Pay equity, family responsibilities discrimination focus of WLAM meeting

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) will host its 92nd Annual Meeting, "Unconscious Gender Bias: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Career--A Forum on Pay Equity and Family Responsibilities Discrimination" on Saturday, May 15, at the Henry Ford Museum.

Overviews of pay equity and family responsibilities discrimination will be presented. Michigan State Rep. Rebekah Warrenwill then provide the status of legislation. Next, a "how to" session will be conducted, "Positioning Yourself for Increased Compensation and Creative Employment Terms." The timely topics come soon after Equity Pay Day which occurred on April 20 and both topics are currently being addressed in state legislation with the support of WLAM's Gender Equity Committee.

Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly will participate in the business portion of the meeting and will administer the oath for incoming WLAM officers. Lysa Postula-Stein of Farmington Hills is the incoming president.

WLAM will present trial attorney Kathleen Bogas, Law Offices of Kathleen L. Bogas PLLC, with the 2010 Jean Ledwith King Leadership Award. The award was established by WLAM to recognize and honor a community leader who shows vision, takes risks and holds true to beliefs in the face of vocal opposition. Bogas is a leader in civil rights law and a leader of the fight to achieve equality in the workplace.

Overviews of pay equity and family responsibilities discrimination will be presented by Attorneys Kathleen L. Bogas and Jennifer Salvatore of Nacht & Assoc. PC. Attorney Susan Hartmus Hiser, Vercrysse Murray &Calzone PC,will moderate a panel discussion of these issues.

"Positioning Yourself for Increased Compensation and Creative Employment Terms" will be moderated by Elizabeth Jolliffe of Your Benchmark Coach. Panelists will include five attorneys: Margaret "Peggy" Costello of Dykema Gossett PLLC; Julie Fershtman of Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler PC; Susan Harmus Hiser; Denice LeVasseur of LeVasseur & LeVasseur PC; and David Winter of Sommers Schwartz PC.

The annual meeting will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Henry Ford Museum's Lovett Hall in Dearborn. WLAM strives to alleviate the ongoing struggles of female attorneys between their personal and professional lives. This specific venue was selected so that after the conference, attendees can join their family and friends in enjoying the sites of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

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Published: Thu, Apr 29, 2010