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Feb. 21 – Lean-In Circle

Lean-In Circle meetings are held the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting will be on Thursday, Feb. 21, at SMGG law firm. In February, we will continue discussing setting professional goals for 2019. Anyone interested in joining the Lean-In Circle can contact Terry Connerton at terry@connertonlaw.com or Jean Novak at jnovak@smgglaw.com.

WLD seeks candidates for 2019 officers and members of executive council

The WLD Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming election of the WLD Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer for 2019-20 and for six council seats with three-year terms. Candidates must be willing and able to attend monthly council meetings, serve on at least one standing committee and actively participate in planning and implementing the programs and projects of the WLD.
Any ACBA member desiring to run for an office or a seat on WLD Council should submit an application email expressing their interest, along with a resume, to one of the Nominating Committee co-chairs: Tara Pfeifer or Danielle Dietrich. The Nominating Committee encourages applications from both women and men. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Questions? Email Tara Pfeifer
Feb. 22, 25 – Mock criminal trial volunteers needed

Judges and scoring jurors are needed for the 5:15 p.m. time slot on Feb. 22 and 25 for this year’s PBA high school mock trial competition. This year’s case is a criminal case to determine whether the defendant is guilty of illegal prescribing that lead to death. Scoring jurors will watch the trial, grade the students’ performances and have the opportunity to give constructive feedback. All trials will take place in the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh.

Two presiding judges and six scoring jurors are needed on the 22nd and nine scoring jurors are needed on the 25th. If interested, email Samantha Quinn Stewart at quinnstewart@zklaw.com and Lauren Melfa Catanzarite at lauren.catanzarite@gmail.com.

Mar. 12 – Volunteers needed for food distribution

The WLD Public Service Committee has coordinated a volunteer food distribution opportunity at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ten to 15 volunteers are needed, and spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.   
Mar. 14 – Let’s Do Lunch

This month’s lunch is on Thursday, March 14, at noon in Red Ring at 1015 Forbes Ave. to attract attendance by Duquesne Law students. The topic for discussion is “women in the profession,” and participants will share practical tips with the law students as they prepare to begin their practice. All WLD members are welcome. Please RSVP by March 12 to Jennifer Dempsey at jdempsey@mcguirewoods.com. As always, lunch is pay-your-own-way. 

Let’s Do Lunch is a series of group lunches that meet on the second Thursday of each month at noon at various restaurants around town. Watch the Sidebar for announcements about the location and theme for the lunch each month. All WLD members are welcome. You can come to one, two, three, or all of them! Whether you are new to the WLD or have been involved for years, Let’s Do Lunch is a great way to get to know other members in an informal setting. If you have any questions about the series, contact Julie Vanneman at jvanneman@cohenlaw.com or 412-297-4715.

Employer best practices input requested for Bench-Bar

The WLD Bench-Bar Committee is focusing this year’s Bench-Bar CLE on management best practices, and the committee is collecting information on how employers handle a situation well, as well as policies or procedures that have had a positive impact on culture, diversity, productivity, retention and effectively addressing/preventing bias and harassment. If you or your organization are willing to share guidance or materials on these topics or on how complaints are collected, investigated and addressed in your company — or if you have any questions — email Amber Archer at Ala@ssf-lawfirm.com.

April 28 — March of Dimes March for Babies 5K Run/Walk

Save the date and stay tuned for details about the WLD’s team for the March for Babies. 

  • Congratulations to Jess Albert on the recent addition to her family, Finn Andrew Albert (5 lbs 11 oz, 18.75”). Welcome to the world, Finn!

  • Congratulations to Beverly Block and Christine Tillapaugh, who have been selected by the Pittsburgh Business Times as two of its 2019 Women of Influence Award recipients. This award honors professional women in western Pennsylvania for outstanding performance and influence on the region and their industry. The awards event will be hosted at the Westin Convention Center on Wednesday, March 20, beginning with a networking reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and a reception. To register, click here.
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 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
Check out the ACBA WLD Facebook and LinkedIn pages, join the group and enjoy learning about upcoming events and articles of interest. We encourage our members to post pictures from our events, give notice of upcoming WLD events and share articles of interest. It is as easy as a click to get started!
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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