2013 Summit

Our 2013 Women’s Bar Leadership Summit took place Friday, August 9 at the Bar Association of San Francisco.

The theme of the 2013 Summit was Gender Equity–Moving the Bar Forward.

Here’s a link to the agenda for the 2013 program:  2013 Summit Agenda

To read a review of the Summit by former board member Karen Goodman in the August edition of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento newsletter, click the link below: NCWBA Rocks the Summit

Here’s an article about the Summit by Karen Bovarnick of the Women Lawyers of Alameda County: WLAC_Newsletter-NCWBA_Gender_Equity

To kick off the morning session, we heard from Professor Joan Williams.  

Here is an article by Lindsay D’Andrea about her talk: What Works for Women at Work

The Women’s Bar Leadership Summit is an opportunity to meet in person with peers who are engaged in making women’s bar associations the best they can be. 

It is an opportunity to learn about leading trends facing women and the law, to share ideas, successes and innovative programs for service to the public and to the membership of women’s bar associations and to network with bar leaders from across the country.  

Click below to learn about some of the programs and services presented: 2013 NCWBA Best Practices Notes

One of the features of the last several Summits has been a brief update on technology that can assist women’s bar associations. Click below to download a copy of Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts Past President Nancy Cremins’ PowerPoint slides from the 2013 Summit. NCWBA_ 2013 Social Media Presentation (pdf)_818173(1)

Programming Ideas for Women’s Bar Associations In the afternoon, attendees broke out into six groups, charged with developing a new, innovative program incorporating information from the speakers and the wealth of knowledge from the Summit participants. 

Each group was asked to come up with a potential program that could be easily replicated by NCWBA member organizations across the country on one of the three general topics addressed at the 2013 Summit: Gender Equity in the legal profession, in society, and in the judiciary. 

Suggested programs were summarized at the Summit and each group’s moderator drafted a report on the program ideas that are posted here. 

Many thanks to our moderators:

  • Patricia Sturdevant from Women Lawyers of Sacramento and California Women Lawyers (now an NCWBA Board Member)
  • Cynthia Ouzts from South Carolina Women Lawyers
  • Sherrie Phillips from the Alabama State Bar Women’s Section
  • Kathleen J. Rastetter with Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Pam Berman with Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (and Immediate Past President of the NCWBA).


To see photos from the 2013 Summit, click here.