Holiday Reception at the Chicago Bar Association
    hosted by the CBA's Alliance for Women, Black Women Lawyers' Association, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois' Latina Lawyers, ISBA Diversity Leadership Council and Standing Committee on Women and the Law, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, National Association of Women Lawyers, the American Bar Association Commission on Women, and the YLS Women in the Law Committee 

    December 17, 2013
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Chicago Bar Association
    321 South Plymouth Court
    Chicago, IL 60604

     Thanks also to our generous sponsors,
    past chairs of the CBA’s Alliance for Women!
    Julie A. Bauer
    Celia G. Gamrath
    Alice Elizabeth Keane
    Barat S. McClain
    Martha A. Mills
    Sandy L. Morris
    Jennifer Nijman

     On behalf of the AFW’s Domestic Violence and Advocacy Committee, we will also be collecting small denomination gift cards (for stores like Target, CVS, etc.) to donate to survivors of domestic violence who are receiving shelter this season through Connections for Abused Women and Their Children.

    Please contact Angie Cruz, 312.554.2132 or acruz@chicagobar.org, if you or your employer can help support this complimentary event, which will bring together so many of our women lawyers!



     Rainmaking in the 21st Century:
    Climbing the Corporate Ladder as an Associate

    December 12, 2013
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Beveridge & Diamond PC
    1350 I Street, N.W.
    6th Floor
    Washington, DC


    The Diverse Partners Network will host the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division for an insightful professional development panel discussion and networking reception on “Rainmaking in the 21st Century—Climbing the Corporate Ladder as an Associate.”


    Dionne Lomax, Vinson & Elkins LLP
    Natalie Ludaway, Leftwich & Ludaway LLC
    Billy Martin, Martin & Gitner PLLC
    Ben Wilson, Beveridge & Diamond P.C.

    The event will be hosted at Beveridge & Diamond P.C., located at 1350 I Street, N.W., 6th Floor, Washington, D.C.


    NAWL Management Series:
    To Be Viewed as a Leader, You Must Communicate Like One.
    A Practical Guide on Effective Communication to C
    lients and Stakeholders Within Your Organization

    A Skills-Based Workshop on Leading Through Persuasive Communication

    December 10, 2013
    11:00—12:00 PM Pacific
    2:00—3:00 PM Eastern

    This interactive webinar presented by The Fullbridge Program will focus on providing practical advice and skill-building to help in-house counsel, associates and partners alike effectively communicate with and persuade clients and key stakeholders within their organizations. Any professional's ability to have influence internally and with clients is enhanced - or limited - by his or her ability to communicate effectively. By combining the business communication framework of Top Down Thinking (TDT) with core persuasive communication styles and channels (for instance, the channels of authority, rationality or relationships), participants will gain insight on how to communicate effectively while also drawing on their own inherent persuasive styles. A discussion of the six primary persuasive channels as well as insight on effective inter-generational communication will close the session.


    The Fullbridge Program is an innovative business education and professional skills program specifically designed to
    accelerate practical and theoretical business knowledge and professional skills for lawyers.

    Rya Conrad-Bradshaw, Director of College and XBA Partnerships, The Fullbridge Program
    Carrie Fletcher, Director of Professional Development Programming, The Fullbridge Program




    Style Bible: What to Wear to Work
    Presented by Women's Leadership & Mentoring Alliance

    December 4, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    CUSP Georgetown
    3030 M Street NW
    Washington, DC


    Before Lauren Rothman (fashion, style, and trend expert and founder of Styleauteur ) DC was known as the land of ill-fitting, matchy matchy pant suits paired with tennis shoes. Now, largely thanks to Lauren, we are moving into the fashion forward landscape. Besides discussing executive presence, political style, and First Family fashions on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, E! News, and other popular networks, Lauren has just released a book "STYLE BIBLE, What To Wear To Work." In the book, Lauren drives value to your wardrobe and your personal style and with that, to your career and your future. We can all pretend style does not matter - but it does - and Lauren makes it easy to achieve.

