Gender Fairness

HBA Gender Fairness Committee logoThis committee examines issues related to gender fairness in the legal profession and develops programs that provide a forum for the discussion of issues related to gender fairness, including seminars and networking opportunities. The committee promotes awareness of these issues within the profession and encourages law firms and corporate legal departments to sign the “Gender Initiative Commitment Statement.”


Sign up as a mentee for Gender Fairness Speed Mentoring, February 24: click here.


Click here to watch the November 12, 2020 webinar, "Work. Life. Unbalanced. Juggling Your Legal Career and Caregiving During COVID-19."
HBA members can watch for 1 hour of CLE credit at



Watch the Gender Fairness Committee's September 29, 2020 webinar on "Business Development for Women: How to Overcome Obstacles and Thrive"

Featuring moderator Precious Williams Owodunni (Mountaintop Consulting), Gillian Hobson (Vinson & Elkins LLP), Connie Pfeiffer (Yetter Coleman LLP), Stephanie Song (Bracewell LLP) and Lauren Waddell (Waddell Law Firm, P.C.)

Co-sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Blank Rome LLP, and KoonsFuller PC (made possible by Shareholder Taylor Toombs Imel).


Watch the Gender Fairness Committee's June 30, 2020 webinar on "Practical Tools and Information for Gender Equality in the Legal Profession"

Featuring Megan Mumford (Co-chair, Yale Law Women Gender Equity and Family Friendliness Report), Jason Ryan (General Counsel, CenterPoint Energy, a signatory company to the ABA’s Model Diversity Survey), Sandra Yamate (Board Member, National Association of Women Lawyers Survey on the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms), and moderated by Rosa Walker (Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP).

HBA members can watch this video for CLE credit. Click here to log in and watch.

Click here for the program agenda and speaker biographies. Click here for the Gender Fairness Toolkit.

Co-sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Blank Rome LLP, and KoonsFuller PC (made possible by Shareholder Taylor Toombs Imel).



Further resources for the Gender Fairness Implicit Bias Panel on November 28, 2018.

Read the HBA Gender Fairness Commitment Statement

Thank you to all the firms who have signed the 2018 Gender Fairness Commitment Statement as of June 30, 2020:

Firms listed with an asterisk (*) signed the statement before March 1, 2019.


Gender Fairness Programs This Bar Year

A woman stands at a podium and addresses an audience
In November 2019, Monica Blacker of BAX Advisors discussed self-promotion and the annual review process.
Several adults line both sides of a long table
In February 2020, experienced attorneys and judges gathered to share wisdom with women HBA members licensed five years and under.


2020-2021 Co-Chairs:

Jason Beesinger, Joyce + McFarland LLP
Catherine Hounfodji, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Tiffany Larsen, Harris County District Attorney's Office

For more information on this committee, contact Tara Shockley at or (713) 759-1133.