The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women in the Profession committee has launched a blog at http://womenintheprofession.wordpress.com/.
Maria Feeley, co-chairwoman of the committee, said that all women attorneys, including attorneys from other local bar associations like the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, are invited to participate in the blog.
The blog will address the main issues and challenges facing women attorneys and keep attorneys abreast with the committee’s activities.
Those activities have included developing a "Call to Action" and "Best Practices for the Retention and Promotion of Women Attorneys,” which were adopted by the bar association earlier this year as a framework for firms to implement ways to retain and promote women attorneys.
Feeley said she hopes that attorneys from the greater Philadelphia area and from beyond participate in the blog.
“Frankly, I think it would be great if the dialogue opened it up even further,” Feeley said.
“That’s one advantage of the Internet, you’re not limited by physical geography.”
The impetus for the blog was a conversation with Brett Schaeffer, the bar’s web editor, who told Feeley that since the WIP committee is so active the blog might be a good way to communicate with members who can’t make meetings.
Schaeffer also developed a blog for the Young Lawyer’s Division, which has an active on-line conversation at http://philawdelphia.wordpress.com/.
The two blogs are the only bar association-related blogs.
--Amaris Elliott-Engel, staff reporter