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Women in the Profession


                                 Alicia M. Bendana, Chair                          Maurine W. Laborde, Chair

Upcoming Events:

Perspectives from In-House Counsel CLE


Discussion of how in-house counsel select outside counsel for a particular matter; communicating with in-house counsel and the attorney client privilege; respective roles of in-house counsel and outside counsel in litigation and in providing legal advice about compliance or business activities.

Katy Sinor, former V.P. and In-house Counsel for Huntington Ingalls
Wendy Hickok Robinson, Assistant General Counsel at Entergy
Dana Dupre, Legal Counsel at Shell Oil Company

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Noon - 1 p.m.

Jones Walker LLP
201 St. Charles Ave., 52nd Floor, Room 52-F
New Orleans, LA 70170

1 hour of CLE credit

NOBA Member Discount - $35 (includes lunch)
Non Member Price - $55 (includes lunch)
*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Morgan Ellis.
  3. Mail payment to 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here.

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less a $15 administrative fee. No refunds for no shows. 


Ogden After Hours Social

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On Thursday, October 27, the Committee will hold a mix and mingle at Ogden After Hours from 6-8 p.m. This is an all ages event that is open to the entire family!

This event is free for members of the museum, and $13.50 for the general public. The Ogden is pleased to offer 25% off any level museum membership to all WIP members who attend OAH on October 27. Please visit the Ogden's website for more information on membership. The Ogden also has a young professionals group, called the Kohlmeyer Circle, that offers additional programming.

Ogden After Hours is a weekly entertainment series and all ages event featuring Southern musicians, films, and more. October 27th is the Ogden's annual Day of the Dead Celebration with the fun dance band Los Poboycitos, as well as the opening of the museum's Day of the Dead Altar exhibit.

Each OAH includes a cash-bar, and the museum's galleries are open for viewing as well. A simple art-project for children is presented in the Third Floor education gallery, inspired by a work on exhibition. The projects vary greatly from simple 2-D designs to collaged paper sculptures. Adults are also welcome to participate!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

6 - 8 pm

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cost: FREE for Ogden members
        $13.50 for non-members


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Morgan Ellis.
  3. Mail payment to 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130


Sidley Austin associate Jessica Beringer offers advice to help you break away from the pack as a young associate. Listen here to her top 10 tips for being a stand out associate.

Seeking equal payment for women, a non-equity partner sues her firm. In her suit, she claims that a "male-dominated culture" keeps women from earning equal pay and equal partnership status and that the lack of policies on promotion requirements allow gender biases to play a role in the decision-making. Read more here.

Many women attorneys are now discovering that generating business and expanding client relationships is one thing, getting credit for those efforts and successes is another. Why does origination credit matter and what can women attorneys do to ensure that they get credit where credit is due? Read more here.

A panel of attorneys, speaking at Ms. JD’s eighth annual conference on women in law, offer their top pieces of advice for female attorneys looking to supercharge their careers.  From choosing mentors, adding value, owning your work….and your mistakes, and being creative about work-life balance.  4 Ways Female Attorneys Can Grow Their Careers

There are a handful of law firms that have acheived true gender parity. When leaders place a priority on increasing diversity, the law firm as a whole benefits. Establishing a reputation as a law firm where gender diversity is valued can also be a powerful force that allows firms to attract high-performing women. Read more here.


Research shows that companies that have boards with higher numbers of women deliver significantly better returns on equity, sales and capital. Why aren’t there more women leaders? Why men must advance women’s leadership. Read more here.

Women Business Leaders - Surviving and Thriving in Shark Infested Waters by Duane Morris Initiative: Part One / Part Two

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Recent Events:

On April 6, the comittee held a meeting to discuss it's programming for the 2016-17 period.
On November 2, 2015, Judy Perry Martinez discussed "Finding Your Passion In and Through the Law"
September 24, 2015 Darleen Jacobs discussed “Obtaining a Client Base, First Chairing Jury Trials, and Courtroom Behavior" 

On September 9, 2015 Dawn Barrios spoke about  “A Letter to My 23 Year Old Self" 

On August 25, 2015: The commitee met to discuss “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” (Televised TEDTalk by Amy Cuddy) 

On April 28, 2015, the WIP Committee held its first meeting of the year to discuss its programming for the 2015-2016 period.

On October 27, 2014, the Commitee held a Conversation with Paulette Brown - "Determined to Rise: A Conversation on Law, Leadership, and Being "The First" -- with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association."NOBA Honors the First 100 Women Lawyers in New Orleans.

On September 23, 2014, the Women in the Profession Committee & Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Committee co-hosted a CLE on "The Supreme Court and Women's Health: Reflections from 2014" with Ellie Schilling, Marjorie Esman, and Jennifer Greene. The panelists discussed the latest decisions coming from the Supreme Court and how they affect women.  

On March 20, 2014, the Committee hosted the Inaugural Barristers for Brunch program to honor the first 100 women attorneys in the New Orleans legal community.