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Coalition News and Upcoming Events

May, 2014
In This Issue
Networking with In-House Cousnel and CLE on E-Discovery
Managing Partner/General Counsel Forum
Judge's Panel

 2014 Coalition Awards


The Coalition Awards are designed to recognize women and law firms or corporate legal departments that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and a passionate commitment to the advancement of women in law.


The Leadership Award will be given to a delegate of the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law ("Coalition") who demonstrates commitment and dedication to the Coalition in addition to the criteria set forth below.


The Inspiration Award will be given to a female attorney who serves as an inspiration to other female attorneys and meets the criteria set forth below.


The Benchmark Award will be given to a law firm or corporate legal department that has demonstrated passion and commitment to leading the advancement of women's issues and meets the criteria below. The honored organization will be selected based on its unique approach to increasing the success of gender diversity, its demonstrated efforts to inspire and educate the members of the law firm, legal group, or business to understand the importance and value of gender parity in the legal profession, and its recognition and provision of the tools necessary to increase the number of female attorneys in the highest ranks of the law firm or corporate environment and implement a plan for its members to utilize those tools.


Rules and Regulations

Winners will be selected by the Community Outreach Committee of the Coalition. All submitted entries are the property of the Coalition and may be used by the Coalition for any purpose in connection with The Leadership Award, The Inspiration Award, The Benchmark Award for the promotion of the Coalition, the Leadership Forum or any of the Award. The Coalition retains the right to publish the names of nominees and recipients.



To nominate a woman for either the Leadership Award or the Inspiration Award, please prepare a letter of nomination describing in 200 words or less why the candidate qualifies for the award. You should include a bio for the nominee, as well as copies of any articles or supporting materials and no more than 3 letters of reference.


To nominate an organization for the Benchmark Award, please prepare a letter describing in 200 words or less the organization's unique approach to promoting gender diversity and its successes in implementing the approach.


The nomination should be delivered by hard copy to Julianne Hartzell, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 6300, Chicago, Illinois 60606 


by Friday, June 27, 2014. 



Job Board 

 The Coalition Job Board is now active on the Member Portion of the Coalition's website. 


If you have an in-house attorney position or non-attorney firm position that you would like to post, please email the information to chicago@thewomenscoalition.com with a cc to Megan Mathias at megan@loppmathiaslaw.com, and we will post it on the Coalition website job board.  The Job Board may be found in the member portion of the website.



Quick Links

Letter from the President 


Dear Coalition Delegates:


The Coalition has had a fantastic year.  Thanks to our Leadership Team and our Programming Co-Chairs, Jenny Waters and Maria Minor, we have had many successful programs that have attracted hundreds of attorneys at all levels of the legal profession, both in-house and at law firms. Tonight, we are holding our first ever Speed Networking event, which had an incredible response and is fully booked. 


Our upcoming programs include CLEs and the chance to hear invaluable tips from leaders in the profession who want to help you grow your career.  The Coalition also provides other opportunities to build your success as an attorney; we have a job board for in-house attorney positions located in the member portion of our website, and nominations for Coalition awards are due soon.  We also have an upcoming open house on May 22 with our partner charity Step Up, which provides another set of networking and program opportunities for you.  We hope that every delegate becomes involved in one of our committees; we need your ideas and help.  If you would like further information, please feel free to email me at modonnell@vedderprice.com or our admin at chicago@thewomenscoalition.com.


Thanks again to everyone for making the Coalition such a special and worthwhile group.


Warm regards,


Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Shareholder, Vedder Price

President, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law

Networking with In-House Counsel

and CLE on E-Discovery


May 14, 2014 


4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Registration/Cocktails

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. E-Discovery Program

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Networking Reception


Join us for CLE and/or networking with In-House Counsel. 



Elyse Tish, Senior Attorney, Walgreens

Lisa Simmons, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Margo Wolf O'Donnell, Shareholder, Vedder Price. 


Come and hear the latest developments in the area of e-discovery.  Learn practical tips from in-house counsel and the latest caselaw on the subject.  Share ideas with fellow in-house attorneys.  You also are welcome to attend only the networking/cocktail portion to meet other in-house attorneys.  Outside law firm attorneys are welcome to attend if they bring in-house attorneys with them.



Phil Stefani's 437 Rush, 437 North Rush Street, Chicago


Step Up Open House


May 22, 2014 

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.


Join us for an open house and breakfast with Step Up Women's Network Managing Director, Cassandra Gaddo, and Step Up National Board Chair Angela Elbert, to (re-)introduce Coalition delegates to the benefits of their membership with Step Up. 


The Coalition continues its partnership with Step Up Women's Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls. Through this partnership, the Coalition's delegates are provided one Icon membership and one Insider membership in Step Up, which provides opportunities for networking with other professional women, mentoring high school girls, and being mentored by other successful women.



Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

2 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1700, Chicago


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May 28, 2014                                 Noon - 5:00 p.m. The Coalition joins as a partner with NAWL to host the P2P program in Chicago. This program is targeted to women lawyers on the brink of equity partnership at their respective law firms, or who will be in the near future. Coalition members receive the NAWL member rate on registration.
Loyola University Law School, 25 E. Pearson Street, 15th Floor.

Managing Partner/General Counsel Forum - CLE and Networking


June 5, 2014                                   4:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Managing Partner Panel

The event will begin with a presentation by Carrie Hightman, General Counsel of NiSource Inc., followed by a panel that will include Thomas Sabatino, General Counsel of Walgreens; Tina Tabacchi, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Chicago office; and Dan Formeller, the Senior Chairman of Tressler.  Jennifer Kenedy, the Managing Partner of Locke Lord's Chicago office, will serve as moderator.
Location:  Offices of Locke Lord, 111 South Wacker Drive
CLE Sponsor: 

Judge's Panel Event


June 26, 2014               

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Panelists include:
Judge Diane Wood (7th Cir.)
Judge Mary Rowland (N.D. Ill.)
Judge Kathy Flanagan (Circuit Court of Cook County) 
Judge Liu (Illinois Appellate Court).



Co-hosted by Morgan Lewis & Jones Day at 77 W. Wacker.


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