CLE | Valuing Women’s Work

WHEN: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | COST: FREE | MCLE: 1.5 Prof. Practice

In late 2020, the NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts Gender Report concluded that bias against women continues to be a concern within our judicial system. In this webinar, a panel of attorneys from diverse personal   and professional backgrounds explore the concept of valuing traditionally female roles in the legal profession and beyond.

Topics Covered:

  • What employment protections exist for employees who are primary caretakers of their families?
  • What role do firms, colleagues, and judges play in attorneys’ and especially female attorneys’ ability to balance work and family?
  • How do juries view and value the contributions of men versus women?


Laura Harshbarger, Esq. is an member of Bond Schoeneck & King and was named Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by Best Lawyers in America for management-side employment law in the Syracuse area. She continues to be listed in Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

Laura counsels employers engaged in a variety of industries, including higher education, public school education, manufacturing, service and financial sectors, not-for-profits, and health care. With a practice that includes all aspects of labor and employment law, Laura counsels employers with respect to day-to-day human resources management, as well as specific issues concerning: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), NYS Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), National Labor Relations Act, (NLRA), NY Labor Law.

Kavitha Janardhan, Esq. Ms. Janardhan is a member of Bousquet Holstein, PLLC and focuses her litigation practice on labor and employment matters with more than a decade of experience representing both businesses and individuals in wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower (anti-retaliation), and wage and hour disputes. Kavitha also focuses her practice on the following substantive areas: Franchise and Motor Vehicle Dealer Disputes, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Infringement, Trade Secret and Non-Compete Litigation, and Complex Commercial Litigation.

Aaron J. Ryder, Esq. Mr. Ryder brings more than 15 years of experience to the pursuit of complex personal injury matters, including claims arising out of medical malpractice, misdiagnosis, product liability, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, and construction and/or workplace accidents.

Mr. Ryder is a graduate of the State of University of New York at Potsdam and Albany Law School of Union University, where he was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. He is listed in Upstate New York Super Lawyers®, a publication with membership limited to the top 5% of lawyers in each state and, having secured several verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000.00, Mr. Ryder has earned a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Ryder is immediate past president of the Board of Directors of the Onondaga County Bar Association, sits on the OCBA executive committee, and is co-chair of its trial lawyers section.  In 2018, Mr. Ryder was appointed by the Presiding Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department to serve as a member of the Grievance Committee of the Fifth Judicial District.

This CLE is brought to you in proud partnership with:

The Fifth Judicial District Women in the Courts Committee


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