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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.  

Just Out! The PD Profession and Attorney Development in 2011

This report of the results of our 2011 survey of law firm PD leaders is now available from PDQuarterly. To receive a courtesy copy, contact Gaye Mara, my collaborator and the publisher of PD Quarterly, at maraeg [at] profdev [dot] com.


The next WILEF West program will take place on November 1, 2011, 8:30-10:00 a.m., at Latham & Watkins in San Francisco.  The topic is “She’s the Boss: Women Leading Men and Women Leading Women,” and the speakers are all highly accomplished leaders in the legal profession.

College of Law Practice Management

The College of Law Practice Management will hold its annual meeting in Chicago.  We will present the InnovAction awards at that time for initiatives that demonstrate excellence and innovation in managing the practice of law.

October 17, 2011

DLA Piper is hosting a luncheon in Tampa, Florida, where I will talk about “Mentors and Champions: What’s the difference and why does it matter?”

WILEF Gold Standard Certification Awards Lunch

WILEF will honor law firms that have qualified for its Gold Standard Certification for advancing women in leadership.  As Chair of the Certification Committee, I will be presenting awards to certified firms at a special WILEF luncheon in New York. 

Save the Date

The 2011 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women will take place July 20-23, 2011, at University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

Professional Development Consortium

I will be co-presenting a program on Online Collaboration in a Global World, Chicago

Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms, Chicago, IL

Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms, Chicago, IL

Construction Women’s Panel

National Association of Women in Construction: Construction Women’s Panel in conjunction with Women in Construction Week.  San Francisco,CA.

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

Women on Top: Managing Life, Work, and Leadership in Your Legal Career, Queen’s Bench, San Francisco.

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