The Section's Women's Initiative

NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter
Vol. 23, No. 1

Spring 2017
Reprinted with permission from: Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter, Spring 2017, Vol. 23, No. I, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207.

The Section's women's initiative, led by the former women Section Chairs (ret.) judge Shira A. Scheindlin, Carrie H. Cohen (Morrison & Foerster LLP), Tracee Davis (Zeichner Ellman & Krause LLP), Bernice Leber (Arent Fox LLP), Sharon Porcellio (Bond Schoeneck & King), Lesley Rosenthal (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts), and Lauren Wachtler (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), as well as Carla Miller (Universal Music), continued its hard work at the Section's Annual Meeting. The former Section Chairs currently are compiling the results from the initiative's survey of the percentage of women appearing as lead counsel in the federal and state trial and appellate courts and expects to report on those results by the Section's Spring Meeting in May 2017.

While those efforts are ongoing, the former Section Chairs held an invite-only round table discussion after the Section's luncheon on January 25, 2017, which was attended by approximately 20 people. The attendees at that meeting discussed many ideas on how best to address the perceived need to increase the number of women appearing as first chairs in the trial and appellate courts and agreed that many of those ideas would become recommended action items after the survey report is completed.

The Section looks forward to the survey report and continuing its work on this important initiative.



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