November 10, 2013

Commission on Women news

Call for Margaret Brent Nominations

It’s time to nominate your favorite woman lawyer for the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented at a luncheon during the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston. The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession established the Brent award in 1991 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women lawyers. Honorees are outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence within their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. The award will be presented to five women lawyers who excel in a variety of professional settings and who personify excellence on either the national, regional, or local level.

Nomination forms must be received on or before December 2, 2013. For information on the nomination process and criteria, visit

2014 ABA Bar Leadership Institute

Join the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the Division for Bar Services on March 12–14, 2014, at the Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel for the 2014 ABA Bar Leadership Institute. This must-attend conference prepares presidents-elect and other officers on the presidential track to lead their bar associations in service to members, the legal profession, and the public. For more information, visit

Ms. JD Launches Passion Forward Awards

For the first time, Ms. JD, the community of women law students and young lawyers, will be honoring exceptional women in connection with its sixth annual national conference, Passion Forward, which will take place February 21–22, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The Passion Forward Awards will celebrate women who have demonstrated passion for their careers and have shared that passion with other men and women. Six awards will be presented. The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2013. For more information, visit


Patricia K. Gillette, a partner in the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and a member of the firm’s employment law group, received the 2013 Fay Stender Award presented by California Women Lawyers. This award is given to a feminist lawyer who, like Stender, is committed to the representation of women, disadvantaged groups, and unpopular causes and whose courage, zest for life, and demonstrated ability to effect change as a single individual make her a role model for women lawyers.

Hon. Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Christina Bohannan, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, are recipients of the 2013 Mark T. Banner Award. This award, sponsored by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, is presented to an individual or individuals who have made an impact on IP law or practice.

Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law

By Gindi Eckel Vincent; Mary B. Cranston, Advisor

One of the Commission on Women’s highest priorities throughout the years has been to provide women lawyers with information and tools for advancing into leadership positions in all areas of the law. Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies these principles to women lawyers. The book also features interviews with 11 women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success.

Summary of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding the Lay of the Land—The Statistics on Working and Leading Women

Chapter 2: The Men, the Myths, the Legends—Understanding Myths and Stereotypes

Chapter 3: What We Know—What the Experts Tell Us About Women Leaders

Chapter 4: How Does It All Work—Applying What We Know to Women in Law

Chapter 5: Insight from the Top—Interviews with Legal Leaders

Chapter 6: View from the Bench—Interviews with the Judiciary

Chapter 7: Total Leadership Makeover—Transforming Real-Life Lawyers

Order at or 800-285-2221. Product code: 4920048. Paperbound 6 x 9; 140 pp. Price: $19.95 ABA members; $24.95 nonmembers.