The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

May 7, 2012

Catherine A. Lamboley and Roberta D. Liebenberg Selected as Leaders-In-Residence

The Center for Women in Law has selected Catherine A. Lamboley and Roberta D. Liebenberg to serve as the Center’s inaugural Leaders-In-Residence. “Catherine Lamboley and Roberta Liebenberg are nationally-recognized leaders on the advancement of women lawyers and will bring considerable expertise, energy, and national perspective to the Center’s programs,” said the Center’s Executive Director, Linda Bray Chanow.

Ms. Lamboley, retired Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil Company, is the first woman to serve as general counsel of a major oil company in the United States. While General Counsel of Shell, Ms. Lamboley pioneered diversity metrics and other programs to ensure that women lawyers had access to opportunities necessary to their success. Ms. Lamboley’s unwavering commitment to wielding her considerable influence on behalf of women and minority attorneys at Shell and with the outside counsel hired by Shell quickly earned her a national reputation as a key player in the fight for gender parity. Since her retirement from Shell in 2007, Ms. Lamboley works as a coach and consultant and continues to use her platform to advocate for the advancement of women lawyers. Read more.

Ms. Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Liebenberg has held leadership roles in numerous organizations focused on the advancement of women in the legal profession and played a key leadership role in countless national initiatives. From 2008-2011, Ms. Liebenberg served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, whose first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton. Under her leadership, the Commission focused a spotlight on how implicit bias affects every aspect of a woman lawyer’s career by presenting several CLE webinars on this important topic and providing implicit bias training to law firms. In addition, the Commission held a Women in Law Leadership Academy to provide young women lawyers with the skills needed to become leaders in the profession. Read more.

The Leaders-in-Residence Program seeks to integrate women of national and local prominence into the Center for Women in Law and to expand the Center’s reach and prominence in the legal community.  In collaboration with the Executive Director, Leaders-in-Residence will develop and implement one or more new programs for the Center, serve as representatives of the Center at national events and conferences, and strengthen relationships between national leaders and the Center.

The Center for Women in Law is proud to welcome Ms. Lamboley and Ms. Liebenberg as Leaders-in-Residence.