The Women’s Initiative of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC promotes the professional development of women attorneys throughout our firm. The Initiative also supports programs for business women in the communities where our firm’s offices are located thereby creating opportunities for personal, professional and collaborative growth.
In support of our firm’s commitment to the recruitment, promotion and retention of women attorneys, Bond formally created the Women’s Initiative in 2008 to foster the development of the firm’s women attorneys through a variety of internal and external programs.
The Women’s Initiative embraces our firm’s commitment to maintain a welcoming and dynamic environment in which to practice law by providing meaningful opportunities for interaction among our firm’s women attorneys:
Every woman attorney in our firm is included as a member of the Women’s Initiative. In the Syracuse office, women attorneys formally gather at least once a quarter. The members of the Women’s Initiative are available to one another to address questions about firm policies, work relationships, and legal/personal issues. By gathering in person, the Women’s Initiative Mentoring Program allows each member the opportunity to get to know other members who might be outside of her practice area.
Each quarter, the Women’s Initiative meets to discuss our firm’s policies and other issues affecting women attorneys including:
- The Bond flex-time policy;
- Work-life balance;
- Firm dynamics and customs;
- Leadership development; and
- Professional marketing.
Recommendations for new or revised firm policies or programs emerging from these discussions are presented to our firm’s management and other committees for review and implementation.
The Women’s Initiative actively serves the local community through its members’ participation and leadership in various pro bono and charitable projects. Projects include:
- Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (Albany)
- Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
- Volunteers for Legal Aid: Landlord Tenant Court (Syracuse)
- Vera House Legal Clinic (Syracuse)
- Syracuse Small Claims Court Arbitration
- The Elmwood Elementary School Read Ahead Program (Syracuse)
- Crouse and University Hospitals patient legal clinic (Syracuse)
To learn more about the various positions held by members of the Bond Women’s Initiative and their involvement with other local projects, click the “Community” tab above. The Women’s Initiative also strives to provide new and unique opportunities for the personal, professional and collaborative growth of business women in the communities where our firm’s offices are located by sponsoring social events and hosting programs designed to highlight and address legal, social and economic matters of concern for women in business today. To learn more about upcoming and recent events, click the “Events” tab above.