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ABA Section of International Law:
2014 North American Regional Forum
Doing Business Within The Region And Collaborating Abroad

November 17-18, 2014
Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel
Vancouver, BC Canada

The Internet and e-commerce have fundamentally altered notions of free trae as the digital age blurs political and economic borders. Legal and regulatory underpinnings of trae are being revised, as a matter of commercial practicality, almost monthly. This conference will feature two parallel tracks on best practices for international companies doing business in North America and for North American companies working internationally.

Topics include:

Cross-Border Ethics Enforcement of Judgements
Antitrust Compliance
Data Privacy Litigation and Arbitration

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NAWL Environmental & Energy Law and Litigation 
Affinity Groups Meeting

November 13, 2014
Program begins at 8:30 AM
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
1350 I Street, NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC, 20005

Join NAWL's new Environmental & Energy and Litigation Affinity Groups for breakfast! These two groups seek to promote and connect environmental, energy, and litigation professionals who support the advancement and interests of women lawyers. NAWL Immediate Past President Deborah Froling will share brief remarks. 


We hope you will join us for breakfast to meet other professionals in these fields and learn more about the groups and how you can participate.




New Jersey Women Lawyers Association presents
An Evening with Helen Wan

November 11, 2014
Iselin, NJ

Join NJWLA for an evening with Helen Wan, lawyer, speaker on women in the workplace, diversity, inclusion and author of The Partner Track. The program will feature networking, dinner, and engaging discussion. Each ticket includes a copy of Wan's book.



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10th Annual General Counsel Institute
Strategic Leadership: Developing Legal Expertise and Skills to Enable and Empower Yourself and Others in the 21st Century

November 6-7, 2014
InterContinental Times Square
300 W. 44th Street
New York, NY

Today’s world-class organizations require in-house counsel not only to be expert lawyers, but also strategic and motivational leaders who enable, engage and empower themselves, their law departments and their organizations to achieve complex commercial objectives. To address the complexity of dynamic organizations, in-house legal leaders must build strong and engaged teams; gain commitment and cooperation from their business partners; and understand the commercial impact and risks of privacy obligations and transparency, compliance requirements and strategic business alliances. Just as organizations are abandoning old ways of thinking, the expertise and skills of successful leaders are shifting in unprecedented ways to drive growth in the 21st century.

At GCI 10, you will explore the strategies, skills and substantive knowledge necessary for in-house counsel to successfully lead their organizations and legal departments. Discover how to orchestrate rather than dictate -- to enable others to achieve their best; learn to influence rather than control – to empower others to start conversations and build consensus; and develop a broader repertoire of technical skills, substantive legal expertise and emotional intelligence – to create an engaged and positive work environment.

Through powerful personal stories, substantive legal workshops and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, you will develop best practices and actionable solutions for cutting-edge leadership attributes that will inform and inspire your legal department and your organization to bridge the gap between achieving today’s priorities and realizing tomorrow’s possibilities.

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Women Working Together: Using Data to Change the Future

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Program begins at 4:00 PM
Reception to follow at 5:30 PM
Jenner & Block
353 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

On Tuesday, October 28, the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law , the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and Women Everywhere will present the annual report on the Chicago Call to Action (CTA), now in its eleventh year of tracking progress in the advancement of women into leadership roles in the Chicago legal community. The CTA measures gender diversity among the top Chicago-area law firms by looking at: (1) the percentage of women partners; (2) the percentage of women associates; and (3) the percentage of women in an “other attorneys” category. 

 This year we will also hear from representatives of several organizations that compile significant benchmarking reports on women’s advancement in the local legal and corporate sectors:

Gloria Santona, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of McDonald’s Corporation and Chairwoman of The Chicago Network’s Census for 2013, will describe the results of the Census, which monitors the progress of women in leadership roles in the top 50 public companies in the Chicago area and how the data has changed over time;

Deborah S. Froling, Partner at Arent Fox and Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Lawyers and Co-chair of NAWL’s Survey Committee, will discuss its Survey on the Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms, including the most recent results and the long view after eight surveys;

Jane Pigott, Managing Director of R3 Group LLC and Co-chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women when the CBA approved the Call to Action, will present the most recent survey results and share some history of and key takeaways from the initiative.

After their individual remarks, the three leaders will participate in a discussion moderated by Claudia Wolf, Partner at Deloitte, about how the various sets of data relate, how they can be used to make progress, and what we can all do to help women advance at a faster rate.

At the reception after the program, we will celebrate milestones for two groups of women working together. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, an association bringing together women lawyers from across the state to learn, network, and advocate for women in the legal profession. It is also the 15th anniversary of the Women Everywhere: Partners In Service Project, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing volunteer services from the legal community to women and children in need. It is a rare program that brings so many different local, statewide and national women’s groups to the same table to work together and celebrate each other. We hope you will join us to learn from the collaboration and plan for a future working together to advance women in law.

