This June marks the second annual Women En Mass (WEM) conference. WEM, founded by Denver attorney Aimee Wagstaff of Andrus Wagstaff, brings together female mass tort attorneys from across the country to network and share expertise in the areas affecting women in the legal field, with a format resonant of TEDx conferences.
The 2013 WEM conference featured renowned mass tort attorneys Collyn Peddie, Amy Eskin, Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Dianne Nast, Lori Andrus, Cathy Yanni and Elizabeth Cabraser, who offered their expertise on a range of topics affecting female attorneys, including:
- Creating alternative working arrangements
- Changing the face of plaintiffs’ steering committees
- Dealing with unconscious gender bias
- The importance of mentoring
The conference also allowed female mass tort attorneys the opportunity to confer on the status of current and upcoming mass torts. The general consensus from the conference, which I gathered from many attendees, including a couple of female staff members from the Milestone team, was that we need more of this—more opportunities for intelligent, insightful, and accomplished women to gather together.
If you or any of the female attorneys at your firm are interested in attending this year’s conference, I strongly encourage you to visit www.womenenmass.com.
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).