Women in the Profession

Jennifer Gordon Lampton
Committee Chair

Upcoming Events:

Women in the Profession Social
"Be Our Valentine Movie Night"


NOBA Women in the Profession Chair Jennifer Gordon Lampton, Judge Dana M. Douglas and Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott invite you to a special Be Our Valentine Movie Night hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee. On this special night, we will be viewing the movie "On the Basis of Sex," which documents Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's extraordinary life and career. We have rented out the VIP theater at Canal Place on February 13, 2019 for a truly unique experience. Seating is limited, so don't delay, register now!

February 13, 2019

Doors Open at 6:00 pm, Movie Starts at 6:30 pm

Canal Place Cinebarre
333 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.



Please note, payment is expected before the start of the program in order to attend. Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less an administrative fee. There are no refunds for no shows.

Blog Posts:

March 2018: Obstacles Faced By Women in the Law


We often overlook one of our greatest career assets: our friends and peers. We can seek a different sort of guidance from women our own age, who can often intuitively understand what we're dealing with because they're facing the same issues. Our friends and peers will eventually become the decision makers as time passes. Ann Friedman writes about the importance of a horizontal network in "Can't Find a Mentor? Look to Your Peers."

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?

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

Great articles worth checking out and sharing:

Recent Events:

  • On August 24th, the committee hosted a happy hour and private tour at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  • On October 27th, the committee held a social at Ogden After Hours at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  • On October 20th, Katy Sinor, Wendy Hickok Robinson and Dana Dupre presented "Perspectives from In-House Counsel" CLE.
  • 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"
  • On 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.