News & Events

NABE Conference

The National Association of Bar Executives has invited me back to expand on my 2013 presentation, “Connecting Core Competencies: New Graduates and the Bar.” At their 2014 mid-year meeting in Chicago, February 4-6, 2014, I will continue the conversation about the changing role of bar associations in preparing new lawyers for practice.

Law Without Walls

The kickoff session for next year’s Law Without Walls will take place at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, on January 18-19, 2014, and I will be there! I will be an Entrepreneur Mentor for a student team in the 2014 course.

Leaning into Leadership Webinar

I will participate in an ABA webinar on “Leaning Into Leadership” at 1:00 ET. This is a repeat of a presentation given at the ABA Tax Section’s Fall Meeting in September 2013.

Professional Development Institute

The 2013 Professional Development Institute will be in Washington, DC, December 12-13. On the 13th, I will be presenting on “Driving Innovative Learning in the Law Firm: Lessons from Law Without Walls.” Law Without Walls is a revolutionary, award-winning law school course involving students from 25 law and business schools in countries throughout the world. 

ALA Program in Washington, DC

“Running Mentoring Programs Effectively” will be the topic of my presentation to the Association of Legal Administrators, Capital Chapter, in Washington, DC on December 11.

International Bar Association

Following the COLPM Futures Conference, I’ll fly to Boston for the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference, October 6-11. I will be speaking on Tuesday, October 8, on “Competencies for a Global Practice.” To see the IBA Annual Conference program, click here. 

Futures Conference

 Early October will find me in Chicago for the College of Law Practice Management’s Futures Conference, October 4-5. The Futures Conference will feature a TED-like format with brief, provocative presentations by thought leaders and innovators followed by highly interactive break-out sessions where participants will react, analyze and make recommendations for action. I will facilitate one of the break-out groups.

Tools to Advance in Your Federal Career

On September 23, I will be speaking at a Federal Women’s Leadership Summit program in Washington, DC on how women can advance in careers with the federal government. My focus will be on sponsorship, mentoring and coaching. The session is sponsored by The National Equal Pay Task Force, in collaboration with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Women’s Bureau, and the Department of Justice, in partnership with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  

Developing Women Leaders

On Friday, September 20, during the ABA Tax Section’s Fall Meeting, I will be speaking about “Developing Women Leaders.”  

Article about the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

The September 2013 issue of Legal Management, published by the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), features the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women and my comments about it in an article about developing the next generation of leaders. 

Women Leaders Roundtable

The next meeting of the Women Leaders Roundtable will take place in San Francisco on Thursday, August 29, 2013, from 4:00-5:30 pm. For information about the Roundtable, please contact idaabbott [at] aol [dot] com (me).

Connecting Core Competencies

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) will be held in San Francisco in August. I will be addressing NABE on August 8, on “Connecting Core Competencies: New Graduates and the Bar.” For information about the NABE Conference and this session, click here.

2013 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

Registration for the 2013 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women is open. This leadership development course, designed for women law firm partners and in-house counsel, is an extraordinary learning experience for women who are current leaders or rising stars, and a way for firms and companies to further their commitment to women’s advancement.

Creating and Maintaining a Successful Women’s Initiative

I will be a speaker in a teleconference sponsored by the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Women in the Profession Committee on “Creating and Maintaining a Successful Women’s Initiative.” The hour-long program starts at 1:00 ET on Thursday, July 18, and is complimentary for YLD members. Click here to learn more and register. This program was inspired by an article in July 2013 ABA Journal, “Do Women’s Initiatives Work?,” in which I was featured. 

Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms

The next meeting of the Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms will take place on June 17-18, 2013, in New York. 

Article about Women’s Initiatives

The latest issue of the ABA Journal features articles about women, including one (“Do Women’s Initiatives Work?”) in which I am quoted. While the quotes are accurate, the author erroneously states I practiced at Orrick. While Orrick is a fine firm, I never worked there; I spent most of my law practice career at another outstanding firm, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, which alas, no longer exists.

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