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					                          Ms. JD’s Third Annual Conference on Women in the Law:

                                        Avenues to Advancement
Friday, November 20th, 2009

9:00AM-5:00PM

Workshop on Presentation & Self-Promotion

       In conjunction with the Project on Attorney Retention, Ms. JD will facilitate two workshops for law
       students, judicial clerks, public interest fellows, and deferred firm associates. Law firm partners will serve as
       workshop “faculty,” critiquing participants’ presentation of a research assignment and of a personal
       accomplishment.

       If you are interested in serving as a “faculty member” please contact Jill Russell (jrussell97@gmail.com).

       If have further inquiries about the workshop please contact Jessie Kornberg (kornberg@ms-jd.org).

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

       Those who participated in the daytime workshop will have a chance to put their new skills to work at a
       cocktail reception with light dinner and welcome remarks.

       Keynote Speaker: Michele Coleman Mayes, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, Allstate Insurance Co.

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

9:15-9:45 AM

Welcome and Introduction

10:00-11:15 AM

Maximizing Your Summer Job
Moderator: Marianne Deagle, Assistant Dean for Career Services, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Frank Kimball, Owner, Kimball Professional Management
Christina Martini, Co-Hiring Partner, DLA Piper Chicago Office
Amy Leytem Pretty, Attorney Recruiting Coordinator, McGuireWoods LLP
Charlotte Wager, Partner, Jenner & Block

Avenues to Public Interest
Moderator: Susan Curry, Executive Director, Public Interest Law Initiative
Hannah Brenner, Lecturer in Law, Michigan State University College of Law
Faith Bugel, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
Kate Pomper, Polikoff Gautreaux Fellow, Business & Professional People for the Public Interest
Tara Thompson, Attorney, Loevy & Loevy
The Indispensable Junior Associate
Moderator: Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Executive Director, The Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success
Elizabeth Bransdorfer, Partner, Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC
Linda Chanow, Assistant Director, Project for Attorney Retention
Aimee Dreiss, Associate, Hinshaw & Culbertson
Linda Oliver, Associate Development Partner, Hogan & Hartson

Inroads to In-House
Moderator: Susan Snyder, Deputy Trust Counsel, Northern Trust
Roya Behnia, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Rewards Network, Inc.
Suzanne Bettman, Vice President & General Counsel, RR Donnelley
Catherine Lamboley, Senior Vice President & General Counsel (Ret.), Shell Oil Company
Jose Padilla, Vice President & General Counsel, DePaul University
Andrea Zopp, Vice President & General Counsel, Exelon Corporation

Balancing Acts
Moderator: Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC
Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Shauna Boliker, Chief of Criminal Prosecutions Bureau, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Karin DeMasi, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Marcia Owens, Partner, Wildman Harrold
Stephanie Scharf, Partner, Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf

Working With Men to Advance Women in the Profession
Moderator: Karen Lockwood, Retired Partner, Howrey
Lee Miller, Joint Chief Executive Officer, DLA Piper
Michael Morkin, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Gustavo Siller, President, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

11:30-12:45 PM

Avenues to Criminal Law
Moderator: Andrea Lyon, Director, Center for Justice in Capital Cases, DePaul University College of Law
Carol Brook, Executive Director, Federal Defender Program, Northern District of Illinois
April Christine, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Central District of California
Michelle Nasser, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Northern District of Illinois
Shelby Prusak, partner, Prusak Law Group

Effective Pro Bono Representation
Moderator: Julie LaEace, Pro Bono Coordinator, Kirkland & Ellis
Wendy Netter Epstein, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis
Anne Geraghty, Pro Bono Counsel, DLA Piper
Lindsay Harrison, Associate, Jenner & Block
Susan Kaplan, Executive Director, Community Economic Development Law Project
Kelly Tautges, Director of Pro Bono, the Chicago Bar Foundation

Successful Interviewing Techniques
Moderator: William Chamberlain, Assistant Dean, Northwestern Law School
Julie Bailey, Recruiting Manager, Latham & Watkins
Kristina Gajewicz, North American Recruiting Director, Baker & McKenzie
Elizabeth Jolliffe, Career Management and Business Development Coach, Your Benchmark Coach
Rachel Skaistis, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore
The Road Less Traveled: Alternative Schedules
Moderator: Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC
Christine Heri, Attorney, United States Department of Labor
Jennifer Long, Special Counsel, Duane Morris
Megan McClung, General Counsel, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Sheila Nielsen, Principal, Nielsen Career Consulting
Rebekah Stafford, Engagement Manager, Axiom

Caught in the Downturn
Moderator: Hannah Stotland, Associate Director, Center for Career Strategy & Advancement, Northwestern
University Law School
Nancy Gibson, Founder and Owner, Career Consulting for Lawyers
Tonya Wilkes Moore, Principal, Benefits Compliance Group
Beth Woods, Chicago Office Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Lane Vanderslice, Director of Mentorship Academy, Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms

The Old Girls Club: Maximizing Women’s Initiative Effectiveness
Moderator: Karen Hernandez, Associate, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Kit Chaskin, Partner, Reed Smith
Frances Green, Member, Epstein Becker & Green, PC
Joni Jacobsen, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Marie Lona, Partner, Winston & Strawn
Lisa Passante, Corporate Counsel, DuPont and General Counsel, DuPont Teijin Films

1:00-2:00 PM

Lunch

2:15-3:30 PM

Avenues to Government
Moderator: Kathryn Kelly, Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, Northern District of Illinois
Dorothy Capers, former Deputy Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago Department of Law
Adele Rapport, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights- Chicago
Mary Smith, Partner, Schoeman, Updike, Kaufman & Scharf LLP
Corinne Wood, former Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois

Paths to Independence: Starting & Building Your Solo Practice
Moderator: Peter Olson, Principal, Law Office of Peter Olson
Irene Bahr, Principal, Law Office of Irene F. Bahr
Andrea Buford, Owner and Founder, Buford Law Office, LLC
Janaan Hashim, Partner, Amal Law Group, LLC
Michelle Rozovics, Principal, Rozovics Law Firm, LLC

Bring on the Rain: Business Development
Moderator: Deborah Knupp, Managing Partner, Akina
Jan Anne Dubin, Director, LECG
Paula Giovacchini, President, Gio Group
Kelly Hoey, President, 85 Broads LLC
Jennifer Kenedy, Partner, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
Best Practices for Minority Women
Moderator: Venu Gupta, Executive Director, Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
Helise Harrington, Partner, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
Holly Loiseau, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Arin Reeves, Principal, The Athens Group
Leslie Richards Yellen, Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Office, Hinshaw & Culbertson

On-Ramps: Workforce Re-Entry
Moderator: Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC
Katherine Erwin, formerly of Counsel on Call
Kearney Kilens, Partner, Litchfield Cavo LLP
Ellen Ostrow, Founder, Lawyers Life Coach LLC
Matthew Temple, Director of Alumni Career Services, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Mind the Gap: Effective Intergenerational Mentoring
Moderator: Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Executive Director, The Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success
April Christine, Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, Central District of California
Sharon Jones, President, Jones Diversity Group
Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Managing Director, R3 Group LLC
Erica Zalokar, Founder and CEO, The Legal Balance

3:45-5:00 PM

Crossroads: Turning to Alternative Careers
Moderator: Cheryl Rich Heisler, Founder and President, Lawternatives
Lynette Lupia, Manager of Performance Measurement & Enhancement Legal Division, Abbott Labs
Allegra Rich, Pro Bono and Philanthropy Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Lorraine Schmall, Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law
Elaine Weiss, President & CEO, Illinois CPA Society

Avenues to Partnership (there’s more than one!)
Moderator: Amy Manning, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Leslie Darling, Partner, Ungaretti & Harris
Julianne Hartzell, Partner, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Patricia Brown Holmes, Partner and Diversity Committee Co-Chair, Schiff Hardin LLP
Jennifer Waters, Partner, Schopf & Weiss LLP

Public Access: Roads to the Bench
Moderator: Stephanie Scharf, Partner, Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf
The Honorable Susan E. Cox, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The Honorable Arnette Hubbard, Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
The Honorable Joan Lefkow, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The Honorable Angela Petrone, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
The Honorable Marjorie Laws, Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL

Getting the Good Work: Breaking Down the Barriers to the Old Boys Club
Moderator: Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Executive Director, The Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success
Patricia Gillette, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Founder, Opt-In Project
Elena Kaspi, President & Founder, LawScope Coaching, LLC
Andrea Kramer, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Mercedes Meyer, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Networking & Effective Self-Promotion
Moderator: Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC
Karen Conti, Managing Partner, Adamski & Conti
E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block
Jane DiRenzo Pigott, Managing Director, R3 Group LLC
Susan Sneider, Director of Client & Business Development, Freeborn & Peters LLP

Rough Road Ahead: Avoiding the Mommy Track
Moderator: Ellen Ostrow, Founder, Lawyers Life Coach LLC
Asilia Backus, Associate, Littler Mendelson
Lauren Hennessey Breit, Attorney H.R. Director, Kirkland & Ellis
Diana Doyle, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Stacy Smith Walsh, Associate, Day Pitney LLP

5:15-9:00 PM

Cocktail Reception & Dinner
                                   Speaker, Panelist & Moderator Biographies

                      Asilia Backus, an associate at Littler Mendelson in Chicago, advises and represents
                      employers in various areas of employment law, including single plaintiff and class action
                      employment discrimination claims, class and collective actions involving overtime and other
                      wage-related claims and medical leave claims. She also conducts in-person training for
                      employers and managers and provides counseling on a variety of employment related issues.
                      She has also defended employers against state law wage and hour, wrongful and retaliatory
                      discharge, interference with business relationships and prospective economic advantage,
                      breach of contract and defamation claims. Ms. Backus earned her J.D. and B.A. from
                      Northwestern University.


                       Irene Bahr is Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association (2006-07), a voluntary
                       association of 34,000 Illinois Licensed Attorneys. Ms. Bahr is an attorney in private practice
                       and concentrates in Liquor Licensing, Regulation and Related Litigation issues. She was
                       Chief Counsel to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission from 1977 to 1987 when she left
                       to start her own practice. Her clients consist of international, national and local businesses in
                       the beverage alcohol industry at the retail, wholesale and manufacturing level. Ms. Bahr was a
                       participant in the Illinois Liquor Control Commission Taskforce engaged in a comprehensive
                       review of Illinois’ laws, regulations, and trade practices. She was a participant in the Illinois
                       Liquor Control Commission BASSET Advisory Council. In addition to her private practice,
                       she is currently an officer of the Illinois State Bar Association Mutual Insurance Company.
She is a Past President of the DuPage Association of Women Lawyers and has served on several committees of the
DuPage County Bar Association. She is an officer of the Child Friendly Courts Foundation which runs a children’s
waiting room serving the public in the DuPage County Courthousse. She is a past officer of the DuPage
Association of Women Lawyers Foundation which administers the charitable arm of the Association and its legal
scholarship program. Ms. Bahr was named an Outstanding Woman Leader of DuPage County by the YWCA in the
Business and Professional category in 1998 for her work in establishing a children’s waiting room in the county
courthouse. In 2004, she was the recipient of the Influential Women in Business Award from the Business Leader
Publication. In 2006, she received the first Inspirational Woman Award from the DuPage Association of Women
Lawyers and its Glass Ceiling Buster Award in 1999. In addition to the above, she is a 1977, Cum Laude graduate of
De Paul University School of Law, its 2006 recipient of their Distinguished Alumna Award, and sits on the Dean’s
Council. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court
of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


                       Julie Bailey is the Manager of Attorney Recruitment and Development for the Chicago
                       office of Latham & Watkins. In this role, she manages the summer associate and fall
                       recruiting programs and lateral hiring. In addition, Ms. Bailey focuses on developing and
                       implementing the Chicago office’s training initiatives. Prior to her position as Manager of
                       Attorney Recruitment and Development, Ms. Bailey was an associate at Latham & Watkins
                       where she gained extensive commercial litigation experience in federal and state courts and in
                       commercial arbitrations. In addition to her commercial litigation experience, Ms. Bailey has
                       experience in white collar criminal law. Ms. Bailey successfully second-chaired the defense of
                       a mid-level executive in a highly-publicized health care fraud case, in which all ten defendants
                       were acquitted after a four month trial on conspiracy and anti-kickback charges. Ms. Bailey
                       joined Latham & Watkins in 2000 after completing a judicial clerkship for the Honorable
James F. Holderman, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Bailey is a
member of the Illinois Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District
of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Ms. Bailey earned her J.D. from Drake
University and her B.A. from Truman State University.
                           Roya Behnia joined Rewards Network in Chicago, Illinois as Senior Vice President,
                           General Counsel, and Secretary in August 2006. She is responsible for the legal, human
                           resources, risk management, and compliance functions of the Company. Prior to
                           Rewards Network, Ms. Behnia served as Assistant General Counsel for SPX Corporation
                           and was the General Counsel of its Specialty Engineered Products Segment. Prior to
                           SPX Corporation, Ms. Behnia was Director of Litigation for Brunswick Corporation and
                           a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the
                           University of Chicago Law School.




                         Suzanne S. Bettman graduated with a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University,
                         then attended the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois. She began
                         her professional career with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, focusing on
                         corporate and securities laws and rising to partner before moving to the corporate world at
                         True North Communications – first as Vice President and Associate General Counsel,
                         then as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Following the purchase of True
                         North Communications by The Interpublic Group of Companies, Sue served as Group
                         Managing Director and General Counsel for Huron Consulting Group, a venture-backed
                         business consulting company started in March 2002. Sue is currently Executive Vice
                         President and General Counsel for RR Donnelley, where she heads up the legal team for
the world's premier full-service global print provider – a company with more than $8 billion in annual revenues,
more than 60,000 employees and 140 manufacturing facilities around the world.



