Perspectives: A Magazine for and about Women Lawyers
Commission on Women News
Winter 2009

New CWP Publications
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NEW! Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Strategies for Success from Multicultural Women Attorneys - In response to the overwhelming response to its first book, Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Words of Wisdom from Multicultural Women Attorneys Who've Been There and Done That, the Multicultural Women Attorneys Network (a joint project of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession) has published a second volume of letters, Dear Sisters, Dear Daughters: Strategies for Success from Multicultural Women Attorneys. The 44 letters outline various road maps for legal success and discuss strategies and advice for a variety of work environments, including law firms of all sizes, government and nonprofit legal practice and executive positions, the judiciary, elected office, in-house counsel, and academia.
Product code: 4920044. Paperback (6 x 9) 210 pp. Price: $29.95 regular/$24.95 ABA Law Student Division members

Fair Measure: Toward Effective Attorney Evaluations, Second Edition - This revised and updated second edition contains a current, comprehensive review of the psychological literature on stereotyping and outlines a step-by-step process for implementing and conducting performance evaluations that are free from bias. Additional material includes checklists and sample evaluation forms, performance evaluation training materials for supervising attorneys, and instructions for completing performance evaluations. Appendices, instructions for supervising lawyers for completing performance evaluations, and performance evaluation training materials for supervising lawyers also are available in PDF format on the CD-ROM included with the book.
Product code: 4920043. Paperback (8½ x 11) CD-ROM; 110 pp. Price: $69.95 regular/$59.95 Section of Labor and Employment Law members.

From Visible Invisibility to Visibly Successful: Success Strategies for Law Firms and Women of Color in Law Firms - Find information, insights, and advice gathered from women of color partners in national law firms as well as an examination of law firm practices that contributed to their success in the Commission on Women in the Profession's newly released report From Visible Invisibility to Visibly Successful: Success Strategies for Law Firms and Women of Color in Law Firms. This publication is a follow-up to the groundbreaking report Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms released in fall 2006. Download a copy of this report at no cost and learn more about the Women of Color Research Initiative.

Call for Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award Nominations
The Section of Business Law's Committee on Diversity is seeking nominations for its 17th Annual Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award. The award will be presented during the Section luncheon at the 2009 spring meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award is presented to an exceptional woman business lawyer who has made significant contributions to both the profession and the Section of Business Law. The award is named for Jean Allard, the first woman to chair the Section. For more information and to submit a nomination, go to

Two Women Appointed to Maryland's Highest Court
For the first time in its 232 years, Maryland's highest court—the Court of Appeals of Maryland—has three women among its seven members, as judges Sally D. Adkins and Mary Ellen Barbera were added to the bench in Summer 2008. They joined Judge Lynne A. Battaglia.

Are You Adequately Insured? Get Your Free ABE Insurance Planner/Flash Drive
Nearly one third of all women have no insurance, according to LIMRA International Inc., which provides research and consulting services to insurance and financial services companies. This statistic is especially alarming when you consider that a 35-year-old woman in a professional position is three times as likely as a man of the same age to become disabled for 90 days or more, as reported by the Journal of the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters.

The American Bar Endowment (ABE) has developed a tool for ABA members that can help women in the legal profession analyze their current life and disability insurance portfolio. Send an e-mail to to sign up for a free Secure Life Planner flash drive and learn more about quality insurance exclusively for ABA members.

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