How can women lawyers succeed, help each other succeed and, more broadly, help to create a diverse and inclusive workforce? That’s what we’ll be gathering to discuss on Tuesday, May 9 at the National Association of Women Lawyers Seattle Conference, with a powerhouse of top lawyers and leaders - from law firms, in-house legal departments, non-profits, and the government. We’ll focus on the key issues and opportunities that face women in the legal profession today and how we can work together to overcome them.

    We’ll hear from women in senior legal roles about what strategies helped them overcome professional and political challenges on their path to success and what they recommend for you to reach your full potential. We’ll focus on the changing paradigms of legal fee arrangements and how they, along with initiatives designed to enhance diversity in the workplace, such as ABA Resolution 113, create disruptive opportunities for change. For law firm lawyers, in particular, we’ll offer a session on business development, with lessons learned and best practices from three top lawyers in Seattle. In-house lawyers can learn about a topic that goes to the heart of working towards a diverse workplace – accessibility – and what in-house lawyers should know to ensure your company or organization is a leader on this issue.

    Above all, we look to celebrate and connect the growing legal community of exceptional women lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. By connecting with each other and dedicating a day to thinking about how we can enhance our professional lives, we hope to lift each other and our profession.

    Agenda


    REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM


    WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

    8:30 AM - 8:45 AM


    PLENARY SESSION

    8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

    WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN - HOW LAW FIRM AND IN-HOUSE LAWYERS CAN HELP LIFT EACH OTHER

    This initial session will address how law firm women can help each other; how in-house women can help each other; and how law firm women can help in-house women and vice versa.

    Moderator Susan Hacker, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Sales & Distribution, T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Rachel S. Black, Partner, Susman Godfrey LLP
    Kristy Harlan
    , Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Weyerhaeuser Co.
    Kelly Jo MacArthur, Vice President Legal and Associate General Counsel, Amazon.com, Inc.
    Stephanie Stephens, Shareholder, Lane Powell PC

    BREAK

    9:45 AM - 10:00 AM


    PLENARY SESSION

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    CHANGING PARADIGMS FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL SPEND MANAGEMENT - EVOLVING PRIORITIES AND MODELS AND THEIR IMPACT ON LAW FIRMS

    This session goes one step deeper to illustrate how changing outside counsel spend models are both impacting in-house departments and law firms and where there continues to be opportunities notwithstanding those changes. This workshop will focus on budgets; diversity and how it impacts hiring including ABA Resolution 113; origination credit; and how/why to move beyond the billable hour.

    Moderator Karen Brunton Bloom, Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP
    Kristina Silja Bennard, Senior Corporate Counsel, Expedia, Inc.
    Kendall Cammermeyer, Director, Assistant General Counsel, Puget Sound Energy
    Donna M. Cochener
    , Deputy General Counsel, HomeStreet Bank
    Lawton Penn, Partner and Head of DWT De Novo, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

    BREAK

    11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

    WORKSHOP A
    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - WHAT EVERY SUCCESSFUL PARTNER KNOWS

    Beyond business development 101, this session will provide a personal perspective on what actually works in practice, internal positioning on engagements, succession planning, and internal networking within your firm.

    Moderator: Emily Harris Gant, Owner, Garvey Schubert Barer
    Patty A. Eakes
    , Founding Member, Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky PLLC
    Lori K. Nomura
    , Member, Foster Pepper PLLC
    Jessica C. Pearlman, Partner, K&L Gates LLP

    WORKSHOP B
    ADA COMPLIANCE AND BEYOND - HOW ACCESSIBILITY FOCUSED PRACTICES CAN RESHAPE AND EXPAND WORKPLACE EMPOWERMENT

    Nearly one in five people have a disability, and eighty percent of those disabilities are invisible to the eye. This session will bring together a panel of legal experts to provide awareness and discuss the importance and benefits of proactive policies that remove barriers and increase access and acceptance for those with disabilities. In addition to providing a legal primer on accessibility-related legal issues, this session will also provide contextual background for awareness, address the diversity and inclusion benefits of implementing accessibility-focused workplace practices, and discuss opportunities to make the legal profession easier to navigate for those with disabilities.

    Moderator Sue Boyd, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
    Carrie Griffin Basas, Director of the Office of Education Ombuds, Washington State Governor's Office
    Sara Bowen
    , Director, Corporate Counsel - Employment Law, Starbucks Coffee Company
    Kimberly Reindl
    , Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP


    LUNCHEON

    12:15 PM - 12:45 PM


    KEYNOTE SPEAKER

    12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

    Sally Barian Yates, Vice President & Regional Counsel, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington


    NETWORKING BREAK

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM


    LEADING WOMEN LAWYERS PANEL

    2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

    SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP: STRATEGIES FOR HOW TO ADAPT AND EXCEL

    Our panel of leading women lawyers 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.

    Moderator Kathleen ("Katie") O’Sullivan, Partner and Firmwide Chair, Litigation Practice, Perkins Coie LLP
    Jenny Durkan, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Washington
    Maja Larson, General Counsel, Allen Institute
    Jean I. Liu, General Counsel, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
    Portia R. Moore, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    Kathy Surace-Smith, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nanostring Technologies


    BREAK

    3:45 PM - 4:00 PM


    PLENARY SESSION

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    CLOSING SPEAKER
    Cyrus Habib
    , Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

    After prepared remarks, Lt. Gov. Habib will sit down for a "fireside chat" with Lisa Tanzi, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft.


    CLOSING NETWORKING RECEPTION

    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    After a day of exciting sessions, join NAWL for hors d'oeuvres and wine while networking with all your new contacts!


    Emily Gant Owner, Garvey Schubert Barer

    National Association of Women Lawyers®

    American Bar Center MS 19.1, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 T: 312.988.6186 F: 312.932.6450 nawl@nawl.org