Shauna L. Boliker is an assistant state’s attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago,
Illinois. She is currently the Chief of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau where she is responsible for overseeing the
prosecution of crimes within the criminal bureau. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is the second largest
prosecutor’s office in the country, second only to Los Angeles County. Prior to her current assignment, Shauna was
the Chief of the Sex Crimes Division where she was responsible for all crimes of sexual assault including adult and
child victims, child pornography, internet solicitation and clergy abuse to name only a few. Shauna’s responsibilities
also included the supervision of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center which is an all inclusive multi-disciplinary
unit devoted to the investigation of child sexual abuse cases. Prior to her role as Chief of the Sex Crimes Division,
Shauna served as Supervisor of the Traffic Division where she trained and supervised 25 freshman prosecutors in
14 courtrooms prosecuting cases of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license.
Shauna has also worked as a prosecutor in the Gang Crimes Division and the Felony Trial Division where she rose
to the level of first chair in a felony courtroom. Shauna regularly teaches locally and nationally on a variety of
subjects including sexual assault and trial advocacy. Shauna teaches locally for the Chicago Police Department at
the Police Academy, for the Prosecutors Bar Association which serves prosecutors throughout the State of Illinois,
within her own office as well as a variety of other agencies, both law enforcement and community based. Shauna
also conducts trainings for new assistant state’s attorneys and helps with the continuing legal education of the
assistants. Shauna has prosecuted over 80 felony jury trials, primarily trials of individuals accused of first degree
murder in her 20 years in the office, as well as hundreds of bench trials.
                      Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer received her bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts
                      and her law degree cum laude from the Law School, both at the University of Minnesota. Liz
                      has been at Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, PLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, since she
                      graduated from law school in 1985. She chaired the firm’s associate review committee for
                      several years. Liz specializes in litigation, with a practice emphasis on domestic relations. She
                      completed collaborative law training and is able to assist clients who, from the beginning of
                      the divorce process, are committed to settling their cases in ways that work for their particular
                      families, rather than having the Court process impose decisions on them. In addition to
                      representing clients as an advocate, Liz is a trained neutral arbitrator and mediator. She is
                      admitted to practice in all Michigan state courts, the United States Supreme Court, the United
States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for both the Western and Eastern
Districts of Michigan, and the United States Tax Court. Liz was the first Chair of the ADR Section of the Grand
Rapids Bar Association, has served as an officer of its Litigation Section and as a member of the Civil Procedure
Committee and Council of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is also a past president of the
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (1994-95) and the National Association of Women Lawyers (2001-02).
Liz was recently named the 2009 recipient of the Michael S. Barnes Award, in recognition of her exemplary
contributions toward the provision of free legal assistance to the poor in Western Michigan.


                   Lauren Hennessey Breit is the Attorney Human Resources Director for the Chicago
                   Office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. In this role, she is responsible for all attorney related
                   human resources functions, including attorney employee relations, training & professional
                   development, recruiting, diversity initiatives, and career counseling. Lauren began her
                   career at Kirkland & Ellis as an associate in the Intellectual Property Department. Her
                   practice focused on patent and trade secret litigation and counseling, with primary interest
                   in the biological, pharmaceutical, and chemical field. However, she has litigated patent
                   matters involving a variety of technologies, including diesel fuel systems, food packaging,
                   chemical processes, and medical devices. Lauren is a member of the Illinois Bar and is
                   registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. She earned her J.D.
from Northwestern University and her B.A. from Cornell University.


                      Hannah Brenner teaches courses on law and gender at Michigan State University College of
                      Law; she joined the faculty this fall as a Lecturer in Law. In addition to her teaching
                      responsibilities, Hannah will work on special gender-related projects for the law college. She
                      is particularly interested in women’s advancement and leadership in the legal profession.
                      Prior to moving to Michigan, Hannah served as the first Executive Director of the Center for
                      Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. The Center confronts barriers that
                      stand in the way of women’s advancement in the legal profession by convening leaders,
                      generating ideas and leading change. Under her leadership, the Center hosted the inaugural
                      Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership, an event which brought together leaders
                      from all sectors of the legal profession with the goal of developing a blueprint for the
continued advancement of women in law. Hannah came to UT most immediately from the University of
Oklahoma, where she was the Director of Women’s Leadership Programs at the Carl Albert Congressional
Research and Studies Center. There, her work focused on addressing the historical under-representation of women
in politics and public service. At OU, Hannah also taught in the Department of Women’s Studies; her courses
included, among others, Women & the Law, Women Creating Social Change and Gender, Power & Leadership. An
active community volunteer, she is frequently called on by nonprofit organizations to provide consulting and grant
writing. Hannah earned her B.A. from the University of Iowa, with a major in American Studies/Women’s Studies.
She completed coursework at Brandeis University, and spent a semester abroad with the Antioch College Women’s
Studies Program. Hannah received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. Hannah and her husband
Adam, a professor of Intermedia at Michigan State University, reside in East Lansing with their three children.
Carol A. Brook has been an attorney with the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois since
graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1976. She became its Deputy Director in 1986 and its
Executive Director in 2009. She has defended hundreds of persons in criminal cases in federal district court and
more persons than she cares to count in the Seventh Circuit. In addition to client representation, she is responsible
for the overall management and administration of the Program.Ms. Brook is the current president of the Illinois
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and past-president of the National Association of Federal Defenders. She
is on the Board of a number of organizations, including the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the
Salvation Army. She has taught trial advocacy at DePaul University College of Law and the University of Chicago
Mandel Legal Clinic and has been an instructor for many years for the Federal Judicial Center. She speaks at
seminars across the country, focusing on racial disparity in the criminal justice system, appellate advocacy, case
preparation, criminal discovery and sentencing. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Thomas A. Corfman, her
twin 18-year old sons, Sam and Jack Corfman, and a pet turtle named Seeley, age unknown.

                     Cheryl Blackwell Bryson is past head of the Employment Law and Management Labor
                     Relations Practice of the Chicago office of Duane Morris and a former member of the firms'
                     board of managers. Ms. Bryson represents middle-market as well as Fortune 500 companies in
                     a variety of industries on labor and employment law and litigation issues, including pattern and
                     practice Title VII litigation, and discrimination matters before federal and state agencies and
                     state and federal courts. Ms. Bryson also provides legal counsel on claim avoidance, internal
                     investigations, alternative dispute resolution and other aspects of the defense of EEO claims.
                     She has extensive experience advising both private and public sector employers in labor and
                     employment matters and collective bargaining related activities, including negotiations,
mediation, arbitration and contract administration. While on leave from law firm practice, Ms. Bryson served as
deputy corporation counsel for the City of Chicago's Law Department, where she established the Labor Relations
Division and directed contract administration and collective bargaining for the City's 35,000 unionized employees.
Ms. Bryson is a 1977 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law, where she was associate editor of the
Law Journal, and a magna cum laude graduate of Morgan State University.



                    Andrea Buford attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate degree and IIT
                    Chicago Kent College of Law for her JD. She is the Managing Member of her firm which
                    specializes in civil defense litigation in the areas of tort defense, product and premises
                    liability, commercial litigation, condemnation litigation, employment matters, municipal
                    representation and serving as Hearing Officers. Ms. Buford has a special concentration in
                    conducting internal investigations. Ms. Buford is one of the few African American women
                    who owns her own multi faceted law firm Attorney Buford is an experienced insurance
                    defense counsel who has litigated, arbitrated, tried and appealed a full range of such
                    matters. She is a member of DRI and has been admitted to the prestigious National
Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. (“NAMWOLF”) Ms. Buford enjoys an “av” rating
from Martindale Hubbell. She has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General, a Special Assistant
Corporation Counsel and a Federal Foreclosure Commissioner. She also sits as a Commissioner on the Illinois
Court of Claims presiding over matters filed against the State of Illinois. She is a past president of the Cook
County Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American Attorneys and
currently serves as President of its Foundation. She is a recipient of the National Black Expo Presidential
Award, the Women at the Top of the Game Award, the Vanguard Award and numerous other awards and
recognitions. She was named one of “The Most Influential Chicagoans,” by N’Digo magazine, named in
Who’s Who in Black Chicago and was voted an Illinois “Super Lawyer” by her peers and the publishers of Law
& Politics and Chicago Magazine.
                     Faith Bugel is a Senior Attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Ms. Bugel
                     works on a broad range of clean air litigation and clean energy policy issues. Ms. Bugel
                     previously worked as an environmental litigation associate with the law firm of Sidley &
                     Austin following a federal judicial clerkship in the Northern District of Illinois. She has also
                     served as a pro bono counsel for Save the Prairie Society and has been a school teacher. Ms.
                     Bugel earned her J.D. from Northwestern University and her B.A. from the University of
                     Chicago.




Dorothy G. Capers is Associate General Counsel for the litigation group at U.S. Foodservice. Until June 2009, Ms.
Capers served as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law. Ms. Capers has served
in numerous positions in government. She began her career as a judicial law clerk on the District of Columbia
Superior Court. She then became an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County, and two years later became an
Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook Count. In 1994, Ms. Capers became the first minority attorney hired as counsel
for the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation, known as METRA, where she defended
personal injury and wrongful death suits and worked on employment litigation and real estate. In 1997, she
returned to the Cook County State’s Attorney to create the Community Prosecutions Division, which forges
partnerships with City and County Municipal offices, community groups, and other organizations to take a grass
roots approach to the resolution of community crime, issues and concerns. In 2001, she was appointed Deputy
Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law. While there, she headed the Building and
License Enforcement Division. In 2007, Ms. Capers was also appointed as the Chief of the Hiring and Diversity
Initiative, the first ever diversity initiative in the Department of Law. Ms. Capers is the immediate Past -President
of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, where she remains a member of the board. She is
also a member of the Cook County Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. She is a Commissioner of
the Committee on Character and Fitness, First District, for the State of Illinois Supreme Court. She has previously
served as the Chair of the Government Services committee at the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Capers earned her
Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois/Champaign in 1984. She earned a Juris Doctor Degree
from Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C. in 1987. She was admitted to the State of Illinois Bar in
1987 and the United States District Court Trial Bar in 1993.



                    Bill Chamberlain has been the Assistant Dean for Career Strategy & Advancement at
                    Northwestern University School of Law since 2005. Prior to returning to Northwestern, where
                    he earned his JD, Bill was the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of North
                    Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law (2000-2005) and at The John Marshall Law School in
                    Chicago (1997-2000). After graduating from Northwestern, Bill practiced law with Schiff
                    Hardin in Chicago and with the City of Chicago Law Department. He holds a BA from
                    Cornell University and an MA from Purdue University. A NALP (the Association for Legal
                    Career Professionals) member for twelve years, Bill has served on the NALP Board of
                    Directors. He is a frequent contributor to the NALP Bulletin. For the past two years, Bill has
written a bi-monthly online column for the National Law Journal. Bill also teaches legal writing to International
LLM students at Northwestern. Prior to attending law school, Bill performed for several years as a professional
opera singer.
                        Kit Chaskin is a partner in Reed Smith's nationally-recognized Insurance Recovery Group.
                        She represents corporate policyholders in disputes with their insurers and also counsels
                        companies on risk and risk transfer. In 2008, Kit was named Director of the Women's
                        Initiative Network of Reed Smith ("WINRS"). WINRS serves Reed Smith's 1700 lawyers
                        across 23 offices as a "virtual practice group" dedicated to further enhancing the firm's
                        workplace to more effectively develop, reward, engage, and attract women lawyers. Kit
                        received her B.S and J.D from Northwestern University.




                         Linda Bray Chanow, Esq. is currently the Assistant Director of the Project for Attorney
                         Retention. In late 2009, she will assume the role of Executive Director for the Center for
                         Women in Law at the University of Texas-Austin. A frequent author and speaker, Linda
                         has worked to advance women lawyers and promote greater workplace flexibility in law
                         firms since 1997. At PAR, Linda conducts research, regularly assesses law firm programs
                         and policies on flexible work schedules, and provides implementation guidance. She
                         recently authored, Actions for Advancing Women Into Law Firm Leadership: Report of
                         the National Association of Women Lawyers National Leadership Summit (2008). Linda is
                         also active in local and national bar associations. She serves as Co-Chair of the D.C.
                         Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia Initiative on Advancement and
                         Retention of Women and was instrumental in the WBA Initiative's groundbreaking 2006
report, Creating Pathways to Success. Linda designed and implemented, Ready to On-Ramp?, for the National
Association of Women Lawyers to help women lawyers develop their own personal strategy for re-entering the legal
workplace. Prior to joining PAR, Linda was the head of the Women's Career Development practice at the
international legal consulting firm Shannon & Manch, L.L.P. Linda began her legal career as a commercial litigator
and bankruptcy lawyer at WilmerHale. Linda graduated from American University's Washington College of Law in
1999. While in law school, Linda focused on employment law and worked with Distinguished Professor of Law
Joan Williams on the development of Professor Williams' book, UnBending Gender.


                      April A. Christine has been a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney’s Office for over
                      nine years. She prosecutes gang-related violent and drug trafficking crimes, child
                      exploitation offenses, and health care fraud. She also teaches legal writing and advocacy as a
                      Lecturer-in-Law at USC Gould School of Law. Prior to studying law, Ms. Christine worked
                      for Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York, where she held several managerial
                      positions in manufacturing operations and business products divisions. Since obtaining her
                      law degree, Ms. Christine has clerked for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, United
                      States District Judge, was an associate with Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle in Rochester,
                      New York, and a law clerk for the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Ms. Christine is
                      active in bar associations, including National Black Prosecutors Association, Black Women
Lawyers of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association, and currently serves on the Judicial Nominations and
Evaluations Commission of the State Bar of California. Ms. Christine holds a BA from UCLA, an MBA from
Harvard Business School, and a JD from UCLA School of Law.
                           Karen Conti is a 1983 graduate of Northern Illinois University and a 1986 alumni of the
                           University of Illinois College of Law. She was an associate with Peterson & Ross and the
                           Tressler, Soderstrom firm in Chicago. In 1990, Karen formed her own firm with Gregory
                           Adamski (Adamski & Conti). Since that time, she has engaged in a local and national
                           practice of trial and appellate law in civil and criminal matters. Karen has tried numerous
                           cases to the bench and to juries, argued appeals, and litigated matters in a wide variety of
                           matters including: commercial, real estate litigation, contracts, probate, domestic relations,
                           adoption and custody disputes, criminal and white collar criminal defense, environmental
                           matters, insurance coverage disputes, employment discrimination, injunctions, business
                           torts, trade secrets, professional negligence, and civil rights. She is a member of the Illinois
and California bars. Karen is an adjunct law professor at the University of Illinois where she teaches a death penalty
seminar and the Chicago Litigation Course or "Bootcamp," a one-week intensive course designed to introduce law
students to the practice of law in Chicago. Karen has co-hosted legal talk shows for over seven years and currently
co-hosts "Legally Speaking," which airs on Chicago's superstation, WGN AM 720, on Sunday nights. She is a
regular legal television commentator on Fox News in Chicago, Fox News (national) and MSNBC. She has appeared
regularly on Court TV, Good Morning America, Leeza Gibbons, Montel Williams, and many other programs locally
and nationally. She publishes articles regularly in various magazines, the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune
and speaks on many issues including women in the law, criminal law, the death penalty and family law matters.



