"The Credit Crisis" - How Compensation Practices Adversely Affect the Advancement of Women and Minorities in the Law and How We Must Change Them

"The Credit Crisis"
July 30, 2009 - Chicago, IL (ABA Annual Meeting)

Presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Law Practice Management Section

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Location: Crystal Ballroom A, Green Level, West Tower - Presidential CLE Centre, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

In the wake of today's economic turmoil, receiving fair "credit" for your contributions has never been more important in the practice of law. Yet, the latest research shows an incredible divide between these shared expectations, among even the most well meaning attorneys, and the stark realities of longstanding reward systems in this country's law firms. This CLE Showcase program will explore the extent to which present practices in the profession -- such as pitching and assigning work, "counting credit," measuring contributions, and "passing on" clients -- account for a disturbingly disproportionate allocation of money and power away from women and minorities in law firms. In response to this new data, a panel of general counsel and managing partners will address how to fundamentally change these practices in order to effectuate real advancement of women and minorities in our profession.


  • Gregory B. Jordan, Global Managing Partner, ReedSmith LLP
  • Walfrido J. Martinez, Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Michele Coleman Mayes, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company
  • Veta T. Richardson, Executive Director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Amy W. Schulman, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Pfizer Inc.
  • Joan C. Williams, Director, Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Peter Zeughauser, Chairman, Zeughauser Group
  • Catherine Lamboley, Retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Shell Oil Company (Moderator)


This program is part of the ABA Annual Meeting. To attend this CLE program, registration for the ABA Annual Meeting is required in addition to the purchase of an All Access CLE Badge or an individual program ticket for $75. Exceptions may apply; please click on the above ABA Annual Meeting link for details.


If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Wood at Melissa.Wood@americanbar.org.

Thank You to Our Program Co-sponsors

  • ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • ABA Commission on Mental & Physical Disability Law
  • ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • ABA Law Student Division
  • ABA Section of Antitrust Law
  • ABA Section of Business Law
  • ABA Section of Family Law
  • ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • ABA Section of Litigation
  • ABA Section of Public Utility, Communication and Transportation Law
  • ABA Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law
  • ABA Section of Science & Technology Law
  • ABA Section of State & Local Government Law
  • ABA Senior Lawyers Division
  • ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • National Conference of Women's Bar Associations
  • National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois