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“. . .we do need to make a cognizant effort to say, ‘I’m a woman, and I have these issues.’”
Johnine P. Barnes
than not primary caregivers. And, in the field of law, with its demands on billable hours, it is an ever-present topic as women work to have more of a presence in the highest echelons.
“I’ve lived it,” she attests, though admitting change has been slow going.
Though it is an historic time for women, with several becoming the shining stars of the presidential race, it is still impossible to ignore the issue of work-life balance in a 21st- century society where women are more often
According to a survey of The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) on retention and promotion of women in law firms, only 16 percent of women are equity partners, despite women having comprised about half of law school populations since the 1980s. Fewer than 10 percent of managing partners at large firms are women, and 15 percent of firms report
no women on their highest committee. In the average firm, one in 50 males works part-time, while one in eight female lawyers works part-time.
While many women are frustrated that in 2008 they’re having the same conversations about gender equity as those they had in the 1970s, they recognize that a stronger infrastructure is being built to support women and help them move through the ranks. Most major law firms—93 percent, according to the NAWL study—now offer part- time work options, generous family leave time, and committees to focus on diversity and women’s initiatives.
Gwendolyn Jo M. CarlBerG
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in practice for 43 years, Mrs. carlberg (“jo”) graduated from american university, with a jd in1966, and with a BS from penn- sylvania State university, in 1961. She concentrates in divorce and custody; is av-rated by Martindale-hubbell, which is their highest rating as reviewed by her peers and local judges; and is listed as a pre-eminent attorney in domestic relations/Fam- ily law. her articles include: ”special Considerations in Representing a military member or military spouse”, co-author: ”Winning Child Relocation Cases”, “Children: Chattels or Wild animals? The Rule of Possession in Custody Cases”. She conducted a seminar: ”Targeted Virginia Domestic Relations Law for J.a.g. Officers: The Key areas, Legislative Update, and Top Cases”. Mrs. carlberg currently acts as an adjunct professor of law for george Mason university School of law for military matters. her husband, ronald carlberg, is a retired air Force colonel, uSna, 1961.
the CarLBerg LaW firm 413 north Washington Street, alexandria, va 22314 Ph: 703.549.5551 Fax: 703.549.5558 • www.carlberglaw.com
sandra M. roHrstaff
CrIMInaL DEFEnSE Law
andrea l. Moseley has practiced criminal law in the Washington dc metropolitan area for the last ten years. She gradu- ated from rhodes college in Memphis, tennessee and received her law degree from Washington and lee university School of law in lexington, virginia. She spent her first four years of practice in the alexandria, virginia public defender’s office. She is currently a partner at Zwerling, leibig and Moseley, pc. She has represented hundreds of clients at trials in criminal cases. She has won acquittals on charges of murder, grand larceny, dWi, indecent exposure, assault on a police officer, drug distribution and possession, immigration fraud, and various other criminal charges. in 2003, she was one of the first attorneys in virginia to defeat the attorney general’s office at both the trial and appellate level on a petition to civilly commit a person under the new Sexually violent predator act. She has extensive experience defending specialized legal matters such as: internet crimes, rico conspiracy allegations, money laundering, immigration fraud and conspiracy to distribute illegal substances.
ZWerLing, LeiBig & mOSeLey pC 108 north alfred Street, alexandria, va 22314 ph: 703.684.8000 Fax: 703.684.9700 www.zwerling.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
Monique a. van stipHout
Despite these strides, female pioneers in the field stress the importance of being proactive with a career path and seeking out women mentors.
“I really believe that women lawyers, particularly, have an obligation to mentor other women,” says Baker Hostetler’s legal maverick Betty Southard Murphy, a first in the field who paved the way for countless female attorneys.
One such benefactor is Baker Hostetler labor and employment attorney, Johnine P. Barnes. The first African-American partner at the firm, Barnes credits Murphy for instilling her with the courage and wherewithal to put her son first and not be apologetic about the duties of motherhood. But for all the advances made by women in the law, the divorced single mom says there is a long way to go.
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Sandra rohrstaff is president- elect of the virginia trial lawyers association and will become its third woman president in March 2009. She has devoted her legal career to represent- ing individuals who have been wrongfully injured. She was among the trial lawyers who volunteered for the largest pro bono project in the history of american jurisprudence to represent victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks without a fee. She is a past-president of the Foundation of the alexandria Bar association and the northern virginia chapter of the virginia Women attorneys association. Ms. rohrstaff graduated from the university of texas at austin and received her j.d. from the catholic university of america columbus School of law.
Weiner, rOhrStaff & Spivey, pLC 10605 judicial drive, Suite B6 Fairfax, va 22030 ph: 703.273.9500 Fax: 703.273.9505 www.wrsattorneys.com srohrstaff@WRSattorneys.com
Monique a. van Stiphout is a Member with o’Brien & van Stiphout llc. as a leading attorney in the field of Business immigration, she represents national and international clients on Business immigration issues, including establishing corporate visa programs, transferring key personnel to the united States and foreign countries, and securing u.S. permanent residence and citizenship status for employees. Ms. van Stiphout is also recognized as an expert in the area of employer i-9 requirements and has successfully defended employers against i-9 compliance audits, performed “friendly” audits to assess and assist employers in bringing records into compliance, and conducted training to ensure ongoing conformance with the employer mandates of the immigration reform and control act.
O’Brien & van StiphOut LLC 1501 M Street nW, Suite 610, Washington, dc 20005 ph: 202.530.0700 Fax: 202.530.0703 www.obvslaw.com • email@example.com
“There’s a group of women partners that believe that you have to conform to the establishment, and you cannot be a woman,” says the 38-year-old attorney. “We don’t need to burn bras and all that. But we do need to make a cognizant effort to say, ‘I’m a woman, and I have these issues.’”
Cory M. Amron, former chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, and a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, agrees. The 55-year-old mother of two has studied women’s issues in the law extensively and authored numerous articles on the subject of work-life balance.
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