    At our event, all attendees will receive a free copy of STYLE BIBLE and will hear from Lauren Rothman relating to the ways that women at all stages of their career can make the most of today's available fashions. CUSP, our generous host, is keeping the store open just for us - so bring your credit card and get ready to put all of Lauren's sage advice to good work!

    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres served.


    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Cordially invites you to attend an
    An Evening at Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse

    December 3, 2013
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    40 Foley Square, Room 145
    New York, New York


    Designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who also designed the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse at 40 Foley Square opened in 1936 as the home of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Recently re-opened after a multi-year infrastructure upgrade, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals hosted an Evening at Thurgood Marshall for invited guests on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The evening event began with a self-guided tour of select interior spaces, including the historic 17th floor Court of Appeals courtroom and 25th floor two-story Circuit Library. The Chief Judge delivered welcoming remarks at 7:00 p.m. After the tour, attendees adjourned to the Main Lobby for a reception.


    9th Annual General Counsel Institute™

    Resilience: Thriving as In-House Counsel in Changing
    Legal and Business Landscapes 

    November 7-8, 2013
    Intercontinental New York Times Square
    300 West 44th Street
    New York, New York


    In today’s rapidly evolving business environment, change is a way of life – in your company, your legal department and your own legal career.

    The combined forces of a fluctuating economy, exponential growth in technology, and the constant evolution of both law and corporate culture require a resilient and agile legal workforce. As in-house counsel, your ability to offer practical and deliverable solutions to the complex challenges facing your company will maximize your legal department’s value and solidify your position as a valued business partner.

    At GCI, you will be inspired by powerful personal stories of resiliency. You will explore current legal issues and develop best practices to anticipate and respond quickly to your clients’ needs. Through substantive legal workshops and the open exchange of ideas with senior lawyers facing similar challenges, you will improve your skills to address issues head on, drive positive changes in your own legal department, and marshal the strength not just to survive, but to thrive in a world of constant change.

    Resilience is the power to understand the challenge and to recognize the opportunities. You will leave GCI with a personal plan to incorporate today’s critical skill of resilience into your role as in-house counsel.

    Learn more about GCI. Enjoy GCI 8's session summaries and photos: View E-Zine


    "Same-Sex Marriage Update: What ERISA and Employment Law Issues Employers Need to Know"

    November 5, 2013
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

    Presented by NASABA Tax and Employment Law


    In June 2013 in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA”). The Supreme Court directed that lawful same-sex marriages in those states that recognize them will be recognized under U.S. federal law. On November 5, 2013, please join NASABA for a webinar exploring the impact of Windsor on a range of employee benefits and employment law issues.

    Since the issuance of Windsor, the legal landscape surrounding same-sex marriage has been in a constant state of evolution. Federal agencies have been updating their regulations and issuing guidance in light of Windsor. This guidance and regulation will impact employer’s obligations under a number of federal statutes including (ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code and the FMLA). In addition, since Windsor a number of lawsuits have been filed which challenge the portions of DOMA that remain and which challenge state laws and amendments which restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples. Also, since Windsor officials in various states have begun to issue wedding licenses even if such conduct runs afoul of state law. Both the new lawsuits and the conflicting actions of state actors impact employers operating in these states.

    The webinar will address the impact of Windsor by discussing the evolution of the law in Windsor and after, and by providing employers with practical guidance regarding how to address these changes as they impact their business


    Reema Kapur, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
    Fahad Saghir, Alston & Bird LLP
    Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


    Closing the Gap
    Achieving Gender Pay Equity in Law Firm Compensation

    October 24, 2013
    3:00 PM to 5:45 PM Program
    5:45 PM to 7:00 PM Reception
    Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
    131 S. Dearborn St.
    Chicago, IL

     Presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
    & the Task Force on Gender Equity

    The American Bar Association Task Force on Gender Equity was created in 2012 by President Laurel G. Bellows to address the problem of gender inequality in the legal profession. The gender gap is particularly acute in law firms, where fundamental change is needed to address and ameliorate long-standing disparities in (1) compensation, (2) elevation to equity partner, and (3) inclusion on the top management and policy committees. Statistics on the advancement of women paint a stark picture. Since well before the turn of the twenty-first century, women comprised nearly half of the nation's law students. That full pipeline should have produced a far different leadership profile than we see in law firms today. Instead, key metrics on women's advancement and compensation have barely budged. The National Association of Women Lawyers and the NAWL Foundation, which have been surveying the nation's 200 largest law firms since 2006, report, "Women have not made significant progress either economically or in reaching leadership roles during the seven years the Survey has measured the impact of gender in law firms." Women lawyers of color experience even greater barriers to advancement.


