PROGRAMS & EVENTS
2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Grand Hyatt New York
You're invited to attend the National Association of Women Lawyers’ 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon which will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, July 20. The Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The 2017 awards to be presented include:
• Lead By Example Award for a leading male attorney who supports the advancement of women within his organization to Mark Roellig, Chief Technology and Administrative Officer, MassMutual; and
• M. Ashley Dickerson Award in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity to Hon. Wilhelmina M. Wright, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice. The morning and afternoon programming will feature candid conversations on diversity, overcoming challenges, and the importance of having a supportive network.
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.
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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
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.
Friends of NAWL Events
International Bar Association Study on Barriers to Women in Legal Profession
Research shows that there are significant gaps in diversity in more senior roles in the legal profession. Although women are graduating with law degrees and entering legal careers at higher rates than men, significantly fewer women continue into senior positions within the legal profession. The International Bar Association's Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) is undertaking an international research study, to address diversity within the legal profession.
The survey is targeting practicing lawyers (including those in-house), those no longer practicing and those who never practiced - for instance, they may have completed a law degree but never entered the field. Both men and women are welcome to complete the survey.