                       The Honorable Susan E. Cox was selected as a Magistrate Judge for the United States
                       District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on April 19, 2007 and came on duty on
                       August 27, 2007. Prior to her appointment as Magistrate Judge, Judge Cox was the president
                       and owner of The Law Offices of Susan E. Cox, Ltd., a litigation firm specializing in federal
                       criminal defense and litigation. Judge Cox’s litigation background includes three years as law
                       clerk to United States District Judge Wayne R. Andersen, eight years as an Assistant United
                       States Attorney and thirteen years of civil practice, including substantial trial work in
                       employment, commercial and patent infringement cases. Judge Cox also served as an
                       impartial Due Process Hearing Officer for the Illinois State Board of Education from June
                       2005 until June 2007, and as a Federal Defender panel attorney from 2003 until her judicial
appointment. Judge Cox also was appointed by the federal court to assist in monitoring employment actions of the
City of Chicago and served in that capacity from August 2005 until her appointment as Magistrate Judge. Judge
Cox currently serves as an adjunct professor for De Paul College of law and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s
School of Public Administration. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Allegheny College (1980), Ms. Cox received her law
degree from Boston University Law School (1983) where she was an editor of the Boston University Law Review.
                       Susan J. Curry is the Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative of Chicago
                       (PILI). Curry received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1989,
                       and her master’s degree in public policy and nonprofit management from the Humphrey
                       Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in 1997. Admitted to the bars of
                       Illinois and Minnesota, she has served as the Executive Director of several 501c3 agencies in
                       addition to PILI, including the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago, the Minnesota Justice
                       Foundation and the P-Fund Foundation. Curry began her legal career in Chicago as an
                       associate of the law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas. After moving to the nonprofit
                       sector in 1990, Curry worked at several PILI-affiliated agencies, such as the Better
Government Association, the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, and the AIDS Legal Council of
Chicago. From 1995 through 2002, while living in Minnesota, she also served as Executive Director of the
Minnesota Justice Foundation, a legal services organization that —like PILI— connects law students and lawyers
with the legal services system as summer clerks and year-round volunteers. From 2001 through 2004, Curry
operated a private consulting business where she assisted Chicago and Twin Cities legal services organizations and
other nonprofit and philanthropic organizations with program, fund and board development, organizational
planning, government relations, research, and program evaluation. Since joining PILI as its Executive Director in
2004, Curry has served as Chair of The Chicago Bar Association’s Legal Aid Committee, and she currently serves
on the Board of Directors of Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Illinois Equal Justice Coalition.



                        Leslie Darling is a Partner in the Government Practice Group at Ungaretti & Harris LLP.
                        Leslie's practice consists of advocating on behalf of corporate clients before state and local
                        governments and representing clients in complex transactions with government agencies. In
                        addition, she advises clients on corporate matters, community affairs, crisis management,
                        ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Her specialty areas include: telecommunications,
                        public utilities, healthcare, procurement, taxation, and state appropriations. She is the firm's
                        primary advocate before the Illinois General Assembly where she plans and implements her
                        clients' strategic legislative agendas. Leslie is also building a niche practice representing food
                        manufacturers and food entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Ungaretti & Harris, she practiced law
                        at Mayer Brown and served as an attorney to City of Chicago Mayor Richard M.
                        Daley. Leslie serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of
Illinois, the Chair of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs,
and has been involved in numerous political campaigns.



                        Marianne Deagle is the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Loyola University Chicago
                        School of Law. She joined Loyola in December 2006. Prior to Loyola, Marianne worked as
                        the Manager of Legal Recruiting at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago and Blackwell Sanders in
                        Kansas City. She received her J.D. from Washburn Law School in 1995 and her
                        undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1982. After graduating from law
                        school, Marianne worked for the State of Kansas doing public utility law and health care
                        policy.
                     Karin A. DeMasi is a partner in the Litigation Department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
                     Karin’s practice focuses on complex, high-profile litigation in federal and state courts,
                     primarily in the areas of securities, derivative, ERISA, antitrust and contract claims. She also
                     represents parties in SEC, and other government, investigations. Although many of her cases
                     have been successfully resolved for her clients on pre-trial motions, Karin’s experience also
                     includes several bench and jury trials, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Karin
                     also devotes a significant portion of her practice to pro bono service. In addition to her active
                     pro bono litigation, Karin is one of the lead partners for Cravath’s relationship with
                     Montefiore Children's Hospital and Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, through which
                     Cravath represents children who need legal services related to their medical care. Karin
                     received a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1993, and a J.D. from the University of
Pennsylvania in 1996, where she was Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. After a clerkship with
the Hon. D. Brock Hornby(U.S. District Court for the District of Maine), she joined Cravath in 1997 and became a
partner in 2005. Karin has three children and lives in Manhattan.



                      Aimee Dreiss is an associate in the Chicago office of the law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson
                      LLP. Her practice focuses on welfare and pension benefit plans, defense of employee plan
                      fiduciaries and professionals, and federal and state taxation. Ms. Dreiss received her
                      bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at
                      Madison and her law degree with a Certificate in Tax Law from Loyola University Chicago
                      School of Law.




                       Jan Anne Dubin is a director in LECG’s Chicago office, a global expert services and
                       consulting firm, with approximately 750 experts and professionals in 30 offices around the
                       world. With more than 26 years of senior law firm management experience, Ms. Dubin is a
                       pioneer in the profession of legal services marketing with particular expertise in the areas of
                       business development, client teams, diversity initiatives, and women and rainmaking. Most
                       recently, Ms. Dubin served as the North American business development director for Baker
                       & McKenzie where she was responsible for leading the region’s business development
                       strategies. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Ms. Dubin was the global client program
                       executive for DLA Piper US LLP where she served in various senior leadership, business
                       development and client relations roles since joining the firm known as Rudnick & Wolfe in
                       1989. Ms. Dubin serves on the editorial board for WomenLegal a global magazine for
women in the legal profession based out of London, England. She was selected by Today's Chicago Women as one
of 100 women in Chicago making a difference. Since 1994, Ms. Dubin has served on the Chicago Public Allies
board of directors and as a board chair since she was recruited to the board by First Lady Michelle Obama. She
serves as a volunteer for Yéle Haiti, the NGO founded by Grammy award winning hip hop artist and activist
Wyclef Jean. Ms. Dubin received an MBA degree from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in
1994 and a BS degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1981.
                        Wendy Netter Epstein is an attorney in the litigation practice group of Kirkland & Ellis
                        LLP in Chicago. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and clerked for the Honorable
                        Michael Daly Hawkins on the United States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit,
                        where she gained exposure to and an interest in immigration law. While working as a
                        litigator at Kirkland, Ms. Epstein has handled pro bono immigration appeals to the United
                        States Courts Of Appeals For the Fifth and Seventh Circuits, resulting in favorable
                        outcomes for her clients. Currently, Ms. Epstein sits on the Leadership Council for the
                        National Immigrant Justice Center and is the chair of the Kirkland Immigration Network,
                        an organization for Kirkland & Ellis attorneys who act as pro bono immigration counsel or
                        who have an interest in pro bono immigration work.



                       Katherine Erwin most recently served as Director of Candidate Development for Counsel
                       On Call (COC), which provides highly credentialed and experienced attorneys the ability to
                       work on an assignment basis for the nation's leading law firms and corporate legal
                       departments. In this role, she managed the company’s candidate outreach efforts and
                       developed programs to improve the COC experience in all ways for the company’s attorneys.
                       Prior thereto, Ms. Erwin started the Chicago office of COC, and served as its Executive
                       Director. Prior to joining COC, Ms. Erwin practiced law in Chicago for 20 years, most
                       recently with Nuveen Investments, where she was vice president and assistant general counsel.
                       She started her legal career in the corporate and securities department of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd,
                       and spent several years as assistant general counsel of Carson Pirie Scott & Company, a
                       diversified retail company. Ms. Erwin is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School
where she served on the editorial board of the Journal of Law Reform. She received her bachelor's degree from the
University of Michigan School of Business Administration with a concentration in finance. Ms. Erwin is licensed to
practice law in Illinois. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of
Illinois. She also serves on the board of directors of a local arts organization and has served as a class committee
member for the University of Michigan Law School.



                    Kristina Gajewicz has over 12 years of legal recruiting and human resource experience. She
                    joined Baker & McKenzie in March 2008 as Regional Recruiting Director for the North
                    America Region, which encompasses ten offices in the United States and Canada. Prior to
                    joining Baker & McKenzie, Kristina worked with two international law firms in regional
                    recruiting roles for over ten years. At Baker & McKenzie, Kristina is responsible for working
                    alongside office recruiting professional staff, and hiring partners to develop best practices to
                    enhance graduate and lateral recruitment efforts and to improve recruiting effectiveness through
                    unified processes, quality measures and cost management across the Region. Kristina has
accountability for regional activities and initiatives such as regional summer associate training programs, regional fall
on campus interview coordination, recruiting related policies and procedures and regional applicant tracking
systems. In addition to her North American responsibilities, she is also a member of the Firm’s Global Talent
Management Department where she serves as project manager on many global recruiting projects and initiatives.
Kristina is committed to her involvement in legal organizations and was past President and Secretary of the Chicago
Association of Legal Personnel Administrators. She has also held numerous positions within the National
Association for Law Placement (NALP) over the past ten years and was most recently the Conference Chair for
NALP’s 2007 Annual Education Conference.
                      Anne Geraghty is Pro Bono Counsel in the Chicago office of DLA Piper. Ms. Geraghty
                      assists the pro bono team with its programs and oversees the pro bono programs in the
                      Chicago, Texas, Seattle, Phoenix, and Minneapolis offices of DLA Piper. Ms. Geraghty
                      concentrates her own practice on juvenile and criminal justice issues and since joining DLA
                      Piper she has helped develop and has worked on a number of pro bono initiatives in this area.
                      She serves as a member of the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, an
                      organization that advocates ending the practice of sentencing individuals to life without
                      parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Ms.
                      Geraghty was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr. She received her J.D.
                      from Georgetown University and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.



                      Nancy Gibson is an attorney and the Founder of Career Consulting for Lawyers, which
                      counsels individuals and legal organizations on career management and professional
                      development issues. Ms. Gibson helps individuals create successful and fulfilling careers and
                      advises law firms and legal organizations on building a more proficient and satisfied
                      workforce. She is also an assistant director responsible for pre-law advising at Bates College
                      Office of Career Services. She began her legal career as a commercial litigation associate at
                      Palmer & Dodge in Boston. Ms. Gibson then spent over 20 years teaching law school clinical
                      education courses at Northwestern University and the University of Maine law schools, as
                      well as developing and directing a law school government and public interest field placement
                      program, and representing clients in criminal, delinquency and education cases. She is
                      admitted to practice law in Illinois, Massachusetts and Maine. Ms. Gibson received her B.S.
magna cum laude from Tufts University and her J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University.



                      Patricia Gillette, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is a member of the Employment
                      Law group. Ms. Gillette's practice focuses on all aspects of employment law, including
                      wrongful discharge and discrimination litigation in both state and federal court, representation
                      of employers in hearings before administrative agencies and counseling and training employers
                      on preventive personnel practices. Ms. Gillette has been recognized by many organizations
                      for her expertise and experience as an employment lawyer, including Chambers USA, The Best
                      Lawyers in America and Who's Who. She was listed as a "Star Lawyer" in the 2006 edition of PLC
                      Which Lawyer? Global 50 Portraits. Before joining Orrick, Ms. Gillette was a partner and Co-
                      Chair of Heller Ehrman LLP's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining Heller
Ehrman, Ms. Gillette was in private practice for several years and was in-house counsel for Bank of America, where
she was in charge of the Personnel Advice Section of the Legal Department. Ms. Gillette is the founder of the Opt-
In Project, a nationwide initiative focused on changing the structure of law firms to increase the retention and
advancement of women in the workplace. Ms. Gillette speaks frequently on these issues at conferences across the
nation. She also is Orrick's representative on the Hidden Brain Drain Task Force, a cross industry group focused on
issues facing women and minorities in the workplace.
                     Paula Giovacchini is President of Gio Group, Inc., a training and coaching firm that
                     improves business development and leadership effectiveness. Paula has been working with
                     law firms since 2005 to strengthen attorney marketing skills, enhance staff and practice group
                     leadership skills, and increase firm profitability. Prior to starting Gio Group, Paula held
                     leadership positions in sales, operations and human resources at First Chicago, LaSalle Bank,
                     JMB Realty Corporation and Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. Paula is a certified
                     professional coach from New Ventures West and holds a BA in Communications from
                     Mundelein College and an MS in Organizational Development from Loyola University. She is
                     a frequent guest speaker at the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Turnaround
                     Management Association, the Legal Marketing Association, the Association of Legal
Administrators and the Society of Human Resources Professionals.



                       E. Lynn Grayson is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office and a member of the Firm’s
                       Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Climate and Clean Technology Law,
                       Defense & Aerospace and Environmental Litigation Practices. Ms. Grayson has an extensive
                       environmental law background including both private practice and government service
                       experience. Ms. Grayson’s national environmental practice and experience includes managing
                       complex CERCLA and RCRA matters, advising clients on critical regulatory concerns,
                       performing environmental due diligence for real estate and corporate transactions, defending
                       against natural resource damage claims and conducting environmental audits at manufacturing
                       operations. Ms. Grayson is the past chairperson for the Environmental, Natural Resources
                       and Energy Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, and has
served as a special liaison from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Environmental Law to the
U.S. Department of Defense addressing regulatory reform. Ms. Grayson has been recognized by Chambers USA,
Leading Lawyers, Illinois Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the country’s leading
environmental lawyers. Ms. Grayson is on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of Women’s Bar
Associations and the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. She is Chair of the Illinois State Bar
Association’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law and served as the inaugural Chair of the Illinois State
Bar Association’s Task Force on Diversity. Ms. Grayson is the first recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alta
May Hulett Award for her contributions to the advancement of women.



