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Bar News - November 16, 2012

Gender Equality Training Tackles Work-Life Balance


The NHBA Gender Equality Committee’s training initiative is well under way and has been extremely successful so far. About 40 attorneys in leadership positions in their firms, offices or in the courts have attended each session. The training, designed to promote gender equality and diversity in law firms and other organizations employing attorneys in New Hampshire, provides education on the issues of: (1) pay equality; (2) eliminating gender bias in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and promoting women; (3) work-life balance and company culture; and (4) training and implementation of initiatives to promote the advancement of women.

The Gender Equality Committee has presented three parts of its four-part training series and is pleased that the legal community has begun a constructive dialogue about these important topics.

The most recent session, on work-life balance and company culture, took place Nov. 8, 2012, and featured Betsy Black, an attorney and life coach.

Attendees have been extremely positive about the value of the training, as indicated by the following feedback:

"[The speaker] was engaging and helped make people in the room understand how real these issues are and what the gap means over time."

"Lots of food for thought."

"Questioning my own unconscious bias."

The final session of the training initiative will occur on Jan. 10, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the NH Bar Center. This interactive session will summarize points from all of the previous sessions, and will explore methods and initiatives for increasing the retainment and advancement of female attorneys in the legal profession.

This session will provide participants with the necessary tools to implement change in their own firms, courts, and agencies and to encourage the promotion and long-term retention of talented female attorneys in our legal community.

Organizations that have had a representative attend all four training sessions will be awarded Certificates of Completion from the NH Bar Association’s Gender Equality Committee. The certificate can be used in a firm’s diversity initiative and in its recruitment and retention of attorneys.

This initiative is strongly supported by the NH Bar Board of Governors. The Bar has provided some of the funding for this initiative, enabling the committee to provide the training at very reasonable rates.

You may sign up for the last session even if you have been unable to attend the previous sessions. The fee is $40 per person to attend the final session.

Sign up today. Space is limited.

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