Law Practice Division

ABA Women Rainmakers Committee

The mission of the ABA Women Rainmakers is to educate professional women about marketing and business development, to provide mentoring opportunities for members, and to provide networking opportunities to build personal and professional relationships.

Chair: Courtney Ward-Reichard | Vice Chair: Sandra Havrilak

Rainmakers Webinar Series

Wednesday Rainmaking by the ABA Women Rainmakers of the ABA Law Practice Division continues this year with webinars that will make your business soar on social media. Below are the dates for the upcoming and the latest webinars. More information and registration links will be provided once registration is open for upcoming webinars.

Upcoming Webinar

Looking Forward to a New Normal in the Practice of Law

December 21, 2022, at 2pm EST

Each year in our December program, we try to look back at the previous year to determine what we have learned and apply that learning as we plan for the coming year. Seldom has this exercise been as apropos as this year, when we are easing out of reclusion and back into public life, as we attempt to discover what will be the new normal. For this program, we will draw on our collective knowledge and experience as we provide guidance to each other and our audience. We also will reflect on the information provided by the ABA Practice Forward study and attempt to interpret its significance for our members. We will highlight a number of topics, including:

  • Understanding differing “normals” in small firms and BigLaw
  • Reviewing the significance of the ABA Practice Forward study – and the lessons learned in 2022
  • Grappling in 2023 with the move to hike legal fees and client dismay
  • Understanding “People Law” and why it’s so critical in solo/small firms
  • Ensuring equity in the remote workplace
  • Learning what successful women lawyers say contributed to their success

How to Give and Get the Most Out of Mentoring in Today's Hybrid World

September 21, 2022, 1 PM EST 

We are at the edge of a precipice – hybrid and remote working have dramatically changed the law firm environment. Those changes are here to stay and will continue to evolve. Lawyers at all stages of their careers are trying to make sense of how to practice, learn and build business in this new world.

Questions abound:

  • How do we best develop young associates if we don’t often see them in the office?
  • Does it make sense to require more senior level lawyers to be present in the physical office?
  • How can we get and give mentoring in a hybrid environment?

Our panelists will address these issues and offer key takeaways for both experienced and new attorneys:

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of both having a mentor and being a mentor
  • Discuss how to select a mentor
  • Offer takeaways about what junior and midlevel attorneys expect from a law firm and from a mentor
  • Offer best practices for how to be a great mentor to associate attorneys in the evolving law firm environment
  • Identify the key attributes of a successful mentorship – both for mentors and mentees

2022 Webinars

Triumphs and Challenges of Women in Law: Hearing from Three Generations

Speakers: Anne Collier, Abigail Earthman, Marianna Dyson. Sharon D. Nelson, Esq will moderate.
June 22, 2022
Replay to come

Women of Legal Tech: Top 10 Takeaways!

Speakers: Jeannine Abukhater Lambert, Courtney Ward-Reichard, Allison Shields Johs, Sofia Lingos
March 23, 2022
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2021 Webinars

Networking: Making Hybrid Reconnection Work for You in 2022

Speakers: Anne Collier, Carol Shiro Greenwald, Vedia Jones-Richardson 
December 8, 2021
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Owning Our Power as Women: Expert Leadership & Development Tips

Speakers: Alisa J. Gray, Tristan L. Duncan, Hon. Maureen Mulligan. Michele Powers, Esq. will moderate.
June 16, 2021
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2020 Webinars

Networking: How Women Lawyers do it Better

Speakers: Brett Harris, Soo Yeon Lee, and Vedia Jones-Richardson. Carol Schiro Greenwald will moderate. 
December 9, 2020
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Women and Technology

Speakers: Courtney Ward- Reichard, Jeannine Abukhater Lambert Moderator: Jeanne Lee
June 17,  2020
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2019 Webinars

Communication Across Generations

Speakers: Phyllis Haserot and Whytne J. Brooks
Moderator: Carole Bass
December 11, 2019
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Coaches on Call

Speakers: Elizabeth Jolliffe, Marianne Trost
Moderator: Jeanne Lee
September 18, 2019
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Getting Your Marketing Plan Together for 2019

Speakers: Elizabeth Jolliffe and Marianne Trost
Moderator: Jeanne Lee 
January 30, 2019
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2018 Webinars

Asking for Business: Advice from In-House Counsel


Speakers: Angela Speight; Shaila Ohri; Erin Abrams
Moderator: Anna Rappaport
February 21, 2018
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2017 Webinars

LinkedIn - More Powerful Than Ever


Speaker: Dee Schiavelli
Moderator: Jeanne Lee
November 29, 2017
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Creating Signature Events to Enhance Business Development

Speaker: Traci Ray
Moderator: Jeanne Lee
September 20, 2017
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Monthly Calls

Our Women Rainmaker calls are on the third Tuesday of every month at 12:00pm EST.

Anyone who is interested in Women Rainmakers is invited to attend the calls. If you want to receive agendas and reminders of the call each month.

An agenda is distributed each month to everyone on the list, with information on how to participate in the calls.

Rainmaking Circles

The objective of Peer Coaching Circles is to provide ABA Women Rainmakers a forum where members will listen, guide and encourage each other regarding their career and/or life decision making. The members will consult regularly and willingly provide and receive feedback and suggestions on a variety of issues of importance to its members in a confidential environment. A Peer Coaching Circle will act as an accountability partner as its members work towards their professional and personal goals, and expand the use of their voices.

As a member of the ABA Women Rainmakers Committee you are invited to participate in a Peer Coaching Circle.

ABA Women Rainmakers Interviews

Browse this chronological list of all interviews conducted by and with ABA Women Rainmakers, hosted on the ABA Law Practice Division's monthly webzine, Law Practice Today.

Books

Marketing Success: How Did She Do That? by Afi S. Johnson-Parris & Dee A. Schiavelli covers best practices in the legal industry through interviews with women rainmakers on how they succeeded using the most current approaches to marketing and business development.