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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 be 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 - 4:30 PM

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Plenary

Concurrent Workshops

Awards Luncheon

Concurrent Workshops

Plenary Workshop

Closing Plenary

Thank You To Our Program Sponsors


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Interested in sponsoring this program? View the rate sheet or contact Caitlin Kepple, NAWL's Marketing & Development Director, at

Thank You To Our Partnering Organizations

American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
Association for Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)
Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
Association of Black Women Attorneys
Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
Charles Houston Bar Association
Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Florida Association for Women Lawyers Miami-Dade Chapter
Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
National Conference of Women's Bar Associations
New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
Ohio Women's Bar Association
The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc.
Tulsa Women Lawyers Association
University of Georgia School of Law
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Women's Bar Association of Maryland
Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Women's In House Network

Thank You To The Planning Committee

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Susie Lees
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Allstate Insurance Company


Sandra Yamate
Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP")

Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed
Circuit Court of Cook County
Chicago, IL 
Lindsay G. Carlson
Bowman and Brooke LLP
 Los Angeles, CA
Rosanne Ciambrone
Duane Morris LLP
 Chicago, IL
Melodie K. Craft
Littler Mendelson
Plano, TX 

Kristie Crawford
Brown & James PC
 Springfield, MO
Carrie DiCanio
Anderson Kill
 New York, NY
Angela Fontana
Allstate Insurance Company
Northbrook, IL  

Carol J. Gerner
Sedgwick LLP
Chicago, IL
Kelly M. Glynn
Chicago, IL
Megan R. Gold
Allstate Insurance Company
 Chicago, IL

Leslie Goldman
Major, Lindsey & Africa
Houston, TX
Nancy Lottinville
Gibbons P.C.
Newark, NJ 
Mandana Massoumi
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
 Costa Mesa, CA
Patricia Melville
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Miami, FL
Tamela M. Merriweather
The Northern Trust Company
Chicago, IL 
Katherine G. Minarik
 Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Chicago, IL 

Leslie D. Minier
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Chicago, IL
Margo Wolf O'Donnell
Vedder Price
Chicago, IL 
Katie Rak
 Chicago, IL

Carolyn Rashby
Miller Law Group
San Francisco, CA 
Jacqueline A. Rogers
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Wilmington, DE  

Deidre Roney
Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
Oakland, CA 

Jamie Rudman
Sanchez + Amador
Oakland, CA 
Deborah Salzberger
Blake, Cassles & Graydon LLP
Toronto, CA 
Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY 

Tori Simmons
Hill Ward Henderson
Tampa, FL
Elizabeth Hermann Smith
Katten Munchin Rosenman LLP
Chicago, IL 
Eva M. Spahn
Greenberg Traurig
 Miami, FL

Kristy Gonowon
Allstate Insurance Company
Northbrook, IL 
Heather Stenmark
Allstate Insurance Company
Northbrook, IL 
Serena M. Vash
New York University School of
New York, NY 

Teresa Young
Brown & James PC
St. Louis, MO