News & Events

RISE Leadership Forum

On January 11, 2013, I will be teaching a class on “Networking, Mentoring, and Sponsorship” in the RISE Leadership Forum, a new leadership development program for business and professional women being launched in Monterey, California. 

Book Review

Gaye Mara’s review of my book, Lawyers’ Professional Development, 2nd Edition, has been published in the December 2012 NALP Bulletin and the November 2012 PD Quarterly. Subscriptions are required.

Professional Development Institute

Lisa Rohrer, Ph.D., and I will present a program at the 2012 Professional Development Institute, Dec. 6-7 in Washington, DC, on “Alternative Careers for Lawyers in Law Firms: Trends, Implications and Adaptation.” 

Lawyers Professional Development, 2d Ed., Now Available!

You can now buy my updated, revised and expanded Second Edition of Lawyers’ Professional Development: The Legal Employer’s Comprehensive Guide from NALP. The book covers the content of the first edition, contains a great deal of new material and expands some of the topics from the original text that now warrant greater prominence, such as competency models, technology-based training, and client-law firm collaboration in professional development.  

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.

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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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. 

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