Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth J. Cabraser and Annika K. Martin spoke at the 2017 Women En Mass (WEM) conference at the St. Regis Aspen Resort in Colorado. Now in its fifth year, Women En Mass invites female mass tort attorneys from across the U.S. to an annual retreat to discuss issues specific to women in the legal realm, “from the boardroom to the courtroom.” [Read more…]
The Northern District’s Women Attorneys Advocacy Project presented a program on December 6th entitled “He Said What?: Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys.” Lieff Cabraser employment practice group chair Kelly M. Dermody was joined by other leading figures in the Bay Area legal community: District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Paul Grewal of Facebook Inc., and Annette Hurst of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for a roundtable discussion on gender bias and discrimination in the legal realm. [Read more…]
As reported recently by the American Bar Association (ABA), in 1971, three years after Congress created the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, women only made up 10 percent of first-year law school students. Over time, that number has been growing; by 2013, women made up 47 percent of law school students. [Read more…]
Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody will be featured as a distinguished panelist at the Equal Rights Advocates program titled “First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table” on April 7, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The panel will be speaking on the participation and role of female lawyers as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation. In litigation, few women take the lead in the courtroom – this program discusses why this is the case and what can be done to advance the leadership roles of female attorneys at trial. [Read more…]
Photo: Lieff Cabraser attorneys (left to right) Sarah London, Lexi Hazam, Paulina do Amaral, and Annika K. Martin at the 2014 Women En Mass conference in Colorado.
The legal industry at the partnership level across all practice areas predominantly consists of male lawyers. According to the National Association of Women Lawyers, only 17 percent of partners at the nation’s largest 200 firms are female.
Some of my recent email highlights disturbing observations by several of my female colleagues. The first was an update from an MDL panel hearing at which the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hears from lawyers involved in complex litigation across the country on whether and where to centralize lawsuits. The hearings also are opportunities for lawyers to network, negotiate, and strategize. For those of us whose caseloads include securities, antitrust, mass tort, or consumer litigation, these near-monthly events are critical.