WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Diversity Committee Meet-Up
Learn more about the Diversity Committee and network with other diverse Mid-Year attendees in a more intimate setting before the official conference welcome reception.
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Join other Mid-Year Meeting attendees as we meet and network in the W South Beach's outdoor garden: The Grove.
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Host Committee Dinner
***Invitation only event for host committee***
THURSDAY, MARCH 1
9:00am - 9:30am
9:30am - 10:45am
11:00am - 12:15pm
Gender Bias in the Courtroom - Perception or Reality?
As women continue to make significant strides in the legal profession, gender biases in the courtroom persist in creating obstacles for women litigators and trial attorneys. Join this research-based discussion about the unique challenges women lawyers face in the courtroom, including how jurors perceive and respond to men and women differently based on courtroom style and strategy. Participants will learn about how best to overcome these challenges, the benefits of a diverse trial team, and strategies for capitalizing on the strengths of being a woman in the courtroom.
Christina Marinakis, J.D., Psy.D., Director of Jury Research, Litigation Insights
Shifting the Data Breach Paradigm
As businesses are increasingly collecting and relying upon vast amounts of data and as news of major data breaches regularly appear in headlines, companies are increasingly concerned about investing in and improving their data security. However, in an environment of constantly evolving legal standards governing such information and the ever-changing nature of data breaches themselves, this panel will discuss the need to focus on establishing a robust data breach response plan. We will hear different perspectives regarding cybersecurity compliance, best practices for a data breach response planning, investing in and improving cyber defenses, the importance of establishing protocols and routine testing, and other related topics.
Colleen Theresa Brown, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
12:30pm - 2:00pm
NAWL President's Address
Presentation of Awards
Public Service Award
2:00pm - 3:15pm
The Great Communication Divide
Explore the impact communication styles can have on our success as both in-house and outside counsel with Patricia Gillette, leading expert on gender diversity and equality in the workplace. As lawyers we know that what we say is important - but we must appreciate that how we say it is equally important. An upswing, a halting style, or a hestitation in responding may not change the substance but may change how the message is received. Our posture, the volume of our voice, and our choice of words impact our effectiveness. These differences in communication styles are oftern gender based. Do we need to talk like men to ensure we are heard? If we do, what are the consequences since men are allowed more variation, while women are expected to present within certain parameters. Women possess communication styles that enhance our ability to build client relationships and in-house alliances that are unique to our gender. Come to this session and learn how to self-promote, speak confidently, and make sure you are heard without having to sacrifice our unique and powerful "femaleness".
Patricia K. Gillette, leading expert on gender diversity and equality in the workplace
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Sex Harassment & Discrimination 2018: Is Your Company Prepared?
This lively session will provide participants with an examination of the harassment and discrimination issues that have been a theme in the news. We will explore key developments and issues that companies face in the current environment including an alert about new EEO and harassment trends that companies should anticipate, best practices for employee training and litigation avoidance, how to deal with he said/she said issues, consensual romantic relationships and love contracts, balancing multiple perspectives being expressed in the workplace, and managing employees' expectations regarding an employer's "obligation" to mandate "civility in the workplace." The Miami District EEOC Director will also share his perspectives regarding the EEOC's recent task force study on harassment as well as the new "Respectful Workplace" training and guidance that the EEOC will be issuing in 2018.
April Boyer, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Failure Can Be Your Greatest Teacher
Winston Churchill: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” For every lawyer, there will be times when we succeed and other times when we fail. Many of us are happy to reflect on what we learn from a big success, but our failures can be equally, if not more, important. And while we may perceive our failures negatively, they can be some of the most instrumental developments in our careers. Join us as we discuss how to turn failures into opportunities to learn, grow, and excel – not in spite of failures, but because of them.
Lacey J. Bundy, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, EXPRESS
4:45pm - 6:00pm
Lawyers Leading - Reaching One Hand Forward While Extending the Other Hand Back
For decades women lawyers have been striving for leadership roles within the profession: as leaders in corporate law departments, law firms, government agencies, law schools, and bar associations. But leadership is more than just filling a position or keeping a seat warm. Hear from a panel of leaders who have achieved the titles and are leveraging those leadership roles to have a positive impact on the careers of other women and lawyers from underrepresented groups.
Hon. Marcia G. Cooke, District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts! Join your fellow attendees for cocktails and cappuccinos in The Grove, the W South Beach's outdoor garden. For the locals, this is a great opportunity to make new connections while waiting out the traffic!
FRIDAY, MARCH 2
10:00am - 12:00pm
Hon. Catherine Cortez Masto, United States Senator for Nevada, will kick-off our day. Senator Cortez Masto served two terms as Attorney General of Nevada and, in November 2016, became the first Latina and the first woman from Nevada ever elected to the United States Senate.
A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO MOVING DIVERSITY FORWARD
Join NAWL for brunch and an interactive session featuring a panel of outstanding leaders of our country's most prominent national specialty bar associations representing over 225,000 attorneys. Join in on an engaging conversation regarding the challenges women and diverse attorneys experience in the legal profession. Attendees will walk away with tangible, concrete ways in which individuals and organizations can work together to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.
Angela Beranek Brandt, Partner, Larson · King, LLP; NAWL President 2017-2018
Cyndie M. Chang, Los Angeles Managing Partner, Duane Morris LLP; NAPABA President 2016-2017
Maria C. John, General Counsel, The Trayner Group Ltd.; Regional Director, National Bar Association
Erica V. Mason, Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP; HNBA President 2017-2018
Elizabeth F. Schwartz, nationally recognized advocate for the legal rights of LGBT community; National LGBT Bar Association Member
Moderator Cristina Pereyra-Alvarez, JAMS; Retired Judge 11th Judicial Circuit
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NAWL Challenge Club Bootcamp
***Invitation only event for NAWL Challenge Club Members and In-House Attorneys***