News & Events

National Legal Mentoring Consortium Conference

The National Legal Mentoring Consortium, a newly formed organization, is holding a conference on mentoring at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, October 4-6, 2012. I am on the Executive Committee of the NLMC and will deliver the keynote address on “Mentoring as a Way to Improve Gender Equity in the Legal Profession.” Details and registration information appear on the Consortium’s website.

Career Traps Women Must Avoid

Webcast: West LegalEd Center, “Career Traps Women Must Avoid” 4pm EDT.

WILEF Annual Meeting and WILEF Certification Luncheon

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) is hosting a luncheon on September 12, 2012, to honor the firms that have met WILEF certification standards for having women in top leadership roles and among their most highly compensated partners. As Chair of the WILEF Certification Committee, I will welcome and present awards to certifying firms. The firms that have been certified are listed on the WILEF website.

Keeping the Peace: How Associates and Partners Can Work Together Without a Battle

ABA Journal Podcast: “Keeping the Peace: How Associates and Partners Can Work Together Without a Battle ,” with Stephanie Ward (Moderator), Mark Herrmann and Jennifer Bluestein

Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

The 2012 Leadership Academy will be held at Hastings Law School in San Francisco, July 11-14, 2012. 

Global Professional Development Roundtable

The yearly meeting of the Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms will be held at Hogan Lovells LLP in Washington, DC, June 25-26. For information about the Roundtable and how to join, plase contact idaabbott [at] aol [dot] com (me). 

Career Advancement Strategies: The Whys and Hows of Sponsorship

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) is sponsoring this program at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto on Monday evening, June 18. I will be speaking along with Suzan (Sam) Miller and Amy Park.

I or We: The Fine Art of Self Promotion

I participated in this WILEF panel along with Dr. Susan Bernstein (Moderator), Judy Hall, Anna Shimko and Emily Lam. The program should be posted on the website and available for viewing soon.

Society for Pediatric Radiology

I will present on “Mentoring Across Generations” at The Society for Pediatric Radiology Educational Summit in San Francisco.

Enlisting Men as Champions and Clients

Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) will sponsor a vital program on “Enlisting Men as Champions and Clients” at Sidley Austin in Palo Alto. Speakers are:Jorge del Calvo, Pillsbury WintthropPamela Martinson, Sidley AustinRobert Townsend, Morrison & FoersterSuzzanne Uhland, O’Melveny & MyersAlinka Flaminia, PMC-Sierra, Inc.For information and to register, contact WILEF or me.

POWER IN LAW: Lessons from the 2011 Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership

This important report is now available. It compiles the proceedings of and lessons learned at a Women’s Power Summit sponsored last year by The Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, in which I was privileged to participate. 

Hastings Leadership Academy for Women Events

The 2012 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women will take place July 11-14, 2012 at Hastings Law School in San Francisco. Here are several ways to learn more about the Leadership Academy:

Local law-firm sponsored receptions to meet alumnae and discuss their experience:

  • San Francisco, February 29, at DLA Piper
  • Washington, DC, March 20, at Finnegan Henderson
  • Los Angeles, March 28, at Manatt Phelps Phillips
  • New York, April 24, at McCarter & English (co-sponsored by Lowenstein Sandler)
  • National Teleconference: April 3, 9:00-10:00 am Pacific time
    This teleconference will discuss how the Leadership Academy prepares women for leadership.

Faculty and alumnae will briefly discuss the skills and strategies learned in the course and how they have translated into real results. Then you will be able to ask them questions and learn how the Leadership Academy can help you and the women in your firm become successful leaders.

Greg Jordan, Chair, Reed Smith LLP
Nancy Laben, General Counsel, AECOM
Tanya Lawson, Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Kit Chaskin, Partner, Reed Smith LLP

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2012 San Francisco Roundtable on Women’s Initiatives in Large Firms

On February 24, 2012, I will facilitate a roundtable discussion about the findings of the new, first-ever National Survey of Women’s Initiatives, conducted by the NAWL Foundation. Stephanie Scharf, designer of the NAWL Foundation Survey, as well as a lawyer and social psychologist, will kick off the discussion by presenting key findings from this research. Attendance is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, please idaabbott [at] aol [dot] com (contact me).

Global Professional Development Roundtable

There will be a teleconference for members of the Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms on February 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m PT. The call is for members only. For information about becoming a member, IdaAbbott [at] aol [dot] com (contact us).

Leading a Delegation to India

Join me on a trip to India!  People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs is organizing a delegation of legal specialists to travel to India in February 2012 and I will be leading the delegation. A number of unique opportunities are planned, including dialogue with legal professionals in India, the opportunity to share techniques, training and rule of law principles, and a chance to learn about developments there that are affecting law practice in the US. Cultural activities will highlight the sights and sounds of the country. You can find more information, and enroll online, at 

Leading Women in Technology and Paragon Legal

Leading Women in Technology and Paragon Legal are co-sponsoring a program in Palo Alto, CA to examine “Unspoken Secrets Women Need to Know for Success.” I will be speaking and moderating a panel that includes Van Dang, Vice President, Law & Deputy General Counsel at Cisco Systems, Inc.; Delida Costin, General Counsel of Pandora; and Marilyn Nagel, CEO of Watermark.  

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