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Interrupting Unconscious Bias to Better Retain and Advance Women Lawyers: March 10 programs in Kansas City to feature Joan Williams
The Joint Commission on Women in the Profession is excited to sponsor an exciting program on Thursday, March 10,
2016, in Kansas City featuring Joan Williams, Founding Director of
WorkLife Law and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California
Hastings College of Law.
Williams will present two separate programs on reducing the
effects of implicit bias in order to improve the retention and advancement of
women lawyers. This event will take place at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Conference
Center. The program will begin with a luncheon where Williams
will lead managing partners, practice group chairs, and other firm leaders in a
discussion of how management can work from the top down to interrupt
unconscious bias. This luncheon will be followed by a plenary presentation
and workshop for 150 attendees designed to provide lawyers at all stages of
their career tools to succeed in the workplace. The afternoon will
conclude with a networking social hour.
Save the date for this exciting program! For more
information about Joan Williams, visit here. To RSVP for the plenary session, submit this registration form. To take advantage of sponsorship opportunities for this event, contact Cindy
Neagle at 573-635-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the following sponsors:
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
White Goss, PC
Joint Commission on Women in the Profession gets new leadership, releases report
Missouri Bar President Erik Bergmanis has appointed a new co-chair to the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession.
Karen R. Glickstein, a shareholder in the Kansas City office of
Polsinelli, has replaced William (Bill) R. Bay in the role. Glickstein
joins Megan Phillips, judicial clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals
Eastern District, at the helm of the commission. Bay, a partner in the
St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn, served as commission co-chair since
its 2013 founding and serves as co-chair of the Court and bar’s Joint Task on the Future of the Profession, which was formed last year.
“I’m thrilled to continue my work with the members of the joint
commission in this leadership role," said Glickstein. "The female
attorneys in Missouri are so diverse in their backgrounds and areas of
practice. I look forward to working with the Supreme Court, the bar and
attorneys throughout the state to help ensure that the backgrounds of
all female attorneys are recognized and that each receives the support
needed to succeed in her chosen career path.”
The commission - a joint effort between the Supreme Court of Missouri
and The Missouri Bar - was created in part to gather data on women’s
representation in the profession and to identify best practices for
retaining and advancing women in the field. The group recently released
its first report assessing the status of women in the legal industry.
“The real significance of the data is that it will serve as a
baseline from which to track progress (or lack thereof) going forward
and as empirical evidence that the playing field isn't yet level,” said
Phillips. “Women still haven't reached critical mass at the highest
echelons of the profession.”
The Report of the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession includes
statistics on women in firms, in law schools, on the bench, and in the
public sector, along with resources for women lawyers. It also notes
some of the commission’s goals for 2016, including the voluntary
collection of gender information on The Missouri Bar annual attorney
“What pleases me most about the report is that it demonstrates the
totality of the Commission's work over the past two years,” said
Phillips. “The ‘years in review’ page shows how much we've accomplished
in a relatively short time, and I'm tremendously proud of that.”
You may also view the report as an online flip book here.
For more information on the Joint Commission on Women in the Profession, go to mobar.org/mowomenlawyers or join the conversation on Twitter using @MoWomenLawyers.
Law Firm 101 presentation held at Mizzou Law
The Joint Commission on Women in the Profession sponsored a panel presentation, Law Firm 101, at the University of Missouri Law School on February 19, 2014. A lively conversation on topics designed to provide practical advice to young attorneys on succeeding in the law was led by Randa Rawlins, Shelter Insurance; Marjorie Lewis, Brown, Willbrand, Simon, Powell & Lewis, P.C.; Sarah J Read, Law Offices of S.J. Read; and Professor Erin Hawley, Associate Professor of Law at MU. Following the presentation, the School of Law hosted a networking reception to allow law students to interact with the panelists and other attendees, which included former Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Ann Covington and Sebrina Barrett, Executive Director of The Missouri Bar.
ABA Honors St. Louis Civil Rights Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman with National Spirit of Excellence Award
St. Louis civil rights attorney Frankie Muse Freeman received a 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession during an award ceremony luncheon on February 8, 2014, at the American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago. Freeman has spent nearly a century promoting a more racially and ethnically diverse profession, more integrated schools and housing and a better and more just society; served four presidents; and is a reminder of the difference lawyers can make. Freeman said the award has energized her, adding “I am only 97, and I can still help and do something.”
Watch Video of Freeman's Remarks | Read an Article from the St. Louis American | Press Release
Spirit of Excellence Award recipients (left to right): Leo M. Romero, Wendy C. Shiba, I.S. Leevy Johnson, Frankie Muse Freeman, Brenda Harbin-Forte, Patricia D. Lee and Benjamin F. Wilson
Governor Appoints S. Margene Burnett Newest Jackson County Circuit Judge
Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Deputy Probate Commissioner S. Margene Burnett on Nov. 27, 2013, as a circuit judge for Division 7 of the 16th Judicial Circuit, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mesle.
View the Governor’s Press Release