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Sound Advice

The Intersection of Your Case and the Automatic Stay (Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code)
By Kristin Jain and Shayna Steinfeld – May 4, 2021
Seasoned bankruptcy lawyers discuss the breadth of the automatic stay, the consequences of violating it, to whom it applies, how it applies and how to analyze next steps when confronted with a party in litigation who has filed for bankruptcy.  Importantly, the speakers repeatedly advise our trial attorney friends to ensure that they seek experienced bankruptcy counsel when confronted with a stay issue because the answer to the question “What should I do next?” is not always clear or simple. (23:56 min)

Narrowing the Gap of Gender Wage Inequality—A New Associate's Perspective
By Deanna Velluci and Angela Turiano – January 26, 2021
Female partners are seeing a major increase in compensation rates thereby narrowing the gender divide that has historically swept the profession; and yet in a year of so much social change, the question remains, why is there a gap at all? New associate, Deanna Velluci, ponders the issue with Angela Turiano, a partner at her firm. (9:39 min)

The End is Nigh: Post-COVID FDA Considerations
By Jamaica Szeliga – January 15, 2021
To meet overwhelming medical needs during COVID, the FDA relaxed its regulatory enforcement and further granted “emergency use authorizations” for many health products. Jamaica Szeliga discusses that with the COVID vaccines rolling out, companies that jumped into producing, importing, and developing COVID-related health products should prepare for the FDA’s return to “normal.” (7:06 min)

Tips to Help Your Zoom Arbitration Run Smoothly
By Patricia Nolan – November 11, 2020
Learn from Patricia Nolan, an experienced arbitrator and mediator, how to best conduct a virtual hearing. (13:47 min)

Marketing Tips For Young Women Attorneys–Your Partners and Colleagues are Clients Too
By Tiffany deGruy – August 27, 2020
Often, the “go-to” associates within a firm receive plum assignments, advanced responsibilities, and opportunities for client relationships and external marketing that are not available to others in their peer group. Yet, cultivating a “go-to” reputation can be challenging for young attorneys whose plates already are full, often both at home and at the office, and who must be discriminating about the opportunities they seek and the responsibilities they take on. Tiffany deGruy offers a few practical tips for making the most of your investment in your reputation and establishing yourself as a “go-to” associate. (11:56 min)

Top Ten Tips for Virtual Oral Arguments
By Lindsay Breedlove – June 23, 2020
How do you prepare differently for an oral argument that will occur on a video platform? What small tweaks to your in-person routine should you make to ensure you are your most persuasive and confident self? Lindsay Breedlove provides her top ten tips for preparing for and presenting oral arguments by use of remote video. (7:54 min)

COVID-19 and Senior Investors
By Angela Turiano and Matthew Plant – June 12, 2020
Angela Turiano and Matthew Plant discuss scams, regulatory responses and best practices for senior investors during COVID-19. (15:36 min)

How To Remain Resilient Amid The Covid-19 Crisis
By Charla Stevens and Angela Turiano – May 29, 2020
Advice from a leading female lawyer, Charla Stevens, of how to best cope with this crisis and find personal satisfaction and peace, moderated by Angela Turiano. (17:48 min)

Business Development for Young Intellectual Property Litigators
By Michael D. Steger and Pilar Kraman – April 13, 2020
Pilar Kraman and Michael Steger discuss strategies and best practices for developing business as young intellectual property litigators based on their own experiences and practices.  This Sound Advice covers methods to use for any level of experience or type of IP practice. (12:06 min)

How to Become a Special Master—a Roundtable Preview 
By Debby Greenspan, Angela Turiano and Randi Roth – February 20, 2020
Debby Greenspan and Randi Roth, two accomplished female Special Masters, will give you a preview of the upcoming WAC Roundtable on the "How-To's" and benefits of becoming a Special Master and the push to increase diversity in the field. (7:34 min)

