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and Loyola School of Law Present:

Persuading Lawyers to Stay:
The Business Case & Best Practices
For Work/Life Balance

March 13, 2008
1:30 – 5:45 p.m., Loyola Law School
Reception following
3.5 hours of California CLE offered

Sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles,
Black Women Lawyers and Los Angeles County Bar Association

As has been widely reported, lawyers are increasingly dissatisfied with their ability to maintain a challenging and successful legal practice along with an interesting and full life outside the office. In the past, work-life balance issues were raised almost exclusively by women with children, and alternative schedules were frequently referenced as the “Mommy Track.” Today, law students and recent graduates – male and female – want time to pursue outside interests ranging from public interest matters to political involvement to artistic and athletic endeavors as well as a life at home. While these issues still seem to drive women from the law more often than men, research shows that the profession loses scores of qualified lawyers who find it too difficult to practice law and have a life.

This program will address several aspects of the work-life conundrum. The first panel will focus on the “Business Case” for work-life balance initiatives, highlighting the value to employers of retaining lawyers and the impact work-life balance programs has on attorney retention. Next, a panel of legal employers will discuss “Best Practices” for facilitating work-life balance in the profession. Finally, a panel of in-house lawyers will discuss the issue from the client’s perspective, both in terms of the importance of maintaining a balance and diverse work force in their own companies, but also in encouraging their outside lawyers to recruit a diverse work force and retain the lawyers they hire.

Content for the program has been developed by Joan Williams and Linda Marks of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings   Professor Williams will participate in the Best Practices panel and will discuss, among other things, her research showing why work-life balance programs are critical to the retention and promotion of women lawyers. A fuller description of the program and panelists, as well as information about registering to attend the program, is available at  The program will be held at Loyola Law School between 1:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. with a reception to follow.


1:00p Registration

1:30 p.m. Welcome & Introductions

1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Business Case for Work Life Balance

Moderator – John Patton, Pasternak, Pasternak and Patton
Panelists: John Childers, Hildebrand
Amanda Paracuellos, Crowell & Moring
Suzy Wilson, Arnold & Porter

3:00 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Best Practices for Work Life Balance

Moderator: Alicia Villarreal, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Panelists: Joan Williams, The Center for WorkLife Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
Michael J. Proctor, Caldwell Leslie & Proctor, PC
Esra Acikalin Hudson, Manatt Phelps

4:30 p.m. In-House Counsel Panel

Moderator: Gail Midgal Title, Katten Muchin Rosen, LLP
Panelists: Henry Fong, Gap, Inc.
Others to be added

5:45 p.m. Reception


Loyola School of Law
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Reception to follow
PRICE: $55.00 for All BHBA members and members of Co-Sponsoring organizations
$75.00 for Non-BHBA members
$20.00 more at the door
No Charge for Law Students with valid student ID who register in advance
This event is FREE for members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys
*MINIMUM 24 HOURS - Refund with 48 hours notice - Raincheck with 24 hours notice

This event has passed the cut off date for on-line registration. If you would still like to register for this event, please call the Beverly Hills Bar Association at (310) 601-2422 to check on availablity and register.