Gender diversity in the field of law is increasing. It’s no secret that the growth in collaboration among the nation’s female lawyers is changing the landscape in a positive way.
Female Leadership in the Legal Profession
Elizabeth J. Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser was appointed to serve as lead class counsel in the multi-district litigation (MDL) against automaker Volkswagen over its use of software cheats to commit emissions fraud. In a pretrial order, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer noted Ms. Cabraser’s “…extensive experience with multi-district litigation” and “…leadership positions in 17 different MDLs, including several that involved automobile defects.”
Research by Sheryl Axelrod, founder of the women-owned Axelrod Firm, shows that Fortune 500 Companies with the most women on their boards outperform those with the least by a 66 percent return on invested capital (ROI), 42 percent return on sales, and 53 percent return on equity. She says that corporate America is responding to these statistics and are looking at their boards more carefully.
The list of women’s outstanding legal work and advocacy goes on and on. That’s why it’s so critical to provide opportunities to develop solutions to shrink the gender gap in the field of law and beyond.
Promoting Gender Diversity in Law
This year’s Women En Mass – a who’s who in mass tort litigation – will be held in Aspen, and it’s bigger than ever. In a presidential year that’s unprecedented in every way, in which we may see the first woman elected president of the United States, this gathering takes on an even bigger mantle in our nation’s civil justice system.
Women En Mass is hosted by the organizations’ founders, Aimee Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff. The event “… brings together the best and brightest female mass tort attorneys to discuss issues that affect women – from the boardroom to the courtroom.”
This year’s speakers are as follows:
- Aimee Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff – Welcome Remarks and Introductions
- Lelia Gowland – Negotiation Strategies to Increase Your ‘Badassness’ While Avoiding Burnout? YES, Please! (Invited, not yet accepted)
- Lori Andrus – Equal Pay is the New Black…the Farmers Case Study. Esther Berezofsky, Sindhu Daniel – The ABCs of a Mass Tort Practice
- Jayne Conroy – WEM Empowers Us, But Do We Really Understand the Financial Risk and Responsibility of a Successful Mass Tort Firm?
- Ariana Tadler – E-Discovery Fun & the New Federal Rules: Insider Tips
- Morgan Carroll, Kim Dougherty, Kim Witczak – Do You Know What is Happening in DC? Legislative Update on Matters Affecting Your Practice
- Gale Pearson – Coast to Coast in 25 Minutes – 7,890 Foot Update on Today’s Hottest Mass Torts
- Cathy Yanni, Ginger Susman, Jamie Dodge – Strategies and Considerations for MDLs
- Lori Andrus – How the Cow Ate the Cabbage: State of WEM
Milestone Consulting is a proud supporter of Women En Mass. Our company continues to applaud the outstanding efforts of this annual event, and we have provided updates to the 2016 Women En Mass website at no charge to the Women En Mass community.
Women En Mass is gives the attending attorneys a chance to connect with their peers all over the country. “The world may have changed a great deal for women in America over the last 100 years,” the event’s website says, “but there’s still work to be done.” Women En Mass is an opportunity to work toward positive impact on the lives of all women.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).