This committee investigates issues of gender discrimination and equality in the legal profession and in the legal system. The committee may undertake projects as deemed necessary or appropriate to ensure fair treatment and equality of all members of the legal profession and all participants in the legal system. The focus for this committee includes follow-up to the findings of the latest NHBA Gender Equality Survey, including development of a proposed voluntary certification process of non-discriminatory, family friendly employment policies for legal employers to be presented to the NHBA Board of Governors.

Gender Equality Breakfast

Philip S. Hollman Award for Gender Equality

Gender Equity Surveys

Each Midyear Meeting is kicked off with the Gender Equity Breakfast sponsored by the committee.  The Breakfast is a time and place to mark the progress the profession has made, as well as to celebrate the awarding of the Philip S. Hollman Award for Gender Equality. This year’s speaker was Lauren Stiller Rikleen of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership discussed conduct in the workplace, gender bias in the legal profession and the need for change.

The award, established on the occasion of Judge Hollman’s retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, honors Judge Hollman’s efforts as a stalwart advocate for gender equality in the legal system.

The 2019 recipient of the Hollman Award was Holly B. Haines of Abramson, Brown & Dugan in Manchester.

View All Philip S. Hollman Award Winners

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Committee Events and Trainings

Committee’s Proposed Policies