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8 total CLE credit hours

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021


Summertime Sips and Snacks Interactive icon.png

Join us for a celebratory kick off to Annual Meeting as we welcome special guest, Sommelier Leslee Miller, owner of AmuséeSip Better + Cépage for an engaging virtual wine experience! Leslee’s 20+ year experience as a sommelier and business owner make her the perfect pairing to our conference as her casual, yet entertaining and educative style engage all levels of food and wine enthusiasts. Learn Leslee’s best tips for entertaining on the go, how to select delicious, affordable and healthy wines (including non-alcoholic options) for the summer and her simplest tips for summer pairing from backyard entertaining to summer snacks and more. Grab your favorite glass to sip and join us – Leslee will be covering a wide variation of intl. wine styles from rosé, white, chillable reds, bbq reds and sparkling. An event food and wine lovers are sure to enjoy!

Leslee Miller, Owner, AmuséeSip Better + Cépage

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


National Affinity Bar Presidents Panel

1 credit hour 

This panel of national affinity bar presidents will discuss the power of collaboration to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.

        A.B. Cruz III, President, NAPABA and Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore LLC
        Elia Diaz-Yaeger, National President, HNBA and Shareholder, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin &
        Tricia "CK" Hoffler, President, NBA and CEO, The CK Hoffler Firm
        Lousene Hoppe, President, NLGBTBA and Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
        Colleen Lamarre, President, NNABA and Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
        Karen S. Morris, President 2020-2021, NAWL and Senior Vice President, General Counsel, P&C, USAA
        Moderator Lori F. Winland, Of Counsel, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart


PLENARY | 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

NAWL Annual Report

In this session we will celebrate the past year and the ways NAWL has met the moment for our members and built community in a challenging time.

        Karen S. Morris, President 2020-2021, NAWL and Senior Vice President, General Counsel, P&C, USAA


BREAK | 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET

You are welcome to use this time for a break but we have also used these 15 minutes to provide optional community building opportunities.

Daisy Grow Kit Interactive icon.png

Using an item from the box of celebratory goodies (mailed to all attendees who register before June 30) join us as we plant daisies, a symbol of new beginnings.

Article Club Interactive icon.png

Join fellow NAWL members as they discuss the following short articles (also shared with attendees in the Online Event Guide):

What Happens When Teams Fight Burnout Together?

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time


NETWORKING | 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM ET

The Art of Perception® Interactive icon.png

Astute observation is critical to professional success. The ability to observe is grounded in the perception of visual information and the effective articulation of what the eye sees and what the brain interprets. Learning to reconsider how we perceive the world around us renews the critical nexus between the eye and the mind. The Art of Perception® is highly participatory and teaches professionals how to enhance your observation and communication skills. You will analyze works of art to reconsider your skills of critical inquiry and articulation, thereby improving your individual abilities to discern the distinctions between perception and inference.

        Amy Herman, President, The Art of Perception



Inclusion in Judiciary and in the Court Rooms

1 credit hour 

This panel will be a thought provoking, yet candid discussion, on ways the legal community can take action to continue the momentum in cultivating diversification. We will focus on where we started, successes thus far, obstacles encountered along the way, and fundamental pointers on opportunities that exist to further promote progress. While society recognizes the moral, business, and democratic arguments favoring diversity, there are missed opportunities to cultivate and promote. 

        Hon. Stephen R. Bough, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
        Hon. Jessica G. Costello, Hillsborough County Judge, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Tampa, FL)
        Elizabeth Burch, Fuller E. Callaway Chair of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
        Hon. Karen Gren Scholer, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
        Moderator: Kamran Khan, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Altria Law Department

Developing an Exceptional (and Ethical) LinkedIn Presence Interactive icon.png

1 credit hour 

Maintaining your professional network is even more crucial now than it ever has been, and LinkedIn is an often overlooked resource for doing so. Although a large majority of lawyers have a LinkedIn presence, few lawyers use it strategically or obtain the maximum benefits from using it. Allison C. Johs, co-author of Make LinkedIn Work for You: A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals, will present this LinkedIn session to give you practical tips, answer frequently-asked questions, and point out ethics pitfalls along the way. She’ll walk you through the three basic building blocks of LinkedIn – Profiles, Connections, and Participation and critique some NAWL members’ profiles for real-world examples of how to improve. This session will cover: using LinkedIn to increase your online visibility and encourage referrals;  tips for corporate hiring and recruitment; LinkedIn as a business development and marketing tool for law firms; ethics traps for the unwary LinkedIn user

        Allison C. Shields Johs, President, Legal Ease Consulting, Inc.

