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February 09, 2024

Day of Conversation

Highlighting Experiences of Intersectionality in the Profession

March 20, 2024, at 3 p.m. ET | 1.5 CLE*

The Guided Conversations Project, supported by the “This Talk Isn’t Cheap” report and toolkit, aims to illuminate the intersectional experiences of women of color and promote allyship in the legal profession. In honor of this vision and Women’s History Month, the  Commission is hosting a panel of highly accomplished women who represent a diversity of identities and legal specialties. Moderated by former CWP Chair Michele Coleman Mayes, the panelists will share their experiences and engage in a thought-provoking dialogue around race, gender, and ethnicity in the legal profession. This virtual program will include a 60-minute moderated conversation followed by a 30-minute Q&A portion.


  • Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, New York Public Library


  • Kimberly Chainey, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Aptar
  • Elizabeth Kronk Warner,  Jefferson B. & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Yvette Ostolaza, Management Committee Chair, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Heather Russell, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at TransUnion

*The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit, in 60-minute states, and 1.9 hours of CLE credit, including 1.9 hours of Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit, for this program in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.

Registration coming soon

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in supporting this program and demonstrating a commitment to racial and gender equity? Download the Guided Conversation sponsorship brochure for benefits and details.

To pledge online, visit the Fund for Justice and Education giving page or contact [email protected] for more information.
Deadline: March 1, 2024