We extend our appreciation to the Jenner & Block Women’s Forum for sponsoring the event.

Approved by Illinois for 1.5 General MCLE hours and 1.5 Professional Responsibility hours.



Ms. JD Event:

Determined to Rise: A Conversation on Law, Leadership, and Being "The First" with Paulette Brown, President Elect of the ABA 

October 27, 2014
Live Videocast

Please join Ms. JD on October 27, 2014 for an engaging conversation with Paulette Brown, President-Elect of the American Bar Association (ABA). When she takes the reins as President, Ms. Brown will be the first African-American woman to lead the ABA. Ms. Brown is also a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer at Edwards Wildman Palmer and has served in many other positions, including as in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies and a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Ms. Brown is offering her advice to the Ms. JD community. In an event hosted by O'Melveny & Myers LLP, she will spend an hour on October 27th answering your questions about law, leadership and being "the first." Questions must be submitted by October 17, 2014 and can be submitted through the registration link, on Twitter (@msjdtweets) or on Ms. JD's Facebook page.  

Registration will close on October 23, 2014.



New York City Bar Association
Women in Law Institute: Your Pipeline to Success 

October 24, 2014
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036 

In the competitive business of law, in order to have and maintain a thriving practice and a successful career, all lawyers, particularly women, need to learn to effectively communicate with their colleagues, skillfully engage in self-promotion and develop strong networking skills. If you seek to gain an edge on the competition, and have the stamina to participate in interactive workshops and gain individualized critiques from leading attorneys in a supportive environment, this day is for you.

To help prepare the next generation of lawyers, the University of Texas Center for Women in Law will present the first New York City-based workshop of the nationally-acclaimed Women in Law Institute. The Institute is a limited enrollment, 8-hour workshop. Only second and third-year law students, LL.M. candidates, judicial clerks and recent graduates who are not yet admitted are eligible to attend.

Participants can look forward to expert presentations on the essential skills for navigating a successful career in law: effective communication, self-promotion, and networking. Following each lecture, students work in small groups led by distinguished practitioner/volunteers to perfect these skills through practice and individualized critiques in a supportive environment. Attorney volunteers are senior in-house counsel, judges, law firm senior counsel and partners.

 Speakers: Kathleen Brady, Carol Kanarek, and Diane Darling




Women's Bar Association of Illinois
2014 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards Ceremony 

October 23, 2014
Hotel Allegro
171 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Join WBAI at the inaugural Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards Ceremony and Reception to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2014 winners:

Maria Green, Illinois Tool Works Inc.

Elizabeth A. Kaveny, Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny

Amy B. Manning, McGuire Woods LLP

Virginia Martinez, Illinois Latino Family Commission

Jennifer M. Mikulina, McDermott Will & Emery

Kay L. Schichtel, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP




The ABA's 9th Annual 

GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 23-25, 2014
Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 South Alamo Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

Book your travel now for the 2014 GPSolo 9th Annual National Solo & Small Firm Conference (NSSFC). This year’s theme is “Building a Texas-Sized Practice on a Lone Star Budget.” Traditionally, the NSSFC attracts more than 200 solos and small firm practitioners from across the country and abroad. However, this year’s meeting in Texas is going supersize as we expect to draw record numbers. Come join the excitement and learn to build or expand your practice without spending a fortune.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose up to ten hours of CLE from more than 25 hours of offerings. Some exciting highlights of the meeting include off-the-charts networking opportunities such as meet-and-greets with legal service plan providers and potential new business referrals; Rainmaking Forum; U.S. Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony (register now to take part); Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens; and an accreditation course for practice before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (which, like Social Security representation, can result in a fee award). All these programs are new this year.

So come on down and join the fun! Don’t mess with Texas, and don’t miss out on GPSolo’s signature event! For the best savings, register before September 22 and pay only $145.




The ABA Section of International Law
2014 Fall Meeting 

October 21-25, 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina

The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend our 2014 Fall Meeting in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 21-25, 2014. The 2014 Fall Meeting will bring together over 1,000 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for a conference unlike any other. World-class speakers and international legal experts will lead over 70 continuing legal education sessions on international legal and ethics issues including sessions on Business / Regulation / Compliance; Dispute Resolution / Litigation; Environmental / Energy; Human Rights; Legal Practice / Ethics; M&A / Finance / Tax; and Public International Law / Rule of Law.

