Thursday, March 31, 2011

Go Out and Play



Every one needs to play. Find a mud puddle and enjoy.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Teleconference on Women in Law Firm Leadership

You are invited to participate in a one-hour teleconference on women and leadership.

April 6, 2011, Noon - 1:00 Pacific Time


Featuring:
Keith Wetmore, Chair, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Wilma Wallace, Associate General Counsel, The Gap, Inc.
Karen Kimmey, Partner and Executive Committee Member, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
Tanya Lawson, Partner, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Amy Park, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Hosts: Joan Williams and Ida Abbott, Hastings Leadership Academy for Women

This teleconference will discuss how the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women prepares women for leadership. Join us to hear from faculty and alumnae about how the skills and mindsets taught at the Leadership Academy have helped them become recognized and respected as leaders. Then ask the presenters how the Leadership Academy can help you.

The Hastings Leadership Academy for Women is a leadership development program designed for women law firm partners and senior women in-house counsel.* The Leadership Academy prepares participants to assume greater leadership responsibilities, increase their visibility and value to their firms and companies, and leverage their abilities and talents more strategically for positive business results.


This year's Leadership Academy will take place July 20-23, 2011.

Register by May 20 and receive an early bird tuition discount.

*Although designed for women, this program is open to men.

To register for the teleconference, call 415-565-4640
or email allyncra@uchastings.edu.


Read about the Leadership Academy curriculum and faculty at
http://www.attorneyretention.org/LAW/program.html.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

PAR Survey on Work-Life Balance of In-House Lawyers

From my friend Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder/Director, Center for WorkLife Law University of California, Hastings College of the Law:

The Project for Attorney Retention (PAR), which has long been a leader in helping legal employers create work-life balance, invites in-house lawyers to participate in a groundbreaking nationwide study of work-life among in-house counsel. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  Input into this study will help us to better understand what the challenges are, identify best practices, and ultimately, better address the needs that are yet unmet with respect to work-life balance in-house.

Contribution to this effort will help legal departments develop more effective work-life balance programs for in-house lawyers. Please follow this link to contribute your perspective to this study, and feel free to forward this survey link to other in-house attorneys you think might be interested in participating. Thank you.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Patience is a virtue, but

Sometimes the wait can be ridiculous!  In the early 1990's I co-authored a paper with Kevin Bagley, on a very obscure provision of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 514(c)(9)(E), the infamous "Fractions Rule" that is near and dear to the hearts of oh, maybe 10 tax lawyers.  The substantive import of my Article kind of escapes me now, with the passage of a couple of decades, more than a few bottles of wine and the intervening tussle of daily practice, family matters, and personal achievements.  I hadn't thought about the article in about 17 years, since first impressing my current employer with my grasp of arcane tax provisions that led to a job offer at my current firm.

The headline in Exempt Organizations Tax Review read


May 20, 1992

Kevin M. Bagley and Cynthia R. Rowland of the Tax Exempt Organization Committee of the California State Bar Association have submitted recommendations on the treatment of unrelated business taxable income.

CALIFORNIA BAR SUGGESTS ELIMINATION OF QUALIFIED ALLOCATION RULES.

INVESTMENTS IN REAL ESTATE PARTNERSHIPSBY QUALIFIED ORGANIZATIONS
RECOMMENDATIONS RE: SECTION 514(c)(9)(E)
TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE OF
THE TAXATION SECTION
CALIFORNIA STATE
BAR ASSOCIATION


The original article can be found at 92 TNT 117-46, which is the weekly periodical Tax Notes Today, for those of you who aren't tax geeks.

So I was shocked, Shocked I say, to read in the President's (Obama, not Bush the First) 2011 Budget proposal a suggestion that the Fractions Rule of Section 514(c)(9)(E) be replaced with a more pragmatic approach (be sure to scroll all the way down to page 89 for the explanation).  If I weren't so darn lazy I'd try to divine how the proposal differs from our proposal twenty years ago.  It's not really important, except for the fact that it gives me yet another reminder that All Good Things Come to Those Who Wait.

Patience has been a struggle for me for almost 50 years now, and this little poke really isn't necessary to remind me that sometimes it's necessary to just take a breath and wait for the outcome that makes sense.  Sometimes it takes years for good ideas to be recognized and appreciated.  Sometimes it takes decades for circumstances to settle so that complex problems can be resolved.  Perhaps in a perfect world everyone would recognize brilliant ideas the moment they are mentioned.  But in the real world, apparently it takes time.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Charlie, We Just Can't Look Away

Like Darren Franich, I find myself drawn into the massive crowd witnessing Charlie Sheen's pathetic and much too public meltdown.  It's like watching a fire consume a house, a multi-car pile up, or wild animals eating their prey.  Horrible to watch, but fascinating.  I don't usually read entertainment news and I'm certainly not a celebrity groupie, but this version of the Charlie Sheen show is just too morbid to pass up.  It's not even entertaining, it's just sad.

This might be a good time to remind lawyers, who as a group have a high risk for substance abuse problems, that there is help out there.  Here are links to assistance programs for members of the bar.  If any of you catch any links that don't work or have other resources you recommend, let me know and I'll correct or add to the list.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Washington DC


These links were updated November 23, 2011.  Please comment if you find a link that doesn't work.  thank you.