WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
5:30pm - 7:00pm
WELCOME RECEPTION & NIGHT OF GIVING
Join other Mid-Year Meeting attendees as we meet and network in the Fairway Garden.
7:30pm - 9:00pm
HOST COMMITTEE DINNER
***Invitation only event for host committee***
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
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 LLPLewis 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
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.
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!
FRIDAY, MARCH 1
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