Privacy Law: How to Get Involved in the Area and Issues on the Horizon
By Bridget Warren & Erin Illman – May 30, 2019
In this Sound Advice, Erin Illman, a Board Certified Specialist in Privacy & Information Security Law, discusses how she got involved in this area of the law, the issues businesses face in this area, and how others can get more involved. (10:22 min)

Spotting and Overcoming Gender Bias in the Workplace
By Lindsay Breedlove and Bridget Warren – November 13, 2018
Lindsay Breedlove and Bridget Warren discuss behaviors that disproportionately affect women, how to spot gender bias, and what women can do to overcome gender bias. (10:45 min)

Cross-Examining Expert Witnesses
By Miranda Lundeen Soto – March 13, 2018
This Sound Advice discusses how to effectively cross-examine an expert witness, ways to tell a story through cross-examination, and how to handle objections.

Advice for Young Lawyers about Working With and Learning from Lawyers Within Your Firm – Part I
This is the first in a two-part series. Stewart’s talk provides some helpful and practical tips about how to get the most out of your relationships with lawyers inside your firm, including mentors, peers and senior counsel. 

Advice for Young Lawyers about Working With and Learning from Lawyers Within Your Firm – Part II
This is the second in a two-part series. Stewart’s talk provides useful tips about how to get the most out of your dealings with lawyers outside your firm, including: opposing counsel, in-house counsel, former classmates, and fellow members of local, state and national bar associations.

Mentors vs. Sponsors
By LaKeisha Randall
Having a successful career is often achieved with the help of others. Listen as LaKeisha Randall discusses that while mentors are useful, having a sponsor is your best option for advancing your career. (8:22 min.)

Dealing with Difficult Witnesses
Listen as Anne Marie Seibel outlines various types of difficult witnesses that you may encounter, followed by specific advice for how to best deal with each of them by assessing their personality types.

10 Lessons from the 50 Yard Line
By Shayna M. Steinfeld
Trying to balance work and home is a challenge for all professionals. Hear Shayna Steinfeld’s “Ten Lessons from the 50 Yard Line” for suggestions on how to improve your life at home thus leading to a better life in the office. (14:57 min.)

Work-Life Management
By Teresa Beck
Multitasking is a concept we are all familiar with, but it is often too difficult to actually work in our lives. Listen as Teresa Beck offers tips and practices to help you develop or maintain a healthy balance for your life. (12:11 min.)

Practical Tips and Guidance for Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege
By Elizabeth Timkovich
A high-level primer on what types of documents and communications merit privilege to make sure you're asserting privilege over the right types of information and not over- or under-designating any of your documents as privileged. (15:57)

Balancing Work and Home
Being an attorney is a full time job. Being a parent is also a full time job. Listen as Danielle Kays offers 10 tips on how to be successful at both. (14:38 min.)

Jury Selection—Have Some Faith
Lucia Coyoca describes her experiences with juries in complex business litigation cases. (10:23 min.)

Mentoring Circles for Women Lawyers
By Louise A. LaMothe
Mentoring Circles for Women can be easier and more rewarding than one on one mentoring for professional development.  Hear Former Chair of the Section of Litigation, Louise LaMothe, currently a practicing arbitrator and a mediator in Santa Barbara, California, describe six years of working with Mentoring Circles:  who should join, how the Circles should be conducted, and what the benefits are for both young and experienced lawyers alike.