 2014 Fall Meeting attendees will have limitless opportunities to network with colleagues, decision makers, and potential clients from around the world and will also have ample time to experience the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires at planned social events, receptions and outings. All registrants will take home a free bottle of Malbec wine and leather iPad holder and will have the opportunity to sign up for a several activities around Buenos Aires including free tango lessons and a home hospitality night. There will also be planned entertainment for registered guests, spouses and significant others.

NAWL is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can register for the conference at the discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by using the hardcopy registration form.




Women, Minorities, Business & the Law:
Using Diversity Initiatives and
Affinity Groups to Build & Win Business

October 8, 2014
American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 

Recent reports illustrate that women and minorities are still struggling to reach equity partner status at their firms and are not being asked to join key client engagement teams. Furthermore, many firms continue to struggle to attract and retain women and diverse attorneys. Why should legal marketers and business developers care about these issues? Why should they coordinate with the legal diversity personnel within their firms and how can they better coach and support their women and minority attorneys? Our panel draws on several unique perspectives to address these and other challenges and discuss answers.  

Program attendees will learn how women lawyers, LGBT lawyers, and lawyers of color can leverage their affinity group memberships to advance their careers and develop a pipeline of business and referrals; how to utilize sponsorships of various affinity groups and diversity initiatives as business development and marketing tools; and how companies and legal departments are driving greater legal diversity and inclusiveness and how legal marketers can support their firm’s legal diversity personnel in attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse attorneys


Featuring Moderator Jonathan Becks, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd, and Panelists Cynthia Photos Abbott, Chief Litigation Counsel, Motorola Mobility LLC; Jeanette Hait Blanco, Senior Product/Regulatory Counsel, PayPal, Inc.; Hon. Patricia Brown Holmes (Ret.), Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP; and Mario A. Sullivan, Principal, Johnson and Sullivan Ltd., this program is ideal for legal marketers, attorneys, and legal diversity personnel who are interested in understanding and benefitting from the intersection of diversity and business development. Members of the LMA and co-sponsoring organizations receive a discounted registration rate. Due to building security rules, all guests must be pre-registered to attend the event. Space is limited, so register today!


The National Association of Minority and
Women Owned Law Firms, Inc.'s®
2014 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo

September 21-24, 2014
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Advanced registration is required. Registration is FREE for in-house counsel. Law firm members must be members of NAMWOLF in order to attend the event.

The NAMWOLF Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo is a three-day conference providing unique opportunities to connect corporate counsel from Fortune 1000 companies and minority and women owned law firms. The conference features NAMWOLF’s signature event, the Law Firm Expo, which provides an opportunity for in-house counsel to meet with the Nation’s top minority and women owned law firms in a relaxed networking environment.

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The National LGBT Bar Association
Lavendar Law® Conference & Career Fair

August 21-23, 2014
Sheraton New York Times Square
811 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

The National LGBT Bar Association’s 2014 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair will be held August 21-23, 2014 in New York City. Each year, this event brings together the sharpest legal minds in the LGBT community for cutting edge educational programming, professional networking opportunities and a day-long Career Fair. The three-day conference draws over 1,600 attendees and features over 40 workshops and panel discussions. Topics covered in recent years have included: religion and LGBT equality, transgender athletes, employment benefits, and diversity on the bench.

Additional programming includes day-long seminars focused on family law and transgender issues, programming geared towards corporate counsel and career counseling resources for students.

Join The Bar for the largest gathering of LGBT legal professionals in the country!




ABA Judicial Division's Task Force on Perceptions of Justice's
...and Justice for Some: Unconscious Bias and the Law

August 9, 2014
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
ABA Annual Meeting
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

Is Lady Justice color-blind?

 Join nationally-renowned thought leaders for a fast-paced, provocative round-table dialogue – modeled on the Emmy award-winning PBS series, the “Fred Friendly Seminars” – as we explore the profound, pervasive impact of unconscious racial/ethnic bias in our justice system today. Using hand-held technology to cast confidential “votes,” audience members will react to a series of “ripped-from-the-headlines” vignettes, based on incidents such as the 2009 arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (for forcing the jammed front door of his own home), the shooting of Oscar Grant by a Bay Area transit police officer (dramatized in the 2013 film, “Fruitvale Station”), George Zimmerman’s trial in the 2012 death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the NYPD’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy, and the recent spate of high-profile “shopping-while-black” arrests at tony Manhattan department stores, as well as the false arrest lawsuits those detentions have spawned.


Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Harvard Law School, Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice


Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund
Professor Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law School, Columnist, USA Today, Legal Commentator, NBC News and CBS News
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate magazine, Guest Columnist, New York Times
Professor Gregory S. Parks, Wake Forest University School of Law, Author, 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today and The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America?