    Michelle Banks, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Gap, Inc.
    Laurel G. Bellows, Co-chair, ABA Task Force on Gender Equity and Principal, The Bellows Law Group, P.C.
    Jason L. Brown, Associate General Counsel, MillerCoors
    Roberta Liebenberg, Chair, Commission on Women in the Profession and Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
    J. Stephen Poor, Chair and Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP



    Lawyer Reentry Program
    presented by American University Washington College of Law

    8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    October 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 2013


    Lawyers looking to resume, transition, or reinvent their professional lives are invited to participate in the American University Washington College of Law, Lawyer Reentry Program, a unique program initiated by Dean Claudio Grossman to reclaim and support the talent of lawyers whose careers may not follow a linear model.

    Participants affiliated with co-sponsor organizations can participate in this groundbreaking program - one of only two law school-based programs of its kind in the country - at a reduced tuition rate of $1,500.

    The program offers a series of sessions on: reclaiming professional identity, job search strategies and tools, legal research and writing, and technology. Participants are also eligible for 36 to 43 continuing legal education credits.


    Women Lawyers of Alameda County
    Annual Judges' Dinner & Silent Auction

    September 25, 2013
    6:00 PM Reception & Silent Auction
    7:15 PM Dinner & Panel Discussion*
    Faculty Club
    University of California, Berkley

     Featuring Panelist:
    Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
    Laura Stein, Senior Vice President - General Counsel, Clorox
    Hon. Tara Desautels, Alameda County Superior Court Judge
    Aundrea Brown, Assistant Alameda County Public Defender

    And Honoring:
    Hon. Winifred Smith, Alameda County Superior Court - Assistant Presiding Judge
    Hon. Carol Brosnahan, Alameda County Superior Court Judge

    * Guests may receive 1 MCLE hour of Elimination of Bias

    . . . . . . .

    WLAC and Wardrobe for Opportunity invite dinner guests to donate new or gently used women and men's business clothes at the event. Bring clean coats, suits, dresses, slacks, and blouses in good condition, covered and on hangers. Handbags and jewelry accessories are especially needed.


    Pipeline to Equity Partnership (P2P)

    The Skills, Strategies and Stumbling Blocks Senior
    Women Lawyers Encounter on Their Path to Reach Equity Status

    September 20, 2013
    Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
    533 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

     Registration is limited to attorneys. 

    Supporting its Challenge to increase the percentage of women equity partners to 30% by 2015, and building on the success of its inaugural program conducted in September 2012, NAWL is hosting its second P2P program targeted to women lawyers on the brink of equity partnership at their respective law firms, or who will be in the near future. This program combines hands-on learning with insights and guidance from distinguished panel members on the new skills, strategies and priorities that women lawyers need to develop to become an owner of the business. The program allows for frank conversation and exchange of ideas on the ethical and professional challenges women lawyers encounter in the pipeline to equity partnership. Guidance on such topics as gender bias, effective and ethical client management and the risk of internal firm politics will set the stage for participants to learn how to align their skills to their particular firm’s strategy, culture and position in the marketplace.


    NAWL Foundation Cocktail Reception

    September 19, 2013
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Jackson Lewish LLP
    Three Parkway
    1601 Cherry Street
    Suite 1350
    Philadelphia, PA

    The NAWL Foundation cordially invites you to a cocktail reception, hosted by Jackson Lewis LLP, where the Foundation will announce its new research initiative, Women in Corporate Law. This cutting-edge study will focus on the status of women in-house attorneys in corporate law departments. Please come and network with colleagues from corporate law departments and law firms.

