Letter From The Chair Of The Commission On Women Of The American Bar Association

2005-02-01 01:00

To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:

This month, the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession is sponsoring two events focused on advancing women in the legal profession. I'd like to encourage women lawyers to get together with us to strengthen relationships and enhance their careers.

The first is "Making Connections: A Networking Program and Reception for Women Lawyers" at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Salt Lake City on February 11. Joining me as key speakers will include Utah Chief Justice Christine Durham and Ellen Kearns (President of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations). This will offer a forum to discuss issues of concern and interest to women attorneys and to learn about the activities of both the Commission on Women and our co-sponsor, the NCWBA. We'll mention the Commission's landmark Women of Color research initiative currently underway, the acclaimed Women in Law Leadership Academy in Chicago on May 6, our new Oral History project, the pioneering Breast Cancer project, and other programs and projects designed to open doors and expand opportunities for women in the law.

The second will be the Women's Caucus Luncheon held in Salt Lake City on February 13. The luncheon is open to all women in the legal profession. During the caucus, women lawyers will discuss the reports and recommendations before the ABA's House of Delegates at the Midyear Meeting, meet candidates for ABA high office, share information about progress of women within the profession and the Association, and have a unique opportunity to network and build professional relationships.

I welcome your readers to join us in inspiring and empowering women to achieve success in all sectors of the legal profession. Information about our upcoming events, publications and other initiatives is available at www.abanet.org/women.

Sincerely,

Diane C. Yu

Editor's Note: To read Ms. Yu's perspectives on how the ABA Commission on Women is helping to remove the barriers to advancement of women in the legal profession, visit www.metrocorpcounsel.com and type "Diane C. Yu" in the search box.