National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations'
Women’s Bar Leadership Summit: Breaking Barriers – Building Bridges

August 8, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

Cost for the full-day program is $200.

This annual event, held in conjunction with the ABA annual meeting, draws bar leaders from across North America. After welcoming remarks from the Honorable Barbara A. Lenk of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the keynote speaker will be Lauren Stiller Rikleen, addressing the theme of bridging generational differences in bar associations and workplaces. A copy of her highly-acclaimed book, You Raised Us, Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams, will be included in the materials each Summit registrant will receive.

Koriambanya Carew, Director of Strategic Diversity at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, will discuss why taking inclusion efforts to “the next level” is imperative to our personal and professional success. We’ll hear from Rosalind Barnett, Senior Scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis and co-author of the recently published book, The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance is Hurting Women, Men—And Our Economy, and Amy Gutman, Senior Writer at Harvard School of Public Health and facilitator of the OpEd Project, which seeks to increase the number of women thought leaders in key commentary forums. There will be time to share best practices and programs from the attendees’ bar associations.

An awards luncheon at the Boston College Club will honor programs of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association and the Broward County [Florida] Women Lawyers’ Association. Former federal judge the Honorable Nancy Gertner (Ret.), now Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, will be the luncheon keynote speaker.

Who should attend? Current or aspiring board or executive committee members of bar associations interested in enhancing diversity in the profession by actively engaging Millennials, those who want to learn about issues of particular interest to women lawyers, and anyone who wants to meet lawyers in diverse practice areas from the United States and Canada.

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2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

July 24, 2014
Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Women Belong at the Table: Leading with Courage and Confidence

 Law firms, corporations, and governments benefit in myriad ways when women are at the helm.  Nevertheless, women are still the minority at most leadership tables.  This year’s Annual Meeting will examine the reasons behind the leadership gap and what it takes to be a courageous, confident, and effective leader.  Prominent in-house counsel, private practitioners, and government lawyers will offer concrete skills, best practices, and actionable solutions relevant to women lawyers in all legal disciplines who are looking to take and make the most of their seat at the table.  The Awards Luncheon will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and network with over 800 lawyers from around the country as NAWL recognizes and honors leading lawyers, legal departments, and NAWL members who have made exceptional contributions to improve and diversify the legal profession.




NAWL & IILP present
Women and Minorities: Willing Partners or Reluctant Allies?

July 15, 2014
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Reception to follow
Arent Fox LLP
1717 K Street, NW
Washington, DC

IILP is pleased to partner with the National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") to explore whether women and minorities collaborate as effectively as they might to advance diversity and inclusion goals. If they do not, why not? And, in that case, what might be done to foster stronger and more effective collaborative efforts? As the straight, white male hegemony that has come to characterize the legal profession changes, will some of the groups that had previously been disenfranchised - white women and diverse women - become stronger allies? Or will the groups continue to separately pursue their agendas? What are the potential benefits, challenges, and ramifications to diversity and inclusion objectives under each model? Which model will be speedier in leading to a more inclusive legal profession.


David Douglass, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP (Moderator)
Deborah Froling, Partner, Arent Fox LLP and President, NAWL
Sylvia James, Diversity Counsel, Baker Botts LLP
D'Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director, National LGBT Bar Association
Lisa Man, Assistant State's Attorney, Prince George's County
Fatema Merchant, Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Elizabeth Stern, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP



Federal Bar Association's Women in the Law Conference:

July 11, 2014
George Washington University
Marvin Center
Washington, DC

Find your power. Make progress. Join the Federal Bar Association and your colleagues at the inaugural 2014 Women in the Law Conference on July 11 in Washington, D.C. and invest in your future and in the advancement of women as legal practitioners. Don't miss keynote speakers Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, and Hon. Patricia A. Millett, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as they aim to change the conversation about women in the law.

Before the conversation begins, join conference speakers and conference attendees for a Networking Reception on July 10 at DLA Piper.

Discounted pricing is available for all NAWL members - registration form>>


New York City Bar Association's
Annual Reception Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2014

June 24, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
House of the Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY

The City Bar will hold its annual reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, where they will present two individuals with the Arthur S. Leonard Award for distinguished service on behalf of the LGBT community. This year, they are pleased to recognize recipients Carmelyn P. Malalis, Partner, Outten & Golden LLP; and Jeffrey S. Trachtman, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Please join us!

There is no charge for this event, please email to register.

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Alston & Bird LLP's
California Diversity Committee Presents
Is Diversity Still Important in 2014?

June 19, 2014
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Alston & Bird LLP
333 South Hope Street
16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

This program will address the current relevance and importance of diversity in business, the legal profession, and in the judiciary. Our esteemed speaker for the program is the Honorable Justice Carol D. Codrington, an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two. Justice Codrington is the first African American Justice appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

For additional information, please contact Jocelyn Cruz at 213.576.1034 or

Please register early, as space is limited. This program is presented at no charge, and parking will be validated.

