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    Friday, September 15, 2017
    Hyatt Regency Boston

    Meeting the Challenge is a forum for law firms, corporations, government, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to share best practices, learn from thought-leaders, and forge meaningful and lasting connections necessary to meet NAWL's One-Third By 2020 Challenge. Issued in March 2016, the 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the representation of women to one-third of general counsels of Fortune 1000 companies, one-third of law school deans, one-third of entering partner equity classes, and one-third of entering law firm lateral hires and to increase by one-third the number of diverse female attorneys (including women of color and LBTQI attorneys) in every segment of the legal profession.

    In addition to programming focused on what institutions can do to increase the number of women in leadership roles, Meeting the Challenge will feature sessions focused on overcoming unconscious bias and strategies for individuals to advance and flourish in their existing environments. NAWL will also unveil its 2017 Survey on the Promotion and Retention of Women in Law Firms administered by Professor Destiny Peery, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

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    Thursday, November 9 - Friday, November 10, 2017
    InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel

    Successful people are open to new challenges. In order to be poised to say yes to new opportunities, we must be confident in our abilities, trust that our prior work has prepared us for the next step, and be willing to take on the accompanying risk of a new challenge. Whether you already have mastered your current challenges or want to position yourself to push for more, the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Thirteenth General Counsel Institute offers you the tools you need to take advantage of the power of preparation and to have the courage to say yes.

    In a legal landscape that can make it difficult to advance, we invite you to join us for this two-day program designed to give you the tools to: (1) position yourself to advance your career; (2) gain insight into the hottest topics in the law; (3) acquire knowledge and enhance your proficiency about the most talked about labor and employment matters; (4) take a deep dive into today’s regulatory and compliance issues; and (5) tap into technology, and embrace the changes that accompany this ever-evolving area of the law, and more.

    At GCI 13, you will be asked to challenge yourself and consider what you need to do to feel prepared, powerful, and courageous. Through inspiring stories, substantive legal workshops, and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, GCI 13 will help you gain leadership skills, business acumen, and the power to say yes.

    Senior corporate counsel of public, private, large and small companies, non-profits, government, and educational institutions. Scholarships are available for in-house attorneys who wish to attend, but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations. Registration is limited to in-house attorneys and sponsors.

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    American Bar Association Forum On Construction Law Diversity Scholarship

    The American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law is a nationwide organization of construction lawyers and professionals. The Forum’s focus is “Programs, Publications, and People,” with the stated mission of “Building the Best Construction Lawyers.” Each year the Forum hosts three national meetings which provide unequalled opportunities to learn from top industry professionals, and network and exchange ideas with colleagues from around the country and beyond. This year, the Forum’s Fall Meeting, titled “Has It Really Been a Decade? The 2017 AIA Contract Documents,” will be held October 4 – 6, 2017 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston. Click here for the meeting brochure with full details. 

    The Forum is pleased to announce the availability of six (6) Diversity Scholarships for the cost of registration for this program for women and minority construction lawyers, construction lawyers with disabilities, and construction lawyers from the LGBT community. Individuals wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a copy of their resume and a letter describing their construction law practice and the reasons why they want to attend the Fall Meeting. Applications are due no later than August 16, 2017.  If selected, candidates must commit to attend the program. The scholarships are not transferable.

    The Diversity Scholarship includes: 
    admission to the Program with waiver of the registration fee;
    a set of Program course materials; and
    continental breakfast and lunch as noted in the meeting brochure.

    Applications for the scholarships should be sent to the Forum’s Diversity Committee Chair, David J. Theising, at If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Theising by email at or by calling him at 317.639.4511. 

    Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia "Pathways to the Bench: The Federal Court System"

    Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia "Pathways to the Bench: The Federal Court System"

    How do federal judges make it to the bench?  Please join the Women Bar Association of the District of Columbia ("WBADC") on September 18, 2017 at American University College of Law to learn from our panel of esteemed federal judges about how they navigated the system to get where they are today. This program is the second in the WBADC's "Pathways to the Bench" series, and our panel will focus on the court system. 

    Leonie M. Brinkema, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districe of Virginia
    Barbara M. Keenan, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

    Kathleen J.L. Holmes, Partner, Holmes Costin & Marcus PLLC 
    Barbara S. Wahl, Partner, Arent Fox LLP

    A networking reception sponsored by Holmes Costin & marcus PLLC and Arent Fox LLP will follow the WBADC program.

    The event will take place on September 18, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at American University College of Law (4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20016). 

    Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund 2017 Annual Awards Dinner

    Join the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund at their 2017 Annual Awards Dinner, honoring women who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in Connecticut. Honorees include Chris Dailey of UCONN Women's Basketball, Tekisha Everette of Health Equity Solutions, Betty Gallo of Gallo & Robinson LLC, Yazmin Rodriguez of the Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy, and the Women's March Connecticut Chapter Organizers.

    The event will take place on October 3, 2017 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Connecticut. 

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