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President's Message - July/August 2018
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Demand Equality: Inclusivity, Initiative, Industry, Intelligence and Integrity

Danna Cotman, Lawyers Club President 2018-2019
I am honored and humbled to be your next president. Lawyers Club members are the most dedicated and esteemed group of individuals with whom I have been associated, and the Lawyers Club founders and leaders before me have left an astonishing legacy. I will strive to carry forward the Lawyers Club mission to achieve equality and to advance the status of women in the law and society.

In her inspirational speech at the recent Lawyers Club Annual Dinner, Loretta Lynch said, “Women are not waiting to be appointed as leaders. We’re stepping up, and I cannot thank you enough.” My theme for the coming year is “Demand Equality”, and I hope that you will join me in demanding equality during my term as president and beyond. As individuals, we must all take the initiative to advance, develop our intelligence through ongoing education, be industrious and work hard, and bring integrity to all that we do.

Next year I will continue to elevate Lawyers Club within the community, to engage in important activities, initiatives, and advocacy and to present fabulous member programs. I will strive to continue our work to build a strong and lasting foundation through nurturing and raising up those in the leadership pipeline, involving our male allies, recruiting, retaining and giving value to our sponsors, and developing a long term strategic plan. We will continue to develop milestones, measure our progress, and achieve our goals as we head towards our next fifty years.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

In July we will kick off the year with the Board/co-chair Leadership Retreat when we come together for a day of planning and training.

During August, although there are no events, we will be working behind the scenes to ramp up our committees and begin to plan each program and event. Join a committee NOW to get involved!

On September 20, we will present an MCLE luncheon on bias interrupters where we will learn that diversity and inclusion result in greater value. Practical information will be shared about what can be done right now to disrupt our implicit biases to intelligently create and maintain an inclusive environment. We will have a particular emphasis on how our male allies can engage and support quality. Mark your calendars now to participate and attend.

In October, we will present the second of “The Ask” workshops to provide participants with additional in-depth educational training and practice on how to ask for what they need to succeed in their practice and to be the best
they can be.

In November, we will present the Leadership Summit to provide training for those wishing to rise into leadership roles.

Committees such as Bench Bar, Professional Advancement, Women’s Advocacy, Trial Advocacy Task Force, Diverse Women, Reproductive Justice, LGBTQ, Community Outreach and Human Trafficking – and more – will hold substantive monthly meetings and engage members in helping others and combatting important issues in the community.

We will explore new ways to elevate our individual members to promote integrity within the profession while we demand equality. We need YOU – members, sponsors, staff – to engage and make this happen. It takes a village, a community – the LEGAL community – and each one of you plays an integral role regardless of your particular political party affiliation, religion, sexual preference identification, or other particular preferences. Reach out and let us help you find the committee that motivates you to engage and demand equality.

As we take the initiative and intelligently evolve Lawyers Club over time to meet the needs of our members and those of advancing women in law and society, we will accomplish astonishing things. We will continue to be industrious and lead with integrity. We will be inclusive in this effort and incorporate these I’s into our programming, recruitment, advocacy, and activities.

You make this organization so powerful and allow us to accomplish so much. There are many initiatives underway, so please engage: join a committee, invite a friend or colleague to join us, and together let’s demand equality in the year ahead.

Danna Cotman is founder of the female-owned intellectual property boutique law firm ARC IP LAW, PC and president of Lawyers Club.

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