Letter From the President Of The National Association Of Women Lawyers

2006-05-01 00:00

To the Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

Our midyear program and networking luncheon in DC last month was a great success. Entitled 'Effective Techniques to Advance Women Lawyers to the Top' and held in conjunction with the Women's Bar Leadership Summit hosted by the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations (NCWBA), the program was co-sponsored by NCWBA, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Food and Drug Law Institute Women in Food and Law, Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association, and the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and hosted by Jenner & Block LLP and Jones Day.

On the program's first day, Jenner & Block hosted a coaching seminar entitled 'Making Rain, Her Way' presented by Karen Kahn Wilson, Ed.D., PCC, and John Mitchell, J.D. On the second day, Jones Day hosted two panel presentations entitled 'Setting the Debate: What can be Done to Drive Change so that Women Attorneys can Achieve at the Highest Levels' and 'Building Relationships: How In-House Counsel Select and Evaluate Outside Counsel,' sponsored by Martindale-Hubbell. Panel speakers included Carole Aciman, President of the NCWBA and Counsel at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; Marian Block, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Lockheed Martin and President of WMACCA; Kathie Brandt, Partner and Group Leader of Thompson Hine's Commercial and Public Finance Group; Nancy Delogu, Partner at Littler Mendelson P.C.; Brande Stellings, Senior Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst; Mary Ellen Powers, Partner in Charge at Jones Day; Dorian Denburg, Chief Rights-of-Way Counsel at BellSouth; Kathleen Barlow, Vice President of Marsh USA, Inc.; Beverly Burke, General Counsel at Washington Gas; Carolyn Herzog, Director of Global Legal Services at Symantec; and Norma Leftwich, General Counsel at Howard University.

The two-day program closed with a networking luncheon hosted by Jones Day that featured keynote speaker Joan Biskupic, author of the highly acclaimed Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice.

NAWL received generous support for its programming from 2006 Premier Law Firm Sponsors Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

More information about NAWL programs is available online at www.nawl.org.

Sincerely,

Lorraine Koc