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NAWL Night of Giving Reception
Texas Lawyers for Children

Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Tootsies in the Plaza at Preston Center
Dallas, TX

Show your support of NAWL, women in the law, and Texas Lawyers for Children by attending this fun evening of networking, shopping, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a private fashion show.

In lieu of a registration fee, attendees are encouraged to bring an item from the charity's Wish List (backpacks, school supplies, lunch boxes, stuffed animals, gifts cards, etc).



11th Annual General Counsel Institute
Soaring to New Heights:
Mastering the Expanding Role of General Counsel as Legal Expert, Business Strategist, and Ethical Leader

November 5-6, 2015
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
New York, NY

The last several years have brought significant changes to the General Counsel position and for many, a rise of greater prominence within their companies. Large-scale forces are transforming the economics of corporations as they face challenges related to accelerating competition, cost controls, technology development, reporting transparency, and Wall Street’s focus on short-term profit maximization.

As a result, the General Counsel increasingly has a broader scope beyond being strictly a legal advisor to also being a C-suite executive, senior counselor to the Board, the CEO, and the CFO, and the ultimate guardian of the company’s integrity. The General Counsel and her in-house lawyers are expected to understand the full spectrum of their company’s business and provide expert legal advice, business strategy input, and ethical guidance.

At GCI 11, you will explore ways to create and promote your legal department as a key business partner, develop and employ critical business relationships, and strategically advance your expertise and skills to bolster your prominence within the company. Through powerful personal stories, substantive legal workshops, and GCI’s unique open exchange of ideas, you will soar to new heights as you develop practical solutions to stay relevant in today’s evolving corporate legal and business environments.


NAWL Environmental & Energy and Litigation Affinity Groups:
Networking Breakfast During the ACC Anual Meeting 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Breakfast & Networking - 7:30 AM- 8:45 AM
(Remarks at 8:00 AM)
Sheraton Boston Hotel - Fens Room, 5th Floor
39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) Environmental & Energy and Litigation Affinity Groups are coming to Boston! On the occasion of the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Beveridge & Diamond and NAWL cordially invite you to a breakfast reception that will be the inaugural gathering of the Boston-area NAWL Environmental & Energy and Litigation Affinity Groups. 

Come meet other professionals in these fields and learn more about the groups and how you can participate. Please note the Dress for Success donation guidelines as these NAWL Affinity Groups also plan to collect professional shoes, handbags, winter hats, scarves, and gloves, along with financial donations, for Dress for Success, Boston, at this event.

Elizabeth A. Levy, NAWL Board Member and Counsel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will offer brief remarks, along with Beveridge & Diamond lawyers.



Regional General Counsel Institute
Being Your Own Entrepreneur:
Define Your Success. Own Your Career

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
University of St. Thomas School of Law
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Join experienced women in-house counsel to discuss building your in-house legal career at NAWL’s 2015 Regional General Counsel Institute (“RGCI”) on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you are in-house counsel at any seniority level who wants to advance your legal expertise, improve your communication and management skills, and enhance your C-suite presence to add greater strategic value to your company’s business, then you should attend RGCI. Network with in-house peers and presenters and be positioned to achieve your definition of success! CLE credit application to be filed.



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 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
Up for the Challenge: Harnessing Our Power to Lead

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Grand Hyatt @ Grand Central Station
New York, NY

Join over 800 leading women lawyers from across the United States and abroad at our 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon held at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, July 16. NAWL will recognize and honor leading lawyers who have made a significant impact to improve and diversify the legal profession, as well as NAWL members who, through their time and effort, have made exceptional contributions to fulfilling NAWL's mission. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in interesting substantive programing along with plenty of networking opportunities.



Can We Talk? The Impact of Recent Supreme Court Decisions
on the Financial Services Industry 

Thursday, July 9, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY

The NAWL Financial Services Affinity Group invites you to join them for a panel discussion on recent Supreme Court decisions followed by cocktails and networking. The event is generously hosted by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.


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Veterans' Legal Career Fair

May 1-2, 2015
Washington, D.C.

On May 1-2, 2015, the nation's first-ever Veterans’ Legal Career Fair will take place in Washington, D.C. This career fair will match employers with experienced lawyers who have served in the U.S. military or are transitioning out of U.S. military service.

The career fair will arrange one-on-one interviews and informational sessions for veterans (including active duty JAG Corps members and reservists) seeking positions as lawyers, including with corporate legal departments, law firms, other private sector employers and government agencies. Spouses of active members and veterans are also eligible to participate.

Orrick is honored to partner with The American Legion; corporate founding sponsors Microsoft Corporation, Morgan Stanley and ALM Media; and private practice sponsors Shearman & Sterling and the D.C. Diverse Partners Network to create this career fair.




May 1, 2015
The Historic Thayer Hotel
West Point, NY

Want to know how to get a women’s initiative in your firm or law department off the ground? Or are you looking to elevate an already-existing women’s initiative to an even higher level?

If so, NAWL’s inaugural Boot Camp on Women’s Initiatives for Legal Departments and Law Firms is for you. Our program is designed to explore a more strategic approach to crafting and implementing women’s initiatives, and it directly supports the NAWL Challenge to increase the percentage of women equity partners and chief legal officers to at least 30%.


DirectWomen presents
Breaking into the Board Room: It's Time

April 29, 2015
Ballard Spahr LLP
Philadelphia, PA

Join DirectWomen for a unique evening of networking and information sharing where you will hear from a distinguished panel of General Counsel and current board members. The panelists will share their insights into how board members are chosen and how you can best position yourself to serve on a corporate board. The program will also focus on how GCs can work with their CEOs and Boards to increase gender diversity in the boardroom.

