July 10, 2014

Commission on Women News

American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Boston

August 8–10, 2014

Check the Commission’s website at www.american​bar.org/women for information on all Annual Meeting events.

True Grit and a Growth Mindset (CLE Showcase Program)

Saturday, August 9

In the past two decades, men and women have entered the practice of law in roughly equal numbers. However, by the time women arrive at the most senior leadership levels, they represent a mere 17 percent of equity partners. This program identifies two of the characteristics—grit and growth mindset—that many successful women lawyers have in common, often above other measures such as IQ, class rank, and law school. The panel and discussion will educate participants about the science behind these traits, provide attendees with tools to assess their levels of grit and growth mindset, and offer practical ways to incorporate these concepts in performance evaluations and professional development programs.

The annual Women’s Caucus Meeting will take place on Sunday, August 10, 2:15pm–4:30pm, at the Sheraton Boston (Back Bay Ballroom C, 2nd Level). The caucus provides a perfect opportunity for ABA members to meet, network with colleagues, discuss issues of concern to women lawyers, announce ABA candidacies, learn more about Commission activities and programs, and increase involvement in the Commission.

Women of Color Research Initiative Program Toolkit

Following three cutting-edge research studies that analyzed the career trajectories and experiences of women of color and the prevalence of factors that support or undermine their retention and advancement, the Commission has developed the Women of Color Research Initiative Program Toolkit. This Toolkit guides you every step of the way and provides you with all the necessary tools to conduct a conference to inform on the research and strategies that will ensure the success of women of color.

For more information and to view/download the Toolkit, visit www.ambar.org/WomenOfColor.

Lynn Hecht Schafran Receives Sharon Corbitt Award

On August 8, the ABA Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence will present the 2014 Sharon Corbitt Award to Lynn Hecht Schafran, director since 1981 of the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP), based in New York City. NJEP is a project of Legal Momentum in cooperation with the National Association of Women Judges. Schafran has designed and presented courses for numerous national, state, and federal judicial colleges and developed several model judicial education curricula. Much of NJEP’s work focuses on adult victims of sexual assault and the intersection of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Sharon Corbitt Award was created in 2008 to recognize service by lawyers from all areas of practice, including nonprofits, large firms, solo practitioners, corporte counsel, and judges who demonstrate exemplary service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. The award is named for Sharon Corbitt, member of the Commission on Domestic Violence (2002–2005) and former chair of the ABA Section of Family Law, in recognition of her professional and personal contributions to victims of domestic violence throughout her career.

Schafran was a recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 1996 and has been a member of the Perspectives editorial board since 2009.

Linda L. Addison Elected Law Firm Managing Partner

On June 10, the global legal practice of Norton Rose Fulbright announced the election of Linda L. Addison of New York, New York, as its U.S. managing partner. Addison has served in this role since December 2013, when that position’s previous occupant took a medical leave of absence. She will remain chair of the U.S. management committee, the eighth person and first woman to hold this position, and will continue to serve as a member of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global executive committee. She previously was the firm’s global head of dispute resolution and litigation following the June 2013 combination of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and Norton Rose. Addison received the Commission’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award in 2009.

In Memoriam: Karen DeCrow

Karen DeCrow, president of the National Organization for Women from 1974 to 1977, died on June 6. A celebrated activist and civil rights lawyer, she helped lead campaigns for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and against sex discrimination in education, sports, and social groups. She was 76. The Commission was honored to receive a letter from DeCrow for inclusion in its book The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms (2011).