Tuesday, February 28, 2012

PAR 5th Annual Conference

The Project for Attorney Retention
5th Annual Conference  
PAR 5th Annual Conference

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Registration: 8:00 am
Registration includes: continental breakfast and lunch
Conference: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Ellen facilitates a panel of firm chairs discussing women in power 
  • and the role of sponsorship  
  • General Counsel weigh in on the results of PAR's new study of 
  • work/life balance in-house, "Still Better on Balance?"
  • An Open Conversation with General Counsel: Engaging the Client 
  • in Changing the Culture of Firms
  • Verna Myers addresses how flexibility can help foster a 
  • culture of inclusion


Paulette R. Dodson
SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Sara Lee Corporation

Sven Erik Holmes
Vice Chairman, Legal,Risk and Regulatory and Chief Legal Officer

Nancy Laben
SVP, Legal, and General Counsel

Joshua E. Petty
Senior Executive - Senior Director of Legal Services, North American Contracting

Thomas L. Sager
SVP and General Counsel

Kelley Sears
SVP and Deputy General Counsel

Genhi Givings Bailey
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
DLA Piper

Michelle M. Bufano

Elizabeth A. Campbell
Partner and Chief Diversity Officer
Andrews Kurth

Ellen Moran Dwyer
Managing Partner
Crowell & Moring

M. Carter DeLorme
Jones Day

Kent A. Gardiner
Crowell & Moring

Rebecca Matthews
Director of Professional Development and Legal Recruiting
Seyfarth Shaw

Vernā Myers
Vernā Myers Consulting Group

Michael E. Nannes
Dickstein Shapiro

Ellen Ostrow
Founding Principal
Lawyers Life Coach

Tara L. Piurko
McCarthy Tétrault

Joan C. Williams
Distinguished Professor of Law; Co-Founder, Project for Attorney Retention, UC Hastings
College of the Law

Benjamin F. Wilson
Beveridge & Diamond

For more information, call 415-565-4640 or contact here.   

At the conference, they will also be presenting their 2012 PAR Flex Success Award. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thinking About Starting a Blog?

I had a nice chat today with a colleague who is thinking about starting a blawg.  Here's a bit of advice on that topic, first posted on May 17 last year.  Be sure to check out Kevin's original post, it is full of useful info.

Have you ever wondered what it is really like to write a blog/blawg?  The best description I've read of what it's like just came across my desk in A Blogger's Reflection by Kevin LaCroix, who writes the D & O Diary, A Periodic Journal Containing Items of Interest from the World of Directors and Officers Liability, with Occasional Commentary.  Congratulations, Kevin, on reaching the five year milestone!

He observes, however, that

The actual blog content is only a small part of the operation. The fact is that I am for all practical purposes in the publishing business. I am not only responsible for content, but I am the copy editor, the fact checker, the proofreader, the typesetter and the art editor. I am the research department, the customer service department, and the subscription department. I am the managing editor, the business manager, and the chief operating officer. With all of these duties, the process of maintaining the blog takes an insane amount of time.
and then he notes

Another problem is that the blog has required me to dwell among the demons of technology. No one would ever believe (except perhaps another blogger) how many weird technological challenges I have had to confront. To cite just one example, one day out of the blue, for no apparent reason and without any warning, our firm’s IT manager changed the IP address of the server on which I housed all of the self-hosted documents to which I had linked on my site. That meant that every single one of the hundreds and hundreds of links on my site to self-hosted documents (pleadings, case decisions, etc.) was broken. I was on suicide watch for several weeks. I eventually repaired the links in the most recent posts but the links in many older posts simply don’t work, and at this point, alas, probably never will again.

You really should read his entire post on the topic if you are at all interested in blogging.  All of Kevin's comments are right on target.  His blog is an excellent resource, and the scope of his reach is testament to how well he works his craft.  But even without having that sort of readership, writing a blog can be incredibly fulfilling.  I'm only approaching my third anniversary this fall, and I have a way to go before I reach my millionth reader, but I enjoy it just the same.  Just like Kevin, I get more out of it than I ever imagined I would when I began.

So if you like writing and think you might enjoy blogging, give it a try.  But just don't keep any part of it on your firm's server.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Women in the Boardroom

Women in the Boardroom

I spent a couple of hours today at a great Women in the Boardroom program here in San Francisco.  The panel facilitator Wendy Beecham moderated three wonderful speakers, Nilofer Merchant, Linda Amuso and Barb Stinnett.  Each of them had terrific advice for business women interested in Board service, or simply interested in how public company boards recruit members.  If you get a chance to attend one of the events the group has planned this year, jump on it!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

ABA Business Section, Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomat Programs

Greetings, Diversity Committee Members.  Please see the following and pass along to any of your peers who might be interested.

  • The Section is Now Accepting Applications for the Business Law Fellows, Ambassadors and Diplomat Programs.
    The FellowsAmbassadors, and Diplomat Programs are designed to involve young lawyers, lawyers of color and lawyers with disabilities in the substantive work of the Section. The Section funds the two-year term of five Fellows, five Ambassadors and one diplomat, including their particpation in three Section meetings each each year (Spring Meeting, Annual Meeting and a stand-alone committee meeting). Applications are due April 27, 2012.  Please encourage any of your qualified committee members to submit an application to one of the programs.  For more information about the programs, please click here.  http://apps.americanbar.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=CL715000