*1.0 Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession CLE credits.

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges'
77th Annual Conference

July 13-16, 2014
Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL

The Conference will feature a wide range of juvenile and family law topics including child abuse and neglect, trauma, custody and visitation, judicial leadership, juvenile justice, sex trafficking of minors, family violence, drug courts, psychotropic medications, children testifying in court, detention alternatives, substance abuse, and the adolescent brain. In addition, this year we are offering a pre-conference workshop, Special Consideration for Working with Adolescents with Substance Abuse Issues, designed for professionals working with juvenile justice involved youth who also have mental health, substance abuse, or trauma issues.

NCJFCJ is excited to welcome one of Time Magazine's "Time 100" honorees Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew as a co-speaker for the Keynote Address. Other select faculty includes Dolores Subia Bigfoot, Ph.D. from the Indian Country Child Trauma Center; Dr. Jordan Greenbaum of the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Robert L. Listenbee, JD, Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and Dr. Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor, and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University.

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 Federal Bar Association's
Women in the Law Conference: POWER AND PROGRESS

July 11, 2014
George Washington University
Marvin Center
Washington, DC


Find your power. Make progress. Join the Federal Bar Association and your colleagues at the inaugural 2014 Women in the Law Conference on July 11 in Washington, D.C. and invest in your future and in the advancement of women as legal practitioners. Don't miss keynote speakers Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, and Hon. Patricia A. Millett, U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as they aim to change the conversation about women in the law.

Before the conversation begins, join conference speakers and conference attendees for a Networking Reception on July 10 at DLA Piper.

Visit today for more information about attending this empowering conference. Discounted pricing is available for all NAWL members (registration form>>)




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2014 NAWL Pipeline to Equity Partnership (P2P)®

May 28, 2014
Loyola University Chicago
School of Law
25 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL

Supporting its Challenge to increase the percentage of women equity partners to 30%, NAWL's Pipeline to Equity Partnership (P2P) program is targeted to women lawyers on the brink of equity partnership at their respective law firms. Specifically designed for women income partners, counsel and senior associates, 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 P2P Program allows for frank conversation and exchange of ideas on the ethical and professional challenges women lawyers encounter on their path to equity partnership. Guidance on such topics as gender bias, effective and ethical client management and the risk of internal 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.



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The Women's Leadership & Mentoring Alliance

Demystifying Generational Differences

Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
1825 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served

For the first time in history, the American workforce spans four separate generations – the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and the Millennials – each with a different and distinct approach to their job and careers. Each of these generations has vastly different perspectives, divergent priorities and even uses completely different means of communication – so much so that navigating the cross generational waters to align a team in strategic thinking or even to come to an understanding on where and when work will be done can seem near impossible.

At our next event, we will have two nationally known experts demystify these generational differences and debunk widely held myths held by one generation about the other. The session will also offer practical recommendations to help all the generations find and appreciate the value proposition each brings to the workforce to raise the collective profile of all.

Speakers include
» Manar Morales, The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
» Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership

Registration Fee
$40 advance ticket price
$45 at the door
(Price includes copy of book)

For more information about WLMA, visit our website at




Thursday, May 8, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern

Join NAWL to discuss Stiletto Network with author Pamela Ryckman

About Stiletto Network: More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circles, and collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. Stiletto Network is about those groups: the "Power Bitches," "Brazen Hussies" and "S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress." It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary women, from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs, come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needs, be it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, "Stiletto Network" is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.




ABA's 2014 Law Day
American Democracy and the Rule of Law:
Why Every Vote Matters


May 1, 2014

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

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Harnessing the Competitive Advantage of Greater Diversity and Inclusion by Achieving Pay Equity

April 24, 2014
The Acorn Club
1519 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Fearless Women Network is very pleased to invite you to a lively and informative program addressing the pay equity challenge that the legal profession must meet. Bias and unequal pay are long-standing and pervasive concerns. The time is ripe to address them and bring about much-needed change; let’s capitalize on that momentum!
Please join for a discussion of the solutions to be implemented.