Practicing in the Spotlight

1 credit hour 

You may not expect it, but that next call might put you front and center in a high profile case. Hear firsthand from experts with experience in litigation and management of cases that draw media and public attention. In this panel, you will learn the necessary tools to help you or your clients prepare for the media, along with tips for selecting a jury and trying a high-profile case. Join us as we discuss the challenges and opportunities created by the spotlight with an expert in crisis communication, a jury consultant who has worked on numerous high-profile cases, and the lawyer who prosecuted U.S. v. Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka “Joe Exotic”, subject of the Netflix “Tiger King” docu-series) on the challenges and opportunities created by media scrutiny.

        Hon. Amanda Maxfield Green, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
        Jill M. Leibold, Ph.D., Shareholder/Director-Jury Research, Litigation Insights
        Bryan Locke, Managing Director, Chicago, Sard Verbinnen & Co.
        Moderator Lori F. Winland, Of Counsel, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart



Why Resiliency Matters Interactive icon.png

This interactive session reviews why resilience is important to support your best self and provides two strategies to build resiliency as well as the impact of stress on your health.

        Brian Harvey, Energy for Life Performance Coach, Allstate

Thursday, July 22, 2021

NETWORKING | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET 

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Join the 2021 Award Recipients in small-group breakouts to hear their personal stories of inspiration. You will have the option to mix and mingle from virtual "room to room" with Cheryl Thomas, Global Rights for Women, Shawn Ray White, The Barack Obama Foundation, Michael Hurst, Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann, Nikaela Jacko Redd, Morgan Stanley, and Su Suh, Intel.


BREAK | 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM EST

You are welcome to use this time for a break but we have also used these 15 minutes to provide optional community building opportunities.

Refresh Your Look Interactive icon.png

Using an item from the box of celebratory goodies (mailed to all attendees who register before June 30) join Mary Kay's Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Lucy Gildea as we discover new ways to refresh our look.

Pilates and Guided Meditation Interactive icon.png

Join fellow NAWL member Barbara Klas, Consultant & Director, Casepoint LLC, and Certified Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor for Pilates and a guided meditation that you can do right in your home office and virtual workspace.  Take time to re-energize and feel revitalized for the remainder of the Annual Meeting.



Own the Zoom

1 credit hour 

We all know that person who walks in cold and immediately owns the room. But today the landscape has changed – now the goal is to OWN THE ZOOM! In this session, you will hear Emmy-winning reporter-turned-lawyer and trial consultant, Trisha Volpe, tell you how it is done. Trisha, a Barnes and Thornburg partner and ThemeVision Vice President, works with lawyers across the country on their live and, increasingly, video presentations to judges, jurors, and potential jurors. What may seem like small tweaks can translate into huge improvements on video. Trisha’s presentation will cover strategies for video meetings, presentations, interviews, depositions, court appearances and proceedings. She will show us how to: present our best selves, be our own producers, set up our own “Zoom Rooms”, engage with our audience, dress from the waist up, and most importantly, how to Own the Zoom! 

