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5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join other Mid-Year Meeting attendees as we meet and network in the Fairway Garden.

7:30pm - 9:00pm

***Invitation only event for host committee***


8:00am - 8:45am

8:45am - 10:00am

 Diversity Matters: How Men and Women Can Work Together to Make Change

This panel will discuss diversity.  We'll talk about what law firms and in-house counsel are doing to promote diversity in their own organizations. How do men perceive diversity issues and the treatment of women in professional settings? How can men and women can join forces to build diversity throughout the profession?

Benjamin Adams, Vice President, Legal, PayPal

Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Lewis Steverson, Vice President & General Counsel, Corning Incorporated

Kathi Vidal, Chair of the Silcon Valley Office and Member of the Executive Committee, Winston & Strawn LLP

Moderator Susan Alker, COO & General Counsel, Crescent Cove Capital Management, LLC

10:30am - 11:30am

Women in the Judiciary

This panel will discuss the appointment process and the current makeup of the federal bench, including perspectives from the Presiding Justice of the California 4th District Court of Appeals, practicing as a female attorney in 2019 and issues within the judicial system facing female attorneys and litigants today.


Nadia Bermudez, Shareholder, Klinedinst

Hon. Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal, 4th District

Moderator, Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice

Get Invited to the Table: Becoming a Trusted Advisor

You can absolutely remain true to yourself, network inside and outside of your company and focus on your professional growth while becoming a trusted advisor with a seat at the table.  In fact, being authentic is the key to a successful and satisfying career. 

You will learn five critical tools that will get you thinking about how to build relationships that enhance your personal branding and your credibility on the path to becoming a trusted advisor.

Matt Rowe, President of Maraia Institute


12:00pm - 1:30pm

NAWL President's Address

Presentation of Awards

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Leadership Award

for her dedication to protecting the civil rights of all people by lobbying for the passage of The Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, HIPAA, and so many other pieces of legislation and policy that paved the way for women to achieve their dream of equal opportunity to succeed at every level of the legal profession to Judith Lichtman, Senior Advisor at National Partnership for Women & Families

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Challenge Award

for adopting hiring, retention, promotion, and general employment practices and procedures designed to strive to meet NAWL's One-Third by 2020 Challenge goal to increase the representation of women to one-third of leadership positions in the legal profession and to increase by one-third the diverse female attorneys in every segment of the legal profession to BSH Home Appliances Corporation. Jason Weintraub, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of BSH will accept the award.

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Public Service Award

for her career that has focused on ensuring equal access to justice and civil rights that was felt by thousands through her pro-bono projects having served on the LA County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Clinic and Hospice/AIDS program and has set and example as the first woman president of the State Bar of California inspired many other women to follow in your footsteps to Hon. Margaret Morrow, President and Chief Executive Officer Public Counsel.



2:00pm - 3:00pm

The Fight for Passage of the ERA

In this plenary session, our distinguished panel of speakers will focus on the Equal Rights Amendment including its history, ongoing efforts to have it ratified and how it may change the legal landscape if ratified.

Linda Coberly, Chicago Managing Partner, Chair of Appellate & Critical Motions Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP
Carol Jenkins, Co-President & CEO, The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women's Equality
Moderator Cheryl Behymer, , Partner, Fisher Phillips LLP


3:30pm - 5:00pm


Selma and the Supremes

 To close the day, we will be joined by women Justices - past and present - of the California Supreme Court for a dynamic panel discussion moderated by NAWL President Sarretta McDonough, with a special introduction by Selma Moidel Smith.  The Justices will share their unique paths to the judiciary, address their personal and professional experiences of gender bias, diversity and professional barriers, and share honest, practical advice on how to be a great advocate for your client in today's world. 

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Hon. Tani G.
Chief Justice, California Supreme Court

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Carol Corrigan

California Supreme Court

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Hon. Kathryn Werdegar  
California Supreme Court (Ret.)

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A Special Introduction by Selma Moidel Smith


Sarretta McDonough
NAWL President

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts! Join your fellow attendees for cocktails and cappuccinos in the Fairway Gardens.  For the locals, this is a great opportunity to make new connections while waiting out the traffic!



9:00am - 11:00am 

 I Feel Justified!  Do You?  The Role of Cognitive Dissonance in Fair Representation

Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of mental discomfort which may lead to an alteration in one's attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance. There are a few proven ways to reduce cognitive dissonance, one being, “justify your beliefs and behavior.

Let's just say, for instance:  you are a member of the Sierra Club and a keen environmentalist. You work in-house for a company that, as it turns out, is illegally disposing of hazardous waste in a manner affecting the water supply in a local neighborhood. The General Counsel asks you to work with the executives in that part of the company on this issue, and also to plan for defense of potential litigation and/or prosecution. How do you feel? What do you do? How do you justify your behavior? 

Dr. Cheri Adrian, PH.D., QME, Civil Team, Psychologym Workers' Compensation Team

Jacquie Champagne, Director of Talent Services, Elevate

Julia Jayne, Founder of Jayne Law Group

Moderator Susan Freeman, CEO Freeman Means Business