your path to success. The panelists will discuss their own paths to the top of their respective fields, including the pitfalls they faced and how they overcame those obstacles, offering strategies on how to remain on top despite challenges. They will address emerging legal trends and issues in their respective practices that may provide opportunities for women to excel, including current hot topics relating to corporate compliance and internal investigations; emerging trends in mass tort litigation (including issues in managing such actions as lead counsel) and real estate development projects; as well as a discussion of effective advocacy, including oral argument and trial skills. They will also offer practical strategies for how to become recognized as an authority in your practice area.
Bernadette W. Catalana, Esq., Of Counsel, Lavin, O’Neil, Cedrone & DiSipio, Rochester and New York
Taa Grays, Esq., Assistant General Counsel & Chief of Staff to General Counsel, MetLife Inc.
Honorable Sherry Klein Heitler, Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Branch, 1st Judicial Department
Stephanie Meltzer, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.
Dr. Arin N. Reeves, Esq., President, Nextions and Author of “One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men)”
Roberta Bender, Esq., Deputy General Counsel, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Lauren Alyse Watt, Esq., Associate, Darger, Errante, Yavitz & Blau LLP
11:10 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Break
11:25 a.m. – 1:05 p.m. Jump Starting Careers: How Effective Mentoring Programs and Sponsors Can Improve Retention and
Promotion of Women Attorneys
Our second panel features thought leaders on mentoring, sponsorship and professional development for lawyers and will focus on how ef- fective mentoring programs and sponsors can position your law firm for success. Being an effective manager means retaining, training and developing your talent – your associates – and requires that you know associates’ skill sets, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and appreciate what motivates them. Mentoring programs and strategic use of sponsors can resolve associate performance issues, develop the depth and breadth of talent, and strategically position your firm for success. Formal law firm mentoring programs can be ineffective as they often match people with disparate goals and skills which can lead to unproductive mentoring relationships. This panel will provide a road- map to help law firms establish effective formal mentoring programs and address how sponsors can help further careers of high potential women attorneys. This panel will also discuss how to find the right mentors and sponsors (through formal mentoring programs and informal relationships), and how to leverage their expertise and social capital to help improve associate performance, expand opportunities for women, and propel your associates to success.
Ida Abbott, Esq., President, Ida Abbott Consulting, Faculty Fellow, University of California Hastings College of the Law; and Author of “Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know”
Paulette Brown, Esq., President-Elect of the American Bar Association and Partner, Edwards, Wildman, Palmer
Susan L. Lees, Esq., General Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company
Randy L. Shapiro, Esq., Global Media Counsel, Bloomberg LP and Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association
Oren J. Warshavsky, Esq., Partner, BakerHostetler LLP
Kathleen A. Lyons, Esq., Vice President, Property & Casualty Business Management, Swiss Re America Holding Corporation
Rosary A. Morelli, Esq., Partner, Morelli & Lassalle, LLP
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Luncheon and Presentation of Kay Crawford Murray Award
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Negotiation Ethics: Pitfalls and Rules
Whether you are negotiating a settlement or a transaction, your ability to negotiate successfully and ethically is central to your success as an attorney, regardless of your area of practice. This segment will feature a Professor of Legal Ethics and prominent attorneys from private and in-house practice, who will use hypothetical scenarios, including mock negotiations, to discuss common ethical pitfalls that lawyers face, the applicable New York Rules of Professional Conduct, and relevant ethics opinions and case law. These hypothetical scenarios will highlight the difficult decisions that lawyers often confront when advocating zealously for clients while balancing other competing interests and com- plying with ethical obligations that may be owed to others. The panelists will also explore the ethical dilemmas that can arise when a mentor provides potentially improper guidance to a mentee on negotiation issues.
Brenda Dorsett-Bolling, Esq., Complex Claims Specialist, Liberty International Underwriters
Professor Bruce Green, Esq., Louis Stein Professor at Fordham Law School and Director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics
Devika Kewalramani, Esq., Partner, Moses & Singer LLP; Co-Chair Moses & Singer’s Legal Ethics & Law Firm Practice
Carol C. Villegas, Esq., Of Counsel, Labaton Sucharow, LLP
Rosalie S. Walters, Esq.
4:10 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Women’s Networking Reception
Sponsored by Labaton Sucharow LLP
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For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $259.00 for single/double occupancy. Reservations must be made by Monday, December 22, 2014. You can also reserve your overnight room on the web at www.nysba.org/15accomm.
For questions about this specific program, please contact Robyn Ryan at email@example.com. For registration questions only, please call 518-487-5621. Registration forms can be faxed to 518-463-5993.