Yes! Ladder Down is unique in structure and content has proven results with measurable success. The year-long structure, accountability sessions, and individualized coaching set Ladder Down apart from other women’s programs. Program participants report increased client relationships, greater community involvement, appointments to leadership roles, increased compensation, promotions to partner and shareholder within their firm, numerous speaking engagements and article publications, a feeling of empowerment over their careers, expansion of their referral network, better self-advocacy skills, and improved relationships with existing clients.

  1. Individual empowerment
  2. Women helping other women succeed
  3. Commitment to change
  4. Paying it forward
  5. Promoting diversity
  6. Quality instruction
  1. Leadership Development (3 large group sessions)
  2. Business Development “Boot Camp” (4 large group sessions)
  3. Mentoring (1 large group session)
  4. Accountability (6 small group sessions)
  1. Monthly large group interactive sessions (recommend no more than 27 in a group)
  2. Homework assignments
  3. Small group accountability sessions (no more than 7 per group)
  4. Practical opportunities to try out new skills
  5. Individual commitment to attend sessions in person
  1. Program Leadership: (a) minimum of two individuals who will serve as the program champions and (b) other individuals to assist with scheduling, fundraising, and marketing.
  2. Faculty: (a) experts in leadership training and business development coaching; (b) committed to the Ladder Down philosophy and process; (c) who have demonstrated results in their fields. It is our recommendation that Lynn Moran and Marianne Trost serve as faculty whenever possible given their proven results working with the Arizona program.
  3. Participants: (a) no more than 27 participants per class; (b) must make a commitment to attend the sessions in person; (c) ability to timely complete assignments; and (d) come from a diverse range of experience levels and practice areas.
  4. Sponsors: (a) a primary sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) entity and (b) corporate and law firm sponsors committed to diversity and advancement of women in the legal profession.

The registration fee for the 2017 Ladder Down program is $900. More information coming soon.

In Arizona, the program may qualify for up to 20 hours of CLE. The State Bar of Arizona does not currently pre-approve CLE programs that are sponsored by organizations other than the State Bar and the decision of whether to approve this program is left to the discretion of the State Bar. The faculty and panel speakers provide written materials and an educational component geared toward improving the legal profession, in accordance with the CLE guidelines set forth by the State Bar of Arizona.

We are always looking for new sponsors and are grateful for any contributions to the program! There are several recognized sponsorship levels available, but donations in any amount are welcome.

  • Program Sponsors ($1,500): These law firm sponsors are recognized on the Ladder Down website and any written marketing materials relating to the program. In exchange for this sponsorship, the law firm may send a participant of its choice to the Ladder Down program for guaranteed admission. The law firm is also invited to send two (2) guests to the graduation reception.
  • Platinum Sponsors ($1,000): These law firm or corporate sponsors are recognized on the Ladder Down website and any written marketing materials relating to the program. They are invited to send (2) guests to the graduation reception.
  • Gold Sponsors ($500): These law firm or corporate sponsors are recognized on the Ladder Down website.
  • Event Sponsors (amount varies): These individual or corporate sponsors are recognized on the Ladder Down website and are allowed to send (1) representative to the Ladder Down event they are sponsoring.
  • Next Step Sponsors: These corporate sponsors are invited by the Ladder Down founders to host continuing education sessions for the Ladder Down alumni. These highly interactive sessions are designed to provide the Ladder Down graduates with the additional professional resources they will need as their business continues to grow. The sessions are an excellent opportunity for the Ladder Down alumni to build on their referral network and to develop relationships with leaders from the sponsor’s company. If your company is interested in becoming a Next Step sponsor in the future, please contact Alison at

We are now finalizing the details for the 2017 Ladder Down program! More information on how to apply will be posted soon.

The first steps in starting a Ladder Down program in another state are: (1) identify the program champions who are committed to coordinating the program and advocating for its creation and (2) identify a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) organization that will serve as the program’s primary sponsor. Alison and Beth have a package of materials they can share with any individuals who are interested in launching a Ladder Down program in their community, and who have completed those first two steps.

No! The principles of Ladder Down benefit women in all practice areas, including government attorneys and in-house counsel. The program’s primary objective is to develop leadership skills and self-determination in order to help women lawyers advance in their careers. Every woman’s personal career goals will be different — whether it’s obtaining new clients in private practice, receiving a promotion to partner or supervisor, becoming a judge, or transitioning to in-house counsel. Ladder Down gives women lawyers the tools they need to have greater control over their career choices, and those skills are transferable across a wide range of practice areas.

The Maricopa Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association will offer scholarships for up to four AWLA members in the 2016 Ladder Down program. Participants are selected by an AWLA Maricopa County Chapter subcommittee and will receive a scholarships for half of the Ladder Down program costs. Participants selected by AWLA for this scholarship are assured a place in the 2016 Ladder Down class. The Arizona Asian American Bar Association is also sponsoring a participant for the 2016 Ladder Down class.

If you are interested in these scholarship opportunities, or if you would like to know about other financial assistance that is available, please email Alison Christian at

No. Ladder Down is open to women for all stages of practice. We have had graduates with less than one year, and others with over twenty. The skills taught in the Ladder Down sessions are valuable to women regardless of their experience and we do not restrict admission based upon years in practice.