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WLD Summit on Advancement and Retention of Women in Legal Profession Aug. 27
The ACBA Women in the Law Division’s 2019 WLD Summit is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 27. The four-CLE program “Advancement and Retention of Women in the Legal Profession” will be held at the Marriot City Center in Uptown from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The summit will include three group sessions and one hour of breakout sessions and will feature presentations and discussions on topics such as the business case for the advancement and retention of women; policies and decisions surrounding leave; empowering women attorneys; overcoming roadblocks to the advancement and retention of women attorneys; the role men play in the advancement of women; creating meaningful women’s initiative programs and more. Breakfast and lunch are included. Cost to attend is $50 for law students, $175 for ACBA members and $225 for all others.  The program is sponsored by Hefren-Tillotson; other sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to register or for more info. 
Aug. 16 Lunch-and-Learn on Domestic Violence
ACBA Women in the Law members are invited to join the federal court for an exploration of issues surrounding domestic violence and discussion of opportunities for attorneys to volunteer to help victims. The lunch-and-learn will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 in the Joseph F. Weis, Jr. U.S. Courthouse. Speakers will discuss a variety of related topics, including, but not limited to, various forms of violence (domestic and intimate partner), rates of violence, appropriate batterer interventions, evidence based interventions, use of the violence assessment, victim services, and volunteer opportunities for attorneys in our community.  A question and answer session will take place immediately following the presentation. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. To attend this event, you must RSVP to rsvpdv@pawd_uscourts.gov by Friday, Aug. 9. For more information, click here.
Aug. 17 – WLD Summer Picnic
ACBA members and their friends and families are invited to join the WLD for our Annual Summer Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 17 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Bartlett Shelter in Schenley Park (Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, Pa 15217). Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name as designated below:

A-N: Side Dish
O-Z: Dessert
The WLD will provide fried chicken, sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, plates, napkins and utensils. Attendees should bring their own beverages (adult beverages are permitted). The location has a playground and large yard, so feel free to bring any additional toys or outdoor games that children (or adults!) might like to play. Please RSVP to caseykuretich@gmail.com

The City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board Seeking Potential Board Members

The City of Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board is seeking interested parties for current and upcoming board member vacancies. This nine-member board and its staff serve to protect the public trust and prevent wrongdoing through advice, education and enforcement. 

Consider this a wonderful opportunity to engage in public service, a creative outlet for your passion for integrity and honesty, and a means to make a difference if unethical conduct elsewhere in the news is getting you down.

Women/diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as the membership of the board is to reflect the city's diversity in regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age and disability. Meetings are usually from 4 to 5:30 p.m. once a month, with additional committee and hearing panel engagements scheduled at your convenience. 

If you are interested, please email leanne.davis@pittsburghpa.gov for more information. Ms. Davis can also assist if you need help confirming Pittsburgh residency, one of the requirements.

We like to share the accomplishments of WLD members who have received awards or other recognition, changed jobs, or celebrated significant life events such as marriage or the birth or adoption of a child. If you have good news to share, send an email to WLD@acba.org.
WLD website
Missing something? The WLD website has our events calendar and past issues of the WLD Sidebar. Coming soon: committee reports, meeting minutes and agendas. 
Reporting gender bias
If you have observed or experienced any form of gender bias in your role as an attorney, you can make a confidential report to any one of the following WLD gender-bias duty officers:

        • Kimberly A. Brown: 412-394-7995

        • Jeanine L. DeBor: 412-396-5215

        • Rhoda Shear Neft: 412-406-5434

The duty officer will explain your options for action through the Gender Bias Subcommittee.

Join the WLD on Facebook and LinkedIn
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Submit an announcement
The WLD Sidebar is published the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Submit your announcement to the new WLD email address, WLD@acba.org, by 5 p.m. Friday to be included in the following Wednesday’s Sidebar
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