Perspectives: A Magazine for and about Women Lawyers
Commission on Women News
Spring 2010

The 20th Annual Margaret Brent Achievement Awards Luncheon

Please join the Commission on Women in the Profession for the 20th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, August 8, 2010, from 12:00pm-2:00pm at the Moscone West Convention Center.

The ABA Commission on Women established the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. The award honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. It is presented to five women lawyers who excel in a variety of professional settings and who personify excellence on the national, regional, or local level.

The 2010 Honorees:

  • Brooksley E. Born, retired partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, and champion for the advancement of women; in Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth J. Cabraser, partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and leader in the plaintiffs' complex litigation/class action bar; in San Francisco, California.
  • Willie Stevenson Glanton, civil rights activist and the first African American woman elected to the Iowa State Legislature; in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • M. Margaret McKeown, circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the first woman
    partner at Perkins Coie LLP; in San Diego, California.
  • Laura Stein, senior vice president–general counsel, The Clorox Company, and the first woman general counsel at two Fortune 500 companies; in Oakland, California.

Pay tribute to the 2010 Margaret Brent honorees by purchasing a table (each table seats 10) and/or a special tribute in the commemorative awards program book. Tributes can be made to the five honorees or other women lawyers who have touched your life or the lives of those around you. Reserved tables are $1,500, and full-page tributes are $1,000. Corporate sponsorship opportunities also are available. For more information, contact Beverly Henderson at 312-988-5668, send an e-mail to, or visit the Commission Web site at

2010 Report Tracks Women in ABA Leadership Positions
The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has issued its 2010 Goal III Report Card, (formerly Goal IX), which tracks the trends of women in ABA leadership positions. The first Report Card in 1991 reported women's membership in the ABA and their representation in the profession at 22 percent. Women now constitute 32.1 percent of the approximately 330,000 lawyer members of the ABA and 31.0 percent of the legal profession.

The Commission has found, however, that while women are progressing overall, the rate of that increase has stagnated in recent years. This is of particular concern with respect to lower levels such as committees and subcommittees, which are the pathways to leadership.

Download the full report from the Commission's Web site at

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