- Sheryl L. Axelrod, Esq., The Axelrode Firm, PC; Co-Founder, Fearless Women Network
- Mary Ann Mullaney, Esq., Blank Rome LLP; Co-Founder, Fearless Women Network


- Dean JoAnne A. Epps, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Deborah Epstein Henry, Esq., Flex-Time Lawyers LLC 
Moji Amamda James, Esq., Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Sophia Lee, Esq., Sunoco, Inc.
Roberta D. Liebenberg, Esq., Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
- Angela A. Meyer, Ph.D., P.E., Exponent®, Inc.
Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss, Executive Director, The Sheller Center for Social Justice
Honorable George W. Overton, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
Lisa M. Passante, Esq., Thomson Reuters; President-Elect, NAWL
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Esq., Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership
Honorable Annette M. Rizzo, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
- Heather A. Steinmiller, Esq., Conner Strong & Buckelew

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ABA's Sixth Annual National Institute on Internal Corporate Investigations and Forum for In-House Counsel

April 23, 2014
ABA DC Office
1020 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

April 24-25, 2014
Park Hyatt Washington Hotel
1201 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037


This intensive National Institute remains unparalleled in its dissection of the pressing issues that define corporate internal investigations. A preeminent faculty comprised of in-house and outside counsel, and government lawyers along with forensic accountants and investigators will share their insights and experiences surrounding corporate investigations. Attendees of this program will learn strategies to avoid new threats facing in-house counsel, gain practical knowledge about the responsible corporate officers doctrine, and increase familiarity with current compliance and fraud investigation procedures. 

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ABA Section of International Law
2014 Spring Meeting

April 1 - 5, 2014
The Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue
New York, NY

ABA International’s Spring Meeting will be one of the world’s largest and most important gatherings of international lawyers, with more than 1500 attendees from over 80 countries expected. More than 70 substantive CLE sessions at the 2014 Spring Meeting will feature prominent speakers from start to finish, making it a “Must-Attend” meeting for lawyers with a practice or interest in international legal issues.  Wednesday morning begins with Courageous Counsel, including prominent women General Counsels from the Fortune 500, and Friday afternoon concludes with a look at the legal profession with Senator Evan Bayh, the Honorable Judith Kaye, Bernard Nussbaum, Richard Revesz, and Frederic Ury.  In between, you can hear from many prominent speakers, including Chancellor Leo Strine from the Delaware Court of Chancery and Lord Michael Burton, Chief Judge of Commercial Courts, Royal Courts of Justice, London. 



Women's Leadership & Mentoring Alliance presents
Use Your Brain! - The Neuroscience Behind Difference

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
$30 advance ticket price
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served)

Offices of McDermott Will & Emery LLP
New York, NY (live)
340 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10173

Chicago, IL (via satellite)
227 West Monroe Street, Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606

Washington, DC (via satellite)
The McDermott Building
500 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Los Angeles (via satellite)
2049 Century Park East, 38th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067


The human brain skews toward bias. We are wired to process difference in a way that unconsciously influences decision making and impacts our interactions with colleagues and clients. We're also on the receiving end of bias as women professionals, and addressing this is critical to our career advancement. Only by understanding our blind spots can we build inclusive environments, and enhance our leadership abilities, business development, and team effectiveness!

Please join WLMA and special guest, Ritu Bhasin, to explore strategies for addressing our unconscious biases and associated discomfort with the difference rooted in our unconscious brain, including how women professionals can address the bias we experience. She will teach us to leverage these concepts for leadership growth, to help us in our career advancement, and to develop tools to bridge differences in any work environment.

Ritu is a People Strategist and Diversity Specialist and is the Founder and Principal of bhasin consulting inc. She has a breadth of consulting and training expertise in leadership, people management, and diversity programming, as well as acts as a career and leadership coach.

For more information about WLMA, visit



New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
7th Annual WILL Platinum Gala

Honoring Leaders from the Judicial, Public, Corporate, and Private Law Firm Sectors

March 25, 2014
5:30pm Cocktail Hour followed by Dinner and Awards Presentation
The Grove
691 Pompton Avenue
Cedar Grove, NJ

The NJWLA’s Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award is bestowed upon individuals for their exceptional achievements, their sustained contributions to gender equity challenges and other issues unique to women in the legal profession.

Keynote Speaker: Deborah Norville, Emmy Award Winning Television Anchor and Journalist

Mistress of Ceremonies: Honorable Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District Court of New Jersey


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58th Commission on the Status of Women
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls

  March 10 - 24, 2014
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY
Streamed Live


Many of the official sessions and side events at this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), taking place from 10-21 March 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, will be live streamed.

Check here for the overview of scheduled and archived live streams by UN Women. UN Web TV also features many live streams of CSW sessions and side events. And of course you can follow CSW on social media - the main hashtag to follow is #CSW58.

Check this link for updates about live streaming of CSW side events, and click here for access to UNDP Key Messages on CSW58, UNDP Key Facts on the MDGS and Gender Equality, Fast Facts on Gender Equality and UNDP, web banners, and a flyer with UNDP co-organized side events.



