CBA Record July-August 2019


cussion was led by Ony Beverly, the Chief Human Resources Officer for Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP; Natalie Federle, Corporate Counsel for Outcome Health; and Lauren Novak, a Partner at Schiff Hardin. Family leave policies, flexible and remote work arrangements, job sharing, anti-harassment policies and more were covered. Social Expectations, Impediments & Resources Social and cultural attitudes play a major role in determining a woman’s likelihood of success in the work force. These include presumptions about societal roles, the need for mentoring and sponsorship, and more. These topics were unpacked during a session entitled “Social Expectations, Impediments &Resources,” led by E. Lynn Grayson, a Partner with Nijman Franzetti, and Carole Silver, Professor of Global Law & Practice from Northwestern Pritzker College of Law. The problems addressed and analyzed at

lation regarding equal pay, family and sick leave, fair scheduling, sexual harassment and accommodations for nursing mothers. Workplace Policies Workplace policies that have proven effec- tive in retaining women employees were highlighted during a presentation on “Making the Business Case: Workplace Policies that Work for Everyone.” This dis-

the Working Women’s Legal Summit are not easily solved. However, the connections made, and the lessons learned, will serve as a launching pad for continued efforts to make these issues a thing of the past. Jennifer E. Byrne is the Director of the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association, where she is also the producer of the CBA’s @theBar podcast and staff liaison for the YLS’s @theBar blog. Brittany Kaplan recently graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law and will begin her career as a trademark attorney at K&L Gates’ Chicago office in September. Tiffani Mims is a pending December 2019 DePaul College of Law graduate and Feb 2020 Illinois Bar Applicant.

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