NCWBA Member Organizations
2019-2020 NCWBA Officers and Board
Jeanne Marie Clavere
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Vice President-Fundraising and Strategic Partnering
Shiloh D. Theberge
New York, NY
Patricia M. Scaglia
Immediate Past President
ABA CWP Liaison
Amanda Green Alexander
Teresa M. Beck
San Diego, CA
Jamison Hall Cooper
Chris Chambers Goodman
Susan MC Kovarovics
Kathleen M. McDowell
Los Angeles, CA
Christine M. Meadows
Tami L. Munsch
Melissa K. Walker
El Paso, TX
Communicate With Your Members
Early and Often
|At a time when few things are certain, it is easy to feel so paralyzed that you put off communicating with your members. Maybe you will have more information in a few days. Maybe suggesting that a big event or a monthly luncheon might need to be postponed will alienate sponsors. Maybe you should run that draft letter from the president by the entire board for their wordsmithing. The reality is that when you refrain from letting your members know what is going on, you increase their unease and build "in groups" and "out groups." Those in the know assume that others know that an event will be cancelled, while others, if they care enough about the organization to have calendared an event, will have to rely on rumors and scraps of information. You don't have to wait to communicate until every decision has been made. Let people know where you are in the process. For examples of communications from women's bar groups regarding cancellations, click here. Key elements are spelling out expectations, whether or not every detail has been pinned down. Assurances that "we are going to make an announcement soon" are not good enough.
This period of uncertainty can be a time of experimentation and transition to new ways of providing services and value to members. Click here for resources for your members and ideas from other groups. And please do share your ideas, either by emailing us or by posting to the email@example.com listserve. (If you are not already a member of this list, please email us to request to be added.)
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It's Not You, It's the Workplace
Food from the Bar Amid a Pandemic
Social distancing has caused NCWBA to cancel its Food from the Bar planned day of service at local Feeding America food banks, and has required postponement of many aspects of Food from the Bar 2020 campaigns (e.g., volunteer experiences, food donation campaigns). The disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic has placed many vulnerable members of our communities, particularly children who are reliant on federally subsidized meals served through public school systems, at increased risk of hunger. Food banks are facing unprecedented challenges in meeting increased needs while coping with decreased volunteerism and skeleton staffs, who are putting their own health potentially in jeopardy by continuing to work on the front lines.
What can women's bar associations do to help? Even if there is no Food from the Bar campaign in your city, or your Food from the Bar campaign has been postponed, your members can still support your local Feeding America food banks. Even if stay-at-home restrictions prevent you from volunteering or hosting fund-raising events or donating food, you can still support the food banks through money donations and other gestures of support. Virtually all food banks are set up for online giving. Here are a few ideas on how you can continue to support Food from the Bar campaigns and local food banks from the comfort of your home:
1. Have a "virtual" day of service - i.e., pick a day and challenge your members and others in the legal community all to make some monetary donation on that day, and then report on number of participants nad amount raised. Engage your children to make posters to be circulated on line to publicize this "virtual day of service."
2. Invite a food bank representative to speak to your members at a Zoom virtual meeting.
3. Host a Zoom virtual cocktail hour where the "price of admission" is a monetary donation to the local food bank.
4. Write a letter of support and thanks to food bank administration and personnel.
5. Issue a challenge to your members pegged to a donation to the food bank, e.g., "I'll donate $10 to the food bank for every person who sends me a picture of them from their high school prom."
6. Ask your members or law firms to donate to the food bank the monies they otherwise would have spent on lunches and snacks if not working remotely.
7. Publicize in your newsletter or email blast the online donation link to your local food bank and its address to which checks should be sent.
Any other ideas or success stories in supporting Food from the Bar remotely or virtually? Please share! In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy and grateful for knowing where your next meal is coming from.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please reach out to NCWBA Food from the Bar liaison, Kathleen M. McDowell.
NCWBA Board Spotlight
Lindsey Savage, Secretary
I am in my second year serving on the board and am enjoying my current role as Secretary of the NCWBA. I am also a proud co-chair of the 2020 Summit Committee and am looking forward to this year's Summit, which I am excited to report will offer a robust virtual presence this year!
After graduating from the University of Michigan, I moved to New York City and began my career in the television industry. After a few years, I attended law school, starting out in the part-time evening program at St. John's University while continuing working full time in house in a legal department for a media company. A study abroad program through Temple University Beasley School of Law in my 2L year changed the course of my life -- I moved to Tokyo, Japan, where I fell in love with both Japan and my now-husband, who was stationed there as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
After returning to New York to finish law school and sit for the New York bar, I boomeranged back to Japan, where I enjoyed being a part of the small foreign legal community in Tokyo. After marrying, the Navy life took us to Monterey, California; Seattle, Washington; back to Japan; Memphis, Tennessee; and now, Mandeville, Louisiana. I do my best to get involved in the local community and local bar associations whenever possible and have enjoyed getting to know attorneys throughout the world. Throughout the last decade of military spouse life, the
Military Spouse J.D. Network (MSJDN)
has been a consistent and a virtual lifeline, connecting me to similarly situated attorneys regardless of my physical location. As a founding member of MSJDN, I have worn several leadership hats over the years, enjoyed serving on the board for several years, and truly love the community that the past and present leaders and members have built.
I have been in private practice for most of my career, am licensed in New York, California, and Washington, and am currently of counsel to the women-owned virtual law firm, SRD Legal Group PLLC, based out of New York City, while also maintaining my own practice based out of Kirkland, Washington. I have three awesome children, (ages 7, 5, 3) and our family enjoys traveling, sailing, swimming, and biking in our free time. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the amazing women in our legal community through NCWBA and I continue to regularly be amazed and inspired by our member organizations.
Save the Dates for our Summit--Virtually!
July 30 and 31
Our 2020 Women's Bar Leadership Summit won't be quite the same this year as we have reluctantly made the decision to forego an "in person" Summit in Chicago. But we hope that going virtual will give us a chance to engage with even more of our colleagues to share the insights, best practices and new relationships that have been the hallmark of past Summits. Stay tuned for more details as they develop!
|Pauline Weaver Elected ABA Secretary
|Congratulations to past NCWBA President (1989-90) Pauline Weaver on being elected Secretary of the American Bar Association! She will begin her three-year term in August at the end of the ABA's annual meeting.
Originally from England, Pauline came to the U.S. at the age of eleven.She earned her Bachelor's and law degree from University of Memphis in Tennessee. After passing the State Bar of California in 1980, she became a Public Defender for Alameda County and worked there until
2011. She then opened her own firm concentrating on criminal defense with a large pro bono practice.
She is a past president of
California Women Lawyers and a recipient of its Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award. She was also a vice president of the California State Bar Board of Governors.
Women in the Workplace
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