Women Lawyers Navigating Midlife 2024

Category: On Demand

Member Price: $0

Non-Member Price: $230

Product Code: ON127524

Areas of Law: Women in the Profession

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.3 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 3.3).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Transitional: 3.0
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 2.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.



Eugenia Lynch, Esq.
Chair, Women in the Profession Section
Eugenia Lynch, Esq., Toms River
Linda A. Mainenti Walsh, Esq.
Co-Chair, Lawyer Well-Being
Linda Mainenti Walsh LLC, Morristown
Linda A. Mainenti Walsh, Esq.
nChair, NJSBA Women in the Profession Section
nCo-chair, NJSBA Lawyer Well-Being Committee
nTreasurer, Morris County Bar Association
nLinda Mainenti Walsh LLC, Morristown


Jean L. Cipriani, Esq.
Rothstein Mandell Strohm Halm & Cipriani, Toms River
Diana C. Manning, Esq.
Treasurer, NJSBA
Bressler Amery & Ross, PC, Florham Park
Certified as a Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, is a Principal of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. in the firm’s Florham Park, New Jersey, office. She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation and appellate advocacy, and has represented clients in those matters for more than 25 years.
nMs. Manning is admitted to practice in New Jersey and New York, and before the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals, the United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States Supreme Court. Past President of the Morris County Bar Association and Foundation, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (TANJ), she has served on TANJ’s Amicus Committee and is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Ms. Manning has also been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court as Chair of the District XA Ethics Committee and has been Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Amicus Committee. Because of her depth of experience in the area of legal malpractice, she was also appointed to the NJSBA Blue Ribbon Panel Committee in Professional Malpractice.
nMs. Manning authored the “State of New Jersey” chapter of The Law of Lawyers’ Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice (ABA/First Chair Press, 2012), which gives an overview of the laws governing attorney wrongdoing in each state, written by lawyers who practice in that state. She is a frequent lecturer for ICLE on legal malpractice and professional responsibility topics and the recipient of several honors.
nMs. Manning received her B.A. from Rutgers College and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.
Carolyn F. O'Connor, Esq
Wilson Elser, Andover

Join us for a transformative program tailored specifically for women lawyers navigating midlife. In this unique event, we will delve into the experiences of accomplished professionals who have successfully charted their own paths, defying conventional norms and reshaping the landscape for women in the legal profession. Our compelling speakers will share invaluable insights, strategies, and personal stories that will empower you to thrive in your midlife legal career.

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:05 | Setting the Stage: The Unique Experience of Midlife Women in Law
    o Gain a deeper understanding of the specific challenges women lawyers face during midlife
    o Explore societal and workplace expectations that impact women lawyers in their mid-career stages
  • 9:20 | From Lawyer to Managing Partner: Transitioning to Leadership and Breaking Barriers
    o Understand the hardships and opportunities of transitioning from a working lawyer to a managing partner
    o Acquire insights into breaking gender barriers in leadership roles within law firms
    o Explore strategies for personal and professional growth in the later stages of your legal career
  • 9:55 | Retention Strategies: Insights for Sustaining Success Beyond Mid-Career
    o Identify key lessons and effective strategies for retaining women lawyers in midlife
    o Explore the role of leadership in fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment
    o Understand the difficulties and possibilities for women lawyers in mid-career leadership positions
  • 10:30 | Embracing Flexibility, Independence and Alternative Paths
    o Recognize the importance of flexibility in midlife legal careers, especially in terms of remote work
    o Explore alternative career paths and the benefits of transitioning from firm to independent practice
    o Develop strategies for managing personal and family obligations while maintaining a legal career
  • 11:05 | Break
  • 11:15 | Building Networks and Overcoming Challenges: Thriving Beyond Firm Boundaries
    o Hear how women lawyers have built thriving practices outside traditional firm structures
    o Understand the barriers faced by women re-entering the legal workforce after a hiatus
    o Discover effective networking strategies to build your business
  • 11:50 | Q&A and Wrap Up
  • 12:00 | Program Ends


Note: The Women in the Profession Section is hosting the post-program reception, which will include light fare and beverages.


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