    We kindly request that you RSVP to Courtney Murtaugh.
    Nawlfoundation@gmail.com; 847.363.8860


    Fourth Annual Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity
    Membership Meeting

    September 19, 2013
    Madarin Oriental Hotel
    Washington, DC

     The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Membership Meeting is open only to members and invited guests.


    Are Courts Dying? 
    The Decline of Open and Public Adjudication

    August 8, 2013
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Moscone Center West
    Second Floor, Room 2014/2016
    San Francisco, CA

     presented by the Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements &
    Standing Committee on Judicial Independence

     The twentieth century transformed courts into venues in which all demand “equal justice under law.” But the twenty-first century may become famous for a retrenchment that marks the decline of courts, rendering obsolete constitutional guarantees of “open” and “public” courts for both civil and criminal litigants. 

    Professor Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School

    Confirmed Panelists:
    Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California
    Hon. W. Royal Furgeson, Jr., United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    Hon. Wallace B. Jefferson, Supreme Court of Texas
    Hon. Jonathan Lippman, New York Court of Appeals
    Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


    2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

    July 25, 2013
    The Waldorf=Astoria New York Hotel
    301 Park Avenue
    New York, NY

     Join lawyers from across the country at the historic Waldorf=Astoria New York Hotel in New York, New York for NAWL’s signature event, the Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon. At this event, NAWL will honor those who have made significant contributions to diversifying the legal profession as well as NAWL members who have devoted their time and efforts to NAWL. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in interesting and timely CLE programs along with networking events.

    Event Photographs

    The 1st Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference

     June 7 - 8, 2013
    500 West Madison Street
    34th Floor
    Chicago, IL

     California Women Lawyer's 2013 Annual Conference
    Lifting Voices - Launching Leaders

    May 4, 2013
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    (Cocktail Reception to Follow)
    San Francisco Renaissance Stanford Court Hotel
    905 California Street
    San Francisco, CA

    Luncheon Speaker:
    Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, First Female Speaker of the House

    Breakfast Speaker:
    Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney, Alameda County

    CLE* panelists will provide strategies and advice on: Political Aspirations: Elected Officials Share Insights Into Successful Campaigns; Women Lawyers Leading in ADR; Your Guide to the Legislative Process; Increasing Your Visibility through Rainmaking: How to Enhance Current Client Relationships and Build New Ones; and, In-House Counsel: Finding your Path to Leadership. The State of California Judicial Council will also lead a Focus Group on Women's Access to the Court.



    Gender Bias Against Women in the Law:
    Where We Are and What We Can Do About It

    April 18, 2013
    11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern

    Although women have been graduating from law school in large numbers for several decades, many fewer women than men have advanced into senior law firm positions and leadership roles. Since 2006, NAWL and the NAWL Foundation have surveyed law firms on their retention and promotion of women lawyers, and most recently on the role played by Women's Initiatives for advancing legal careers. The results offer surprises as well as recommendations for women lawyers and their firms.

    NAWL, the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, the CBA Alliance, and Ms. JD have joined together to co-sponsor a presentation on the latest research into women’s initiatives in law firms. Come learn more about this unique research, its implications for eliminating gender bias and the steps firms can take to advance women lawyers.

    Leslie Richards-Yellen, Partner/Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP; NAWL Board Member

    Jennifer K. Gust, Partner, Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP; Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Board Member
    Stephanie A. Scharf, Partner, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, President, NAWL Foundation
    Janet Wallace, Associate, Duggan Smith & Heath LLP Vice President, Ms. JD

    View the report on the National Survey of Women’s Initiatives (pdf).


    Night of Giving
    Benefiting Ms. JD's Global Education Fund
    presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers, Ms. JD, the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, and the Women's Leadersgip Coalition at Northwest University School of Law

     April 24, 2013
    5:00 - 7:00 PM reception at Nacional 27
    7:30 PM movie viewing at Thorne Auditorium
    Northwestern University School of Law
    Chicago, IL

    Join NAWL, Ms. JD, and WLC for a special networking reception to support Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund. The Fund enables women in developing countries who would otherwise not have access to higher education to pursue a legal career. Following the networking receptions, attendees are invited to Northwestern Law School’s Thorne Auditorium for a special movie viewing of Girl Rising, a film showcasing the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world by telling the story of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries.

