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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!

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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


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    ABA Law Student Division: Invitation to Judge Moot Court Competition

    The ABA Law Student Division invites you to judge the moot court, National Appellate Advocacy Competition in February/March at local courthouses in Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Manhattan, Portland, and San Francisco. Help law students gain practical skills they need to succeed by contributing to this prestigious moot court competition. For specific details about the competition in your region and to sign up, please visit NAAC judges.


    ABA and ABF Focus Groups Recruitment for ABA Presidential Initiative

    The American Bar Association (ABA) and American Bar Foundation (ABF) will convene several focus groups as part of the ABA Presidential Initiative entitled “Achieving Long-Term Careers for Women in Law.”  These focus groups will consist of women and men who received their JDs between 1982 and 2002, practiced law for 15 or more years.

    1)      Women who are no longer practicing law. 

    2)      Men who are no longer practicing law.

    3)      Women who are currently practicing in-house.

    4)      Women who are currently practicing law in firms.

    5)      Men who are currently practicing law in firms

    6)      Men who are currently practicing law in-house.

    This research project aims to understand the unique career dynamics facing women lawyers who have practiced for at least 15 years, and to identify key personal and structural factors that foster and/or impede their careers.

    The dates and locations of the focus groups are as follows:

    New York, NY: March 6 and 7

    Washington, DC: March 8

    Miami, FL: March 16

    Chicago, IL: March 19 and 20; April 5 and 6

    San Francisco, CA: March 22 and 23

    Houston, TX: March 26 and 27

    If you are interested in participating in this research, know individuals who might be interested in participating, or you would like additional information about this study, please contact Caroline Tipler, Research Social Scientist at the ABF, at

    Diversity and Felxibility Alliance's 2018 Annual Conference 

    Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, invites you to attend the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance's 2018 Annual Conference: Diversity + Flexibility = Ebracing Chance, taking place on March 21 at Jones Day in Washington, DC.

    This highly-interactive, one-day conference is one of the DC area's largest gatherings of prominent leaders from around the world committeed to strategically addressing the critical issues of Diversity and Flexibility.


    Too Young to Wed Inaugural Gala

    Too Young to Wed is proud to host its Inaugural Gala, where the organization will celebrate International Women's Day and honor special guests, former Boko Haram child brides Hauwa and Ya Kaka. Enjoy performances, including a song by Tony-nominated Broadway star Stephanie J. Block, which will accompany and opportunity to bid on works by world-renowned photographers, among other exciting items. 


    Ms. JD Tenth Annual Conference on Women in the Law: "Her Story"

    Ms. JD is proud to continue honoring exceptional women and men making contributions to the advancement of women in the legal profession through Ms. JD Honors! The conference will kick off on March 8th with the Ms. JD Honors Reception, where Ms. JD will honor the recipients of the "Honors" awards. March 9th will be a full-day conference featuring panels, a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, breakfast and lunch. CLE credit is expected. 


    National Association of Women Judges 2018 Mid-Year Meeting

    Join the Natinal Association of Women Judges for its 2018 Mid-Year Meeting entitled "The Emerging Legal Landscape: Navigating a Path to the Future." The program will include workshops on a broad range of topics including artificial intelligence, bail reform, the opioid crisis, increasing the pipeline of women into the judiciary, and much more. 


    Time's Up Legal Defense Fund Seeks Attorneys to Join Legal Network for Gender Equality

    The National Women’s Law Center ("NWLC") is seeking attorneys to join its Legal Network for Gender Equity. The NWLC’s Legal Network will provide access to legal representation, resources, and information to those facing sexual harassment and/or sexual discrimination on the job, at school and in the health care system.

    The NWLC has already recruited more than 200 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to provide an initial free legal consultation and, when appropriate, representation. The recently announced Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will be providing financial support to the Network and will support some of the cases brought by attorneys in the Network.

    The NWLC is recruiting additional attorneys to join the Network from all states and in particular from following: Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Network, learn more & sign-up here>>

    For questions, please contact NWLC’s Legal Director, Sunu Chandy (

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