The Atlanta Lawyer February / March 2019 - Page 34

SECTION UPDATE WOMEN IN THE PROFESSION The Atlanta Bar Association’s Women in the Profes- sion Section is dedicated to furthering the practice and perception of law, with a focus on issues unique to women in the practice. Throughout the year, the Women in the Profession Section (WIP) hosts networking events during which women lawyers can interact and develop support systems. WIP also organizes continuing education courses, commu- nity service opportunities, and other substantive programs. Here is a look at some of the events we have held so far this year, plus programs to look forward to this spring: On January 30th, WIP hosted a luncheon CLE on professionalism. It took place at Ri Ra in Midtown Atlanta. Karlise Grier, Executive Director of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, led an excellent discussion on gender, commu- nication, and professional respect. On February 27th, WIP teamed up with our sponsor Exponent for the CLE Presentation “The Scoop on Scooters: Federal and State Laws, Regulations, Safety, and Potential Bumps in the Road for Electric Scooters” at Greenberg Traurig. The event featured a panel of attorneys, expert witnesses, and other special guests from the City of Atlanta and Lime Scooters. It has been a busy board year so far, but there are plenty more events to attend this spring! On March 26th, WIP and Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Health Law Unit are co-hosting the CLE presentation “Wills and Advance Directives for Low Income Clients.” This event, part of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Pro Bono March Madness series, will be held at the State Bar of Georgia. The Women in the Profession section is also planning another networking social in April – stay tuned for details! We will be par- ticipating in the Susan G. Komen of Atlanta More Than Pink fundraising walk on May 4th. Also, WIP will honor a Woman of Achievement at our annual awards luncheon in June. (We are accepting award nominations through March 20th). 34 February/March 2019 To receive the latest WIP updates and event details, you can follow us on Facebook @AtlantaBarWIP, on Twitter @AtlantaBar using the hashtag #WIP, or on LinkedIn at “Atlanta Bar Women in the Profession Section.” Membership in WIP is open to all legal professionals, in all age groups and career stages. Our membership represents a variety of practices, from civil to criminal, judges and government law- yers, partners and law students. Annual dues are just $30; visit for more details. Thank you to our sponsors Exponent, Hodgkiss Consulting, and JAMS. If you are interested in spon- sorship opportunities, please email WIP Chair Me- gan Hodgkiss at Women in the Profession Section 2018-2019 Board of Directors: Megan Hodgkiss, Chair Kimberly Charles, Immediate Past Chair Emily Ward, Chair-Elect Sarah White, Secretary Laurie Rashidi-Yazd, Treasurer Kristy Barnhart, Member at Large Meredith Carter, Member at Large Tawny Mack, Member at Large Jenny Sabo, Member at Large Sarah Siedentopf, Member at Large Talis Trevino, Member at Large Michelle Urbani, Member at Large Megan Hodgkiss WIP Chair