Please RSVP by April 10, 2015 to Sarah Gevlin

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Legal Momentum Webinar
The Workplace Is a DV-Free Zone:
Creating a Policy That Successfully
Addresses DV in the Workplace

April 17, 2015
1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

The webinar will review the importance of having a policy that addresses situations where the employee is either a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence; principles that inform an effective policy; and features of the Legal Momentum’s new model policy. The webinar will also include a Q and A session.



Women in Law: Being Successful and Making an Impact

April 16, 2015
Perkins Coie
Chicago, IL

The transition from law school to practice can often be a challenging one. We invite you to hear from seasoned lawyers about legal career options and tips on how to navigate toward success in the changing legal market. Please join the women of Microsoft and Perkins Coie for an interactive session on what lies ahead after law school. Learn from the perspectives of both the in-house counsel and private practitioner on what you can do to shape your career trajectory as a woman lawyer, and how the decisions you make during and after law school can make a positive impact at work.

Hillary Kaplan, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Nichole Abbotts, Attorney, Microsoft
Jeanne Cullen, Partner, Perkins Coie
Jeannil Boji, Counsel, Perkins Coie
Debra Bernard, Moderator, Partner, Perkins Coie

Registration & Networking: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Program: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Space is limited and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, please email


What They Don't Tell You in Law School:
Real Talk on Women in Law

Sidley Austin LLP
Chicago, IL

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's Grit Project has been taking the country by storm! Come find out why at this program on April 8th.

The program will begin with an introduction to the grit and growth mindset concepts, as well as research on implicit bias and women of color. Then attendees will be asked to apply grit and growth mindset concepts to real life situations with the help of a mentor-facilitator. The program concludes with light refreshments and food so the conversation can continue during networking.

For more information about the Grit Project, visit For more information about the Women of Color Research Initiative, visit

This program is co-sponsored by the ABA Law Student Division, Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Chicago Consortium of Law School Diversity Professionals, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, National Association of Women Lawyers, Ms. JD.

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Building Her Powerbase:
A Discussion of "Staying in the Game" with Ingrid Busson-Hall

March 25, 2015
12:00-1:30 PM EST
White & Case LLP/ Viewing Parties/Conference Call
New York, NY

In an event hosted by National Sponsor White & Case LLP, Ms. Busson-Hall is offering advice to the Ms. JD community and will spend an hour answering questions on building a powerbase and “staying in the game.” The event will be held live in the New York office of White & Case LLP from 12-1:30 pm EDT on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 and broadcast to viewing parties in its offices in the following locations: Miami, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Tampa, Washington, D.C., Paris and London. For those unable to attend a viewing party, a conference line is available.

 A viewing party in Chicago will be hosted by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.



 Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to join us at the 2015 Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago, NAWL's home base. This comprehensive and rich program will be relevant to women in all fields of legal practice. We will cover a mix of topics from professional development to substantive sessions. And, as always, there will be networking time built in throughout the event. Join NAWL in Chicago and get inspired!



Environmental & Energy and Litigation Affinity Groups Meeting

9:15 AM
The Cornell Club
6 East 44th Street
New York, New York 10017

Join your colleagues and NAWL President Lisa Passante for a morning of networking and discussion. The Environmental & Energy and Litigation Affinity Groups seek to promote and connect professionals who support the advancement and interests of women lawyers in both the environmental and energy  field and in the litigation field. 

To attend the February 26 breakfast event in NYC, please register below. To receive information about future events throughout the United States, and join the mailing list, please email Liz Stuewe at Please indicate your interest in the Environmental & Energy Affinity Group, the Litigation Affinity Group, or both.  

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4:00 - 5:30 PM
Networking Reception Immediately Following

111 S. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL

The OnRamp Fellowship was launched one year ago to provide women lawyers re-entering the profession one year paid positions at top law firms. A year later, participation has quadrupled. Come listen to a panel of thought leaders on why returnships are a win-win for employers and returning professionals. They will provide historical data on returnships in several industries as well as information on training available for returnees in the legal profession offered by law schools and bar associations. Real life experiences, both from the law firm and the returnee, will spotlight how returnships work in practice, how they help provide on-ramps and how they benefit the participating firms.

The program will also feature a "text your question" format that allows attendees the opportunity to text questions in real time, throughout the panel discussion.

Illinois CLE credit to be applied for.

Sponsored by:
The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law
The National Association of Women Lawyers
Locke and Lord LLP
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois


Canaries in the Coalmine: Succeeding as Female Counsel in Male-Dominated Indistries

Thursday, January 29, 2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
CLE Credit Available 

The ABA Young Lawyers Division, Commission on Women in the Profession, Center for Professional Development, Center for Professional Responsibility, and Law Practice Division invite you to participate in the webinar, "Canaries in the Coalmine: Succeeding as Female Counsel in Male-Dominated Industries." In the pursuit of parity, many women venture into male-dominated industries and find themselves on a strange and unique island, frequently alone. This program shares the experiences of such women, talking about how we can continue to successfully and collectively break longstanding barriers for women in these industries and furthering the educational dialogue on the elimination of bias in the profession.



January 7, 2015
2:00 PM ET
Conference Call

Join NAWL President, Lisa M. Passante, on a conference call on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET, with Christopher Kang, Deputy Counsel to the President, to discuss increasing diversity in our federal courts and making sure they are working at full capacity. This call is off-the-record and closed to the press. The call will be sponsored by the National Association of Women Lawyers, the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, and the National Women's Law Center.