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Philadelphia Bar Association

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

4:00 PM

Philadelphia Bar Association
11th Floor Conference Center
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Registration Info:
3:30 PM

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Join your WIP Committee colleagues and continue the conversation with the panelists over wine and cheese at the networking reception that follows the program.


Honorable Barbara A. McDermott
Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division - Criminal
First Judicial District

District Director, 3
National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)

Deborah R. Gross, Esq.
Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
Of Counsel, Kaufman, Coren & Ress, P.C.


Honorable Sallie Updyke Mundy
Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Member, National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)

Honorable Donna Bullock
District 195, Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Sara Manzano-Diaz, Esq.
Executive Deputy Attorney General
Public Protection Division
Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General

Christine Jacobs
Founding Board Member
Represent! PA State Political Action Committee

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Branching Out: Opportunities for Women to Make a Difference in the Three Branches of Government

Hosted by the Women in the Profession Committee, First Judicial District Women Judges' Initiative and the National Association of Women Judges

The power and influence of women has never been more important. Women not only can change the conversation, but they can affect concrete changes in our political and social climate. Women are creating and taking the opportunity to make a difference in governmental public service.

Women of all political leanings, ethnicities, and backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to lead in elected/appointed office. Our democracy will benefit from the varied perspectives and experiences that women bring to leadership. But women have faced obstacles such as lack of confidence, an unwillingness to fundraise, sexism and racism while campaigning, lack of party support and other barriers that cause them to think twice before running or to drop out of their race.

This CLE program will begin with a comparison of the executive, judicial and legislative branches highlighting the differences between appointments v. elections. Then our panelists, women in each branch of the government, will provide guidance regarding:

  • Differences in running for judicial office compared to legislative office
  • Challenges faced regarding diversity and effects on campaigning - being the only diverse person in the room, relating to the constituency in the elected region, diversity in mindset, etc.
  • Benefits of including more women in policy decisions
  • Media and social media issues:
    - Tips for successfully navigating interviews addressing controversial topics
    - Using Social media to effectively reach constituents
  • Campaigning and fundraising - ethical and legal constraints
  • Pathways to leadership

The Philadelphia Bar Association is a non-partisan organization and the presentation of and participation in this program does not serve as an Association endorsement for any one party or any one candidate.

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