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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

        NAWL NIGHT OF GIVING                                                                                                                                                     5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Friday, March 11, 2016


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:15 AM




Hannah-Beth Jackson
California State Senate, 19th District

Hannah-Beth Jackson is a former prosecutor and practicing attorney, educator, and small business owner. In 2012, she was elected to the California State Senate to represent the 19th Senate District. A graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California with a joint major in government and sociology, she received her law degree from Boston University Law School before working as a deputy district attorney for Santa Barbara County. After leaving that office, she became the managing partner for the Law Offices of Eskin and Jackson, with offices in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

During her time in the Legislature, Hannah-Beth has become known as an effective advocate for protecting the rights and privacy of Californians and protecting the environment. She is the author of Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, landmark legislation that established the strongest equal pay law in the country.


10:15 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Women lawyers -- regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender identity -- are routinely subjected to sexual harassment by their supervisors, peers, clients, and even judges. Often times, such conduct is never reported or otherwise ignored. Whether it be harassment or workplace bullying, any female attorney who finds herself on the receiving end of such conduct should know that she is not alone and that she has options to address such unwanted conduct. Our distinguished panel includes practitioners who have first-hand knowledge of the damaging effects of such behavior and who will offer practical and legal solutions on how to stop and address such concerns. The panelists will not only identify common types of bullying and harassment in the workplace, including special concerns faced by women of color, LGBT lawyers, or women from particular countries or religions, but they will also discuss the legal and practical remedies that can help you and your organization. The panel will also include a first-person account from a sexual harassment victim turned advocate and coaches who will share their thoughts on the career and psychological consequences of suffering harassment as well as the fallout from objecting to it. Any woman who endures harassment or bullying in the workplace should walk away from this panel knowing her options and feeling empowered that she is not alone and that change is possible. Similarly, the presentation will alert leaders to the need to prevent the many manifestations of harassment and bullying.

Moderator Kate McGuinness, Empowered Women Coaching
Andi Groomes, Threshold Advisors
Laura J. Maechtlen, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Carmelyn P. Malalis, Commissioner and Chair, New York City Commission on Human Rights
Alison Monahan, Founder, The Girl's Guide to Law School, Law School Toolbox, and Bar Exam Toolbox

In 2015, the Center for WorkLife Law released a comprehensive study on innovative business models designed to join the delivery of legal services with work-life balance for lawyers. This program will go inside this report and beyond to explore ideas that are disrupting our traditional notions of big law and corporate legal practice without sacrificing quality and client service – from secondment firms, women-owned firms and flextime programs, to new pricing and delivery structures, virtual law and more.

Moderator Ida O. Abbott, Ida Abbott Consulting LLC
Cathryn S. Chinn
, CEO and Partner, VLP Law Group LLP
Carole Coplan
, General Manager of FLEX, Fenwick & West LLP
Michele Ballard Miller
, Shareholder, Miller Law Group
Mae Tai O'Malley, Founder and Managing Attorney, Paragon Legal Group, P.C.


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Oracle Corporation is the recipient of this year's Challenge Award, which is presented annually to an in-house legal department that has either met or adopted policies designed to meet the NAWL Challenge—that by 2015, women will represent 30% of law firm equity partners, 30% of chief legal officers, and 30% of tenured law school faculty members.


Marie Oh Huber, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for eBay, Inc., is the recipient of this year's Leadership Award, which is presented annually to an individual whose personal contributions have helped advance women lawyers and promote diversity in the legal profession.


Hannah-Beth Jackson, California State Senator representing the 19th District, is the recipient of this year's Public Service Award, which is presented annually to a lawyer who has demonstrated throughout her career a dedication and commitment to exemplary public service and social responsibility.


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

In the early stages of a start-up’s history, the newly-hired general counsel deals with everything from HR to tech contracts to commercial leasing to sitting in on major business decisions. As the company begins to grow, the GC is then able to hire a legal department and if the company is growing rapidly, her legal department is now growing rapidly meaning additional responsibilities in terms of managing a legal team and an array of outside counsel. Each of our panelists has been on the front lines of dealing with cutting-edge legal issues for their companies and this lively panel will share the challenges and rewards of working with startups.