    Learn more about Ms. JD’s Global Education Fund.

    View movie trailer for Girl Rising.


    Regional General Counsel Institute

    May 1, 2013
    12:00 - 6:30 PM
    Microsoft Conference Center
    1065 La Avenida Street
    Mountain View, CA 94043

    This event is open to in-house counsel only.

    In order to make NAWL’s General Counsel Institute more accessible to in-house counsel, NAWL is pleased to announce the first Regional General Counsel Institute (RGCI).

    Join experienced and motivated women in-house counsel to discuss best practices for building a successful and satisfying career. By participating in RGCI, you will learn the latest developments on current legal issues, best practices, and management skills that will help you create a personalized action plan to provide best-in-class legal services to your organization.

    Speaker Include:
    Dorian Daley, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Oracle Corporation
    Suzan Miller, Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Deputy General Counsel, Intel Corporation; NAWL Board Member
    Isabella Fu, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
    Julie Gruber, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, The Gap Inc.
    Debra Zumwalt, Vice President & General Counsel, Stanford University
    Karen King, Managing Director & Chief Legal Officer, Silver Lake
    Susan Marsch, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Flextronics International Ltd.
    Amy Schuh, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Hewlett Packard
    Hilary Ware, Associate General Counsel, Netflix


    Troutman Sanders / KIND 3rd Annual Advocacy Day

     April 3, 2013
    12:00 - 5:45 PM
    Troutman Sanders
    401 9th Street, NW, Suite 1000
    Washington, DC 20004

    Lunch provided.

    Help educate key Congressional offices about unaccompanied children and their need for pro bono representation.

    The half-day will include:
    • Keynote speaker Nicole Harris, Corporate Counsel, PG&E
    • Advocacy training with Bill Kamela, Microsoft Policy Counsel and Robert Leebern, Troutman Sanders President of Federal Affairs
    • Visit to Capitol Hill to meet with key Congressional offices
    • De-brief and wine and cheese after meetings on Capitol Hill


    How Far Have We Come?
    A review of women's equality in the US and around the world in celebration of International Women's Day

     March 8, 2013
    12:00 - 2:00 PM
    Baker & McKenzie
    300 East Randolph
    Chicago, IL 60601

    In collaboration with the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession,please join the Women's Affinity Group of Baker & McKenzie to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2013 in Baker & McKenzie's Chicago office to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions,women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women's equality, and this program celebrates that progress.

    Keynote Speaker:
    Laurel Bellows, ABA President


    "Avoiding the Pitfalls that Cost: Highlighting Best Practices in Labor and Employment Internal Investigations"

    February 27, 2013
    11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Pacific / 2:00 - 3:15 PM Eastern

    Join in-house counsel and Defense/employer and Plaintiff/employee attorneys as they play out a virtual fact scenario and provide guidance on how to handle common, yet complex, issues likely to arise during the internal investigation of an employee complaint. Participants will interact with the panel and be invited to offer input on best practices at critical decision points.

    Lauri A. Damrell, Senior Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
    Erika Deutsch Rotbart, Principal, Deutsch Rotbart & Associates, P.A.
    Susan L. Nardone, Director, Gibbons P.C.
    Ann M. Schmidt, Senior Counsel, Managing Attorney and Head of Employment and Benefits Law and Litigation, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.

    *Registrants must be individually registered in order to be eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits.


    For California Courses Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the State of California. This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the State Bar of California for a maximum of 1.25 credit hour(s), of which 1.25 credit hour(s) can be applied to the general requirement.

    For New Jersey Courses Gibbons P.C. is an accredited MCLE provider in the State of New Jersey. This continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the State Bar of New Jersey for a maximum of 1.5 credit hour(s), of which 1.5 credit hour(s) can be applied to the general requirement.

