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2nd Annual From Having it All to Leaning In

The SCCBA Women Lawyers' Section presents an MCLE Seminar: An MCLE Round-Table Discussion presented by the SCCBA Women Lawyer Committee, California Women Lawyers, Cooley LLP, and The Club Silicon Valley.

When: October 29, 2014
Where: Cooley LLP
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California  94304
United States
Presenter: see below
Contact: SCCBA

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Career Advancement, Work-Life-Balance, and the Realities of Being a Woman Lawyer in the 21st Century

An MCLE Round-Table Discussion presented by the SCCBA Women Lawyer Committee, California Women Lawyers, Cooley LLP, and The Club Silicon Valley.


Come join a distinguished group of women lawyers, from small to large firms, in-house counsel, law school professors and women on the bench—in a frank and honest discussion about issues facing women attorneys in the 21st Century:  work life balance, the realities of career progression for women lawyers, the consequences of opting out, rainmaking, glass-ceiling and unequal pay. 
This year, there will be a focus group on Sponsorship/Mentoring, led by Ida Abbott, author of  “Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know”, and another discussion group led by Lori E. Andrus, author of the article “Working Towards Pay Equity” published in Trial Magazine.   Leadership will also be a topic, based upon Joan Williams’ latest book “What Works for Women At Work”, which Anne-Marie Slaughter describes as outlining the four patterns of behavior that create the primary obstacles to women’s advancement to leadership positions.   


We will make every effort to match participants with discussion groups focused on issues relevant to them.  When registering, please indicate if you are interested in:

  • Sponsorship/Mentorship
  • Obstacles to Leadership Positions for Women—and How to Overcome Them
  • Rainmaking regardless of firm size
  • Equal Pay Issues – The extent of the problem and how to get the pay you deserve
  • Work Life Balance

Patricia Gillette – Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and advancement of women in the workplace; Co-Chair SF Bar Assoc’s No Glass Ceiling Initiative; Board of the National Assoc. of Women Lawyers Foundation; Member - ABA’s Gender Equity Task Force; Chair of the Advisory Board on Characteristics that make Rainmakers Successful; Chair of the Women's Affinity Group at Orrick; Former Commissioner on ABA Commission for Women in the Profession


Suggested Reading:

  • What Works for Women at Work by Joan Williams,
  • Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know by Ida Abbott
  • Working Towards Pay Equity by Lori E. Andrus, published -Trial Magazine (available electronically)


SCCBA Member: $50
Non-Member: $65
Honorary: FREE

Registration: 4:00 PM
Networking Reception: 4:30 - 5:30PM
Keynote Speaker: 5:30 - 6:00PM
Breakout session: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Final group discussion: 7:30 - 8:30PM


2.0 Elimination of Bias 


Hon. Beth Labson Freeman, U.S. District Court, Northern District Federal Court
Hon. Catherine A. Gallagher (Ret.), JAMS 

Hon. Erica Yew, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara 


Ida Abbott, Author of several books on mentorship including latest: Sponsoring Women: What Men Need to Know 


Maureen P. Alger, Partner, Cooley Litigation and Pro Bono, regionally and nationally. Founder of Bay Area Pro Bono Roundtable, the Bar Association of San Francisco's Pro Bono Committee, and the national Association of Pro Bono Counsel. 
Lori Andrus, Partner, Andrus Anderson LLP, class counsel and consumer advocate; author and speaker on inequity in the legal profession 

Alice Armitage, Adjunct Professor, UC Hastings and Program Director of Start-Up Legal Garage

Barbara Bryant, Speaker, mediator, trainer and author on discrimination, employment and sexual harassment law, adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley.

Laurie Charrington, Senior Litigation Counsel, Legal & Corporate Affairs, 
Intel Corporation 

Lori Costanzo, Costanzo Law Firm

Elena Dietrich, Senior Corporate Counsel, Employment and Litigation, Safeway

Susan Krumplitsch, Associate, Intellectual Property Litigation Cooley LLP


Linda McLeod, Partner, Morgan Franich, Fredkin & Marsh

Elizabeth Pappy, Partner,  Business & Commercial Litigation, Morgan, Franich, Fredkin & Marsh

Dr. Michelle S. Rhyu-Partner, Cooley Intellectual Property Litigation practice group and a member of the Firm's Litigation department. 

Catherine Zinn, Senior National Relationships Executive at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm


This event has been generously underwritten by Cooley LLP.


Cancellations and refunds will be accepted only 48 hours prior to the event.  

*All seminar materials will be distributed to pre-registrants via email. We will not provide hard copies. If you would like a hard copy of the materials we will provide upon request for a fee o
f $25.00.  


*State Bar of California Approved MCLE: The Santa Clara County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.   This program is approved for California MCLE credit.

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