The Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) recently announced the launch of an innovative new program titled “Board Certification Boot Camp” that will educate women lawyers on the benefits and criteria for becoming Florida Bar board-certified.
After researching the gender statistics with the Florida Bar, chapter leaders learned that the gender gap for board certification statewide is 80 percent men to 20 percent women. With such a marked gender disparity in board certification, the chapter decided to implement an educational series of programs designed to help create more awareness about the benefits of board certification and to assist qualified female lawyers in securing the credits necessary to apply.
“Our chapter is committed to developing innovative programs for our members, and the Boot Camp program is the latest example of these efforts,” FAWL President Lindsay Demmery said. “The program was developed in furtherance of our chapter’s platform this year of developing advancement opportunities for women attorneys.”
The program is a win-win for FAWL and the Florida Bar. “Board certification is one of the more effective ways for women to gain credibility in a specific practice area and advance their careers,” said Adam Rabin, a board-certified attorney who co-developed the idea for the program and serves as the FAWL chapter’s co-chair of programming.
Co-chair of programming Adrienne Rabinowitz agreed. “I’m excited to help plan the Boot Camp training and mentoring sessions and will also be participating in the program as a candidate for board certification,” she said. “We’re looking forward to increasing gender balance in this area and hope the program will be adopted statewide.”
For more information about the program, contact Demmery at (561) 833-8773 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rabin at (561) 659-7878 or email@example.com; or Rabinowitz at (561) 315-1891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.