                    Frances M. Green is a Member of Epstein Becker & Green PC in the Labor and Employment
                    practice in the firm's New York and Miami offices, and is co-head of the firm's nationwide
                    Women's Initiative. Ms. Green is a trial lawyer, counselor and motivational trainer. She has
                    studied and worked in Japan as a nun and is conversant in Japanese. In her capacity as a
                    management employment attorney, she has been a featured speaker before the Keidanren
                    (Japan Federation of Economic Organizations) in Tokyo and Osaka, the Japan Society and the
                    Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the subject of corporate localization in the
                    United States and the attendant legal issues in managing American employees. Ms. Green
                    lectures frequently to corporate executives throughout the United States and overseas, and has
authored numerous articles published worldwide on the issues of employment discrimination, sexual harassment,
wrongful discharge and related litigation. She has been quoted as a case commentator in The New York Times and
various trade and professional journals on employment litigation.
                      Venu Gupta joined the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms as the
                      organization's Executive Director in January 2006. Prior to joining the Chicago Committee,
                      Ms. Gupta was the Director of Diversity Education & Outreach at Northwestern University
                      School of Law. Through her experiences in law school administration, private practice and
                      non-profit organizations, she brings a working knowledge of the Chicago legal community and
                      law firms on issues of diversity. Ms. Gupta received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law
                      School in 1999. Subsequently, she was a law clerk for the Honorable David H. Coar of the
                      Northern District of Illinois.




                      Helise Harrington is a partner and Director of Diversity at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal
                      LLP. Ms.Harrington’s full-time responsibility is assisting the firm in developing and
                      implementing its diversity initiative. Among other duties, she monitors adherence to the firm’s
                      Diversity Plan. Ms. Harrington works in concert with the office’s recruiting and diversity
                      committees to identify and improve the firm’s opportunities to recruit and train
                      underrepresented attorneys, which upholds clients’ expectations of the firm with respect to
                      diversity. Ms. Harrington designs and facilitates seminars and workshops for attorneys and staff
                      that promote a basic awareness and understanding            of the issues and challenges facing
                      underrepresented attorneys. This allows Ms. Harrington to provide confidential guidance to
                      attorneys on diversity issues. She is also a frequent speaker on topics related to diversity and
the legal profession. Until 2004, Ms. Harrington practiced in the corporate, securities, finance and venture capital
areas, with a concentration in mergers, acquisitions and securities work. Prior to starting at the firm in 2000, Ms.
Harrington was associated with Cooperman Levitt Winikoff Lester & Newman, Parker Duryee Rosoff & Haft and
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. John R. Bartels, senior
district court judge for the Eastern District of New York.



                        Lindsay C. Harrison is an associate in Jenner & Block’s Washington, DC office. She is a
                        member of the Firm’s Appellate & Supreme Court Practice, Entertainment & New Media
                        Practice, and Election & Redistricting Law Practice. Earlier this year, Ms. Harrison was
                        counsel of record and argued on behalf of the Petitioner in the United States Supreme Court
                        in Nken v. Holder, a case concerning the standard for stays of deportation in immigration
                        appeals. She is currently counsel of record on behalf of the Petitioner in the United States
                        Supreme Court in Kucana v. Holder, a case concerning the jurisdiction of the federal courts of
                        appeals to hear appeals from the immigration courts. She has also authored numerous amicus
                        curiae briefs in the United States Supreme Court. As a summer associate, she was a member
                        of the Firm’s litigation team that successfully petitioned for a writ of certiorari and obtained
reversal of the lower court’s decision in the landmark civil rights case, Lawrence v. Texas. She is also representing
death penalty defendant Bill Raulerson in a federal habeas case in federal district court which is challenging
Georgia's burden of proof for mental retardation in a death penalty case and Kifah Jayyousi, co-defendant of Jose
Padilla, in his direct appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Harrison obtained her B.A. in Political
Science, Gender Studies, and Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from
Harvard Law School, where she graduated cum laude. From 2003-2005, she clerked for the Honorable Alan S. Gold
on the Southern District of Florida, and in 2006, she clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
                    Janaan Hashim is a partner at Amal Law Group, LLC practicing criminal defense and civil
                    rights law. The firm marks itself as the first firm in the U.S. founded by six Muslim women.
                    In her role as partner, Janaan is Director of Human Resources in which her responsibilities
                    range from recruiting highly qualified legal interns to managing support staff. Prior to
                    establishing the firm, Janaan briefly practiced at the Office of the State Appellate Defender as
                    an assistant defender representing indigent criminal defendants in offenses ranging from simple
                    theft to first degree murder. Janaan graduated magna cum laude and With Distinction from Mary
                    Baldwin College with a double major in communications-broadcasting and sociology-social
                    work, and cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. Janaan is married to pediatric
cardiologist Ra-id Abdulla, a professor at Rush University, and is kept on her toes by her three teenage children:
Muhammed, Zaineb, and Maryem.



                      Julianne Hartzell is a partner at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun in Chicago. She is an
                      intellectual property litigator. Her practice includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade
                      secret litigation, as well as client counseling in these areas. Ms. Hartzell studied mechanical
                      and biomedical engineering. She has handled cases involving a variety of technologies,
                      including medical devices, consumer products, automotive components, internet technology,
                      and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Hartzell is also a patent attorney, admitted to practice before the
                      U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.




                    Cheryl Rich Heisler is the president and founder of LAWTERNATIVES, a Chicago-based
                    career consulting firm advising lawyers and other professionals exploring career paths inside,
                    outside and around the law. Ms. Heisler graduated from the University of Illinois College of
                    Communications in 1980 with Highest Honors and received her J.D. from Northwestern
                    University School of Law in 1983. She practiced corporate law for three years with the law
                    firm of Katten Muchin Zavis in Chicago before leaving the practice of law to pursue a career in
                    brand management with Kraft, Inc. There she contributed to the marketing efforts of such
                    well-known brands as Parkay™ Margarine and Kraft Real Mayonnaise™. Since forming
                    LAWTERNATIVES in 1988, Ms. Heisler has consulted with individual clients at all stages of
                    their careers and has lectured to both legal and non-legal audiences on a wide variety of career-
related topics. Ms. Heisler has been quoted in numerous business, legal and popular publications, is frequently
interviewed on radio and TV as a career expert and consults and lectures at law schools across the country on
“Exploring Alternative Careers” and related topics
                      Deborah Epstein Henry is Founder and President of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a ten-year old
                      national consulting firm advising on work/life balance, retaining and promoting women, and
                      law firm structure. She is a trained commercial litigator turned consultant. Debbie has spoken
                      at hundreds of programs to thousands of lawyers, providing attendees with career guidance,
                      education, networking opportunities and information to effect change. Debbie has garnered
                      extensive press coverage from NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Wall Street
                      Journal, The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, Los Angeles Times, among
                      numerous others. In a partnership with the NYC Bar, she released as the principal author in
                      2006 "The Cheat Sheet," the ultimate guide to selecting, creating and ensuring a woman-
                      friendly employer. She has also teamed up with Working Mother magazine to conduct a
national survey and release an annual list of Best Law Firms for Women. In 2008, she was featured by The New
York Times for FACTS, a new work/life methodology she developed giving work/life choices to all law firm
lawyers. In 2009, she launched with others a new initiative called Balanomics, bringing work/life balance into the
diversity discussion and making the economic link between work/life balance and employer profitability. Debbie is
the Legal Industry Advisor to the "Hidden Brain Drain" Task Force for the Center for Work-Life Policy. She is a
Liaison to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and a consultant to the New
York State Bar Association Committee for Lawyers in Transition.



Christine Heri is a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor in
Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Heri has been with the Office of the Solicitor for 18 years and has litigated cased involving
the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, USERRA and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Ms. Heri received her
law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1990. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Augustana College.



                       Karen E. Hernandez is a corporate associate in the San Diego, CA office of Cooley
                       Godward Kronish LLP. Ms. Hernandez received a J.D. with a specialization in Business Law
                       from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the Editor in Chief of the
                       UCLA Women’s Law Journal. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Auburn
                       University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy, in
                       West Point, New York. Prior to law school, Ms. Hernandez served as a captain in the United
                       States Army and commanded two companies. Ms. Hernandez was one of the founders of Ms.
                       JD, a nonprofit aimed at promoting the success of women in the legal profession and is
                       currently an officer and member of the board of directors of Ms. JD. Ms. Hernandez is active
                       member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the women's bar association in San Diego, and
serves as co-chair of the Lawyers Club Balance Campaign committee. Ms. Hernandez is also the co-chair of the
Cooley San Diego Commission on the Retention and Advancement of Women Lawyers (C.R.A.W.L), the women's
affinity group in her office.
                        Kelly Hoey is currently serving as President of 85 Broads LLC. She previously served as
                        the Manager of Alumni Programmes at White & Case LLP. In this global role, Kelly advises
                        the Firm on its alumni relations initiative and is responsible for designing and
                        implementing the Firm's alumni outreach and online networking strategy. From 2004 to
                        2008, Kelly was the Manager of Professional Development, Americas at White & Case, and
                        in this role she was responsible for a broad range of talent initiatives ranging from
                        integrating new/lateral associates into the Firm, consulting and designing
                        programs addressing ongoing career development and advancement issues for associates,
                        the Firm's upward review process, annual performance reviews to designing programming
                        and retreats for the Firm's Women's Initiative, including a maternity leave coaching program
for U.S.-based associates. Prior to moving into law firm management, Kelly was a corporate associate. She is an
alum of three law firms - Sidley Austin in New York, and Osler Hoskin and Miller Thomson in Toronto, Ontario.
She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia Law School. Kelly sits on the board of Girls Educational &
Mentoring Services (GEMS) and is vice-chair of the board of inMotion, both New York City based not-for-profits.


                      Patricia Brown Holmes, a former state court trial judge, is a partner in the Chicago office of
                      Schiff Hardin LLP. She chairs the firm’s White Collar Criminal Litigation Section. She
                      frequently conducts corporate internal investigations as well as counsels corporations in
                      compliance matters. She currently represents state and local agencies and high-profile
                      individuals in a wide variety of matters involving the federal, state and local government. She
                      also participates in the firm's general and complex litigation practices. She is a veteran state
                      and federal trial attorney with substantial appellate experience, having been a former Assistant
                      U.S. Attorney, Assistant State's Attorney, and Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel. Ms.
Holmes is a frequent guest speaker and is an active leader in numerous bar associations and civic activities. She also
has received several awards and commendations for her service to the bar and community.


                    The Honorable Arnette R. Hubbard is a trial judge in the Law/Jury Division of the Circuit
                    Court of Cook County in Chicago. Judge Hubbard has served the court in various capacities
                    since 1997. Her private practice included 15 years as a criminal defense lawyer, followed by
                    years as a civil litigator. She also served as a Cable Commissioner and as an Election
                    Commissioner for the City of Chicago. She is an elected member of the American Law
                    Institute. Judge Hubbard is a 2009 recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of
                    Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.




                    Joni S. Jacobsen is a partner in Katten Muchin Rosenman's Litigation Practice. Ms.
                    Jacobsen’s practice is focused on the defense of publicly traded companies and their directors
                    and officers in securities actions, directors’ and officers’ liability actions, SEC investigations,
                    corporate governance disputes and other complex commercial litigation. She has substantial
                    experience counseling and conducting internal investigations for public and private companies,
                    boards of directors and special committees. Ms. Jacobsen serves as Co-Chair for Katten's
                    Chicago Women's Leadership Forum and also serves on the Women's Leadership Forum's
                    National Committee. She served on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Women’s
                    Initiatives in Law Firms, and serves on the Coalition’s Policy Committee. Ms. Jacobsen is a
                    member of the Women’s Board of the American Cancer Society and was the 2009 Chair of the
                 th
organization’s 24 Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. Ms. Jacobsen also is a member of the Hubbard Street
Dance Company’s Board of Directors.
                      Elizabeth Jolliffe is a career management and business development coach for lawyers and
                      other professionals. She founded her coaching practice after being a partner, a former
                      recruiting committee chair and commercial litigator at a large Detroit-based firm, Clark Hill
                      PLC, for 19 years. Elizabeth helps her clients build their practices, take charge of their
                      careers and reach their full professional potential. She is a director-at-large for the Women
                      Lawyers Association of Michigan, and an officer of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar
                      Association, the WLAM-Wayne Region and the State Bar of Michigan’s Law Practice
                      Management Council. She is also a co-leader of the Lawyers Niche, a community of 165
                      coaches in the U.S. and other countries who work with lawyers. Elizabeth is a 1986 graduate
                      of the University of Michigan and 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.


                       Sharon Jones is a diversity consultant who specializes in providing diversity/inclusion
                       consulting, coaching and training to law firms, corporations and other types of
                       organizations. She is the President of Jones Diversity Group, LLC. Ms. Jones has served
                       as an Assistant United States Attorney based in Chicago. In private law practice, she was a
                       partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz and Of Counsel at Orrick Herrington &
                       Sutcliffe in Los Angeles. In the corporate sector, Ms. Jones managed litigation matters
                       worldwide for Abbott Laboratories. She has also served as Senior Counsel at SBC
                       Communications. Ms. Jones is co-author of a guide published by the American Bar
                       Association in May 2004 entitled, “Walking the Talk: Creating a Law Firm Culture Where
                       Women Succeed” which deals with the retention and promotion of women in law firms.
                       Ms. Jones is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College.


Susan Kaplan is the Director of the Community Economic Development Law Project of the Chicago Lawyers’
Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, a pro bono law program providing legal counsel to community based
organizations involved in community economic development and low-income housing development in distressed
areas of the city. Susan is a 1976 graduate of DePaul University College of Law and was recognized as a
distinguished alumnus in 2000. She has received several awards in recognition of her service to the legal profession
including the Thomas H. Morsch Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Esther R. Rothstein Award
from the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois. In addition she has received awards from several nonprofit community
organizations in Chicago. Prior to her work with the Law Project she was a criminal defense attorney with the
Office of the State Appellate Defender and the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County. She has had a wide
range of experience laboring on behalf of the indigent and has worked as the Director of the Law Project since its
inception in 1985.


