The National Association of Women Lawyers invites you to join us for the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon in Chicago. This comprehensive program will offer both professional development opportunities and skills training to help women in all fields of legal practice thrive in their careers. NAWL will also recognize and honor leading lawyers who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession. And, as always, there will be plenty of time for networking built in throughout the event. Join NAWL in the Midwest and be inspired!


    Don't miss out on the great networking opportunities available:

    Wine, Women, and Chocolate Welcome Reception
    Thursday, March 9 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile 

    Closing Networking Reception
    Friday, March 10 | 5:30 - 7:00 PM
    (directly following the programming)
    Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

    Dine Around
    Optional, self-treat dinner
    Friday, March 10 | 7:00 PM
    Location To Be Determined

    Please indicate your desire to attend when registering

    8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

    8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

    Welcome and Opening Plenary

    Concurrent Workshops

    Awards Luncheon

    Concurrent Workshops

    Plenary Workshop

    Closing Plenary

    Thank You To Our Program Sponsors


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    Interested in sponsoring this program? View the rate sheet or contact Caitlin Kepple, NAWL's Marketing & Development Director, at

    Thank You To Our Partnering Organizations

    American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists
    Association for Women Lawyers (Wisconsin)
    Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City
    Association of Black Women Attorneys
    Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom
    Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.
    Charles Houston Bar Association
    Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers
    Florida Association for Women Lawyers Miami-Dade Chapter
    Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
    Lawyers Club of San Diego
    Mexican American Bar Association of Houston
    Minority Corporate Counsel Association
    National Conference of Women's Bar Associations
    New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
    Ohio Women's Bar Association
    The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, Inc.
    Tulsa Women Lawyers Association
    University of Georgia School of Law
    Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
    Women's Bar Association of Maryland
    Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia
    Women's In House Network

    Thank You To The Planning Committee

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    Susie Lees
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
    Allstate Insurance Company


    Sandra Yamate
    Chief Executive Officer
    Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP")

    Hon. Patrice Ball-Reed
    Circuit Court of Cook County
    Chicago, IL 
    Lindsay G. Carlson
    Bowman and Brooke LLP
     Los Angeles, CA
    Rosanne Ciambrone
    Duane Morris LLP
     Chicago, IL
    Melodie K. Craft
    Littler Mendelson
    Plano, TX 

    Kristie Crawford
    Brown & James PC
     Springfield, MO
    Carrie DiCanio
    Anderson Kill
     New York, NY
    Angela Fontana
    Allstate Insurance Company
    Northbrook, IL  

    Carol J. Gerner
    Sedgwick LLP
    Chicago, IL
    Kelly M. Glynn
    Chicago, IL
    Megan R. Gold
    Allstate Insurance Company
     Chicago, IL

    Leslie Goldman
    Major, Lindsey & Africa
    Houston, TX
    Nancy Lottinville
    Gibbons P.C.
    Newark, NJ 
    Mandana Massoumi
    Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
     Costa Mesa, CA
    Patricia Melville
    Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
    Miami, FL
    Tamela M. Merriweather
    The Northern Trust Company
    Chicago, IL 
    Katherine G. Minarik
     Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
    Chicago, IL 

    Leslie D. Minier
    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
    Chicago, IL
    Margo Wolf O'Donnell
    Vedder Price
    Chicago, IL 
    Katie Rak
     Chicago, IL

    Carolyn Rashby
    Miller Law Group
    San Francisco, CA 
    Jacqueline A. Rogers
    Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
    Wilmington, DE  

    Deidre Roney
    Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
    Oakland, CA 

    Jamie Rudman
    Sanchez + Amador
    Oakland, CA 
    Deborah Salzberger
    Blake, Cassles & Graydon LLP
    Toronto, CA 
    Elizabeth Pagel Serebransky
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    New York, NY 

    Tori Simmons
    Hill Ward Henderson
    Tampa, FL
    Elizabeth Hermann Smith
    Katten Munchin Rosenman LLP
    Chicago, IL 
    Eva M. Spahn
    Greenberg Traurig
     Miami, FL

    Kristy Gonowon
    Allstate Insurance Company
    Northbrook, IL 
    Heather Stenmark
    Allstate Insurance Company
    Northbrook, IL 
    Serena M. Vash
    New York University School of
    New York, NY 

    Teresa Young
    Brown & James PC
    St. Louis, MO 

    National Association of Women Lawyers®

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