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Program explores ‘Pathways to Bar Leadership for Women Lawyers’

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Women's Programming Series

Florida Bar Board of Governors member Lorna E. Brown-Burton and other legal luminaries will discuss, “Leveling the Playing Field: Effective Pathways to Bar Leadership for Women Lawyers” at a January 12th forum sponsored by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Free registration for the noon event is available here.

Gender Equality Subcommittee Vice Chair LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis said the panel discussion, part of the Gender Equality Women’s Programming Series, is designed to “demystify” the pathway to Bar leadership and increase representation of women lawyers in leadership roles.

“We are working to address some of the deliverables in a 2017 report addressing gender equality issues within the legal profession,” she said. “One of those items addressed increasing the prevalence of women within leadership in The Florida Bar.”

Kinsey-Sallis said the program is intended to encourage more women lawyers to respond to the call of leadership and to challenge both women and men to be champions in the efforts to increase the number of female Bar leaders.

Guest speakers were recruited because of their wealth of experience serving and leading voluntary bar associations and within the Florida Bar, and for their ability to relate the advantages that keep them active in their respective organizations, Kinsey-Sallis said.  Brown-Burton, a partner with Lubell Rosen in Ft. Lauderdale, has represented the 17th Circuit on the Board of Governors continuously since she was first elected in 2012. She will be joined by Grace H. Yang, a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Tampa, who was the first Asian American president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and is active in Bar service both on the local and state level.  Corali Lopez-Castro, a partner with Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami, is the former president of the Cuban American Bar Association (the second woman to hold his position) and former chair of the Bankruptcy/Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar.

Even the scheduling of the program is designed to promote Bar service.  “The timing of this program was strategic because every year The Florida Bar issues a committee preference form, and this year, it’s due January 15,” Kinsey-Sallis said. “We want to encourage more women to sign up and become active in a Bar committee.”

Kinsey-Sallis chose to volunteer on the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and eventually rose to one of its vice chair positions.  It was a decision she has never regretted.

“The benefits that I have received from being involved both in my local voluntary bar associations, and also with The Florida Bar, have enriched my life in ways that I cannot fully explain,” she said. “I’ve grown professionally, I’ve developed long-lasting relationships, and I’ve become more familiar with the inner workings of The Florida Bar, which I don’t know that I would have had a true appreciation for but for serving.”

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