                      Elena Kaspi, JD, MSW, ACC is a certified, highly trained and experienced Executive Career
                      Coach who specializes in Professional Development and Leadership Coaching for lawyers in
                      both the public and private sectors. Elena received her B.A. from Princeton University and
                      she received her J.D. from The Georgetown University Law Center. She graduated with a
                      Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University and completed a Fellowship in
                      Psychoanalysis through the New York University Psychoanalytic Institute. She is an
                      Associate Certified Career Coach through the International Coaching Federation and she is a
                      member of the International Coaching Federation and the New York Chapter of the
                      International Coaching Federation. She is an active member of the Committee on Career
Advancement and Management of Association of the Bar of City of New York, the Committee for Women in the
Law for the New York State Bar Association, the subcommittee on Lawyers in Transition for the New York State
Bar Association and a member of the Honorary Advisory Board of Pace Law School, New Directions Programs.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of inMotion, LLC. Additionally she is a frequent writer, speaker,
panelist and media expert on topics related to workplace dynamics, legal career issues, career success and
professional development.
Kathryn Kelly is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Kate graduated from DePaul
University College of Law in 1993, where she served as Symposium Editor of the DePaul Law Review and was a
member of the National Trial Team. She then clerked for two years for the United States Court of Appeals for the
Seventh Circuit. Kate has published two lead law review articles focusing on the First Amendment. Following her
clerkship, Kate joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office. Her practice as an AUSA includes the defense
of Title VII and tort actions, Food and Drug Administration seizures, and affirmative civil fraud litigation. She has
tried many cases to verdict, both jury and bench trials. Kate is past chair of the ISBA Standing Committees on
Government Lawyers, Federal Civil Practice, Legal Education, and Women and the Law. She currently serves on
ISBA’s Diversity Task Force. Additionally, she has performed in the CBA Christmas Spirit production for 16 yrs.
Kate has been teaching Law and Public Policy at DePaul University’s School of Public Service for 9 years.



                        Jennifer Kenedy is a partner at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP and is Co-Chair of the
                        firm’s Board of Directors. She has been with the firm since graduating from Northwestern
                        University School of Law in 1993 and concentrates her practice on commercial litigation.
                        Jennifer co-founded the Women’s Initiative at Lord Bissell & Brook [LBB] in 2004 and since
                        LBB’s merger on October 1, 2007, co-chairs the Women’s Initiative at Locke Lord Bissell &
                        Liddell LLP. Jennifer is national non-compete and trade secret protection counsel for
                        Fidelity Investments, as well as other insurance and consulting clients. Jennifer mediates,
                        arbitrates and tries cases on behalf of clients nationwide. Her experience as national counsel
                        covers all aspects of litigation from supervising complex discovery and attending mediations
and arbitrations to trying cases and briefing and arguing state and federal court appeals. She has never lost a trial or
appeal. Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Chicago. Jennifer recently
served as a panelist for the Mealey's-sponsored seminars, “Women Achieving Leadership In A Law Firm” and
“Women Achieving Partnership In A Law Firm” as well as for LexisNexis’ Women in the Legal Profession Summit.
She is one of six attorneys featured in the June, 2009 issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine in the cover story “The Next
Generation Leaders” and in the June, 2008 issue of Chicago Lawyer Magazine in the roundtable discussion entitled
“Combining Firms to Create a New Enterprise” concerning law firm mergers. Jennifer was also featured in the
April, 2009 issue of Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine article “Taking it to the Greens”, an article about professional
women mastering golf to help them succeed in business. She currently Chairs the Board of Directors for The
Fairway Network, a nonprofit golf networking organization for businesswomen.



                         Kearney W. Kilens is a Partner with the national law firm of Litchfield Cavo LLP. She
                         received her undergraduate degree from Denison University in 1982 and her law degree
                         from the DePaul University, College of Law in 1985. Kearney is an experienced litigator
                         concentrating in the defense of management in labor and employment matters. She is
                         admitted to practice in Illinois, the Federal trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois and
                         the Central District of Illinois, the Northern District of Texas, and the Seventh Circuit
                         Court of Appeals. She has tried several cases to verdict, including suits for retaliatory
                         discharge and various tort and contract claims. Additionally, she hasauthored and argued
                         many successful Motions for Summary Judgment and Appeals in Federal and State Courts
                         as well as successfully defended Charges of Discrimination with the EEOC, IDHR,
Chicago Commission on Human Rights and comparable agencies in other States. Kearney’s practice also includes
client counseling and in-house training to develop and implement effective employment practices.
Frank Kimball, the owner of Kimball Professional Management has interviewed, hired, placed, or counseled more
than 9,500 law students and attorneys. Frank was a partner with McDermott, Will & Emery from 1986-1992 and
was the firm’s national hiring partner in 1990-1992. He has placed partners and associates with more than thirty
firms. He has provided consulting and training services and spoken at retreats for twenty leading firms. Since 1992,
he has spoken at nine NALP Annual Conferences and has presented dozens of programs to hiring partners and
recruiting professionals in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Philadelphia. Frank has presented more
than 60 programs to students at Chicago, DePaul, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Loyola Chicago,
Michigan, Northwestern, NYU, Virginia, and Washington & Lee. A 1977 Michigan graduate, he won the Campbell
Moot Court Competition, was a Comment Editor of the JOURNAL OF LAW REFORM, and a Senior Writing
Instructor. He graduated magna cum laude from U.C.L.A. and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.



                       Deborah Knupp has worked globally with CEOs, executives, managing partners and
                       attorneys as a coach, consultant and business executive for nearly 20 years. She is the
                       founder and Managing Partner of Akina. Akina is a national consulting and training firm
                       based in Chicago that helps organizations rethink how to sell and lead though creating and
                       sustaining relationships. Prior to Akina, Deb was an executive in sales and human resources
                       in high-tech professional service firms and at Alcan Packaging, Frito-Lay, and Pearle Vision.
                       She graduated with a B.S. and Senior Fellows honors in Organizational Communication
                       from The University of Texas at Austin.




                     Andrea S. Kramer is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery
                     LLP. She is based in its Chicago office and is a member of its Tax Department. Andie is head
                     of McDermott’s Financial Products, Trading and Derivatives Group, is co-chair of its Energy
                     Services Group, and is a member of its Global Renewable Energy, Emissions and New
                     Products Group. She is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is chair of its
                     Gender Diversity Committee. She previously served on the firm’s five-person Compensation
                     Committee. Andie has committed herself to improving gender diversity in law firms and
                     professional service firms. She played a leading role in developing the Chicago Bar
                     Association’s “Call to Action,” a program designed to increase employment and advancement
opportunities for women lawyers. In 2006, Andie co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance
(WLMA) to bring professional women in Chicago together to network, mentor, and support leadership
opportunities for younger women. Andie is a founding board member and chair of the board of The Women’s
Treatment Center (TWTC), a Chicago-based residential and outpatient treatment facility for alcohol and substance
abuse. Andie recently joined the board (and currently serves on the Executive Committee) of the Chicago
Foundation for Women, one of the largest women’s funds in the world, which is dedicated to the principle that all
women and girls should have the opportunity to realize their full potential and live in safe, just, and healthy
communities. She is a former member of the board of directors of DanceArt, an organization providing dance and
communication training to at-risk children in Chicago. As an undergraduate at University of Illinois, Andie was Phi
Beta Kappa, and graduated summa cum laude and with high distinction in history. While in law school at
Northwestern University School of Law, she was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Criminal Law &
Criminology and graduated cum laude.
                     Julie LaEace is the Firmwide Pro Bono Manager for Kirkland & Ellis LLP. After graduating
                     from Notre Dame Law School in 1998, she specialized in employment litigation and employee
                     benefits at two large Chicago law firms before transitioning to law firm management. Prior to
                     joining Kirkland, LaEace focused on business development at Baker & McKenzie. She serves
                     as secretary of the Board of Directors for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.




                       Catherine Lamboley, retired Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Shell Oil
                       Company, graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Texas School of Law. Cathy
                       joined Shell in 1979, and, with the exception of three years as Vice President of Commercial
                       Marketing in Shell's Oil Products business, spent her career in the Shell Legal organization.
                       Cathy's commitment to issues concerning opportunity and inclusiveness is reflected by her
                       participation on the Board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and as a past
                       Chair of its Board of Directors, her service on the American Bar Association's Racial and
                       Ethnic Diversity Commission and her current service on the Commission on Women. She
                       is a founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Women in Law,
                       University of Texas School of Law.




                           The Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow was appointed by President Bill Clinton on
                           September 1, 2000 as a judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District
                           of Illinois. Prior to this appointment, she served as United States Bankruptcy Judge and
                           United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Before joining the
                           judiciary she was Executive Director of the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, an
                           instructor at the University of Miami Law School, an Administrative Law Judge and Chief
                           Judge for administrative hearings before the Illinois Fair Employment Practices
                           Commission, and an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She has
                           served as the co-chair for the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women; as an
Advisory Committee member for the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University Law
School and that school’s Dean’s Advisory Committee on Community and Diversity. She received the 2008
Founders Award from the CBA’s Alliance for Women, was twice awarded the Judiciary Award by the Women’s Bar
Association of Illinois, and in 2006 received its distinguished Judge Mary Heftel Hooton Award. Judge Lefkow has
a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College (Illinois), a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University
School of Law, and a doctor of laws (honorary) from John Marshall Law School. Finally, Judge Lefkow is the
proud mother of four fabulous daughters, who keep her on her best behavior most of the time.
                        Karen M. Lockwood, a retired partner from Howrey LLP with 31 years of trial and federal
                        appeals practice, founded The Lockwood Group, LLP in 2009 to advise law firms, corporate
                        counsel, and other legal organizations on advancing women and diverse lawyers. Committed
                        to inclusiveness and the power of all lawyers to realize their full potential, Karen has
                        furthered these principles throughout her career practicing law. At Howrey, she served as
                        Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative, expanding the missions and activities
                        of the group. As President of the DC Women’s Bar Association in 2005-06, Karen
                        conceived the WBA Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women to bring
                        stakeholders into intensive exchange analyzing why the best practices were not good enough.
                        Earning the attention of The New York Times, the Initiative published its findings in Creating
Pathways To Success (May 2005)(www.wbadc.org), and continues as a model of collaborative change-making. As
principal of The Lockwood Group, LLC, Karen advises clients on diversity through original research, strategic
planning, group facilitation, and presentations in multiple venues where actions affect the careers of diverse lawyers.
Ms. Lockwood is an ABA Delegate for the DC Bar, is Liaison with the ABA Commission on Women in the
Profession, and serves on the Editorial Board of Perspectives Magazine; she is a Consultant with PAR and participant
in the inaugural UT Center For Women Summit. Karen teaches trial skills as program director for the DC NITA
Intensive Trial Skills program, and in other NITA private and pro bono programs. She continues her work as an
arbitral judge with the AAA Panel of Neutrals. The winner of the outstanding graduate awards at The College of
Wooster, and at American University’s Washington College of Law, Karen has received numerous awards for her
leadership and voice on women in the law, has had numerous media appearances, and is a frequent speaker at
corporate, industry, and bar conferences.



                       Holly E. Loiseau is a litigation partner and a member of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s
                       Complex Commercial Litigation and Product Liability practices in the Washington, DC
                       office. Ms. Loiseau’s litigation practice is dynamic and diverse. She has litigated and tried
                       cases in a variety of fields including, antitrust, trade regulation and false advertising, products
                       liability, insurance coverage, tax, bankruptcy, contracts, healthcare and international trade. She
                       has extensive experience litigating large consumer class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases
                       for clients in various industries and has achieved significant victories for clients on motions to
                       dismiss, motions for summary judgment and oppositions to class certifications motions. She
                       has represented and advised clients in grand jury proceedings and Congressional
investigations. In addition, she counsels clients with respect to select government contracts issues. She is also the
President Elect of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia for 2009-2010.



                      Jennifer L. Long is Special Counsel at Duane Morris LLP where she practices in the area of
                      employment litigation and preventative employment practices with clients ranging from
                      closely held corporations to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Her experience
                      includes the successful defense and litigation of claims arising under federal and state
                      discrimination laws, FLSA, FMLA, whistleblower retaliation and other employee claims, as
                      well as providing counsel on employee policy development, implementation and training,
                      restrictive covenant development and compliance, and global restructurings and reductions in
                      force. Ms. Long is a summa cum laude graduate of the Valparaiso University School of Law,
                      where she was note editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review, and a magna cum laude
graduate of Valparaiso University.
                        Professor Andrea D. Lyon is a Clinical Professor of Law at DePaul University College of
                        Law, and the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs Law and Director of the Center for
                        Justice in Capital Cases. Professor Lyon graduated from Rutgers University, and from the
                        Antioch School of Law. She first worked for the Cook County Public Defenders' Office,
                        working in the felony trial division, post-conviction/habeas corpus unit, preliminary
                        hearing/first municipal (misdemeanor) unit, and the appeals division. Her last position
                        there was as Chief of the Homicide Task Force, a 22-lawyer unit representing persons
                        accused of homicides. She has tried over 130 homicide cases, both while in the Public
                        Defender's office and since. She has defended over thirty potential capital cases at the trial
                        level and has taken nineteen through penalty phase; she has won all nineteen. In 1990 she
founded the Illinois Capital Resource Center and served as its director until joining the University of Michigan Law
School faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in 1995. A winner of the prestigious National Legal Aid and
Defender Association's Reginald Heber Smith Award for best advocate for the poor in the country, she is a
nationally recognized expert in the field of death penalty defense and a frequent continuing legal education teacher
throughout the country. In 1998, she was awarded the “Justice for All” award at the National Conference on
Wrongful Convictions and the Death Penalty. In 2003, she received the lifetime achievement award from the
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2005 she received the president’s commendation from the
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for her death penalty work.



