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Women, Law & Leadership: The IndyBar Women & the Law Division Symposium

Continuing Legal Education

October 6, 2011 Thursday 6:00pm - 5:00pm

Symposium Materials

Please see below for materials and presentations for the 2011 Women & the Law Division Symposium. In an effort to support the Go Green initiative of the IndyBar Young Lawyers Division, materials for this event are being distributed electronically. You are welcome to print the materials, to bring your laptop to the event, or to use them in whatever way best suits your needs. You will NOT be required to have the materials with you at the event. A detailed agenda will be available for you on-site.

Agenda and Speaker Bios
"Diversity as a Competitive Advantage" Session Materials
"Lawyer Use of Social Media: Practical Considerations" Session Materials
"Human Trafficking: Closer to Home than You Think" Session Materials
"Meet the Client" Session Materials
"Transitions & Career Strategies" Session Materials

The Indianapolis Bar Association Women & the Law Division is proud to present “Women, Law & Leadership,” a comprehensive symposium designed to inform, inspire and enlighten. This day-long CLE event will feature a series of programs on hot legal topics of interest to all lawyers as well as entertaining and compelling sessions addressing issues that impact women lawyers. The symposium will also provide great opportunities for networking at the welcome reception, Keynote Dinner and Leadership Lunch.

2011 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award
The Hon. Margret Robb, Indiana Court of Appeals, will be honored with the WLD's Antoinette Dakin Leach award at the opening dinner of the symposium on October 5. If you would like to attend this event only, select the "Wednesday Reception/Dinner Only" option.

Scholarships are available for this event. Click here for the scholarship application. Applications are due September 9.

Welcome Reception & Keynote Dinner: Wednesday, October 5
CLE Programming & Luncheon: Thursday, October 6

Featured Speakers:

Roberta D. Liebenberg: Luncheon Speaker
Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine Kaplan and Black RPC, is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. She is also a former Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar’s Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee. She is the Vice-Chair of Direct Women, which seeks to place women lawyers on for-profit corporate boards. This often-honored lawyer has lectured widely on strategies for advancement of women in the legal profession. Ms. Liebenberg will discuss increasing the number of women in positions of power and leadership in all practice settings.

Martha S. West: Keynote Address
Following her graduation from Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington and early years of practice in Indianapolis, Professor Martha S. West focused her 25-year career as a legal scholar at University of California-Davis on gender equality in education and employment. She has authored numerous books and articles on gender discrimination in faculty hiring and promotion, sexual harassment and employment law. She continues to lecture widely on gender equality and work-life balance. She will speak about the advances of women in the legal profession, practical realities of non-work commitments and strategies for women’s achievement in law.


To view the full agenda, including session descriptions, click here.

Wednesday, October 5—Coming Together
5 to 6:30 p.m.: Registration

5:15 to 6 p.m.: Networking Reception

6 to 8:30 p.m.: Dinner and Keynote Address, "Choices and Changes," Martha S. West, University of California Davis (.5 NLS Credit)

Thursday, October 6—Building Your Success

7 to 9 a.m.: Registration (Light Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) and Table Topics

Table Topics will allow attendees to join in casual conversation on a number of different subjects with respected local discussion leaders. Join us for the following Table Topics:

Getting Involved in Your Local Bar Association: Nissa Ricafort, Broyles Kight & Ricafort, and Caren Chopp, Indianapolis Bar Association

Time Management Strategies: Chris Frazier, Focus Forward

Making the Most of Social Networking: Taulbee Jackson, Raidious

Do You Need a Private Banker?: Joe Kirsch, Stockyards Bank

Solo Success--Starting & Running Your Own Firm: Julie A. Camden, Camden & Associates PC, and Yasmin Stump, Yasmin Stump Law Group PC

Eat Right & Exercise--We All Know We Should, But How To Find the Time?: Elisabeth Edwards, Wanzer Edwards PC

Getting Involved in Your Community--Benefits & Risks of Board Membership: Faye Hedinger, Ice Miller LLP, and Amber Ewing, United Way of Central Indiana

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.: What is Your Definition of Success? Hon. Denise K. LaRue, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Ann M. DeLaney, DeLaney & DeLaney LLC; Monica Foster, Foster & Long-Sharp (1.0 NLS Credit)

9:45 to 10:15 a.m.: The Mentoring Dilemma, Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, Office of the Indiana Attorney General; Myra C. Selby, Ice Miller LLP (.5 NLS Credit)

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Branding, Marketing and Networking, Deborah J. Daniels, Krieg DeVault LLP; Francina A. Dlouhy, Baker & Daniels LLP; Julia Blackwell Gelinas, Frost Brown Todd LLC (1.0 NLS Credit)

11:30 am. to 12:45 p.m.: Leadership Luncheon , Roberta D. Liebenberg, Fine Kaplan and Black RPC (.5 NLS Credit)

Focus on Achievement; Focus on What Matters

12:45 to 1:45 p.m:
Session 1: In the Courtroom: Advice from the Bench, featuring a panel of prominent judges (1.0 General Credit)

Session 2: Diversity as a Competitive Advantage, Professor William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law—Bloomington; Monique Hunt McWilliams, Eli Lilly and Company; Stefani R. Crawford, Lewis Wagner LLP (1.0 NLS Credit)

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.:
Session 1: Transitions and Career Strategies, Hon. Michelle Smith Scott, Center Township Small Claims Court; Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Wendy D. Brewer, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Catheryne Pully, Indiana State Bar Association, Moderator: Jennifer Holmes, Integrating Women Leaders (1.0 NLS Credit)

Session 2: Meet the Client, Susan W. Brooks, Ivy Tech Community College; Julie M. Conrad, Wishard Health Services; Kelly S. Witte, Cummins Inc.; Lori A. Spence, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (1.0 General Credit)

2:45 to 3 p.m. Break

3 to 4 p.m.:
Session 1: Human Trafficking: Closer to Home than You Think, Abigail Lawlis Kuzma, Office of the Attorney General; Lori A. Torres, Indiana Department of Labor; Gayle Helart, Office of the United States Attorney; Mary Hutchinson, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Michelle A. Gutierrez, Julian Center (1.0 General Credit)

Session 2: Exploring Women’s Initiatives, Christi R. Anderson, Bingham McHale LLP; Jenifer Brown, Ice Miller LLP; Anne K. Ricchiuto, Baker & Daniels LLP (1.0 NLS Credit)

4 to 5 p.m.:
Session 1: Lawyer Use of Social Media: Practical Considerations and Ethical Concerns, James Dimos, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Kimberly Metzger, Ice Miller LLP (1.0 Ethics Credit)

Session 2: Skills and Strategies for Successful Negotiation, Stephanie L. Cassman, Lewis Wagner LLP; Caroline A. Gilchrist, Baker & Gilchrist; Douglas J. Hill, Hill Fulwider McDowell Funk & Matthews PC; Tina L. Korty, Indiana Department of Insurance (1.0 General Credit)

Thank you to our sponsors!

Gold Sponsor: Ice Miller LLP
Silver Sponsors: Delaney & Delaney LLC and Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer LLP
Bronze Sponsors: Baker & Daniels LLP, Frank Law Office PC, Krieg DeVault LLP, Lewis Wagner LLP and Stewart & Irwin PC

Event Code
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown at Historic Union Station
Credit Hours
7.50   (Total Credits Available: General, Ethics & NLS)
Women & the Law Division

Registration Options

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