2020 Summit

This year’s theme was Owning the ‘Change’ Reaction. Although we were not able to gather in the beautiful Chicago offices of McDermott Will & Emery as planned, we were pleased to embrace the theme of Change with our first-ever virtual women’s bar leadership Summit. 



3:00 PM (CT)

GOOD Guys Event: Male Allies Owning the ‘Change’ Reaction

Moderator: Teresa Beck, Co-Chair of CA Litigation, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Presenter:  Steve Velkei, Partner, Baute Crochetiere Hartley & Velkei LLP

Panelists: David A. Hitchens, General Counsel, Jones Lang Lasalle; Al Harris, Co-Founder, Speaker & Trainer at Andie & Al; Captain Chuck LeMoyne, Commanding Officer, Region Legal Service Office Northwest; Alexander Simpson, Attorney, Microsoft.

4:00 PM (CT)

Welcome Reception

Join us directly after the GOOD Guys Event for a Virtual Reception.



Summit Speakers

11:00 AM (CT)

Jeanne Marie Clavere, President NCWBA, 2019-2020

Opening Remarks and Induction of 2020-2021 Officers and Directors
Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

11:40 AM (CT)

Women Founders and Leadership in Attorney Associations 
Moderator: S. Claire Gibson, Gibson Law

Panelists: Mary Reding Smith, co-founder of Military Spouse JD Network, Moya O’Connor, founder of the New York Caribbean Attorney Network and Michelle Browning Coughlin founder of Mother’s Esquire. 

Join us for a dynamic conversation with our panelists as they discuss their roles as women founders of their organizations including why they founded their organization, the hurdles they overcame as women creating and changing spaces for attorneys, how they balance their roles as leaders with their careers and other obligations and their advice for other women attorneys seeking to create organizations for change in the legal profession.

12:50 PM (CT)

Keynote Speaker
Kori Carew, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Seyfarth

Ms. Carew is an advocate, speaker and inclusion strategist who is passionate about people, human and civil rights, diversity and inclusion and is a former litigator and trial attorney. She loves to ask “why?” and negotiates with “should.”

1:40 PM (CT) 

19th Amendment 100th Anniversary
Presenter: Andrea Kramer, Kramer Law PLLC

A presentation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and its impact on women attorneys. 

2:00 PM (CT)

Finding Ease During Uncertainty
Jeena Cho, Attorney and Author

It’s a stressful and anxious time for many. You may be overwhelmed trying to figure out how to work from home, manage childcare, care for elderly parents, and worry about what’s ahead. Ms. Cho, attorney, and author of the best-selling book, “The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation” will share tools for relaxing the anxious brain, practices for returning to homeostasis, and lead us in a short guided meditation.

2:20 PM (CT) 

Tech Tips for Change
Catherine Sanders Reach, Current Director for the Center for Practice Management at the North Carolina Bar Association, and formerly Director, Law Practice Management and Technology for the Chicago Bar Association and the Director at the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center will share tips on practice technology and management assistance for attorneys.

2:50 PM (CT)

Attrition of Senior Women Attorneys 
Bobbi Liebenberg & Stephanie Scharf discuss their report, “Walking Out the Door” which addresses why senior women are far more likely than men to leave the practice of law. Women surveyed were far more likely than men to report factors that blocked their “access to success,” including lacking access to business development opportunities, being perceived as less committed to career and being denied promotion.

3:30 PM (CT)

Best Practices from Member Organizations

Interactive session for Summit participants to present and share their organizations’ innovative programs, initiatives, services, and solutions for issues facing their bar associations and women in the profession.

3:50 PM (CT)

Conversation with a Changemaker
Moderator: Sheila M. Willis

An intimate and inspirational conversation with a changemaker in the legal community.

4:20 PM (CT)

Closing Remarks
Nicolette Zachary, NCWBA President 2020-2021

4:30 PM (CT)


Networking Break Out Sessions Commence

Join us for an opportunity to network in virtual small groups for various breakout sessions. Attendees will have the option to choose from several sessions with varying topics and time slots. Sign up will be open in July.

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