Moderator: Jo Ann Woodsum, Owner, The Law Offices of Jo Ann Woodsum
Nicole Chiu-Wang
, Chief Operating Officer and Founder, Boon + Gable
Edie Hofmeister
, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Tahoe Resources, Inc.
Kristin Sverchek, General Counsel, Lyft
Sharon Zezima, General Counsel and Secretary, GoPro, Inc.

This panel will discuss building relationships in business.  Whether in-house or in private practice, there are new tools and methods for expanding your reach in the business world. Learn about new technology and cool apps you can use to meet new people and gain their trust as an expert in your field. Find out how to collaborate effectively with others, both inside and outside your organization, to build business. Get tips directly from in-house counsel as to how to be successful in developing new business from companies. Our panelists will offer unique perspectives on innovative business development methods you can put into practice right away.

Moderator Susan C. Alker, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Nicole Abboud
, Founder, The Law Office of Nicole Abboud; Host and Producer, The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast
Jamie Chung, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Global eCommerce, Walmart
Colleen T. Davies, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Karen B. Kahn, Ed.D, PCC, Founder and Managing Partner, Threshold Advisors, LLC


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Much has been written about the new generation of lawyers coming into the legal profession. These new lawyers are recruited heavily and paid well by firms and corporations around the country. But, they are still walking out at ever earlier stages of their careers. Why? This panel will discuss a possible answer - the emergence of a new glass ceiling. This glass ceiling is not just about equal pay, it’s about being given recognition and authority commensurate with their skills, acceptance as a full-fledged team member, and a career path where success is defined in different ways, not just the attainment of partnership. This new glass ceiling recognizes the barriers to a successful career that are imposed by the billable hour, the silos that discourage team players, and the longer partnership track that often requires lawyers to be chained to their desks for years on end with no idea of whether they will ever attain partnership. This more expansive glass ceiling starts earlier and feels thicker. This panel will explore whether acknowledgement of the new glass ceiling is the key to changing the profession in a way that will keep the new generation of lawyers in our industry. We will discuss what firms and corporations can do to successfully combat the new glass ceiling. What strategies individual lawyers can deploy to garner success at earlier stages of their careers? What individual supervisors can do to engage and keep talent that they don’t want to lose? We will answer these questions and more as we discuss how to address the challenges raised by the New Generation’s Glass Ceiling.

Moderator Patricia K. Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Mitra Eskandari-Azari, Assistant General Counsel, CBS
Amy S. Park, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Neha Sampat, Founder, GenLead
Katherine Zhao, Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Board of Directors, Ms. JD

Companies need to have a plan for publicly responding to unexpected events. This panel assembles a group of individuals with broad experience in public relations and crisis management, who will discuss the strategies they employ in response to a variety of situations. Learn from them how to get out in front of a story and control the message, and how to protect your clients’ interests in the digital age - not just in the courtroom, but also in the court of public opinion.

Moderator Lindsay G. Carlson, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP
Megan Bouchier
, Principal, Sard Verbinnen & Co
Wendy Wen Yun Chang, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Chuck Mulloy
, former Director of Corporate & Legal Affairs, Global Communications Group, Intel Corporation
Heather Wilson, Managing Director, Head of San Francisco Office, The Abernathy MacGregor Group


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Before you depart for the day, please join us to savor delicious wine and light bites while shopping for a cause. Featured vendor is woman-owned business Stella & Dot accessories.  10% of all sales will be donated to GLIDE's Women Overcoming Violence program.

Saturday, March 12, 2016


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join friends and new contacts for breakfast and a lively discussion that will dive deeper on the topics presented by the panelists on Friday. We will collaborate to tackle the issues and explore a path forward and best practices for getting there.

Roundtable topics to include:
     - Creating your own women's power network
     - Getting involved in bar associations as a way of promoting yourself and networking for business development
     - Marketing tips from the trenches
     - The benefits of solo practice
     - Alternative law firm models
     - Why go in-house?
     - Work/life balance
     - Challenges of running your own in-house legal department
     - Strategies for taking on new glass ceiling challenges and how to rise through the ranks
     - Navigating in a majority environment


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join NAWL's Real Estate Affinity Group for a walking tour of Union Square (alternative indoor tour in case of inclement weather).