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    The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to join us for the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago. This comprehensive program will offer both professional development opportunities and skills training to help women in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. NAWL will also recognize and honor leading lawyers 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. Join NAWL in the Midwest and get inspired!


    Don't miss out on the great networking opportunities available:

    Wine, Women, and Chocolate Welcome Reception
    Thursday, March 9 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile 

    Closing Networking Reception
    Friday, March 10 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
    (directly following the programming)
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

    Dine Around
    Optional, self-treat dinner
    Friday, March 10 | 7:00 PM
    Location To Be Determined

    Please indicate your desire to attend when registering

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

    Welcome and Opening Plenary

    Concurrent Workshops

    Awards Luncheon

    Concurrent Workshops

    Concurrent Workshops

    Closing Plenary

    Learn More and Register>>


    Tuesday, May 9, 2017
    Renaissance Seattle Hotel

    This program will include plenary and workshop programming designed to help in-house counsel and law firm partners build their legal careers. In-house counsel will advance their legal expertise, improve communication and management skills, and enhance their C-suite presence to add greater strategic value to a company's business. Law firm attorneys on the brink of equity partnership will participate in frank conversations on the ethical and professional challenges women lawyers encounter on their path to equity partnership. Guidance on such topics as gender bias, effective and ethical client management, and the risks posed by internal politics will set the stage for participants to learn how to align their skills to their particular firm's strategy, culture, and position in the marketplace.


    More details to come

    Friends of NAWL Events


    McCourt School of Public Policy Center
    for Juvenile Justice Reform Program
    2017 LEAD Conference 

    Thursday - Friday, April 6-7, 2017
    Georgetown University 

    The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has finalized its list of speakers for the 2017 LEAD Conference at Georgetown University. The conference will feature several of the nation's leading juvenile justice experts, including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and youth/family voices, to discuss innovations in targeted services, supports, and approaches for system-involved youth.


    DirectWomen is committed to increasing the number of women on corporate boards. That is why we are inviting you to this exclusive event on March 21 at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters. Over the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of distinguished directors who currently sit on the boards of major corporations. They will share their insights about board service and provide tips on how you can best position yourself to serve on a corporate board. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior level women from firms and companies from Seattle and across the country.

    5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    500 5th Avenue North Seattle, Washington



    • Connie Collingsworth, Moderator, Chief Legal Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;Director, Premera Blue Cross, Banner Corporation
    • Phyllis J. Campbell, Chair, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Director, Alaska Air Group, Inc. and Nordstrom, Inc.
    • Richard P. Fox, Former Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP; Director, Acxiom Corporation, HonorHealth, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, Premera Blue Cross, ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., and Univar Inc.
    • Liane Pelletier, Retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Alaska Communications Systems; Director, ATN International and Expeditors International of Washington

    If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please return the 2017 DirectWomen Sponsorship Pledge Form, available here. Sponsorship benefits specific to this program include ticket packages, invitation to a private dinner, and name recognition. Sponsors will also receive benefits at all other 2017 DirectWomen 10th Anniversary events, including the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon and DirectWomen Board Institute. For additional information, please contact Lisa Passante at lpassante@directwomen.org.

    Pathways to the Bench: How to Join the Administrative Judiciary

    The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBADC)
    presents the first panel in a series on how to chart a career path toward the bench.

    Join us to learn about how to become a judge for an administrative agency, the differences between administrative law judges and administrative judges, and the benefits of both positions. The panelists will discuss the wide variety of agencies that utilize administrative judges and the numerous available paths to a rewarding career adjudicating interesting cases as a member of the administrative judiciary.

    March 2, 2017
    6:00- 8:00pm

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
    1111 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20004

    A networking reception will precede the program; refreshments will be provided.

    Learn More and Register Here



    ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
    Research Project

    The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is looking for practicing attorneys across all generations from private, not-for-profit, government, and judiciary sectors, to take part in: This Talk Isn't Cheap: Women of Color and White Women Attorneys Find Common Ground.  As a volunteer in this research project, you will participate in a confidential telephonic focus group led by a skilled facilitator. This project aims to explore the racial and ethnic dynamics in the workplace between women of color and white women attorneys. Through a series of guided conversations, participants will discuss how women attorneys, across racial and ethnic lines, interact in the workplace and the implications of those interactions. Your participation would involve one (1) session, to be conducted via teleconference in the fall of 2016, and will last approximately 60-90 minutes in length. To volunteer for this study, please click here.

    General questions? Contact Lynnea Karlic, Program Specialist, American Bar Association, lynnea.karlic@americanbar.org



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