Directors Roundtable invites you to attend
Directors, C-Suite & Corporate Counsel:
Incorporating Ethics For Successful Business Operations

March 21, 2014
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The University Club
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC
There is no fee to attend and continental breakfast will be served.


Directors, C-Suite Executives, and General Counsel have important responsibility maintaining ethics standards throughout all business operations. Four key areas are: (1) the increasing emphasis on compliance issues; (2) the education of employees regarding proper practices; (3) the need to ensure that outside partners and suppliers possess the same ethical core values as your corporation; and (4) furthering successful operations. Thomas Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DuPont, will focus his Keynote Address on how corporations ensure that they conduct business in compliance with legal requirements and consistent with their ethics and values.

The Distinguished Panelists will also discuss key ethics issues including compliance; government regulation and enforcement; investigating possible unethical and/or fraudulent behavior; treatment of employees; whistleblowing; privilege; and internal reporting.

Thomas L. Sager Senior Vice President & General Counsel, DuPont

Michael Feinberg Counsel, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, LLP
Angela Styles Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
Sanjay Bhandari Partner, Ballard Spahr
Blake Coppotelli Managing Director, Freeh Group International Solutions

To register, log on to and click on "Current Events and Registration". To contact us, call Karen Todd at (727) 493-2067 or e-mail at

The Directors Roundtable is a State Bar of California MCLE provider. This activity has been approved for two hours of California Ethics MCLE credit and Two hours of Virginia CLE Ethics credits are pending. Most states honor California MCLE on a reciprocal basis for their CLE.




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2014 NAWL Mid-Year Meeting
Leadership Through Change: Lessons from D.C. and Beyond

March 19 - 20, 2014
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC


Join the National Association of Women Lawyers in the nation's capital for a program that will focus on the advancement of women in the profession and offer interactive and dynamic CLE programs geared towards helping women in all legal disciplines and at every stage of their careers.



Special guest room rates are available for meeting registrants for the nights of March 19 and March 20 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel located at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Please note reservations at the group rate of $259 per night (plus applicable taxes) will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and the hotel will not hold rooms after February 24, 2014. The hotel will make the special rate available 3 days pre and 3 days post event, based on availability.

Reservations can be made via the Renaissance website.  You may use this website to book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations and receive updated information about the event. All reservations require a first night room deposit or must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Reservations may also be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1-800-468-3571 or (202) 898-9000. When making your reservation, please be sure to mention that you are with NAWL or National Association of Women Lawyers in order to obtain the discounted rate.



Diversity & Flexibility Alliance's 2014 Annual Conference
Diversity + Flexibility = Sustainability

March 18, 2014
Jones Day
300 New Jersey Avenue (at D Street), NW
Washington, DC 20001

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The Alliance is a leading consortium dedicated to the advancement and retention of women lawyers and work-life control for all attorneys, and its conference explores the most up-to-date research-based action steps highlighting the intersection of diversity and flexibility. With over 150 expected participants, the conference will bring together general counsel, law firm management, and other legal industry leaders to discuss success strategies to improve attorney retention and promote sustainable organizations.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker, NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, acclaimed author of the book, “Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights,” and co-author of the groundbreaking report, “Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.” The conference agenda also includes four panel discussions, and the presentation of the Alliance’s Flex Success Award to two outstanding partners working reduced hours schedules, as well as their clients, and its inaugural Flex Leader Award to a law firm chair who has championed flexible work by example.

For more information, visit If you have any questions, please contact Eliza Musallam at



President, Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby invites your participation in the
2014 NAWJ Midyear Leadership Conference

Ensuring Access to Justice for All 

March 13 - 15, 2014
Westin Georgetown
2350 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037


The National Association of Women Judges' mission is to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committeed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to Justice.  Since 1979, the National Association of Women Judges has fought to preserve judicial independence, ensure equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, to increase the number of women judges at all levels, and provide cutting-edge judicial education.  NAWJ's diverse membershup includes women and men at all levels of the federal, state, tribal, military and administrative judiciary from every state and territory in the nation, as well as attorneys, law clerks, law students and law professors committed to our mission of diversity and equality in the system of justice.

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NAWL Management Series Webinar:
Management 101: What They Didn't Teach You In Law School
(But You Wish They Had)

March 12, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern


Regardless of where you are in your career (junior, mid-career or senior attorney) or where you are practicing (law
firm, in-house, non-profit or government), managing others is likely a big part of your day, whether you are mainly
managing "up" to those above you or "down" to those below you. Doing it well is critical to your success.

Law school doesn't teach this important skill; NAWL is here to help fill the gap!

This program explores a cross-section of management challenges and provides you with practical tips on solving
them. It also addresses the all-too-often-overlooked but essential "self-management" and "relationship" competencies
that make managing others even more productive and rewarding.

