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Women, Law & Leadership: Pay it Forward: The IndyBar Women & the Law Division Symposium

Continuing Legal Education

October 25, 2013 Friday 5:00pm - 4:30pm

Attendees: Click here to access conference materials.

The Indianapolis Bar Association Women & the Law Division is proud to present "Women, Law & Leadership: Pay it Forward," a program designed to enhance the performance of members of our profession while inspiring them to be leaders in the community. This day-long CLE event will address issues that impact women lawyers as well as hot legal topics of interest to all lawyers.

Scholarships are available! Click here for more information. The application deadline is October 10.

Featured Partners: The Leadership Institute: Women with PurposeMarion County Bar Association and Mentoring Women’s Network


Thursday, October 24
5 to 6:30 p.m. Registration & Opening Reception

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Justice Loretta Rush, Indiana Supreme Court
The Honorable Loretta Rush is only the second woman to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court. Until Hon. Myra Selby’s appointment in 1995, Indiana was among just three states, along with Idaho and Iowa, that had no female justices. Prior to her appointment, Justice Rush handled some of the toughest cases in Tippecanoe County—those involving juvenile justice, children in need of services and other matters of family law.

Friday, October 25
7:30 to 8 a.m. Registration

8 to 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Paying it Forward to the Community While Advancing Your Career (1.0 NLS Credit)
Our hours in a day are limited, particularly since we hold jobs that require significant attention. When balancing how to spend your free time, however, you don’t have to decide between volunteer work and professional development activities. Through smart planning, you can advance your career while giving back to the community. Discover new strategies to do just this during this session.
Speakers: Judge Martha Wentworth, Indiana Tax Court; Judge Melissa May, Indiana Court of Appeals; Fran Watson, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Propel Your Career Through Mentoring (1.0 NLS Credit)
Participate in an interactive panel discussion regarding mentoring and how it has helped shape the lives of many female leaders. Alison Martin, President and CEO of Mentoring Women's Network and author of the book "Landing on My Feet - Learning to Lead Through Mentoring", along with other book contributors, will discuss how to cultivate mentoring relationships to propel your career forward.
Speakers: Alison Martin-Books, President and CEO, Mentoring Women's Network; Elizabeth Cisco, System Executive, Marketing, St. Vincent Health; Wendy Miles, Executive Vice President of Sales, Miles Printing Company; Natalie Guzman, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Fifth Third Bank

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Using Your Legal Skills to Pay It Forward: Women in Our Community (1.0 NLS Credit)
Your legal degree is a valuable asset that can help improve the lives of women in our community. This session will consist of a panel of women who have recognized a particular need or problem that affects women in our community and have used their skills and legal license to the benefit of women.
Speakers: Mary Spears, Judicial Bypass; Ruth Reichard, Family Violence Resource Attorney, Indiana Supreme Court; Lisa Koop, National Immigrant Justice Center

Noon to 1 p.m. Antoinette Dakin Leach Celebration Luncheon
A Celebration of Trailblazers! The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award was created to honor and reward those women in the legal profession who exemplify Antoinette Dakin Leach, the first woman admitted to the Indiana Bar. Over the years, women in our profession have furthered her success and have made the path easier for the rest of us. Join us to celebrate those trailblazers and to honor 2013 Award Recipient Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Thank you to our luncheon sponsor:  Ice Miller LLP.

1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Break Out Session: Leading with Confidence and In Tune Frequency (1.0 NLS Credit)
Authentic confidence is an essential component of effective leadership. Without it leaders are often ineffective in their roles and are unable to influence positive change in their chapters. Do you know what frequencies you send? Do you have a sense of how others perceive you? Have you ever thought about what strategies you can utilize to ensure you are authentic and genuine in your life? This session will teach participants how to lead and influence in a way that feels authentic and genuine to them. Session led by The Leadership Institute: Women With Purpose.
Speakers: Thresette Briggs, Performance 3 LLC; Jasmin French, Ice Miller LLP; TaKeena Thompson, Cohen & Malad LLP; Vanessa Villegas Lopez, Lopez Law Office PC

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Break Out Session: Closing the Revolving Door: The Impact of Inclusion in Retaining Diverse Attorneys (1.0 NLS Credit)
A diverse workforce is a necessity to legal organizations and corporations seeking a competitive advantage in the legal market. Diverse lawyers bring business and multiple perspectives to the table. However, there is a growing concern that diverse attorneys are experiencing a higher attrition rate than their counterparts because they do not feel connected to their organizations. It is critical that the legal community become more inclusive of diverse lawyers as it leads to job satisfaction, loyalty to the organization, and allows them to become full participants in their own professional development and the organization’s success. The failure to meet the demand for diversity can have an adverse impact on an organization's business, reputation, and the overall legal community. This session will provide insight on what diverse attorneys are seeking and how to recruit and retain diverse candidates in your legal organization. Session held in conjunction with the Marion County Bar Association.
Speakers: Tamara McMillan, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Professor Carlton Waterhouse, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Brita Horvath, Faegre Baker Daniels

2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Break Out Session: Recent Legal Issues Facing Women: From Birth to Death (1.0 General Credit)
There have been recent legislative changes and judicial decisions that impact women. This panel will discuss current legal issues affecting women’s reproductive health and rights, women’s employment, and more.
Speakers: Hon. Denise LaRue, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana; Elisabeth Edwards, Wanzer Edwards PC; Gavin Rose, American Civil Liberties Union; Mary Hoeller, Attorney at Law

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bias or Prejudice Against Women: An Ethics Update and Rule 8.4(g) (1.0 Ethics & General Credit)
The Indiana Supreme Court held in its Usher decision that actions motivated by personal anger at an individual woman do not necessarily constitute professional misconduct manifesting bias or prejudice against women in general. This panel will engage in a discussion of the implications of this interpretation of Rule 8.4(g) in light of the realities faced by women in our profession and by employers seeking to avoid inadvertent bias in their hiring, training, and retention practices.
Speakers: Michael Witte, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission; Don Lundberg, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Anne Cowger, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Andi Metzel, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Event Code
Omni Severin Hotel, 40 W. Jackson Place
Credit Hours
6.00   (4 NLS, 2 General including 1 Ethics)
Women & the Law Division

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