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Editor’s Note: Women Who Set an Example for Others

Step Into a More Active Role: Advice From the Courtroom and Boardroom

Sharon M. Porcellio of Bond, Schoeneck & King addresses the pay gap in the legal field, asking: What are women doing and what can they, their firms, clients, and the courts do to change?

Five Tips for Working Moms to Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Jennifer B. Zourigui of Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti shares five tips that should help any mom and lawyer as she navigates motherhood and the legal profession.

Why No One Diversity Program Will Work

Mary Ellen Connerty of O’Melveny & Myers writes: Law firms across a spectrum of sizes and geographies are throwing their weight behind initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion. But they are often falling short, and here’s why: There’s no one program that works. Because there’s no one situation exactly like another.

Counsel’s Table Should Mirror Real-Life Diversity

Lauren O. Casazza and Madelyn A. Morris of Kirkland & Ellis write: Counsel’s table should mirror the diversity of the client organization, the jury box, and the bench. That is the best way to maximize the talent and diversity of thought needed to win the big cases. That is “the look” of an effective trial team.

The Honorees

Jaculin Aaron
Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Meriam Al-Rashid
Partner, Dentons

Deborah Archer
Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, New York Law School

Barbara Becker
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Kerry Berchem
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Elise Bloom
Partner, Proskauer Rose

Diane Bosse
Special Counsel, Hurwitz & Fine

Carrie Cohen
Partner, Morrison & Foerster

Jennifer Cona
Managing Partner, Genser Dubow Genser & Cona

Jayne Conroy
Co-founder, Simmons Hanly Conroy

Victoria Cook
Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Mylan Denerstein
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Tanya Hobson-Williams
Principal, Hobson-Williams P.C.

Mary Beth Hogan
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Stacy Kanter
Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Natalie LaMarque
VP, Corporate Compliance, New York Life Insurance Co. Partner, Outten & Golden

Wendi Lazar
Partner, Outten & Golden

Sharon Cohen Levin
Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Judith Livingston
Senior Partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore

Carmelyn Malalis
Commissioner/Chair, NYC Commission on Human Rights

Taryn Merkl
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York

Patricia Miller
Chief of Special Federal Litigation, NYC Law Department

Sheila Mortazavi
Partner, Andrews Kurth