4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Invitation Only

    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    This Welcome Reception will feature a facilitated networking activity to spur candid conversations to cultivate new relationships, deepen existing relationships, and spark solutions to common challenges women lawyers face.


    8:00am - 9:15am

    Join us for a networking breakfast to connect with other Annual Meeting attendees including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. 
    Special opportunity to connect with Affinity Groups and 
    Diversity & Inclusion Committee! 

    9:15am - 10:15am

    Social Media and Free Speech - What can you do when your employees' speech impacts your company?

    In today’s era of online advocacy, many people are vocal about specific causes in their social media accounts. In some cases, social media has been used to target a corporation by those who question or disagree with corporate actions. What should you do if your employee engages in a form of speech on social media that reflects negatively on your company?

    What if your employee supports a cause that makes others in the company feel uncomfortable or even unsafe? With lines blurring between personal and professional lives, do you have any duty to monitor job applicants’ or employees’ speech outside of the office? How can in-house counsel find the appropriate balance between protections afforded by free speech and protecting the company, and what ethical rules might be implicated?

    Featured Speakers: 
    Lisa C. Hamasaki
    , Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash,
    Smoak & Steward, P.C.
    Shawndra G. Jones, Senior Counsel, Epstein Becker Green
    Brenda Morris, Deputy General Counsel, Booz Allen Hamilton 

    Ethics Hot Topics

    This workshop will focus on new and emerging areas giving rise to potential ethical issues affecting lawyers across all practice types and backgrounds, specifically in 1) cyber security, 2) anti-money laundering, 3) nondisclosure agreements in the cloud, and 4) ADA website compliance. The session will address how to issue spot in these arenas and best practices for resolving potential issues as early as possible. 

    Featured Speakers: 
    Joan D’Ambrosion
    Partner, Clyde & Co 
    Uchechi DemaskeSenior Privacy & Data Security Counsel, USAA,  CIPP-US 
    Emily PooleAssociate, Alston & Bird 
    Jennifer SubryanEnterprise AML Counsel, USAA

    10:30am - 11:30am

    A View from the Top - Senior Executives Discuss Impact of Current Financial Trends

    Senior in-house counsel will engage in a lively discussion about current issues impacting the financial sector.

    Featured Speakers: 
    Marcy Cohen
    , General Counsel and Managing Director, ING Americas
    Molly McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Financial Crimes Legal, Morgan Stanley
    Sara Stenberg, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Bank National Association
    Moderator, Bridget Marsh, Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Loan Syndications and Trading Association



    Increasing Confidence and Success Through Positive Intelligence (PQ)

    Your mind is your best friend, but it can be your worst enemy. What we THINK we can achieve and unconscious negative thoughts can directly effect our performancePositive Intelligence (PQ) is ultimately about action and results. Its tools and techniques are a synthesis of the best practices in neuroscience, organizational science, positive psychology, and Co-Active Coaching. 

     With greater mastery over your own mind, you can tackle your greatest challenges with calm, clarity, creativity, and laser focused action. Take command of your mind, so you can activate it’s vastly unused powers to reach your untapped potential.

    Featured Speaker: 
    Robbin Jorgensen
    Women Igniting Change

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

    NAWL Presidents' Addresses

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    Sarretta C. McDonough 
    Associate General Counsel, Antitrust & 
    Commercial Litigation, Intel Corporation
    NAWL President 2018-2019


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    Kristin Sostowski
    Director, Employment & Labor Law Department,
    Gibbons P.C.
    NAWL President 2019-2020



    Presentation of Awards

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    Arabella Babb Mansfield Award
    in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and in society to ACLU Women's Rights Project - Galen Sherwin, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU will accept the award on behalf of the ACLU Women's Rights Project.
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    M. Ashley Dickerson Award
    in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity to Grace E. Speights, Global Leader, Labor and Employment Practice, Morgan Lewis .

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    President's Award
    to USAA for championing policies, programs, and procedures to retain, promote, and advance women attorneys - Deneen Donnley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary will accept the award on USAA's behalf. 

    Lead By Example Award
    in recognition of a leading male attorney who supports the advancement of women within his organization, to James L. Chosy, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Bancorp.

    Virgina S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award

    recognizing leading NAWL members for their exemplary work and contributions to NAWL - this year we will honor Susan Alker, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Crescent Cove Advisors, LLC.; Elizabeth Banzhoff, Counsel, Perkins Coie; Tamela Merriweather, Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Northern Trust Corporation; and Heather Stenmark, Counsel, Allstate

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    Susan Alker
    Elizabeth Banzhoff
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    Tamela Merriweather
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    Heather Stenmark

    2:15pm - 3:30pm

    MeToo in the Legal Profession – What Now?

    The plenary will examine the #MeToo movement as it continues to reverberate in the legal industry. Thirty plus years after the beginning of the national dialogue around sexual harassment and two years after the start of #MeToo, we have heard a tremendous amount about what does not work in preventing and remediating workplace harassment. Yet employment practices have been slow to change, particularly in the legal industry. The goal of this session is to jump-start the discussion in the legal field concerning what should be the new “best practices” for legal employers, to ensure that neither entrenched and outdated responses to sexual harassment, nor unintended responses to #MeToo, such as fear of mentoring, act to derail women attorneys’ careers. 

    We will examine these issues through various lenses and will highlight the unique challenges for women of color.  The panel will seek audience input to discuss potential new practices that legal employers should be considering, such as cultural surveys and novel approaches to training and reporting mechanisms.


    Featured Speakers:
    Rob Chestnut,
    General Counsel, Airbnb
    Tanya Hernandez,
    Professor, Fordham University School of Law
    Grace E. Speights
    , Global Leader, Labor and Employment Practice, Morgan Lewis
    Ally Coll, President and Co-Founder, Purple Campaign
    Moderator,Mary Beth Hogan, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

    3:45pm - 5:00pm 

    The Battle for 14th Amendment and the Evolving Role of the Amicus Brief in Appellate Litigation

    The 14th Amendment has been a weapon in our Constitution to help protect the rights of communities under siege. It has been the bedrock for women’s rights, LGBT rights and communities of color. Over the last decade the 14th Amendment has been under siege. In the last decade, a record number of amicus briefs have been filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal court of appeals. Cases like Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt (reproductive rights), Obergfell v. Hodges (gay marriage), and Shelby County v. Holder(Voting Rights Act) have used briefs to provide critical perspectives, describe impacts and address arguments outside the scope of the issues directly before the court.

    With the Supreme Court receiving over 700 amicus briefs each term - briefs are becoming an effective tool for influencing the court but also the court of public opinion. With the Court’s new composition and growing attacks on the 14th Amendment, the role of amicus briefs is critical to defending these rights and providing a way for key stakeholders to be heard. Our panel of experts will discuss this trend, as well as how legal leaders, bar associations and its members can help defend these rights.

    Featured Speakers
    Julie Rikleman,
    Senior Director, US Litigation, Center for Reproductive Rights
    Nina Perales,Vice-President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund
    Kate Shaw,Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Cardozo Law School
    Ria Tabacco-Mar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Before you depart for the day, join us to unwind, debrief your favorite sessions, and network with all of your new contacts and NAWL's past presidents! 

    Please note, a "full day" ticket is not required to attend the closing reception

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