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    The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in South Beach! This year's conference theme is Shifting Paradigms in the Legal Profession: Altering Perception for a Better Reality and it promises to be an engaging and innovative program offering both professional development opportunities and skills training to help attorneys in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. Members will have the opportunity to shape the future of NAWL and the legal profession.  We will recognize and honor leading lawyers and business leaders who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession. And, as always, there will be plenty of time for networking built in throughout the event.

    Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    Welcome Reception | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Host Committee Dinner | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    ***Invitation only event for host committee*** 

    Thursday, March 1, 2018
    Networking Breakfast | 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Welcome Remarks & Keynote | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

    Workshop Programming | 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

    Awards Luncheon | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Plenary Programming | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Workshop Programming | 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

    Plenary Programming | 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

    Closing Networking Reception | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Friday, March 2, 2018
    Brunch & Interactive Program | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    NAWL Challenge Club Bootcamp| 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    ***Invitation-only event for NAWL Challenge Club members
    and Corporate attorneys***


    Awards Luncheon Information
    Join NAWL in honoring this year's award recipients:


    Leadership Award to Marlene Gordon, General Counsel at Bacardi North America Corporation, for her personal contributions to advance women lawyers and promote diversity in the legal profession




    Challenge Award to Brightstar Corp., for adopting hiring, retention, promotion, and general employment practices and procedures designed to strive to meet NAWL's One-Third by 2020 Challenge goal to increase the representation of women to one-third of leadership positions in the legal profession and to increase by one-third the diverse female attorneys (including women of color and LBTQI) in every segment of the legal profession. Catherine Smith, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary will accept the award on Brightstar's behalf.


    Public Service Award to Hon. Patricia A. Seitz, Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, for her dedication and commitment to public service and social responsibility.

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    This unique program is designed to empower attorneys to take charge of their own career success by enhancing strategic thinking, improving leadership and interpersonal skills, and developing personal networks. Programming is designed to foster discussion on how to we can learn from one another to grow the pipeline for the next generation of diverse leaders and what unique leadership skills you need at various stages in your career—what got you here, may not get you there. During concurrent sessions, attendees will focus on ways to advance their legal expertise, improve communication and management skills, and participate in frank conversations on the ethical and professional challenges women lawyers encounter on their career paths, in addition to leadership and business development skills. Network with peers and presenters and be positioned to achieve your definition of success!

    Registration will open on January 25, 2018!

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    Thought-Leader Summit & Women's Initiatives Boot Camp
    Thursday, October 4 - Friday, October 5, 2018
    Hilton Minneapolis | 1001 Marquette Ave

    The Thought-Leader Summit & Women’s Initiatives Bootcamp is designed to take a more strategic approach to cultivating change within corporations and law firms to increase the representation of women in leadership roles in the legal profession.

    The invitation-only Day One Thought-Leader Summit will bring together elite leaders in the profession to brainstorm practical ways to create impactful changes for women in the legal profession. Speakers and attendees will include lawyers at the height of their career – chief legal officers and general counsel, law firm managing partners, judges, government officials, law school deans, bar presidents, and other preeminent lawyers.

    The Day Two Women’s Initiatives Bootcamp is designed for current and future leaders of women’s initiatives and will focus on insights and guidance to help improve women’s initiatives and assist leaders in selecting high-impact activities to maximize their women’s initiatives' influence and to yield better business outcomes. In addition to programming focused on what institutions and individuals can do to increase the number of women in leadership roles, NAWL will unveil its 2018 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms, which provides objective statistics regarding the position and advancement of women lawyers in law firms. The NAWL Survey remains the only national survey that collects this industry benchmarking data in such detail.


    Fourteenth General Counsel Institute 
    Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9, 2018
    InterContinental New York Barclay

    Mark your calendars to join more than 350 of your in-house colleagues at the General Counsel Institute, the premier event offering senior in-house women a unique opportunity to build top-tier professional and management skills in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

    Why should you attend?
         - Get the most up-to-date information available from leading experts
         - Network in a collegial and open environment
         - Participate in frank discussion on what it takes to succeed in-house
         - Attend CLE workshops on cutting edge topics


    Friends of NAWL Events

    Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys ("LIWOCA") 2017-2018 Scholarship Application 

    The Leadership Institute’s 13th Annual Leadership Conference and Scholarship Program will be held on March 28-29, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

    Up to five (5) scholarships will be given on March 29, 2018 to the deserving finalists. The number and amount of each scholarship will be determined by LIWOCA in its discretion.  The 2017 LIWOCA Scholarships were $3,000 each. 

    Women of color law students who (1) have completed at least one year of law school; (2) are attending an accredited law school in the U.S. at the time of their application; (3) are “in good standing” in their law schools; (4) are citizens of the United States of America; (5) have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (equivalent) or better; (6) have completed the scholarship application and submitted an official transcript; and (7) have demonstrated a commitment to the legal profession and are active in their community and law school are eligible for the scholarship.

    To apply, email your completed application to Shunta McBride at with a copy to no later than December 31, 2017.  Please use the subject line: LIWOCA 2018 Scholarship Application.

    Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel ("FDCC") Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship 

    The Federation of Defense & Corparate Counsel ("FDCC") Foundation Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship will be open to application by all diverse law school students and prospective students. The selected recipients will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship to the law school of their choice and have an opportunity to intern for an FDCC law firm or company in the geographic areas where they wish to practice between their second and third year of law school. The internship is a paid position. The applications will go through a two‐step review process. The first review will be conducted by a subcommittee composed of FDCC members appointed by the President of the FDCC Foundation. The second and final review process will be composed by five members: the President of the FDCC Foundation, a Member of the Foundation Board, a Member of the Diversity Committee, a Member of the Admissions Committee, and a Member of the Membership Development & Retention Committee. 
    To apply, please submit the following materials no later than January 15, 2018: 
    • Personal statement describing how you will contribute to FDCC's core values of diversity and inclusion, describing your needs and any unique qualifications and providing information on any other matters you believe would assist the Review Committee in evaluating your application (1000-word limit)
    • Writing sample (7-page limit) 
    • Three references including names and contact information of individuals who can attest to your professional and academic abilities 

    All parts of the application must be  submitted at the same time to dpolscer@gordon‐ Applications must be received by January 15, 2018. Please address any questions about the Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship  program to Diane Polscer (dpolscer@gordon‐ 

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