Registration for the 2013 Hastings Leadership Academy for Women is open. This leadership development course, designed for women law firm partners and in-house counsel, is an extraordinary learning experience for women who are current leaders or rising stars, and a way for firms and companies to further their commitment to women's advancement.
News & Events
The next meeting of the Professional Development Roundtable for Global Law Firms will take place on June 17-18, 2013, in New York.
The latest issue of the ABA Journal features articles about women, including one ("Do Women's Initiatives Work?") in which I am quoted. While the quotes are accurate, the author erroneously states I practiced at Orrick. While Orrick is a fine firm, I never worked there; I spent most of my law practice career at another outstanding firm, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, which alas, no longer exists.
The National Association of Women Lawyers is holding its first Regional General Counsel Institute in Mountain View, CA to focus on best practices for building a successful and satisfying career. I will be leading a panel of General Counsel.
At this year's NALP Annual Education Conference in Tampa, FL, I will be presenting on “Sponsorship programs: An effective advancement strategy for women or a waste of time?”
I will discuss new developments and best practices in talent management with the Bay Area Professional Development Consortium, in San Francisco on April 2.
The CLUB, an incubator of women leaders, is holding a series of engaging conversations between women and men about women’s leadership. I will facilitate the inaugural discussion, entitled Leveraging Feminine Leadership, on March 28, 2013, in San Francisco. For more information, click here.
We will be hosting a series of receptions around the country for the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women:
March 14, Los Angeles
March 19, New York
March 20, Miami
March 27, Washington DC
April 1, San Francisco
May 7, Silicon Valley
Attendance is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invitation, or if you would like to learn more about the receptions or the Leadership Academy, please IdaAbbott [at] aol [dot] com (contact me).
On March 4, join me for a PLI webinar on "Mentoring: The Best Kept Secret to Success in the Recovery."
The kickoff for the 2013 semester of Law Without Walls will be in Segovia, Spain, and I plan to be there! As in past years, I will serve as a Practice Advisor to a team of law and business students from around the world.
On January 11, 2013, I will be teaching a class on "Networking, Mentoring, and Sponsorship" in the RISE Leadership Forum, a new leadership development program for business and professional women being launched in Monterey, California.
Gaye Mara's review of my book, Lawyers' Professional Development, 2nd Edition, has been published in the December 2012 NALP Bulletin and the November 2012 PD Quarterly. Subscriptions are required.
Lisa Rohrer, Ph.D., and I will present a program at the 2012 Professional Development Institute, Dec. 6-7 in Washington, DC, on "Alternative Careers for Lawyers in Law Firms: Trends, Implications and Adaptation."
You can now buy my updated, revised and expanded Second Edition of Lawyers’ Professional Development: The Legal Employer’s Comprehensive Guide from NALP. The book covers the content of the first edition, contains a great deal of new material and expands some of the topics from the original text that now warrant greater prominence, such as competency models, technology-based training, and client-law firm collaboration in professional development.
The National Legal Mentoring Consortium, a newly formed organization, is holding a conference on mentoring at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, October 4-6, 2012. I am on the Executive Committee of the NLMC and will deliver the keynote address on “Mentoring as a Way to Improve Gender Equity in the Legal Profession.” Details and registration information appear on the Consortium’s website.
Webcast: West LegalEd Center, “Career Traps Women Must Avoid” 4pm EDT.
The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) is hosting a luncheon on September 12, 2012, to honor the firms that have met WILEF certification standards for having women in top leadership roles and among their most highly compensated partners. As Chair of the WILEF Certification Committee, I will welcome and present awards to certifying firms. The firms that have been certified are listed on the WILEF website.
ABA Journal Podcast: "Keeping the Peace: How Associates and Partners Can Work Together Without a Battle ," with Stephanie Ward (Moderator), Mark Herrmann and Jennifer Bluestein
Ida was instrumental in helping our firm develop and implement a mentorship program, which has now become integrated as part of our associate development process and has proven its value to the partnership. Personally, as the co-coordinator of the program I have found...