Lynette Lupia is a Senior Manager in Legal Operations in the Abbott Laboratories Legal Division, where she
focuses training and development of attorneys and staff as well as division-wide communications and a variety of
initiatives designed to measure and improve the performance of the Legal Division and its individual attorneys. She
began her career practicing real estate law as an associate at Sonnenschein and Jones Day. She has also worked as
an inhouse attorney for a startup hospital system and a regulatory attorney for the U.S. EPA. She has gained
significant experience in counseling law students and lawyers on career-related issues through her work as an
Assistant Director of Career Services at The John Marshall Law School and in the legal staffing industry. She is a
graduate of University of Virginia and Northwestern University School of Law.



                      Amy B. Manning is a partner in the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Department at
                      McGuireWoods LLP, and co-leads the firm’s Life Sciences Industry Team. She was the
                      2007-2008 Chairman, and 2006-2007 Vice Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association
                      Antitrust Law Committee. Ms. Manning has handled antitrust matters in federal and state
                      courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States. Her cases have involved
                      allegations of price fixing, bid-rigging, market allocation, tying arrangements, cartels,
                      monopolization, attempted monopolization, monopoly leveraging, Robinson-Patman Act
                      claims, and antitrust conspiracies. Ms Manning also handles complex commercial litigation,
                      class actions, health care litigation, and intellectual property disputes. She has designed and
                      implemented national and international compliance programs, and has spoken and written
on antitrust, compliance, high-profile litigation and e-discovery issues. Ms. Manning obtained her J.D. from the
University of Chicago Law School in 1992, where she won the Hinton Moot Court competition before Justice
Antonin Scalia. She obtained her B.A. in biology, summa cum laude from Monmouth College in 1989. She was
named to Lawdragon’s 500 New Stars, New Worlds list and Lawdragon's 3000 Leading Lawyers in America. She
also received the National Association of Women Business Owners 2006 Corporate Woman of Achievement
Award. Ms. Manning was voted an Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the area of Business Litigation in 2007, 2008 and
2009.
                       Christina L. Martini is a partner with DLA Piper. She is Vice Chair of the Chicago
                       Intellectual Property Practice Group and is a member of the Policy Committee. Ms. Martini
                       focuses her practice in domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as
                       domain name, Internet, advertising, unfair competition and entertainment law. Ms. Martini is
                       the Co-Hiring Partner of DLA Piper's Chicago office, and for over four years, she served as
                       the office's Hiring Partner. She was recently appointed as DLA Piper's first ombudsperson to
                       support the diversity and inclusion efforts and, in particular, for the LGBT community. Ms.
                       Martini sits on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law
                       Firms, and she serves on the Board of Managers of the Intellectual Property Law Association
                       of Chicago. She is a member of the Chicago Committee on Women's Initiatives in Law Firms
and sits on its Policy Committee. In June 2009, Chicago Lawyer magazine featured Ms. Martini in its article "The
Next Generation of Leaders," as one of a small group of "leaders of the future" who "go above and beyond
practicing law because they care about what their firm looks like today and will look like in the future." Ms. Martini
received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1994 and her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from
the University of Illinois at Chicago.



                   Michele Coleman Mayes received her B.A. degree and J.D. from the University of Michigan.
                   Mayes taught as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University in Normal,
                   Illinois and then as an Adjunct Professor of Civil Trial Advocacy at Wayne State University in
                   Detroit. Mayes served in the United States Department of Justice from 1976 to 1982 as Assistant
                   United States Attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn, eventually assuming the role of Chief of the
                   Civil Division in Detroit. In 1982, Mayes entered the corporate sector as managing attorney of
                   the Burroughs Corporation, later Unisys Corporation, where she served as staff vice president
                   and associate general counsel for Worldwide Litigation during her tenure. In 1992, Mayes joined
                   the Colgate-Palmolive Company where she served in various positions, including vice president,
legal and assistant secretary, and a corporate officer. Two years later, she accepted the position of senior vice
president and general counsel at Pitney Bowes. In 2007, Mayes was named vice president and general counsel of
The Allstate Corporation and senior vice president and general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. Mayes is
the recipient of numerous awards, including The Margaret Brent Award and The Trailblazer Award. She was also
named one of America's top black lawyers by Black Enterprise in 2003. In 2009, Michele was recognized as one of
the most Influential General Counsels in America by The National Law Journal.



                       Megan Healy McClung works from home, where she raises her twin two-year-old boys,
                       serves as General Counsel for the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and teaches
                       the spring trial advocacy class at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Ms. McClung is
                       an accomplished trial lawyer from her years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City
                       of Chicago Law Department, Torts Division. There, she defended the City of Chicago in a
                       variety of liability and personal injury related matters. In the past, she also prosecuted
                       building and land use violations on behalf of the City, and litigated real estate, employment
                       and commercial matters while in private practice. She is currently a member of the Board of
                       Managers of the Chicago Bar Association. In 2006-2007, she served as Chair of the Young
                       Lawyers Section of the CBA. She has also served on the Chicago Bar Foundation Board of
Directors and CBA Strategic Planning Committee, and continues to write as a Editorial Board member of the CBA
Record since 2002. Ms. McClung earned her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1998 from Northern Illinois University
College of Law, where she was a “Notes and Comment” Editor of the NIU Law Review, a Graduate Assistant for
the NIU Student's Legal Assistance Office and recipient of the 1998 NIU Outstanding Woman Student Award. She
received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1995.
                      Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D. is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of
                      Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. She provides strategic intellectual property counseling to
                      clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas, including domestic and foreign
                      companies of all sizes. Dr. Meyer’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, transactions and
                      asset management, which extends to due diligence investigations and the preparation of
                      validity, infringement and freedom to operate opinions regarding biotechnology and
                      pharmaceutical patents. She has also been involved in patent interferences, and provides
                      strategic advice on structuring interferences. Dr. Meyer received her bachelor's degree in
                      chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in 1988 and her Ph.D. in virology from the University of
                      Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1994. She earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996.
In October 2009, Mercedes will join the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association
(AIPLA); she is the past chairperson of the Women in IP Law Committee (2005-2007), past vice chair of the
Biotechnology Committee (2007-2009). As former chairperson of the Women in IP Committee, she helped start a
professional women’s book club to enable women to become more successful in their careers, and helped organize
a yearly women in IP dinner with over 700 women participating in over 17 cities in the United States and Canada.



                       Lee I. Miller is the Joint Chief Executive Officer of DLA Piper and a member of DLA
                       Piper's Executive Committee and Global Board. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Miller has
                       concentrated his practice in the area of commercial real estate law. Mr. Miller has lectured
                       extensively before bar, trade, and professional associations on a variety of topics. For the past
                       several years, he has served as co-chair of NorthStar Conferences LLC, law firm management
                       programs that focus on numerous law firm leadership topics including compensation
                       structures, mergers, and management. Mr. Miller has received significant accolades for his
                       devotion to community service. In 2008, he received the Arthur Goldberg Social Justice
                       Award from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, recognizing his leadership in advocating
                       on behalf of some of Chicago's most vulnerable populations. Mr. Miller is a President's Club
Member of The Real Estate Roundtable, a real estate organization that brings together leaders of top real estate
firms and trade associations to address key national policy issues relating to real estate and the overall economy.
Mr. Miller received his both his B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University.



                     Tonya Wilkes Moore is the founder and Principal of The Benefits Compliance Group,
                     based in Chicago. Tonya advises clients on a wide variety of qualified plan issues. Prior to
                     starting The Benefits Compliance Group, Tonya was a member of The Employee Benefits
                     Department at McDermott Will & Emery LLP based in the firm's Chicago office. In
                     addition, she worked as a consultant for ABN AMRO Trust Services Company and the
                     Principal Financial Group in Chicago. Tonya is an Adjunct Professor in John Marshall’s
                     Employee Benefits LLM program. She an officer of the AIDS Legal Council of Greater
                     Chicago and Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. Tonya received
her L.L.M. in Employee Benefits from John Marshall Law School, her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and
her B.A. from DePaul University. Tonya is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin.
                     Michael Morkin is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Global Dispute Resolution Practice
                     Group focusing on international arbitration and litigation, including the cross-border
                     enforcement of court judgments and arbitral awards. Mr. Morkin has represented domestic
                     and foreign based companies in arbitration proceedings pending in Asia, Europe, the
                     Caribbean and throughout the United States under most of the major arbitration rules. His
                     representative matters include the successful arbitration of construction, intellectual property,
                     energy, post-acquisition, reinsurance, shipping, sports, unfair competition and other
                     commercial disputes. Mr. Morkin is a frequent author and speaker on arbitration and other
                     international disputes topics. His successful representation of clients has led to numerous
                     honors including the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 40 Under 40 Illinois Attorney's to
Watch (2000), Who’s Who Legal, Illinois in area of Arbitration (2008), Best Lawyers in America, in International
Arbitration (since 2006), one of 19 Illinois Super Lawyers practicing in the International area (2005), Augustana
College's Finest Under 40 Recipient (2001), Leading Illinois Attorneys in the area of International Business Law
(1997), and featured by the National Law Journal in "Standouts: Leading Litigators Who Appear Regularly Before
the 7th Circuit" (May 21, 2001). Mr. Morkin also serves as the Talent Management Partner on the Management
Committee for Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago Office. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Illinois
College of Law in 1990 (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Administrative Editor Law Review) and his A.B. degree
in Mathematics/Computer Science and Physics from Augustana College in 1987.



Michelle Nasser has worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s
Office in Chicago since 2003. She is currently an AUSA in the Financial Crimes and Special Prosecution Section.
In addition, since November 2008, she has been an Acting Deputy Chief in the General Crimes Section. In her six
years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she has been involved in a wide variety of investigations and prosecutions,
including all types of fraud cases (including bank, mail, wire, tax, mortgage, bankruptcy, healthcare, document, credit
card, computer and insurance fraud). She also has been involved in investigations and prosecutions of
embezzlement, money laundering, alien smuggling, identity theft, copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets,
RICO, VICAR, public corruption, bank robbery, Hobbs Act robbery, arson, narcotics, firearms trafficking, Project
Safe Neighborhood cases, terrorism, computer crime, civil rights violations, child pornography, perjury and
obstruction of justice. Michelle has successfully prosecuted over 55 cases involving over 110 defendants. She has
tried nine federal criminal cases to jury verdict, and prevailed in each of them, and she has successfully briefed and
argued eight appeals in the Seventh Circuit. Before becoming an AUSA, Michelle was an associate at Jenner and
Block. Prior to working at Jenner and Block, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James H. Alesia, United
States District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Michelle received her J.D. from Washington
University Law School, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.



                      Sheila Nielsen is a leader in the field of career counseling for attorneys. She is both a social
                      worker and an attorney. She received her masters of social science degree from Bryn Mawr,
                      and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. Ms. Nielsen is the founder of a
                      counseling and executive coaching business for attorneys, Nielsen Consulting Service. Ms.
                      Nielsen assists lawyers to assess careerpath options both inside and outside the legal field, to
                      conduct effective job searches, to develop alternative work-time options, and to enhance
                      career development within the law. One of Ms. Nielsen's particular areas of expertise is
                      helping lawyers who have been "stuck for years" to overcome their ambivalence. She also
                      has expertise helping lawyers who face difficult situations or decisions at work, problematic
                      bosses, or other politcally complex situations to make strategic, career-enhancing decisions.
Ms. Nielsen has written and spoken extensively about career issues for attorneys. Her articles have appeared in
numerous trade journals for attorneys: Illinois Legal Times, Illinois State Bar Assn Journal, Legal Times in
Washington, D.C., Detroit Legal News, Florida Bar Journal, and others.
                       Linda Oliver serves as Hogan & Hartson’s Associate Development Partner. She is
                       responsible for supervising the firm’s individualized associate professional development and
                       mentoring program across all of the firm’s practice areas and offices worldwide. Previously,
                       Linda was a partner in the firm’s communications practice group, where her practice
                       emphasized telecommunications industry regulation. Linda joined Hogan & Hartson after
                       a long career with the FCC, where she served as legal advisor to Commissioner Ervin S.
                       Duggan and as a senior trial attorney in the Litigation Division of the Office of General
Counsel at the FCC.



                      Peter R. Olson is an Illinois attorney and the founder of The Law Office of Peter R. Olson
                      located in Chicago. He’s in his 8th year as an Illinois family law attorney, advocating on behalf
                      of individuals, families, and children during dissolution of marriage and parentage cases
                      involving child custody, child support, and intricate property issues. He blogs about law
                      practice management issues at SoloinChicago.com. He’s a graduate of both Winona State (MN)
                      and Southern Illinois universities.




                     Dr. Ellen Ostrow is founding principal of Lawyers Life Coach, Inc., a firm specializing in
                     leadership, business development and career coaching for lawyers and consultation to legal
                     employers. Ellen’s practice is focused on helping women overcome barriers to their career
                     advancement without compromising the quality of their lives. Ellen’s email newsletter, Beyond
                     the Billable Hour, has been reprinted by bar and women’s bar associations throughout the
                     country and she has been invited by the ABA, NAWL,NALP and numerous other legal
                     industry groups to address their members about the how women lawyers can succeed
                     professional while achieving work-life integration. Ellen has been quoted by the NY Times, the
                     Washington Post, The Legal Times, the ABA Journal, Lawyers USA, NY Law Journal, The
                     Complete Lawyer and PINK Magazine. She is a contributing author for NY Law Journal
Magazine, NAWL’s Women Lawyers’ Journal, Perspectives, The Complete Lawyer, and other legal publications.
Ellen has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a Certified MentorCoach ™.


                     Marcia Owens is a partner in the Business Transactions Department at Wildman Harrold.
                     Marcia represents clients in all aspects of real estate, from development and leasing to
                     construction and finance. She has experience in office, industrial and mixed use transactions,
                     but has a particular concentration in retail development and leasing, representing developers,
                     owners, investors, brokers and property managers in all aspects of a transaction. Marcia has
                     extensive experience in real estate acquisition and disposition, including vacant, improved or
                     income-producing assets, complex debt and equity financing, retail leasing, including the
                     negotiation of leases with national department stores, big box retailers, junior anchors,
                     grocery stores and national small shop tenants, and the drafting and negotiation of complex
                     development and reciprocal easement agreements, as well as listing and property management
agreements. Chair of her firm's Women's Initiative, she is also a member of the Executives' Club of Chicago, the
International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms in Chicago
(Board of Directors and Subcommittee Co-chair for Community Outreach). She received her J.D. (Order of the
Coif) and B.B.A. from the University of Iowa.
                       José D. Padilla is Vice President and General Counsel of DePaul University. Mr. Padilla
                       joined DePaul in May, 2005 and works closely with DePaul’s Board of Trustees, its
                       President, Provost, Executive Vice President and other officers. He directs an office of seven
                       attorneys, six of whom are women, drawn from some of the best law schools in the nation
                       and from some of the best law firms in Chicago. Together they provide advice and counsel
                       on a myriad of legal issues. Mr. Padilla has sixteen years experience working with federal
                       issues in Washington, DC. From 1990 to 1993, he was a lawyer/legislative assistant to the
                       late Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX). From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Padilla was a senior appointee
                       in the Clinton Administration, serving as the Assistant Commissioner for Congressional and
Public Affairs at the United States Customs Service. Mr. Padilla is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan
Law School and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and the District of Columbia. He is currently a board member
of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a director of the Alumni Association of the
University of Michigan. He is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the American Bar
Association.



