Agenda


    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Networking Breakfast


    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Welcome Remarks & Opening Session

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    Hon. Tonya Parker
    Presiding Judge
    116th Civil District Court of Texas

    LESSON IN THE LABEL

    Nearly a year into her first term as an elected official, Judge Parker made national headlines. Not for the way she cleared-out scores of dated cases in the severely backlogged court she inherited. Not for her award-winning service to the legal community. Not for breaking barriers as one of the few African-American judges or female judges or openly gay judges. Judge Parker was labeled “The Gay Judge,” splashed across social media for declining to exercise her privilege to officiate marriage ceremonies, and later compared to Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis. Join us as she takes the stage to talk about the lessons she learned from being so prominently labeled. Since being elected to the 116th Civil District Court of Texas, Judge Parker consistently is recognized as an exemplary jurist with ratings from the Dallas Bar Association Evaluation Polls among the highest at over 90 percent. Reportedly, the first openly gay African-American elected to any office in Texas, she serves as a mentor and role model across multiple communities and inspires young women to run for public office.


    10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    Concurrent Workshop Programming

    TRACK A: TODAY'S HOT TOPICS
    CRISIS MANAGEMENT & BOARD GOVERNANCE
    TRACK B: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    SELLING YOURSELF


    11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    Concurrent Workshop Programming

    TRACK A: TODAY'S HOT TOPICS
    WOMEN IN LITIGATION ROUNDTABLE
    TRACK B: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    ESCAPING THE DRAMA TRIANGLE:
    SHIFTING YOUR FOCUS TO THE POSITIVE


    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Luncheon & Featured Speaker

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    Vivia Chen
    Senior Columnist, The American Lawyer and Law.com; Creator & Chief Blogger, The Careerist

    MALE CLIENTS STILL FAVOR MALE PARTNERS - WHAT'S THE FIX?

    Why do men still dominate the top earner spots at major law firms? It's not that women are lousy at business development or firms are failing to give women opportunities to shine. It's male clients still favoring male partners - choosing women to lead on 17 percent of their work, a rate below the national percentage of female equity partners (19 percent). If knocking ourselves out by attending seminars, getting coached, even taking up predominantly male activities such as golf hasn't worked, what will? Join Vivia Chen, Senior Columnist for the America Lawyer and Creator of the Careerist blog, for her incisive, irreverent, and unapologetically provocative take on how to "fix" this problem.


    2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    Concurrent Workshop Programming

    TRACK A: TODAY'S HOT TOPICS
    SEXUAL HARASSMENT WORKSHOP
    TRACK B: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    BEING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF


    4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
    Closing Session
    SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP: STRATEGIES FOR HOW TO ADAPT AND EXCEL

    Our panel of leading women lawyers and judges will discuss their perspectives on developing skills that are critical to success, provide advice on adapting to constant change, and share strategies for overcoming obstacles you may face as you navigate your careers. Topics will include leading with confidence and managing through crises, dealing with the challenges of implicit and explicit biases, as well as fostering an environment of mentorship and inclusion.

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    Hon. Jane J. Boyle
    U.S. District Court Judge, Norther District of Texas

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    Jerry K. Clements
    Partner and Chair Emeritus, Locke Lord LLP

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    Hon. Eva Martinez Guzman
    Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

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    Sandra Phillips Rogers
    Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

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    MODERATOR
    Deneen Donnley

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, USAA


    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Networking Reception

    Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts!


    NAWL will apply for CLE in Texas and Illinois, with reciprocal credit pending in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
    For all other jurisdictions, the attorney must apply for CLE credit individually


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