[Update here, as of 1/17/2010]
The New York State Bar Association holds its Annual Meeting January 25-30, 2010 in New York City. The Committee on Women in the Law is sponsoring a program called “Weathering Tough Times: Strategic Planning for Your Practice.” The agenda appears after the jump. It includes an 11:00 a.m. panel entitled, “Their Point of View: Tips From the Other Side,” in which “[a] distinguished panel of gentlemen from the legal field will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of women in the areas of communication, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, organization, and women’s overall management of their legal work.”
I call for all members of the NYSBA to boycott this panel discussion. Yes, the speakers have a right to speak, but we don’t have to go and listen. Men have been telling us FOR YEARS how we don’t measure up. To have a panel of men, endorsed by the New York State Bar Association, discussing our “strengths and weaknesses,” is a regression and an insult to all women in the legal profession.
Weathering Tough Times:
Strategic Planning For Your Practice
Committee Chair, Taa R. Grays, Esq.
New York City
Earamichia Nake Brown, Esq.
Anna S. Park, Esq.
New York City
Now, more than ever, is the time to focus on your legal practice. We are practicing in a changing world. Re-evaluate yourself, assess your skills and learn to transform your legal experience and knowledge to rejuvenate your career and push the boundaries of your success.
9:00 a.m. â€“ 9:25 a.m.
9:25 a.m. â€“ 9:35 a.m.
What’s Our Problem: Current Issues Facing Women
Women lawyers are practicing in a changing legal market where competition is tougher and expectations are higher. Whether you are currently in or are looking to re-enter the legal field, you should be prepared to reassess and sharpen your lawyerly skills. A panel of expert women attorneys will provide guidance on essential skills necessary for women to be successful attorneys and counsel to their clients.
9:35 a.m. â€“ 10:00 a.m.
How to build credibility in your practice, develop expertise, and manage other’s perceptions of you.
10:00 a.m. â€“ 10:25 a.m.
How to build and grow a solo practice.
10:25 a.m. â€“ 10:50 a.m.
Legal skills, including legal analysis and problem solving, brief writing, oral argument, counseling and negotiation skills.
Katherine Frink-Hamlett, President, Frink-Hamlett Legal Solutions, Inc.
Angela S. Barker, Law Offices of Angela Barker and Associates
Terri A. Mazur, Partner, Mayer Brown, LLP
Anna Park, Esq., Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP
11:00 a.m. â€“ 11:50 p.m.
Their Point of View: Tips From the Other Side
A distinguished panel of gentlemen from the legal field will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of women in the areas of communication, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, organization, and women’s overall management of their legal work.
11:50 a.m. â€“ 12:15 p.m.
The panel will give specific skill building advice as to what women should be doing to strengthen their practice in the above-mentioned areas.
Zachary Carter, Partner, New York Trial Department Head, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
Carey R. Dunne, Partner, Litigation Department, Davis, Polk & Wardwell, LLP
James B. Carlson, Partner, Mayer Brown, LLP
Earamichia Brown, Esq., Director of Intake and Intelligence, MTA Office of the Inspector General
12:30 p.m. â€“ 1:30 p.m.
Presentation of the Kay Crawford Murray Award
1:45 p.m. â€“ 3:00 p.m.
Reviewing the Newly Revised Ethics Rules
Join us as we test your recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas through improvisation and educate you on the changes in the Rules of Ethics.
Gary A. Munneke, Professor, Pace Law School
Elke M. Stoiber, Associate, Certilman Balin, Adler & Hyman, LLP