The CASE Act: What You Need to Know About the New Copyright Small Claims Board
The Copyright Alternative Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act) creates a new tribunal: the Copyright Claims Board. The Board will be housed inside the Copyright Office with three appointed officers presiding over copyright disputes, and should start hearing claims by December 27, 2021. This new process may help resolve relatively small copyright disputes in an efficient manner. However, as of now the exact workings of the Board and its usefulness are open questions. This presentation will answer some questions and raise more about: how the Board will operate; what authority the Board has to award damages and other relief; and whether the Board is even constitutionally permissible. (1:25:06 hr)

GOOD Guys: Corporate Edition + Men in the Mix
GOOD Guys is a program created by the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations for male leaders (and their women allies) who want more information and concrete steps to take for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Male leaders have the power, relationships, and influence to drive change, and the GOOD Guys program informs and inspires GOOD Guys to ensure they are reaping all the rewards, financial and otherwise, of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Men in the Mix is a program of the ABA Commission on Women which has developed tools for engaging and sustaining male leadership in these efforts. Members of the Woman Advocate Committee and our cosponsors are encouraged to not only attend, but also INVITE their male leader connections, including those who are already GOOD Guys, and those want to learn more. Join us with your colleagues to build allyship and create a more inclusive profession. (1:33:39 hr)

Diversity Leads: Model Rule 8.4(g): Eliminating Bias, Discrimination, and Harassment in the Practice of Law
ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) has been receiving some attention of late. In early December 2020, a federal judge enjoined the enforcement of Pennsylvania's version of Model Rule 8.4(g) that bans lawyers from knowingly manifesting bias or engaging in discrimination in the practice of law. And earlier that same year, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 493 to offer guidance on the purpose, scope, and application of Model Rule 8.4(g). This Roundtable provided a civil yet lively and informative discussion regarding this model rule. (57:35 min)

Mix and Mingle Your Way to New Business (Even Virtually!)
This discussion is intended to provide tips, ideas, objectives, and personal experiences regarding how to attend a conference, or any networking opportunity, from a business development perspective. The objectives and tips offered can apply to any situation that involves networking or interacting with potential clients or referral sources (even virtually), such as a one day CLE, an informal meeting, a local bar association happy hour, a large bar association conference, and even a joint defense group meeting (i.e, any gathering you attend purposefully). (59:32 min)

Diversity Leads: How Mentorship Advances the Careers of Diverse Lawyers
Mentorship is an extremely valuable relationship when building a legal career. The right relationship can benefit, and be rewarding to both the mentee and the mentor. Finding the right match and creating a mutually beneficial relationship can be overwhelming. This panel discussion will help both parties understand what it takes to cultivate and sustain a successful mentorship relationship.

During the discussion, we will look at both sides of the mentorship relationship, and talk about what works and does not work in developing the relationship.

As part of the ABA Section of Litigation’s ‘Diversity Leads’ series, this roundtable is open to all law students, law school graduates, and lawyers alike. Mentors and Mentees will share some highlights from their career path as well as how their mentor-mentee relationship(s) helped guide them along the way. (1:03:42 hr)

Diversity Leads: The Role of Intersectionality in DE&I Efforts in the Legal Profession
The next installment in the Litigation Section's Diversity Leads Roundtable series, this session focuses on Intersectionality and how intersectional identities have shaped pathways within the legal profession. We have amazing speakers who will discuss their own experiences, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession and what their firms have done in particular to promote diversity during the COVID-19 pandemic. (1:02:08 hr)

Building an ADR Practice from the Ground Up
Ettie Ward, educator and member of WAC and the ADR Subcommittee, will be discussing the need for greater diversity in the field of ADR. P. Jean Baker, AAA VP and member of WAC and Chair of the ADR Subcommittee, will explain how to get on a AAA roster and how to draft a persuasive resume. Patty Nolan, attorney, AAA arbitrator and member of WAC and the ADR Subcommittee, will provide tips on how to build a private practice as an arbitrator. (59:38 min)

Diversity Leads Roundtable Series: Championing Diversity During Times of Crisis
The chaotic events of 2020 have made diversity and inclusion the hottest topic in the legal profession. Some law firms are embracing these courageous discussions and proactively making changes. Meanwhile, other firms are ignoring the topic altogether or have moved on after making a "one and done" statement. Join us as Joseph K. West, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris leads the insightful discussion about successfully managing diversity during times of crisis. Come prepared to learn how his experiences can help your office have these difficult discussions, how you should properly address your concerns and how to keep the diversity momentum going. (58:26 min)

Lawyering in the Time of COVID
Join the Women Advocate Committee as we explore Lawyering in the Time of COVID. The Roundtable will feature Ellen Ostrow, Ph.D., PCC, CMC who is a psychologist, certified coach, strategic talent advisor, and Founding Principal of Lawyers Life Coach LLC. Topics discussed on the Roundtable will include: resiliency, staying positive, accepting the unknowns, tips for staying visible, open communication with supervisors, and how to effectively supervise and mentor others. (58:09 min)

The Bounds of Sex Revisited: Implications of the Supreme Court's Title VII Ruling
On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an unexpected landmark ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 protects gay and transgender employees from workplace discrimination, establishing sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the law.

In honor of Pride Month, join our prestigious panelists once again as they review their predictions from last year and analyze the implications of this decision for the future. Joshua Matz, Counsel at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP is a former law clerk to Justice Kennedy and a Supreme Court practitioner. Cory Struble is an associate at Quinn Emanuel and author of amicus briefs submitted as part of the Title VII litigation. And Jocelyn Samuels is the Executive Director of the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, a premier LGBTQ think tank. Last June they gathered to discuss their expectations for this very decision. On Tuesday, June 30th, join us again to examine what this decision tells us about our new Supreme Court and what it may mean for other LGBTQ-related cases coming up before the Court. The Roundtable will be moderated by Wade Kolb, a member at Wyche and co-chair of the LGBT Law and Litigator Committee. (1:01:11 min)

For those of you who missed last year's Roundtable on this topic, it can be found here.

Becoming a Special Master: A Potential Career Path You May Not Have Considered
While many of us have heard of the work of special masters in the court system, have you considered whether becoming a special master could be right for you? A special master may also take the role of a court adjunct, court monitor, judicial referee, or master of chancery. Join us as we learn from the experts regarding the work of special masters. Panelists will include members of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters - Roger Haydock, Randi Roth, and Deborah Greenspan. The panelists will discuss the work of a special master, qualifications needed to become a special master, and how special masters get appointed. (1:01:47 min)

Effective Legal Writing Tips
Effective legal writing is essential to helping a court decide a case in your client's favor. It is therefore crucial to master techniques for organizing your brief and presenting your arguments to maximize your opportunity to achieve a favorable outcome.

This program, presented by Katherine Reilly of McMillan LLP and Christopher Soper, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing at the University of Minnesota, will offer practical tips and best practices about how to draft briefs and all other legal writings efficiently, effectively communicate your written advocacy to the court, and generally enhance your legal writing. Moderated by Demetrius D. Pyburn, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. (59:55 min.)

Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series: Building Endurance: Going the Distance: Maintaining Perspective Throughout the Journey
By The Woman Advocate Committee
This Roundtable will address the big picture. Panelists will be looking at the advances that women have made in the profession, and where and how they have made those advances. We will be looking at strategies that attorneys can take throughout their careers to reassess and reposition the direction of their careers to accommodate the successes and challenges that arise. With the average legal career exceeding 30 or more years, taking the long view is important. (1:00:58 min)

Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series: Building Endurance: Getting Back Up: Managing Crises Along the Journey
By The Woman Advocate Committee
This Roundtable will address the importance of resilience and fortitude in a legal career. When personal and professional challenges arise, as inevitably will happen, it is important to address them head on and know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Those challenges may be personal or physical, such as recovering from alcoholism or drug abuse, or recovering from a brain tumor. Or they may involve dealing with a sick or disabled child or parent, making it impossible to meet deadlines or billable hour requirements. Panelists will provide insight into these issues, discussing their own careers and experiences, and dealing with the unexpected. (51:59 min)

Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series: Building Endurance: Life Lessons and Big Picture Strategies for Achieving Long-Term Success
By The Woman Advocate Committee
This Roundtable addresses short- and long-term time management ideas for attorneys. Whether a solo practitioner who must find time to manage the firm’s administrative work, a law firm partner, or a federal judge, successful attorneys develop routines and strategies for managing their workloads. Panelists will discuss making time for what matters—both professionally and personally and the importance of healthy life styles. Attorneys are more likely be successful in the long run if they find ways to take care of their health and well-being on a regular basis. Panelists will address how to best plan your schedules to make the best of the time you have, as well as the spiritual side of work-life management. (1:03:02 min.)

Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series: Gaining Momentum: Strategies for Success in Career Planning, Rainmaking, Salary Negotiation, and Developing Grit
This Roundtable addresses strategies for career advancement, to include early career planning, networking and rainmaking, and salary negotiation. Panelists also talk about gender in the work place, as well as how sponsorship by a man or women is a key to achieving success. The program highlights the importance of “grit” and moving forward to overcome challenges as they arise. (56:08 min.)

Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series: Preparing for the Long Road Ahead: Redefining Balancing Versus Managing and Developing a Plan for Success
The next installment in the Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series. (51:48 min.)

Career Management Matters: The Case for Fostering Work-Life Balance among Employees
By The Woman Advocate Committee
The next installment in the Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series. (59:35 min)

Her Story Third Thursday Roundtable Series: Going the Distance: Maintaining Perspective Throughout the Journey
By Robin Frazer Clark, Stasia Kelly, Ellen Rosenblum, Lauren Rikleen, and Bobby Liebenberg
This fourth installment examines how to merge family commitments with career and how to set priorities when juggling the two.

Making Your Value Known: Effective Self Promotion for Women
By The Woman Advocate Committee
Learn about the importance of self-promotion, the effect of gender differences in self-promotion, the particular challenges that women and minorities face, and practical tips to overcome them. Hailyn Chen, a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, will share the latest research on self-promotion and its key role in women’s career advancement. She’ll provide practical tips from her own and others’ experiences on firm compensation and hiring committees and lead the roundtable through an interactive group exercise to practice self-promotion. The roundtable will address scenarios faced by both younger and more senior attorneys, in contexts such as attorney evaluations, promotion to partnership, and compensation negotiation.

A View From In-house Counsel: The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Get and Keep Their Business
By the Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee and Co-sponsored by the Woman Advocate Committee
Three in-house counsel and a business development coach share their experiences with working with outside counsel looking to build their business. The discussion will focus on strategies related to how to: develop new business, keep the business you have, and provide value to your clients which could result in more matters and referrals. Please join us for this "tell it like it is" frank discussion regarding business development strategies.

Closing the Gap: Steps to Achieve Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Compensation
By The Woman Advocate Committee
Listen to Roberta D. Liebenberg and Stephanie A. Scharf discuss specific strategies and solutions for addressing and eliminating long-standing pay disparity in compensation between male and female attorneys practicing in law firms. Featured Speakers: Ms. Liebenberg, a senior partner at Fine Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, serves as the Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and was past Chair of the ABA Gender Equity Task Force. In January 2013, she was the recipient of the inaugural Chambers Women in Law Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Gender Diversity and Equality." Ms. Scharf, a founding partner of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC in Chicago, IL, serves as Commissioner of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession and serves cochair of the Compensation Committee of the ABA's Task Force on Gender Equality.

Yes—Lawyers Can Do Tech!
By The Woman Advocate Committee
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern Lawyers have a rap for being technology phobic—yet in today’s world, the lawyers who succeed will be the lawyers who use technology to be better, faster, smarter and more agile. In truth, avoiding technology could hold you back in your career, especially for litigators. Technology is everywhere and it’s not going away, so we need to get over it. Submit your top 3 tech questions or frustrations and join data management experts (and attorneys) to learn some tips for overcoming technology fears and frustrations, so you too can learn what you need to know to impress your clients and build your practice.