Section of Litigation

2018 Woman Advocate Regional Written Materials

Been There, Done That, Now It’s Your Turn

9:00 am–10:00 am

General CLE Credit

A panel of experienced trial attorneys will share their path to success, tips for getting early in-court experience, and best practices for effective trial advocacy.

Moderator: Ariel Harris, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Charlotte, NC

Panelists: Sally Sears Coder, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL; Honorable Janet Baer, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Helen Kim, Thompson Coburn LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Tracy DiFillipo, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, Las Vegas, NV

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Lessons From the Managing Partner

10:10 am–11:10 am

Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Managing partners and leaders will share their unique perspectives on recruiting and retaining diverse talent, rising to leadership positions, and navigating law firm politics.

Moderator: Gail Gottehrer, Akerman LLP, New York, NY

Panelists: Marci Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, IL; Joanna Horsnail, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago, IL; Jami McKeon, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Philadelphia, PA; Amy Stewart, Stewart Bradbury PLLC, Dallas, TX

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Rising Above Bullying, Mansplaining, and More

11:10 am–12:10 pm

Elimination of Bias CLE Credit

Maintaining composure and fighting insecurity can be challenging when dealing with difficult opposing counsel, and even more so when one feels particularly targeted based on her gender or experience level. This panel will discuss how to effectively rise above in the most difficult of circumstances.

Moderator: Jenny Austin, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Chicago, IL

Panelists: Olivia Luk Bedi, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago, IL; Lindsay Breedlove, Pepper Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA; Sherina Maye Edwards, Quarles & Brady LLP, Chicago, IL; Eileen Letts, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP, Chicago, IL

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Your Expert Is Your Friend: How to Effectively Deliver Expert Testimony

2:10 pm–3:10 pm

General CLE Credit

This panel of experts and experienced trial lawyers will discuss a variety of topics relating to effectively working with experts, from retaining an expert to preparing for trial.

Moderator: Debra Aron, Ankura, Chicago, IL

Panelists: Kasey Dunlap, Akerman LLP, Chicago, IL; Faten Sabry, NERA, Chicago, IL; Anne Vanderkamp, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Chicago, IL; Reena Bajowala, Ice Miller LLP, Chicago, IL

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How to Be a Lawyer’s Lawyer

3:20 pm–4:20 pm

General CLE Credit

This panel of in house counsel will discuss the transition from law firm practice to in house, how to effectively partner with and develop business from in house counsel, recent legal trends, and the importance of building and working with diverse teams.

Moderator: Melissa Root, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL

Panelists: Ann Chen, Abbott, Chicago, IL; Hon. Marilyn Heffley, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Keikoh Park, JLL, Chicago, IL; Effie Silva, Tyson Foods, Chicago, IL

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