By Women...For Women...In the Law
Save the date for our annual Women in the Law conference on May 16, 2014, at the School of Law. This year’s conference will feature current New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan '85. The conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers and brings together powerful decision makers from Boston and beyond.
Registration for NUSL graduates is $75 and $100 for non-NUSL graduates. The conference registration fee is waived for NUSL students and graduates from class years '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, and '13. The fee is also waived for graduates who are unemployed.
Please register online by Friday, May 9.
A block of rooms at the nearby Colonnade Hotel has been reserved for out-of-town guests for a discounted rate of $255/night. These are available on a first come, first served basis and the hotel deadline is April 24th. Make your reservations soon by clicking this link or call the Colonnade and ask for the Northeastern rate.
Check back often as details evolve!
*All sessions take place in Dockser 240, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
|9:15 - 10:15 a.m.||
|10:15 - 10:30 a.m.||
Coffee and networking with Governor Hassan
|10:30 - 11:30 a.m.||
Panel 1: Taking Risk in an Unforgiving World
Risk can be difficult to manage and embrace — especially for lawyers trained to exhaustively anticipate and answer every last question — but it's often integral to success. The reality is that circumstances will eventually require you (as a lawyer and as a human being) to leap, whether you practice for-profit or public interest law, in a small or large firm or as a solo practitioner. In this session, you will hear from those who have taken risks: panelists will share stories of how they handled challenges, how they might have done it differently (or not) and how the experience impacted their careers. Having landed firmly on the other side of various legal leaps, these professionals will offer insights on the ways embracing risk brought them to where they are today.
Moderator: Professor Lucy Williams, Northeastern University School of Law
|11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.||
Panel 2: Know Thyself: Pre-Leap Planning
Before taking a risk, you need to make sure you're prepared. That means doing your homework: looking inward to understand your motives and clearing up unfinished business cluttering the way. It's particularly important to recognize how we, as women, often sabotage our own success — fearing to fail so that we never try, believing that failing is bad or simply chalking up our achievements to luck and timing rather than hard work and talent. On this panel, you'll meet women reflecting on how they prepared to embark on their journeys. Learn how they looked within, talked back to those false perceptions and have become FEARLESS.
Moderator: Doris Roach '86, Executive Coach, Management Consultant and Courage Specialist
|12:40 - 1:40pm||
Complimentary photos taken for participants who have signed up in advance – for your Linkedin and websites. There will be two photographers taking head shots in two different spots. You will need to pre-register at registration. Space is limited. Don’t forget to dress accordingly.
|12:45 – 1:45 p.m.||
Breakout Sessions I: Taking and Managing Risks Differs Depending on Your Practice Area.
Join your colleagues in practice specific sessions as they share how they’ve leaped to success.
Room 42: In House, Corporate, and Transactional Law
In the business world, some level of risk taking is inevitable if an organization is to achieve its objectives. On a daily basis, business lawyers are called upon to help the organizations that they represent identify and strategically manage a myriad of legal and business risks. In this role, business lawyers are often required to interpret and provide guidance on complicated issues and regulatory schemes based on imperfect or incomplete information. Our discussion will focus on the challenges that business lawyers face in understanding an organization’s risk tolerance level and in identifying and managing risk within that organization.
Room 44: Litigation
As litigators, we constantly assess risk and advocate for our clients in many forums. We identify the risk that our client will face a lawsuit or criminal charges, and we work to mitigate that risk. We also evaluate the risks and benefits of our litigation strategy should matters come to court. As women litigators, we also face individual risks: How do we map out a career plan and should we adjust that plan to accommodate personal life transitions? How do we strive for work/life balance in a fast paced practice with high client expectations and court-imposed deadlines?
Room 46: Public Interest and Government
Government and Public Interest attorneys face distinct risks. Attorneys experienced in these fields have developed uniquely tailored strategies for navigating the small and large-scale political climates of their work environments. We will discuss how to thoughtfully take risks and consciously live with the choices we make in the course of government and public interest careers.
|2:55 - 3:55 p.m.||
Breakout Sessions II: Professional Development
Room 46: Marketing You/Creating Your Own Personal Brand
Nobody knows you better than you know yourself. Developing a personal brand is one of the most important parts of your marketing plan and business development efforts. Come learn rewarding ways to conduct smart self-promotion and create your personal brand online, in print and in person.
Room 44: Exceptional Leadership Skills: Learing to Lead and Take Risks at Appropriate Times
Experienced attorneys lead by example, managing through wisdom gained through tough experiences and complex problem solving. Learn from those who manage egos, personalities, and fears about how to lead with confidence and insight.
Room 42: Speed Mentoring
Just like it sounds -- In 15-minute blocks of time, experienced mentors will evaluate next steps, advise on fearless career decisions and more.
Speed Mentors include:
|4:00 to 5:00 p.m.||
We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of our Women in the Law Conference Steering group:
- Navjeet Bal ’89
- Kelly Bonnevie ’92
- Professor Emerita Judy Brown
- Vanessa Candela ’00
- Kelly Douglas ’92
- Kathy Morris ’75
- Gina Perini ’01
- Cindy Reed ’80
- Rachael Rollins ’97