Trisha Volpe, Vice President, ThemeVision LLC

Because We're Worth It: Powerful Progress on Pay Equity

1 credit hour 

Imagine having to work several extra months just to earn the same pay as a white male co­worker. Well that is the case for all women in nearly all employment sectors, including in the legal field. In fact, at the current speed, it will take nearly 50 years until all women and men receive equal pay within the United States. Even though women now outpace men in higher education, women also hold nearly two-thirds of the outstanding student debt in the United States, which impacts the need to pay equity. Without having enough funds to pay off debt, these loans follow women, more than men, into retirement, stifling their already smaller retirement funds, including access to Social Security and retirement plans. Within the United States, women employed full-time lose a combined total of more than $956 billion each year due to the wage gap. When race is added into the picture, the need for pay equity falls heavily on Black women and Latinas, with Black women being paid 63% and Latinas compensated just 55% of what non-Hispanic white men counterparts in 2019. These figures are compounded if Black women and Latinas marry within their groups, as men of color are also significantly underpaid. Such lost wages mean these families have less money to support themselves, save and invest for the future, and participate in the global economy as others, resulting in it suffering. Closing the pay gap can be made easier with policy changes, advocacy and discussion between women, and addressing and eradicating discriminatory and sexist policies within the workplace.

        Pamelya Herndon, CEO, KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change
        Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, National Women's Law Center
        Jeanifer Parsigian, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP
        Moderator: Trey Sadiq,USAA

Designing Your Dream In-House Job: What to Consider When Making a Career Transition

Join us for a candid discussion on in-house career paths for lawyers. This panel will provide insight into the path to a senior in-house counsel position, including what to consider if you plan to make the move when you are already senior outside counsel. In addition, the panel will cover the growing trend of lawyers going back and forth between legal and business roles, and the benefits of choosing to take on a business role. Our panelists will offer their unique perspectives as successful senior in-house counsel and from the standpoint of a senior executive search professional with decades of experience helping corporations fill in house leadership positions.  Come to this panel to better understand the steps to take that will help you prepare you for a career transition now or in the future!

        Jamie Haney, General Counsel, Novo Nordisk
        Victoria Reese, Global Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
        Alanna Rutherford, Vice President Legal, Global Products & Research, Visa
        Moderator: Ora Sheinson, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Jade Mountain Partners

Mindfulness Practices to Reimagine and Bring More Joy into Your Law Practice and Life Interactive icon.png

1 credit hour

Please join Judi Cohen, attorney, law professor, and long-time student of mindfulness, to explore how we can work with the tools of classical mindfulness and contemporary neuroscience to bring greater joy and ease into our professional and personal lives, and maybe even reimagine them altogether. This session is open to beginners and experienced mindfulness practitioners. Bring your curiosity, and be ready to enjoy an hour of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

        Judi Cohen, Founder, Warrior One

BREAK | 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM ET

You are welcome to use this time for a break but we have also used these 15 minutes to provide optional community building opportunities.

Laughter Yoga Interactive icon.png

Reimagine the benefits of yoga with laughter yoga. A perfect way to reset before the Annual Meeting's final session.

Article Club Interactive icon.png

Join fellow NAWL members as they discuss the following short article (also shared with attendees in the Online Event Guide):

From Purpose to Impact


PLENARY | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

So You Want to Drive Change? Advocacy & Activism Options for Lawyers

1 credit hour 

As a continuation of the Mid-Year Meeting session “Adapting to the New Reality: Social Activism and the Workplace” NAWL presents a panel on how to drive change as a lawyer.  This panel will include lawyers who work full time on advocacy and lawyers who have found ways to incorporate advocacy and activism into both law firm and in house practice.  You will learn how to support those who have chosen to make this a full-time occupation and how to balance maintaining your legal practice while also participating in the community as activists and advocates.

        Sylvia-Rebecca Gutiérrez, Co-Chair, NAWL Advocacy Committee and Associate, Gibbons P.C.
        Sari Long, Associate, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
        Su Suh, Pro Bono Racial Justice Counsel, Intel
        Marni von Wilpert, Councilmember, San Diego City Council
        Moderator Sharena Smith, Associate, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


Incoming NAWL President Remarks

Hear from incoming NAWL President, Jenny Champlin, as she sets the tone and focus for what's to come during the next association year at the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Jennifer A. Champlin, President 2021-2022, NAWL and Associate General Counsel, EdwardJones