"The Credit Crisis"
July 30, 2009 - Chicago, IL (ABA Annual Meeting)
Presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Law Practice Management Section
Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Location: Crystal Ballroom A, Green Level, West Tower - Presidential CLE Centre, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
In the wake of today's economic turmoil, receiving fair "credit" for your contributions has never been more important in the practice of law. Yet, the latest research shows an incredible divide between these shared expectations, among even the most well meaning attorneys, and the stark realities of longstanding reward systems in this country's law firms. This CLE Showcase program will explore the extent to which present practices in the profession -- such as pitching and assigning work, "counting credit," measuring contributions, and "passing on" clients -- account for a disturbingly disproportionate allocation of money and power away from women and minorities in law firms. In response to this new data, a panel of general counsel and managing partners will address how to fundamentally change these practices in order to effectuate real advancement of women and minorities in our profession.