                        Lisa M. Passante is Corporate Counsel for E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company,
                        located in Wilmington, Delaware. Lisa joined DuPont in 1993, where she currently is
                        General Counsel for DuPont Teijin Films, a joint venture that specializes in the production
                        of innovative, high quality polyester films as well as lead counsel to DuPont Refinish, a
                        major global presence in the supply of automotive and industrial coatings. In prior years she
                        focused on the management of toxic tort, products liability and commercial litigation, and
                        served in a special assignment to DuPont’s Government Affairs department. Lisa is the
                        founder of the DuPont Women Lawyers’ Network, an organization consisting of women
                        lawyers at DuPont and its outside primary law firms. The Network has been featured in
                        numerous publications and was cited as a best practice in the 2001 Catalyst study “Women
in Law”. Lisa holds the office of Secretary of the Executive Board of the National Association of Women Lawyers,
and is chair of the 2009 NAWL General Counsel Institute.



The Honorable Angela Petrone is an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She was appointed
to the bench in 2007 and currently sits in the Criminal Division where she hears all types of felony criminal cases.
Judge Petrone was formerly an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, where she
worked for 18 and a half years in various capacities, including as a first chair in a felony trial courtroom and in
various supervisory positions. She has tried hundreds of bench trials and 91 jury trials, including double juries, a
tripe jury, cases involving multiple victims, serial rapes, domestic violence cases, death penalty cases, and cases
involving forensic evidence, such as pathology, prints, firearms, gunshot residue, handwriting analysis, and DNA.
Judge Petrone was also an Assistant Cook County Public Defender and a Deputy Court Clerk in the office of the
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is a native Chicagoan.



                     Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the Managing Director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working
                     with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity
                     and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, Ms. Pigott practiced law for more than two
                     decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive
                     management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and
                     affinity groups.
                     Kate Pomper is a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow at Business and Professional People for the
                     Public Interest. As an attorney with BPI, Kate advocates for compassionate, just, and effective
                     revitalization of Chicago's public housing communities and works on political reform in
                     Illinois. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 2008 where she was a
                     Dean’s Public Service Fellow and an Article Editor for the Journal of Law Reform. She also
                     received a masters degree in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of
                     Public Policy. Kate was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, graduating in 2001,
                     Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in Economics with High Distinction. Before attending the
University of Michigan, Kate spent three years in D.C., working for two years as a research assistant with the Urban
Institute, and one year as a policy fellow with the National Women’s Law Center.



                  Amy Leytem Pretty is the Attorney Recruiting Manager for the Chicago, New York, and
                  Pittsburgh offices of McGuireWoods LLP. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Ms. Pretty worked
                  as a legal recruiting consultant and as an attorney with another large law firm. She currently
                  serves as Vice President of the Chicago Association of Legal Personnel Administrators. She is a
                  member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large
                  Law Firms and the Midwest Region Representative for the 2009/2010 NALP Nominating
                  Committee. Ms. Pretty earned her J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law
                  and her B.A. cum laude from Drake University.




                       Shelby Prusak is currently a faculty member at The Depaul University College of Law.
                       She is there this year as a visiting clinical professor with the Misdemeanor Legal Clinic.
                       After graduating from law school, she served as an assistant public defender in the Lake
                       County Office of the Public Defender handling a wide variety of criminal matters. Soon
                       thereafter, she joined the Cook County Public Defender's Office where she worked in a
                       felony courtroom with a caseload involving serious criminal matters. While there, she
                       accepted a position with the Homicide Task Force and represented individuals accused of
                       homicide, including those facing the death penalty. Ms. Prusak has worked with both the
                       Cook County Public Defender's Office and the Office of the State Appellate Defender to
train young lawyers in all aspects of trial preparation. She has also taught trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty
member at DePaul University. Since leaving the Public Defender's Office, she has been a partner at Prusak Law
Group, a firm devoted to private representation of those charged in criminal matters. Ms. Prusak earned her BA
from Syracuse University and her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law.



                       Adele Rapport has practiced as a management, plaintiff’s and government lawyer since
                       1980. Ms Rapport was a non-equity partner at Arnstein and Lehr (1980-1991) and Charfoos,
                       Reiter, et al. from 1991-1993. Ms. Rapport was the Regional Attorney for the U.S. EEOC
                       Detroit District office from 1993-2006. She was Senior Counsel at the Law Offices of
                       Richard T. Seymour from June, 2006- April, 2008. Ms. Rapport now serves as the Chief
                       Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights here in Chicago.
                       Ms. Rapport earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan following an undergraduate
                       degree at the College of Wooster.
                       Arin Reeves has worked in the areas of racial/ethnic, gender, age/generational, sexual
                       orientation, class, and cultural diversity in organizations for over fifteen years. She received
                       her J.D. from University of Southern California and her Ph.D. in Sociology from
                       Northwestern University where she led several comprehensive research projects on diversity
                       and inclusion in the workplace. In her practice as a consultant on diversity issues in the legal
                       profession, she has personally worked with over one hundred law firms, almost 50 legal
                       departments in Fortune 500 companies, dozens of law schools, and bar
                       associations/organizations in every major legal market. Prior to founding The Athens Group,
                       Arin gained valuable experience in the areas of discrimination, conflict resolution, and
organizational effectiveness as an attorney practicing in the state of Illinois. Arin’s work with The Athens Group
focuses primarily on diversity issues within law firms, corporate legal departments, legal work places in the
public/government sector, law schools, and professional associations within the legal community. She has
developed and implemented strategic plans and programming on recruitment, retention, attrition, promotion,
mentoring, marketing and client development issues for attorneys and staff in these various arenas, and she has also
researched and written on these issues extensively. Arin currently serves on the ABA Center for Racial & Ethnic
Diversity, the umbrella organization for all of the ABA's racial and ethnic diversity entities. She previously served as
a Council Member on the ABA Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity focusing on diversity issues in the talent
pipeline, and she was a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women (2003-2006) where she chaired the
Women of Color Research Initiative.



                       Allegra Rich is Seyfarth Shaw’s full-time Pro Bono and Philanthropy Partner. Ms. Rich
                       directs Seyfarth Shaw’s overall pro bono program in the firm’s nine offices throughout the
                       United States, ensuring that legal and staff support is provided to maintain pro bono
                       commitments and identifying additional opportunities for volunteer legal representation. In
                       addition, Ms. Rich oversees the firm's community service activities and manages the Seyfarth
                       Shaw Charitable Foundation, through which attorneys and staff can suggest donations to
                       qualified organizations on behalf of the firm. She works closely with the firm's attorneys and
                       staff to identify regional and national community service and charitable giving opportunities
                       in order to provide the greatest possible benefit to the communities in which Seyfarth does
business and the greatest possible support of the charitable and volunteer efforts of the firm's attorneys and staff.
Ms. Rich earned her J.D. at the University of Virginia (1995) and her B.A. from the University of Chicago, with
honors (1992). In 2001 she was named one of the "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch", and four years ago
was identified as an "Illinois Super Lawyer."



                       Leslie Richards-Yellen is a bond attorney with experience as in–house counsel and in
                       private practice who has closed bond deals all over the country. In addition to her public
                       finance practice at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Ms. Richards-Yellen serves as the Firm’s
                       first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Prior to relocating to Chicago, Ms. Yellen was
                       associate general counsel with Vanguard where she provided legal services and analysis for
                       the Fixed Income Group; she also served on several company initiatives including the
                       Diversity Leadership and Training Committees and the Mentee Program. She is a member
                       of the National Association of Bond Lawyers Steering Committee and sits on the boards of
                       the Chicago Jesuit Academy and the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms.
                       Leslie is a graduate of Cornell Law School.
                        Lauren Stiller Rikleen, the author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success
                        in the Law, is the founder and Executive Director of the Bowditch Institute for Women’s
                        Success. Through the Bowditch Institute, Lauren works with law firms and professional
                        service organizations throughout the country to improve the retention and advancement of
                        women in their workplace. Lauren is also an equity partner in the Real Estate and
                        Environmental Law Practice Group of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, where her practice includes
                        mediating complex land use and environmental disputes. She has been recognized in The Best
                        Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, Massachusetts Super
                        Lawyers and is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Among her many
                        professional and civic commitments, Lauren is a member of the American Bar Association’s
Board of Governors and recently completed three years as a member of the ABA Commission on Women in the
Profession. As the former president of the Boston Bar Association, Lauren created the Task-Force on Professional
Challenges and Family Needs, which produced a nationally recognized report entitled: Facing the Grail – Confronting
the Costs of Work/Family Imbalance. In addition to her consulting work through the Institute, Lauren is frequently
published in national and international periodicals. Lauren is regularly requested to appear as a keynote speaker or
participant in regional and national programs addressing women and workplace issues.



                       Michelle Rozovics is the founder and principal attorney of Rozovics Law Firm, LLC.
                       Michelle J. Rozovics created the Rozovics Law Firm, LLC in order to demonstrate that
                       attorneys can be caring, personable professionals while simultaneously providing zealous,
                       quality and sophisticated legal services for business and individual clients. Rozovics Law
                       Firm, LLC assists small and mid-market business owners in selecting and forming business
                       entities, as well as drafting and negotiating contracts, agency and distribution agreements and
                       business purchase documents. Ms. Rozovics represents both U.S. and foreign businesses in
                       a wide variety of business litigation matters in state and federal courts. Ms. Rozovics is
                       particularly interested in helping businesses with between one and 100 employees transition
                       into the global marketplace. Prior to opening her own law firm, Ms. Rozovics obtained
extensive experience as a litigator with large national law firms and a Fortune 500 insurance company. From 1996
until 1998, Ms. Rozovics was a visiting lecturer in law at universities in Katowice, Poland and Nizhni Novgorod,
Russia, where she taught courses in European Union law, comparative and international law, U.S. contract law, and
legal writing. Ms. Rozovics has spoken to lawyers and other professionals regarding international law, litigation
practices and health care law. Ms. Rozovics received her B.A., with honors, from the University of Michigan and
her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she taught courses in legal writing and served as a note
editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law.



                        Stephanie A. Scharf is a partner with Schoeman, Updike, Kaufman and Scharf, one of the
                        nation’s largest women-owned law firms. She heads the Firm’s Chicago office, which she
                        opened in 2007. She is a member of the New York and Illinois bars and represents clients in
                        complex litigation, including tort and class action defense, commercial disputes, insurance
                        coverage, and employment defense. Stephanie has been honored by her peers with many
                        awards, including being named as one of 500 leading litigators in the U.S. Stephanie is also
                        active in national bar organizations. She is a former President of the National Association of
                        Women Lawyers and currently is President of the newly formed NAWL Foundation. At
                        NAWL, she started many initiatives, such as the Annual Survey on the Retention and
Promotion of Women in Law Firms. Stephanie received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and a J.D. from the
University of Chicago. Before joining her current firm, Stephanie was an associate and partner at Kirkland & Ellis
and a partner at Jenner & Block. Stephanie is married to an attorney, Jeffry T. Mandell, and in the past year they
have tried three jury trials together as co-counsel. They are the parents of two young adult children.
                      Lorraine Schmall is serves as a Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University. Professor
                      Schmall received her B.A from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her M.A. from Columbia
                      University and her J.D. from George Washington University. She practiced at a small union-
                      side law firm in Chicago in order to follow her husband to the Midwest. After giving birth to
                      her first child, she unsuccessfully attempted part-time work; however, the law firm world was
                      not ready to accommodate working mothers. She began teaching nights at Chicago Kent
                      College of Law while working part-time in a LaSalle Street firm. She left practice to teach
                      full-time first at Kent, then at Wake Forest School of Law. After two years at Wake Forest,
                      she returned to Chicago, a widow with two young daughters. She accepted a job at the
                      Northern Illinois University College of Law and has taught there for over 20 years. She has
                      published over 20 articles, contributed to a few books, and dragged her daughters to
countless conferences where she was asked to speak. She filed a sex harassment charge against an associate law
school dean, resulting in an improved environment for women at NIU Law. Prior to attending law school, Ms.
Schmall served as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA/PEACE Corps) and taught remedial reading for six
years.


                      Rachel G. Skaistis is a partner in the Litigation Department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
                      LLP. Rachel handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including securities, antitrust, ERISA,
                      bankruptcy, patent and general commercial/contract matters. Recently, Rachel has defended
                      numerous clients in connection with class action, individual and derivative securities lawsuits.
                      Rachel devotes a significant amount of her time to pro bono service. In addition to pro bono
                      litigation, Rachel is one of the liaison partners for Cravath’s relationship with Montefiore
                      Children’s Hospital and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, through which Cravath
                      represents patients who need legal services related to their medical care. Rachel was also
                      recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York.
                      Rachel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in 1992 from Yale
                      University. After graduating from Yale, Rachel worked as a newspaper reporter in Fort
Worth, Texas. She first joined Cravath in 1997, the year she received a J.D., cum laude, from Cornell, where she was
Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review. In 1999, Rachel served a one-year clerkship with the Hon. Shira A.
Scheindlin (U.S. District Court, Southern District of NewYork). She returned to Cravath fall 2000 and became a
partner in 2005.


