The Woman Advocate

About the Committee


The Woman Advocate Committee is open to all members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Joining the committee entitles a member to a number of benefits (see list below). The committee’s leadership is made up of experienced women litigators from all over the country working to provide support and useful information to all women who litigate.

To accomplish this goal, the committee provides its members with these benefits:

  • The Woman Advocate, a quarterly publication
  • Programs that feature talented, effective women trial lawyers demonstrating trial and advocacy skills and styles
  • Programs on rainmaking for women, emphasizing how women can effectively attract and retain clients
  • Opportunities to network with other women trial lawyers and exchange information, questions, or ideas on a wide variety of professional and personal issues confronting women lawyers, particularly those in a litigation practice, including alternative work styles, balancing trial work and motherhood, mentoring, and perceptions of women advocates

Whether you want to receive The Woman Advocate, learn from and network with top women litigators, contribute to our programs and publications, or all of the above, join us. Section of Litigation members may join up to three committees at no charge.

To join, you must first be a member of the ABA and also a member of the ABA Section of Litigation.

Committee Conference Calls

Monthly Committee Calls are held the second Tuesday of every month at 2:00 PM ET via Zoom. Please connect using the following details

Zoom join with phone only:
Dial-in: 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 914 3367 9035
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+13126266799,,91433679035# US (Chicago)

Zoom Join with computer:
Dial-in: 888 475 4499 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 914 3367 9035
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Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Woman Advocate Committee’s webpage. Our committee is open to all members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Our focus is to support women in the legal profession, provide a forum to have an open and candid dialogue about issues female attorneys face, and lead the profession in finding solutions to those issues.

We welcome and encourage members to play an active role in our committee work—including by joining our committee events and/or participating in one of our subcommittees. Our current list of our general subcommittees is as follows, focused on various types of member benefits and engagement:

  • Book Projects/Work-Life Management
  • Membership/Networking & Inclusion
  • Newsletter
  • Programming/Roundtables
  • Social Media/ABA Connect
  • Website/Audio Content/Practice Pointers

Committee members also can serve on the following substantive subcommittees:

  • ADR
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Litigation/Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Employment
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities Litigation
  • Small Business
  • White Collar

Committee members also can serve as liaisons to other Section of Litigation committees and events. We have the following liaison positions:

  • Corporate Counsel Liaison
  • LGBT Liaison
  • Minority Trial Lawyers Liaison
  • National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations Liaison
  • Professional Success Summit Liaison
  • Regional Meetings Liaison
  • Women Rainmakers Liaison
  • Young Lawyers Liaison

If you are interested in joining any of our subcommittees, being a liaison, or submitting program proposals, newsletter articles, or website content; or if you have ideas on additional ways we can meet member needs, please contact the committee cochairs.

We look forward to meeting you, hearing from you, and actively supporting your professional needs.

Woman Advocate Committee Cochairs
Pilar Kraman, Elizabeth Timkovich, and Tiffany Degruy

Committee Leadership


Pilar Kraman
Young Conaway
Wilmington, DE


Tiffany J. deGruy
Birmingham, AL

Elizabeth Timkovich
Wells Fargo
Charlotte, NC


Web Editors

Angela Turiano
Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.
New York, NY

Newsletter Co-Editors in Chief

Lindsay Breedlove
Melissa Ghrist



Subcommittee Leadership 

Leadership Roster

Ankura Partner

Amanda Lattanzio
Jennifer Wilson

Messaging Through ABA Connect:

If you (or your subcommittee) have information or requests to share with the committee, please reach out to our ABA Connect/Social Media Subcommittee cochairs (Calie AdamsonKirsten Castaneda, and Jessica Ortiz) with your proposed communication, and they will include your post (if appropriate) in an official Committee posting through ABA Connect.