J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Women in the Law Events Benefit Many Chapters

Since 2006, some of the best-attended events of the JRCLS Orange County, California Chapter have been hosted by its Women in the Law section. Successful WIL luncheons have included an address by the Orange County presiding judge (a woman), a panel by women lawyer-entrepreneurs, and a life-law balance panel presentation.

Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Washington D.C., Sacramento, Inland Empire (California), and Seattle are among the chapters which have also held successful WIL events in the past couple of years. Phoenix WIL members have been particularly creative, notably in involving non-practicing attorneys in section events. A service project helping the "lost boys" from Africa with legal issues, was especially well attended.

In February, at the JRCLS Conference in Dallas, WIL hosted both a breakfast and a lively panel discussion entitled, "Men and Women Working Together in the Law." The panel addressed important questions that come up with male-female attorney relationships. For example, can a female partner mentor a male associate? How can a male partner build a client's trust in a male associate? How do a man and a woman handling a case together manage the logistics of travel, late night work, meals? What are the concerns of the spouse of an attorney?

These and other issues sparked a lively, sometimes intense, interchange among panelists, including Rebekah Clark, who spent four years as an associate at Boston's Foley Hoag; Alyssa Englund, Of Counsel with the Orrick firm in NYC; Mike Jensen, international law and employment lawyer with Kirton & McConkie, SLC; Carol Warnick, estate and wealth transfer lawyer with Holland & Hart's Denver office; and Gordon Wright, litigator with the Dallas firm of Cooper & Scully. The moderator was Elizabeth Shaw Smith, JRCLS WIL chair.

For more information on WIL events throughout the Law Society, and for discussions on topics of interest to JRCLS women attorneys, see the WIL blog: www.jrclswomen.blogspot.com. To report on WIL events, send an email to jrclswomen@gmail.com.
By Elizabeth Shaw Smith, Chair, JRCLS Women in the Law Committee

Posted: 2011-04-01