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    The National Association of Women Lawyers' Practice Area Affinity Groups provide a forum for members to dive more deeply into a substantive practice area and network with women who share that practice area. Practice Area Affinity Group activities can include substantive programming, either in-person or via webinar, regular discussions on hot topics, or networking opportunities. Practice Area Affinity Groups also serve as a forum for information sharing on best practices and recommendations. NAWL regularly designates part of its in-person events as a time for Practice Area Affinity Group members to network among themselves. If you are interested in starting an Affinity Group, please contact NAWL's Marketing and Program Manager, Concitta Cavin at cavinc@nawl.org.

    ComplianceEmployment LawEnvironment & EnergyFashionFinancial ServicesImmigrationInsuranceIntellectual PropertyLitigationMilitary ServiceReal Estate LawStart-Ups 

     


    Women in Compliance

    The purpose of the NAWL Women in Compliance Practice Area Affinity Group is to connect and serve as a resource for women who currently practice, or are interested in practicing, in this area, either in-house or in private practice. HR used to be the place where women leaders were found in a company but now women are also in the Chief Compliance Officer role, which can be a great training ground for a step into GC. In this group we will share experiences and strategies for being successful in a compliance role, and discuss issues and challenges that women may face. Please join us!

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    CO-CHAIR
    Rebecca Ford

    Scharf Banks Marmor LLC
    Chicago, IL
    RFord@scharfbanks.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Lilya Tessler

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    New York , NY
    Ltessler@debevoise.com



    Women in Employment Law

    Employment and labor laws are constantly in flux at the federal, state, and local levels, posing challenges and opportunities for employment lawyers in the U.S. and around the world, whether representing employers or employees. The NAWL Women in Employment Law Practice Area Affinity Group aims to connect and serve as a resource for those who practice in this area or related areas. We are open to your ideas and suggestions. Please join us!!

    Regular Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, 1 PM EasternJoin Now!

    CO-CHAIR
    Carolyn Rashby

    Miller Law Group
    Los Angeles, CA
    cr@millerlawgroup.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Michele Ballard Miller

    Miller Law Group
    Los Angeles, CA
    mbm@millerlawgroup.com


    Women in Environmental & Energy Law

    Environmental and energy issues regularly make front page news and pose huge challenges and opportunities for businesses and lawyers in the U.S. and around the world. The NAWL Women in Environment & Energy Law Practice Area Affinity Group aims to connect and serve as a resource for those who practice in these interrelated areas. The group also anticipates covering sustainability, "going green," climate change, and natural resources (water, timber, minerals). We are open to your ideas and suggestions. Please join us!

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    CO-CHAIR
    Heidi Knight

    Beveridge & Diamond, PC
    Wellesley, MA
    hnkight@bdlaw.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Sara Vink Mogharabi

    Beveridge & Diamond, PC
    Washington D.C.
    smogharabi@bdlaw.com




    Women in Fashion Law

    The purpose of the Women in Fashion Law Practice Area Affinity Group is to establish a key forum for networking for women supporting legal functions within the fashion industry, both from the in-house counsel perspective and the outside counsel perspective. The Women in Fashion Law Practice Area Affinity Group will focus on three distinct areas of advancement opportunities within the fashion industry for female lawyers: networking, industry-specific business educational opportunities, and resource-sharing. The Women in Fashion Law Affinity Group will organize and host conference call series, networking events and recurring planning meetings.

    Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month, 2 PM Eastern  |  Join Now! 

    CO-CHAIR
    Ann Baker

    Perkins Coie LLP
    New York, NY
    AnnBaker@perkinscoie.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Jessica Cardon

    New Canaan, CT
    jessica.cardon@outlook.com


    Women in Financial Services

    Legal issues impacting the highly regulated Financial Services industry are complex, varied and ever-developing. The NAWL Women in Financial Services Practice Area Affinity Group is designed to serve as a forum and resource for women whose practices involve the Financial Services industry. We anticipate lively intellectual discourse on issues of interest and enjoyable networking. We would like to hear from you!!

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    CO-CHAIR
    Theresa Baker

    MetLife, Inc.
    New York, NY
    tbaker@metlife.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Paulette Morgan

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
    Washington, D.C.
    pjmorgan@michaelbest.com


    Women in Immigration

    Immigration law is constantly changing and practitioners need to be aware of these changes to effectively represent their clients. The NAWL Women in Immigration Law Practice Area Affinity Group connects immigration practitioners and serves as a forum to share updates and ask questions of one another. We aim to be a resource for new and experienced attorneys alike. Interested in joining and networking with other women in immigration? Join us today.

