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ABA Task Force on Gender Equity to host series of interactive sessions on pay equity

ABA Task Force on Gender Equity to host series of interactive sessions on pay equity

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2013 — To continue its focus on pay equity and concrete ways that the legal profession can implement change, the American Bar Association Task Force on Gender Equity will debut the first program in a series of interactive sessions that will search for solutions to closing the gap in pay. The series will include general counsel, managing partners and leaders of the bar. Participants will highlight strategies for change, impediments to change and concrete actions that are most likely to achieve pay equity. 

Closing the Gap: Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Compensation

Sponsored by the ABA Task Force on Gender Equity and the Commission on Women in the Profession, co-sponsored by Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, DirectWomen, Illinois State Bar Association on Women and the Law, and National Association of Women Lawyers

Thursday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
131 S. Dearborn St., Chicago          

Program highlight:

“Do We Understand the Pay Gap and How to Fix It?” — This panel discussion will focus on what can still be done to close the gap in pay equity within the legal profession. Moderated by Laurel G. Bellows, co-chair of the Task Force on Gender Equity and principal of The Bellows Law Group PC, the panel will include:

  • Michelle Banks, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Gap Inc.
  • Jason L. Brown, associate general counsel at MillerCoors
  • J. Stephen Poor, chair and managing partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Karen Walker, executive partner and member of firm-wide compensation committee at Holland and Knight LLP

Oct. 24, 3 – 4 p.m.

Breakout sessions will discuss realistic approaches to close the pay gap and a summary of next steps; a cocktail reception will follow the panel discussion. A complete agenda can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Kati Rutherford at This event is free and open to members of the press.

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