                     Mary L. Smith currently is a Partner at Schoeman, Updike, Kaufman & Scharf LLP, a women-
                     owned firm. Smith specializes in complex litigation, regulatory practice, and government
                     investigations. Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Tyco
                     International (US) Inc. where she managed the securities class action multi-district litigation –
                     one of the largest cases pending in the country. While at Tyco, Smith interacted with the tax
                     department on a range of issues including employee benefits and more strategic issues
                     involving litigation and the company’s corporate reorganization. Prior to Tyco, she was an
                     attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to her time
                     at Skadden, Ms. Smith served in the Clinton White House as Associate Counsel to the
                     President and Associate Director of Policy Planning where she was responsible for a number of
                     policy areas including domestic violence, tax issues, equal pay, Internet gambling, Native
American issues, and civil rights issues. She was the highest-ranking Native American in the White House during
the Clinton Administration. From 1994-96, Smith served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of
Justice Civil Division. Smith graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law, cum laude, where she was a
member of the Law Review. Smith clerked for the Hon. R. Lanier Anderson III of the United States Court of
Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She received a B.S., magna cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago. Smith is
a former member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and a member of
the Board of Managers for the Chicago Bar Association.
                       Susan Sneider is the Director of Client & Business Development for Freeborn & Peters
                       LLP. A former general counsel of an international chemical company, prior to joining
                       Freeborn & Peters, Susan worked for eleven years with legal industry consulting firms New
                       Vistas Consulting and Hildebrandt International. Susan is nationally recognized for her
                       consulting on all aspects of the business of the practice of law. A highly recognized trainer,
                       Ms. Sneider has worked with groups and individuals on marketing, career development,
                       mentoring and networking and has facilitated retreats for leadership groups, law firms,
                       corporate teams and charitable boards.Ms. Sneider is the author of the American Bar
                       Association's best seller, A Lawyer's Guide to Networking and is also one of the authors of the
                       seminal West/American Corporate Counsel Association or ACCA (now Association of
Corporate Counsel or ACC) joint four-volume treatise, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel. Susan
graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University and received her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She is
a member of the Board of Directors of the Piven Theatre Workshop, a theater company and acting school, and of
Literature for All of Us, a Chicago-based literacy initiative. She is married with three children.



                    Susan D. Snyder is Deputy Trust Counsel in Legal Department at Northern Trust in
                    Chicago. Prior to that, she was an estate planning and probate attorney at McDermott, Will
                    & Emery, and, most recently, a partner at Sachnoff & Weaver (now ReedSmith) in Chicago.
                    Her areas of emphasis are estate planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax
                    planning; probate settlement and trust administration; fiduciary income tax planning; family
                    business planning, and fiduciary risk management. Susan is a Fellow of the American
                    College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of its Fiduciary Litigation and State
                    Laws committees and the Editorial Board of the ACTEC Journal. Susan is also a Full
                    Member of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and is a member of the
                    American Bankers Association’s Trust Taxation Committee. She received her law degree
from Northwestern University School of Law.



Rebekah Stafford is an Engagement Manager at Axiom, a modern alternative to the traditional law firm. The
firm’s founding premise was to strip out the unnecessary overhead and inefficiency that exists in BigLaw and create
a firm comprised of experienced, business savvy attorneys who are uniquely integrated into the law departments of
corporate clients. At Axiom, Rebekah is responsible for working closely with General Counsel and other decision
makers to understand their unique needs and develop innovative solutions. Prior to joining Axiom, Rebekah was a
litigation and tax controversy associate at Nixon Peabody in Washington D.C. In addition to her legal work, she
helped the firm create a pro bono clinic for domestic violence, an issue which she also passionately defended during
her law school days. Before law school, Rebekah worked at Brown Brothers Harriman doing securities lending.
Rebekah holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. magna cum laude from Stonehill College,
where she played Division II Soccer.



                      Hanna Stotland is Associate Director of the Center for Career Strategy and Advancement at
                      Northwestern University School of Law, specializing in judicial clerkships and alumni
                      counseling. She served as law clerk to the Hon. Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of
                      Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Hon. Elaine Bucklo of the U.S. District Court for the
                      Northern District of Illinois. Ms. Stotland spent three years practicing complex litigation at a
                      large corporate firm and at a small civil rights firm before coming to Northwestern. She
                      received her A.B. in Psychology, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College and
                      her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Judicial Clerkship Section of the
                      National Association for Law Placement.
                      Kelly Tautges is the Chicago Bar Foundation's first Director of Pro Bono. Kelly is the
                      primary point person within the CBA and the CBF on pro bono issues and will work with
                      lawyers, law firms, corporations, the courts, and the pro bono and legal aid organizations
                      serving our community to maximize the impact of pro bono work in ensuring access to
                      justice. Prior to joining the CBF, Kelly was an associate at Vedder Price P.C. for six
                      years, where she represented clients in complex civil litigation. Kelly was an active
                      member of Vedder Price’s pro bono committee, and represented children and families in a
                      variety of pro bono cases, including delinquency, adoption, and guardianship proceedings.
                      She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Loyola University Chicago
School of Law. Kelly graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Social Work, and earned her law
degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. While at Loyola,
Kelly was the Articles Editor for the Children’s Legal Rights Journal, a legal writing tutor, and a member of the
Juvenile Justice Moot Court Team.



                     Tara Thompson is an attorney with Loevy & Loevy in Chicago. She specializes in civil rights
                     and post-conviction litigation. She is also a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law
                     School and co-teaches a clinical project there, The Exoneration Project, in which law students
                     represent individuals convicted of crimes of which they are innocent. Ms. Thompson
                     previously worked in the litigation department of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office, and clerked
                     for the Honorable Judge Elaine Bucklo of the United States District Court for the Northern
                     District of Illinois. She received her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law
                     School in 2003, and her B.A. from the University of Utah in 2000.




                      Lane Vanderslice is currently the volunteer Director of the Mentorship Academy, a
                      mentorship initiative organized by the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms.
                      In addition, he provides strategic advice to law firm managers and career counseling services
                      to associates, partners and professional development specialists throughout the country.
                      Previously, Lane was the Special Assistant to the Chairman of Mayer Brown, a role he
                      assumed after serving as the firm's fulltime Partner for Associate Development and Recruiting
                      for seven years. At Mayer Brown, Lane worked to develop and implement strategic
                      initiatives in hiring, evaluation, retention, and, as founding member of the firm's diversity
                      committee, inclusion. Among other initiatives, Lane created a comprehensive first year
curriculum aimed improving integration and long term success; facilitated the development of a U.S. wide training
and development program; and provided career counseling to lawyers at all levels. Lane worked closely with
management on compensation and hiring issues and talent management strategy. Prior to undertaking these roles,
Lane was a practicing real estate lawyer at the firm. Lane has presented on recruiting and development issues at
NALP Conference and was an organizer of and presenter at the 2008 NALP Diversity Summit. Lane graduated
from Columbia Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review, and Columbia College. After Law
School, Lane clerked for Judge Walter J Cummings of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
                     Charlotte Wager is partner at Jenner & Block. Ms. Wager is an active member of the Firm’s
                     Diversity Committee and has worked closely with the Firm’s partners, associates and staff to
                     implement various strategies and initiatives related to diversity and inclusiveness. As Co-Chair
                     of the Hiring Executive Committee she has been involved in designing and implementing
                     programs to expand sourcing and outreach to diverse candidates. As the Firm’s Chief Talent
                     Officer, Ms. Wager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of associate training and
                     development from orientation of new associates through advanced career development plans
                     for senior associates. Ms. Wager also chairs the Firmwide Associate Development and
                     Evaluation Committee that conducts performance reviews for all of the Firm’s associates. She
                     is an active member of the Firm’s Women’s Forum and a member of its Steering Committee.
Ms. Wager regularly speaks to groups regarding hiring and development matters.



                    Stacy Smith Walsh is a senior associate at Day Pitney LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, where
                    she practices in the firm’s employment litigation and labor regulation and union relations
                    practice groups. Ms. Walsh represents employers in federal and state courts and before
                    administrative agencies in cases involving claims of employment discrimination, wrongful
                    termination, breach of contract, and violation of noncompetition covenants. In addition to
                    employment litigation, she regularly counsels employers with respect to all aspects of
                    employment law in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, and provides clients with advice
                    federal and state laws governing employment relationships. She was recognized as a
                    Connecticut Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2009, and was named as one of a “Dozen Who
Made a Difference” in 2008 by the Connecticut Law Tribune in recognition of her efforts for gender equity in the
profession. She currently co-chairs Day Pitney LLP’s women’s initiative, Women Working Together. She is a
member of the Connecticut Bar Association, where she is the co-chair of the Women in the Law Committee and
sits on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section. Ms. Walsh received her B.A., magna
cum laude, from the University of Alabama, her M.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Maryland, and her J.D.,
cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she was editor of the Cornell Law Review.



                         Jennifer Waters is a partner at Schopf & Weiss LLP, a business litigation firm in Chicago,
                         IL. She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her J.D. from
                         Northwestern University School of Law in 2002. Ms. Waters practices commercial
                         litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts nationwide. Her clients range from
                         multi-national Fortune 500 companies to closely-held corporations operating in a broad
                         spectrum of industries, including banking, telecommunications, energy, computer
                         software, manufacturing, and retail. Ms. Waters handles complex commercial disputes in a
                         variety of practice areas, including trademark infringement, executive compensation,
                         ERISA and employment, environmental, fraud, class action defense, real estate, insurance
                         coverage and contract matters. Ms. Waters achieves successful plaintiff-side and defense-
side results through practical and thoughtful application of trial, arbitration, mediation, summary judgment or
settlement tools based on her clients’ goals. Ms. Waters also serves on the Policy Committee of the Coalition of
Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms.
                     Elaine Weiss is the President and CEO of the Illinois CPA Society, Illinois CPA Foundation
                     and CPAs for the Public Interest. In 2004, Accounting Today named her as one of the “Top
                     100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” Under her direction the Society has embraced
                     new technologies and ideas to increase awareness of the value of the profession and guide its
                     members through the constant change of today’s global business environment. Prior to
                     joining the Illinois CPA Society in 2002, Elaine served as the Associate Director of the
                     American Bar Association (ABA). She has also held the position of Regional Director for the
                     United States Department of Health and Human Services and staff attorney for the Special
                     Commission on Administration of Justice for Cook County, Illinois. Elaine holds a Bachelor
of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a J.D. from the
National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington D.C. She serves on the Board of Directors
for the Association Forum of Chicagoland and in 2007 was awarded their John C. Thiel Distinguished Service
Award.



                      Corinne Wood made history with her election to statewide office. On January 11, 1999 she
                      was inaugurated as the first female Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, pledging to be an active
                      lieutenant governor for the people of the state. Wood played an important role leading efforts
                      on health care, downtown economic development, rural affairs, the environment and family
                      issues. After nearly 20 years in public service as Lt Governor, State Representative, attorney,
                      and community leader, Wood became the first Republican woman to run for the Governor of
                      Illinois. She lost in the primary to Attorney General Jim Ryan. Since then she has stayed active
                      in state and local politics by serving in various roles with the Illinois State Republican Party,
                      the Lake County Republican Federation, the Wish List, and other political organizations. She
                      currently serves on the boards of The Chicago Stock Exchange, Metropolis 2020, University
of Chicago Harris Public Policy School’s Visiting Committee, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center
Advisory Board and Rush University Medical Center’s Cancer Institute, The Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative, Y-
Me and other civic and not for profit organizations. She continues to speak on issues of women’s health, public
service and politics. A graduate of the University of Illinois (Phi Beta Kappa) and Loyola University of Chicago
Law School, Wood resides in Lake Forest with her husband, Paul and their three children Ashley (22), Brandon (21)
and Courtney (18).



                    Beth B. Woods is a Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Chicago office where she
                    focuses on representing attorneys in the lateral marketplace. Prior to joining MLA, Beth was a
                    Litigation Partner at Williams, Montgomery & John Ltd., specializing in the areas of trucking,
                    construction and premises liability. In addition to taking well over 100 depositions, Beth tried
                    and successfully defended multiple jury trial cases in State and Federal Courts. Beth played
                    basketball at the University of Chicago and graduated with honors with a B.A. in Romance
                    Language and Literature. She obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami and
                    practiced in Naples, Florida, as a commercial litigator before moving back to Chicago.
                    Erica Zalokar is the founder & CEO of The Legal Balance, Inc. After practicing corporate
                    litigation for many years, Erica was alarmed at the rate in which women attorneys were leaving
                    the practice of law. She felt the legal profession was losing a powerful group of brilliant,
                    successful, self-motivated women. She realized a new passion: helping women attorneys from
                    all backgrounds gain access to work and life resources. The Legal Balance is an online
                    membership community for women attorneys focused on providing work-life balance
                    solutions in one place to help with the promotion, advancement and retention of women
                    attorneys in the legal profession and beyond. Erica was a corporate litigator at numerous
                    prestigious Chicago law firms, including Eimer Stahl Klevorn & Solberg, a litigation boutique
                    spun-off from Sidley & Austin & Ungaretti & Harris. Erica graduated from Indiana University
Maurer School of Law in 1998.



                      Andrea L. Zopp serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Exelon
                      Corporation. Ms. Zopp joined Exelon in 2006 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources.
                      In January 2008, she was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources
                      Officer. Prior to joining Exelon, Zopp was senior vice president, general counsel and
                      corporate secretary of Sears Holding Corporation. Before joining Sears, Ms. Zopp was vice
                      president, deputy general counsel in the law department at Sara Lee Corporation. Prior to
                      Sara Lee, Ms. Zopp was a partner in the litigation department of the law firm of
                      Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, specializing in the areas of commercial, employment and
                      white-collar criminal litigation. Zopp was also the First Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook
                      County State’s Attorney’s office where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of
the nation’s second largest prosecutor’s office. Ms. Zopp received the Woman of Achievement Award from the
Anti-Defamation League (2008), Visionary Award from the Black Women Lawyer’s Association–(2004), the
Luminary Award from the Girl Scouts of Chicago (2005) and she was named one of Chicago United’s 2005
Business Leaders of Color from Chicago United. Ms. Zopp received a bachelor’s degree in history and science and a
Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University. She began her legal career as a law clerk to United States District
Judge George N. Leighton in the Northern District of Illinois. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Harvard
Law School, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago School of Law. She and her husband, Bill,
have three children, Alyssa, Kelsey and Will.