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    CHAIR
    Autumn Misiolek Tertin

    GoffWilson P.A.
    Concord, NH
    atertin@goffwilson.com

     


    Women in Insurance

    Legal issues influencing the insurance industry are vast, complex, and ever-changing. The NAWL Women in Insurance Practice Area Affinity Group is a place where women lawyers can connect to discuss, brainstorm, and consult with one another regarding hot button topics in the news, coverage concerns, litigation strategies, cost of insurance issues, regulatory concerns, and everything in between. We anticipate hosting events and webinars to connect our members, garner new membership, and encourage young women in law school to explore the insurance industry as part of their practice. We welcome women from all sources of insurance-whether it be life, long-term care, property-casualty, coverage counsel, or litigation.

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    CO-CHAIR
    Kate Villanueva

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Philadelphia, PA
    katherine.villanueva@dbr.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Sandra Jones

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
    Philadelphia, PA
    sandra.jones@dbr.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Laura Hoensch

    XL Catlin North America
    Exton, PA
    laura.hoensch@xlcatlin.com


    Women in Intellectual Property & Technology Law

    The NAWL Women in IP & Technology Law Practice Area Affinity Group serves as a resource for NAWL members to exchange valuable information and practical approaches to key topics including intellectual property, technology, privacy, data protection, e-commerce, e-discovery, social media, and the internet. The group fosters the professional development of its members through education and networking opportunities. Please join us as we navigate the challenges presented in the digital age. We are open to your ideas and suggestions.

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    CO-CHAIR
    Nichole Abbotts

    Microsoft
    Redmond, WA
    nabbotts@microsoft.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Gail Gottehrer

    Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
    Hartford, CT
    ggottehrer@axinn.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Elizabeth C. Rogers

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    Austin, TX
    rogersel@gtlaw.com


    Women in Litigation

    The NAWL Women in Litigation Practice Area Affinity Group aims to assist women share resources, network, and connect in the litigation realm. The Litigation Practice Area Affinity group will explore all litigation-related issues, such as strategies to avoid litigation in the first place, navigating complex discovery issues, preparing witnesses, writing persuasive briefs, as well as trial and post-trial issues. Potential activities for the group include providing periodic webinars on litigation topics, hosting a webpage on NAWL's website that shares litigation resources and discusses various litigation topics, and organizing local gatherings for women litigators to connect.

    Meetings: Every 6 weeks, on Thursdays, 3:30 PM Eastern | Join Now! 

    CO-CHAIR
    Megan R. Brillault

    Beveridge & Diamond, PC
    New York, NY
    mbrillault@bdlaw.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Katrina Murphy

    Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
    New York, NY
    KMurphy@smsm.com

     



    Women in Military Service

    The NAWL Women in Military Service Practice Area Affinity Group is a resource for our members who are currently serving in the military, are a military retiree, military spouse or family member, or are simply interested in joining in on a discussion on issues unique to those in military service. All branches of the military service are welcome including those in the Active, Guard, and Reserve Components. We will tackle issues that affect those practicing law in the military and work to find solutions. We shall serve as an information resource for those interested in applying to serve in the military (either in a military or civilian capacity) and will look to organize events that in some way assist Wounded Warriors and Military Families. Come join us!

    Meetings: Third Tuesday of every month, 3 PM EasternJoin Now!

    CHAIR
    Lieutenant Colonel Mary Card-Mina
    U.S. Army - JAG Corps
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    mary.e.cardmina.mil@mail.mil


    Women in Real Estate Law

    The NAWL Women in Real Estate Practice Area Affinity Group seeks to promote and connect professionals who support the advancement and interests of women lawyers in commercial real estate (including land use and development). The first task of the Real Estate Practice Area Affinity Group will be to set up a nationwide network of women in commercial real estate who can serve as referral sources as well as serving as local counsel. The Group anticipates brainstorming sessions on networking, marketing and business development as well as covering recent developments in real estate law. Another goal of the group will be to provide networking opportunities at national and regional real estate conferences (e.g., CREW, ICSC, ULI). We are open to your ideas and suggestions.

    Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month, 12 PM Eastern |  Join Now!

    CO-CHAIR
    Jo Ann Woodsum

    The Law Offices of Jo Ann Woodsum
    Truckee, CA
    jw@jleasinglaw.com

    CO-CHAIR
    Erin McCormick

    Erin McCormack Law, PA
    Tampa, FL
    erin@emccormicklaw.com


    Women in Start-Ups

    Start-Up attorneys support some of the most innovative and cutting edge companies. Lawyers who advise such companies require specialized skills and practical perspectives unique to the start-up world. The NAWL Women in Start-Ups Practice Area Affinity Group serves as a forum and resource for women attorneys practicing as in-house counsel at or firm lawyers advising startup companies of any size. Join this amazing group of women to discuss the broad range of issues affecting a start-up practice, learn about new laws and regulations impacting start-ups and network with other like-minded professionals to expand your existing network. Join us and let's help each other succeed!

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