Kathleen McDowell Elected President of NCWBA for 2008-2009

Kathleen M. McDowell will be sworn in as President of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) for 2008-2009. The annual Women’s Bar Leadership Summit and Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, August 8, in New York City.

Ms. McDowell has been active in women’s bar associations for many years, having served as President of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) in 2003-2004, and as an officer and/or board member of WLALA since 1996.

The NCWBA was born during the 1981 American Bar Association annual meeting, when representatives from various women’s bar association around the nation gathered to discuss and share information about the advancement of women in the legal profession.  The organization was formally organized in 1983, with the election of its first officers.

Ms. McDowell is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Her practice focuses on representing defendants in securities, professional liability, and employment litigation.  She has extensive experience in representing directors, officers, and corporations in shareholder securities and derivative litigation in both state and federal court.  Ms. McDowell has also represented lawyers and law firms in complex civil and regulatory proceedings involving claims of legal malpractice, malicious prosecution, and securities law violations.