News & Events

Association of Legal Administrators

I will be in Denver April 4-5, speaking at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Legal Administrators on “What’s Next? How to Help Senior Lawyers and Administrators Transition Out of Practice.”

Mentoring Interview

WA State Bar’s MentorLink program has posted a 90-minute video in which I discuss with Tim Jaasko-Fisher many aspects of mentoring. The information is relevant and valuable for individuals and programs. 

Global Professional Development Roundtable

The next meeting of the Global PD Roundtable will be held March 6-7, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. Roundtable membership is open to talent management and professional development leaders in global law firms. For information about the Roundtable and the meeting agenda, and to register for the meeting, please IdaAbbott [at] aol [dot] com (contact me).

Your Boomer Retirement Problem Won’t Just Fade Away

Bob Denney wrote this about my recent article, “Your Boomer Retirement Problem Won’t Just Fade Away,” min his newsletter: “Of all that has been written and spoken about succession planning, I consider the following the most intelligent and constructive discussion of this sensitive issue.”  

ABA Rule of Law Initiative on Mentoring

February 2-7, I will be in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative to evaluate the lawyer mentoring program in the Middle East that I have written about in the past. You can read about that project here.

Washington State Bar

On January 31, I will be presenting a Legal Lunchbox CLE webcast on “Mentorship Fundamentals: Best Practices for Strengthening Your Skills as an Attorney Mentor or Mentee” with Tim Jaasko-Fisher for the Washington State Bar MentorLink Program. 

Professional Development Institute

On December 2, 2016, at the Professional Development Institute, I participated in a plenary panel on Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms – What’s New, What’s Different and What’s Gone? and then presented a session on What’s Next? How to Help Senior Lawyers Transition Out of Practice.

Lessons from Women Law Firm Leaders

I was featured in an article, “Lessons from Women Law Firm Leaders,” written by Marsha Watson Wasserman, and published in the November/December issue of Law Practice Magazine.

Women in Legal Leadership Network (WLLNet) Institute Program

WLLNet  is a new global initiative to encourage and support women lawyers in leadership roles. I am honored to be on the faculty of the inaugural WLLNet Institute Program in Brisbane, Australia for women leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region. Registration and additional information are available here.

Interview: Transforming Women’s Leadership

Transforming Women’s Leadership, an initiative of Thomson Reuters Legal and Executive Institute, interviewed me about how Breakfasts for Champions, based on my book, Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know, help create a safe place for men and women to discuss gender imbalance in the legal profession. You can read the interview here.

2016 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

The Leadership Academy in San Francisco is the foremost leadership course for women law firm partners and experienced in-house counsel. It helps cultivate leadership skills and enables participants to increase their visibility and value to their organizations by leveraging their talents and abilities more strategically. Registration is open but space is extremely limited, so register now! 

Women in Law Hackathon

I am proud to be an Advisor in the Women in Law Hackathon created by the Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law. The Hackathon is a Shark Tank style pitch competition designed to generate innovative strategies for advancing women in the legal profession. Teams will present their projects in a Pitch Competition at Stanford Law School on June 23-24, 2016. Bloomberg Law is granting $22,500 in prize money that the top three winning teams will donate to their choices of non-profit organizations that are advancing women in the legal profession and beyond.

National Legal Mentoring Conference

Denver, CO: This is the premier mentoring conference for the legal profession, and it only occurs every two years. This is the year, so if you are involved or interested in mentoring lawyers, register now! Featured speakers include:Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association, andMichael Schwartz, Dean of the University of Arkansas Law School, who is researching best mentoring practices for lawyers.I will conduct a plenary session with Karen Hester of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness and Lisa Mickley of Hall & Evans LLC on how mentoring programs can promote diversity & inclusion.

Florida State Bar Webinar

At the invitation of the Florida State Bar Young Lawyers’ Division, I presented a webinar on “Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know.” 

2015 Professional Development Institute, Washington, DC

At the 2015 PDI, I will lead a conversation with Lori Berman, Heather Bock and Juliet Aiken about their forthcoming book, Accelerating Lawyer Success: How to Make Partner and Flourish in a Law Firm.

Podcast of Interview

You can listen to Don Hutcheson’s interview of me, “More Than Just a Mentor, Women Need a Champion,” at http://goo.gl/FdbcVo

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