Berlin (PRWEB) April 08, 2016
Co-President Hilarie Bass and Vice President Patricia Menéndez-Cambó of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP participated at the seventh World Women Lawyers’ Conference presented by the International Bar Association (IBA) Women Lawyers’ Interest Group. The Conference took place Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, in Berlin, Germany.
Bass and Menéndez-Cambó joined some of the world’s leading practitioners to discuss law in a vastly innovating world, including challenges women lawyers face in the profession.
“It is with great admiration that I applaud our leaders, Hilarie Bass and Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, for their continued commitment to promoting gender equality in the workplace,” said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. “This is a cause that is top of mind for our firm, and I am pleased to rally behind our Greenberg Traurig women to ensure that we continue making strides toward a more inclusive business environment.”
Bass delivered the keynote address at the Conference and Menéndez-Cambó co-moderated a panel discussion with Dr. Maria Wolleh, Partner at Mannheimer Swartling and chair of the IBA Women Lawyer’s Interest Group, which focused on, “Setting the stage: global trends and challenges affecting the future of the legal profession.” Menéndez-Cambó, who serves as Treasurer of the IBA Women Lawyers’ Interest Group, was also joined by: Christian Godden of Few Agency in Malmo; Markus Hartung of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg; Olufunmi Oluyede of TRLPLAW in Lagos, who serves as chair of the Crimes Against Women Subcommittee of the IBA Criminal Law Committee; Mikiko Otani Toranoman of Law & Economic Offices in Tokyo; and Roselyn Sands of Ernst & Young, Société d’Avocats in Paris.
“It is with much enthusiasm that I participate at this conference dedicated to changing the scope of the legal profession and the role that women play,” said Bass, president elect of the American Bar Association. “I am personally intrigued by the extent to which our unconscious biases affect our decision-making, and in line with my commitment to promoting broader understanding of this phenomenon, it was a great honor to speak before such a talented group with whom the message of encouraging greater inclusion resonates so well.”
“I am delighted that the firm continues to show its support for such a worthy cause, and to be able to work with the members of WIG to contribute to the impact that they are having on the global legal profession,” said Menéndez-Cambó, who also serves as chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate & Securities Practice and co-chair of the Global Practice. “There is still much work to be done to achieve gender parity across industries worldwide, and specifically within the legal profession, but through conferences such as this which bring together like-minded advocates, I am hopeful that we are making the changes necessary to impact the next generation of leaders.”
The Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the International Bar Association offers a forum for women members from Australia to Zambia to discuss topics of global significance to women practitioners. The Group was introduced as an IBA constituent in 1996 by Dianna Kempe Q.C. in order to allow efficient global networking of women lawyers.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative
Greenberg Traurig is committed to its women lawyers’ success, which includes a firmwide women’s affinity group encompassing recruiting, retention, and business development. The firm regularly collaborates with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities. Greenberg Traurig also takes thoughtful action to address issues such as maintaining a healthy work-life balance, breaking the glass ceiling, mentoring, taking charge of your health, and giving back to the community.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, multi-practice law firm with approximately 1900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No 1. on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com/.