Addressing the Motherhood & Caregiving Bias

in the Legal Profession




"Addressing the Motherhood & Caregiving Bias in the Legal Profession"

(1 Hour MCLE Elimination of Bias Credit) 

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POSTPONED - TBD, from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. 


Women Lawyers of Santa Cruz County is honored to present Roberta "Bobbi" Liebenberg and Stephanie Scharf who will explore the motherhood and caregiving bias in the legal profession. The speakers will explain and illustrate the motherhood/caregiving penalty. They will discuss why this bias continues to be unrecognized despite the value in weaving the human condition of caregiving into organization culture. Ms. Liebenberg and Ms. Scharf will examine how organizations can implement procedures and decision-making for institutional change in the legal profession to ensure the success of mothers and caregivers. Do not miss this presentation!              






Roberta Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Liebenberg is the recipient of a number of distinguished awards, including the 2008 Sandra Day O'Connor Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association. This award is conferred to a women attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments, and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and community. Ms. Liebenberg founded and continues to serve on the Advisory Board of DirectWomen an American Bar Association initiative to enable women lawyers to prepare for service as directors on corporate boards. Ms. Liebenberg was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, and serves as Chair of its Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims Committee. Roberta and fellow speaker Stephanie Scharf co-wrote, "Walking Out the Door - The Facts, Figures and Future of Experienced Women Lawyers in Private Practice'' for the American Bar Association in 2019. More recently, they co-wrote, "Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward."    



Stephanie Scharf is a founding partner at Scharf, Banks & Marmor in Illinois. She represents corporate clients and government entities in litigation and arbitration in a wide range of commercial disputes, class action defense, product liability and mass tort defense, insurance coverage for corporate policyholders, and employment litigation. US Business News selected Stephanie as the Best Commercial Dispute Litigator-Illinois and also selected her firm as the Best Women-Owned Corporate Law Firm-USA. Stephanie is one of the nation's leading lawyers for the advancement of women in the profession. She was Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession (2017-2020). She also co-chairs the American Bar Association Presidential Initiative, Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in the Law; and is a member of the Advisory Board of DirectWomen; and a former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (2004-2005). She was Special Advisor to the 2015-2016 American Bar Association's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.   

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