Call to Action for Gender Equity

Vol. 21 No. 2

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Mary B. Cranston is chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. She is the retired senior partner and immediate past chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco.

As reported in this and other issues of Perspectives, it is clear that there are many issues affecting women that arise because they are in the minority. This is particularly true with respect to leaders directing the course of our country.

The Commission works tirelessly to develop women lawyer leaders who will have an impact in their work environments, the legal profession, their communities, politics—indeed, in all arenas. Its four previous Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Academies were designed to train women to be future leaders and give them the skills they need to take their careers to the next level. The 2012 WILL Academy, which will take place on December 6−7 in San Francisco, will offer opportunities to gain valuable insights from and network with a sterling roster of prominent general counsel, judges, and practitioners. Attendees will learn why women need to be represented in leadership positions in firms, corporations, and government jobs and will gain the tools necessary to prepare them to assume these leadership positions. For more information, visit www.ambar.org/will.

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