    For New York Courses Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an accredited MCLE provider in the State of New York. This 1.5 (non-transitional ) continuing legal education course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hour(s), of which 1.5 credit hour(s) can be applied toward the general requirement.


    Hurricane Sandy and Other Catastrophes: Legal, Technological, and Ethical Considerations for Disaster Preparedness
    presented by the Asian American Bar Association

    February 27, 2013
    4:30 - 6:30 PM
    Chicago Bar Association
    321 S. Plymouth
    Chicago, IL

    In the wake of catastrophic events like Hurricane Sandy, businesses including law firms and corporate legal departments can be severely disrupted and even destroyed by their impact. This program will enumerate how law firms and corporate legal departments can prepare themselves to minimize the damage and loss from unexpected, uncontrollable events; the ethical implications of disaster preparedness and how lawyers should advise their clients regarding disaster preparedness to minimize harm and ensure business continuity.

    Confirmed speakers include:
    Catherine Reach, Director, Law Practice Management and Technology, Chicago Bar Association
    Scott Renfroe, Chief, Supreme Court Practice with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (“ARDC”)
    Joshua Poje, Practice Specialist, Legal Technology Resource Center, American Bar Association
    Matthew Minor, General Counsel, Blue Star Case Solutions, Inc.



    Building Her Power Base: A Conversation with ABA President Laurel Bellows on Leadership & Entrepreneurship
    presented by Ms. JD and Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    January 31, 2013
    12:00 PM
    Kirkland & Eliis LLP
    300 North LaSalle Street
    Chicago, IL

    Lunch served.

    Viewing party at
    10:00 AM
    Kirkland & Eliis LLP
    555 California Street
    San Francisco, CA

    Continental breakfast served.

    Laurel Bellows will be speaking on Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be answering questions from young women attorneys and law students nationwide. When Ms. JD thinks Entrepreneurship and Leadership, Laurel is one of the first women that comes to mind. She is the Principal of her own law firm, The Bellows Law Group, P.C., she is the president of the ABA, she was the second woman president of the 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association, she was listed among Working Mother Magazine's 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in the country, and the list continues. Laurel's presentation is an unsurpassed opportunity for law students and junior attorneys to get tips and tricks for tackling leadership and entrepreneurship in the law!

    Not in Chicago? Your law school or other organization can telecast or videocast the presentation! Please contact Kim Watson at watson@ms-jd.org if you are interested in hosting a viewing party.



    Leadership Workshop for Professional Women: Skills for Success
    presented by the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations

    February 8 & 9, 2013
    Embassy Suites Dallas - Market Center
    2727 Stemmons Freeway
    Dallas, TX

    All professional women--whether in law, accounting, finance, business, architecture, engineering or management--will gain valuable skills from attending this outstanding professional development event.


    Sharon Ellison of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication will share new ways of communicating that promote confidence, directness and respect.
    Attorney Karen Lockwood
    of the Lockwood Group will lead participants through scenario-based negotiation training.
    Lauren Stiller Rikleen
    , Executive-in-Residence, Boston College Center for Work and Family, will provide attendees with a practical roadmap for economic advancement and leadership.
    Brigadier General (Air Force, ret.) Wilma L. Vaught
    was one of the first military women to achieve the rank of general officer. She is best known for her efforts to create the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, which pays tribute to more than 2.5 million women who have served in the armed forces.
    Texas State Senator Wendy Davis
    was a single mother at 19 who went on to graduate from Harvard Law. Senator Davis will share her inspiring story with us at lunch on Saturday.


    2013 NAWL Mid-Year Meeting

    February 14 - 16, 2013
    Walt Disney World
    Grand Floridian Resort
    Orlando, Florida

    Please join NAWL in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World for our 2013 Mid-Year meeting, February 14-16, 2013. Attend timely and stimulating CLE programs that will assist you as a woman lawyer in your practice setting. Network with NAWL members from across the country, plan future activities with your colleagues on NAWL committees, and have a family-oriented, fun-filled time at the theme parks.

    National Association of Women Lawyers®

    American Bar Center MS 17.1, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
    T: 312.988.6186   F: 312.932.6450