Ida Abbott has been in the legal profession as a lawyer and consultant for more than four decades. She was one of the first people to specialize in lawyers’ professional development and retention and in advancing women into leadership. In recognition of her contributions, Ms. Abbott was elected a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation, which honors the top 1% of lawyers who have promoted the highest principles and welfare of the legal profession, and the College of Law Practice Management.
Today, her practice focuses on the power of mentoring relationships to guide, support and transform professional careers from the beginning of practice through retirement. She works with lawyers, employers and professional organizations around the world, not only within the legal field but also in other industries, including health care, accounting, academia, management consulting, government and business.
Ms. Abbott currently serves as Vice Chair of both the National Legal Mentoring Consortium and the California State Bar Mentoring Task Force, Advisor to Diversity Lab, Board Member of the Institute of Legal Talent and Leadership, and on the Editorial Board of Modern Legal Practice, a UK-based law and business journal. She is a Trusted Advisor to the Professional Development Consortium, of which she was a co-founder and former board member. She also co-Founded the Hastings Leadership Academy for Women at Hastings Law School, where she is a Faculty Fellow, and created Breakfasts for Champions, programs that promote gender equality by honoring men who act to advance women.
Her volunteer work includes serving as a mentor in Law Without Walls, a collaborative, global law school program that accelerates innovation in legal education and practice. She also is on the Bay Area Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves, a global education organization that uses history to help students learn how to use knowledge and compassion to fight bigotry and hatred.
A frequent keynote speaker and presenter, she is the author of numerous books and publications, which can be found at idaabbott.com
Ms. Abbott received a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, M.A. from the University of Miami, and A.B. from Smith College.
Ida Abbott discusses critical components of succession planning that can position law firms or legal departments, their clients and departing leaders for future success.
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