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
Free #OwnTheChainReaction Teleconference
Thursday, February 27
|Best-selling author Dr. Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, will discuss her latest book, Nice Girls Don't Speak Up or Stand Out on Thursday, February 27 at 11:00 am PST. Topics will include the techniques every woman needs in her communication toolkit: how to set boundaries without saying "no," and how to handle "bropriating," "manterrupting," and "mansplaining;" The program is intended for members of NCWBA member organizations. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested. Click here for the registration link.
GOOD Guys in Austin, February 13
Registration for the ABA Midyear Meeting is open. There is no charge for registration, and you do not need to be an ABA member to attend.
Here's a link for registration
If you can be in Austin on Thursday, February 13, we hope you will be able to join us for a GOOD Guys panel from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, co-sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Please do register for the ABA Midyear Meeting at the link above.
The program will begin with remarks on the business case for diversity from trial lawyer
On Saturday, February 15 from 2:30 until 4:00 pm, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will present a program called "Men in the Mix: How to Engage Men on Issues Related to Gender in the Profession."
UN Commission on the Status of Women
The 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will take place at UN headquarters March 4-20. This year's conference has special significance because it marks the 25th anniversary of the remarkable Fourth World Conference on Women. Click here to read a contemporary account of the program in the Oregon Women Lawyers newsletter. IAngel will have an event in San Francisco (also accessible by phone) on February 12 in preparation for this year's conference. Click here for details.
Resilience for Women Attorneys
Three Ways to Help You Excel
by Nancy Sharp
Nothing screams resilience louder than optimism. For women attorneys, in particular, the path to partner and the uppermost echelons of the profession is paved with obstacles that too often send the most capable, high-achieving lawyers packing. Reality is that no matter where you sit in your career, attorneys at all levels can benefit from resilience training to equip them with the tools and confidence to be at the top of their game.
So what does it means to be resilient? Real resilience is much deeper than the clinical definition of "bouncing back" offered by the American Psychology Association. Real resilience requires that you reflect on a challenge or situation and learn to integrate the lessons and losses. You have to cultivate vigilant self-awareness in order to ensure that resilience isn't some kneejerk reaction but an intentional, sustainable mindset.
Make no mistake: you needn't be born resilient or raised with a knowing sense of your strengths and weaknesses. These are learned skills that can be developed at any time.
As a resilience trainer and coach, I take a lot of pride in working with women attorneys to help them gain the confidence to know what they want and to go for it.
What's standing in the way of what you want?
Here are three things you can do to boost your resilience today:
- Think of a time you triumphed over an obstacle that once felt insurmountable but that led you to a place of higher development
- Celebrate a small success daily. One small win builds upon the next.
- Adapt a growth mindset. Embrace challenges as the gateway to growth.
NCWBA Board Spotlight
Elizabeth A. Bryson - Vice President for Finance
Serving on the NCWBA Board of Directors has been one of the highlights of my life. Since 2015, I have been a Director, Vice President for Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships, and now Vice President for Finance. I chaired NCWBA's very successful
Women's Bar Leadership Summit in New York City in 2017
, and I have served on numerous NCWBA Committees. Within NCWBA, I work with incredibly smart, savvy attorneys on projects that have a powerful and positive impact.
My belief in service has been ingrained since childhood. In an era when few women worked outside the home, one of my grandmothers was a registered nurse. My other grandmother was a reporter for the
Boston Globe (among other papers), and in 1947 she saved the birthplace of Abigail Adams (Revolutionary War figure, wife of the second U.S. President, and mother of the sixth U.S. President) from being torn down for a housing development. Growing up in a Navy family, my siblings and I also learned from our dad's service, including during long stretches when he was far from home. We moved 19 times before I was 21, yet my mom supported and often ran charities, and at every duty station she made sure her children were active in supporting our communities.
The work of NCWBA and its member organizations is also a form of service. We mentor, promote, and support women attorneys and law students, and we create innovative programs that make a difference. Our joint mission is to ensure that women and persons of every background have equal opportunities in the legal profession, and we develop tools to help member organizations ensure that the courts and the profession promote the fair and equal administration of justice.
The impacts of our organizations are legion, and two examples come to mind. While I served on the NCWBA Membership Committee, I remember speaking with attorney Sandra Kinney, who had recently returned to working full-time as an attorney after becoming a mom, taking a break, and working part-time. There was no women's bar in her state, but she started holding lunch meetings with attorneys in her community. Within a few years she and like-minded women, with the support of NCWBA, established
West Virginia Women Attorneys
(WVWA) with Sandra as its first President. WVWA now has a robust presence throughout West Virginia, and WVWA member
Jami Hall Cooper
serves on the NCWBA Board!
Another example is the
Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
(WBASNY) which is a founding member of NCWBA and is very active with the United Nations. WBASNY often hosts women's groups from various countries to exchange ideas and initiatives. Several years ago, we met with a delegation of Japanese women attorneys, who discussed the very strict hierarchical and controlled environment in Japan that continues to hold back women in law and business. Among other ideas, we lauded NCWBA's
initiative, which provides tools and techniques to encourage men to support women and incorporates proven techniques both women and men can use to address bias. Last week, I was honored to be a speaker at a WBASNY meeting with a delegation of attorneys from Switzerland. While their environment is not as challenging as in Japan, they too raised issues concerning equal opportunities, ways to challenge discrimination, as well as the need to actively combat domestic violence and address other societal challenges. The vibrant discussion was compelling, and we owe thanks to the program organizers: WBASNY International Law Committee Co-Chairs Fay Parris and Maria Cortese and the President of
Women Lawyers Switzerland,
Maya Dougard. These types of initiatives exemplify the substantive impact and importance of women's bar groups.
I have worked hard and been incredibly fortunate in my career as a litigator, appellate attorney, and corporate executive. I have also served as President of the
New York Women's Bar Association
, as an Officer and Committee Chair of WBASNY, and now as a member of the NCWBA Board. Over the years, I met many of my closest friends through the women's bar. NCWBA and its members make a huge difference every day - not only with respect to the status of women in the profession, but for many societal issues and for each of us personally. I hope you too will share your leadership and your experiences, so we can continue that devotion to service and equality.
For details concerning Elizabeth Bryson's legal career and women's bar service, click here.
GOOD Guys in London or in Your Town?
|The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession is collaborating with the Law Society of England & Wales to bring a GOOD Guys program to London at the offices of Bird & Bird on March 4. To register, click here.
If you'd like to learn about how to put on a GOOD Guys event in your own city or town, Teresa Beck, chair of NCWBA's GOOD Guys Committee, will explain the steps and what resources are readily available to you in a free March 19 teleconference at 11:00 am PDT. We'll have a registration link soon!
Renew Now for 2020!
Our membership year runs with the calendar year, so now is just the right time to renew your group's membership for 2020. Dues for 2020 have not increased, and are based on your organization's membership numbers. We rely on your membership dues and active participation in order to strengthen women's bar groups throughout North America. This year for the first time, women's law student associations are invited to join for free. For more information on renewals or how to join, click here.
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