This program is taught by two experienced practitioners.

Lisa B. Horowitz, JD MSOD, Founder and Principal Advisor, Attorney Talent Strategy Group
Susan Letterman White, JD MSOD, Consultant, Letterman White Consulting 


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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
is hosting the

Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers

March 2 - 5, 2014
Monterey, CA

The Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers will feature topics as wide ranging as last year, with the return of Professor Joe Hoffman, who will once again update us on U.S. Supreme Court activity.  In addition, we expect plenary sessions on the effects of psychotropic medications in children and adults, e-discovery and ethics, and how to stay happy and productive.

We are pleased to once again have faculty from organizations such as The National Judicial College, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, and others who will be providing stellar faculty.  We are joined this year by the Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit organization from Ft. Hood, Texas serving military families, who will discuss issues of children in the military. 

We plan to offer sessions on child sexual abuse, cyberstalking, interviewing children, child toxic stress in high-conflict divorce, and parentage in the test tube era. The topics of marriage and divorce in a post-DOMA world, trauma-informed courts, virtual contact visitation plans, and judicial health and wellness will also be offered. In all, the offerings will be state of the art and thought provoking, and we anticipate a most lively conference. Please share these details with your colleagues and plan to join us in Monterey!

For a complete program schedule and to register for the Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers,  click here



Ms. JD's Passion Forward

February 21 - 22, 2014
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

The National Association of Women Lawyers is proud to announce that we are co-sponsors of Ms. JD's Sixth Annual Conference on Women in Law themed Ms. JD: Passion Forward. As you know, Ms. JD's Annual Conference is a premiere event for women law students and young lawyers.

 Passion Forward will take place February 21-22, 2014 in conjunction with the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, TX. At Passion Forward, participants will be taken through a day of workshops focused on identifying and showcasing their passion. First, Ms. JD will help you identify what you are passionate about and how you are best able to communicate those passions. Then, Ms. JD's knowledgeable presenters will work with you to build skills that will help you display your passion through social media, blogs and articles, and by getting involved in organizations that share your commitment. Finally, Ms. JD will help you leverage the power of women supporting women by guiding you in the creation of a personalized master plan for presenting your passions after the conference. In short, you will walk away from the first day of Passion Forward with new and concrete skills to showcase to the world what is most important to you. The second day of Passion Forward is the Women in Law Institute, an all day intensive workshop for second and third-year law students, judicial clerks, and LL.M.'s.

In addition to a day jam-packed with advice and skill-building from top practitioners, attendees will have the opportunity to network with one another and speak with attorneys from top firms and other local organizations. For attorneys, Ms. JD is seeking CLE credit in Texas and California.

For the first time in Ms. JD history, Ms. JD will be honoring exceptional women in connection with our annual conference. For more information and to nominate someone, please visit HERE



Ark Group & Managing Partner's West Coast presents

February 5, 2014
AMA Executive Conference Center
55 Fourth Street, Second Level
San Francisco, CA


Illustrating the business imperative for the retention and succession of female leadership in the legal profession, while identifying opportunities to open up business dialogues and make useful connections.  Featuring key contributions and candid viewpoints from:

Patricia K. Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Penny Herscher, President & CEO, FirstRain
Kathi Lutton, Partner, Fish and Richardson
Amira Day Dallafior, Lead Counsel, Labor & Employment, Facebook
Gillian Thackray, Senior Corporate Counsel, The Clorox Company
Karen B. Kahn, Managing Partner, Threshold Advisors, LLC
Diane E. Ambler, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Susan A. Yohe, Managing Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Ray Cardozo, Office Managing Partner, San Francisco, Reed Smith
Stephen Scharf, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Angela Brandt, Partner, Larson King
Pamela K. Fulmer, Partner, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP
Jana Arbanas, Principal - AERS, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Elizabeth Franklin, Executive Director, Associate General Counsel, Global Employment and Immigration, Maxim Integrated Products
Carol Frohlinger, Co-Founder,Negotiating Women, Inc
Robert N. Weiner, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Madeline Cahill-Boley, Strategic Partner, Evans Keane LLP
Marianne M. Trost, The Women Lawyers Coach, LLC

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The National Association of Women Judges
invites you to the virtual opening of

"Fair and Free"
A video presentation featuring former
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Hosted by LexisNexis, the virtual premier marks the official launch of "Informed Voters - Fair Judges," a non partisan voter education project to increase public awareness about the judicial system, to inform voters that politics and special interest attacks have no place in the courts, and to give voters the tools they need to exercise an informed vote in favor of fair and impartial courts.

Click here to join the Live Streaming Online Event.