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February, 2015                                                               Coalition Newsletter


Upcoming Events


Associates Volunteer Networking Event at Ronald McDonald House

March 3rd


Law Student Event

March 5th


The Future of Law: New Delivery and Design of Work

March 11th


Welcome to Our Newest Members 


Abbott Laboratories

Accenture LLP

Allstate Insurance Company

Banner Apartments LLC

DePaul University

Gordon & Rees, LLP

Grant Thornton LLP

Inter Act Public
Safety Systems

Robinson Curley &
Clayton, P.C.

Deena Rosenfeld 

Coalition Job Board

If you have an in-house attorney position or non-attorney firm position that you would like to post, please email the information to the Coalition Admin and we will post it to the Coalition's website job board. 

Upcoming Events

After-School Mentoring:
Mentor Step Up teens at Step Up's after-school programs. You can mentor once a year or once a week - whatever time you can give is still impactful! See list of times and schools here. Email tatiana@suwn.org to sign up.

March 7, 2015 
Young Luminaries 
Register Here

March 7, 2015  
Pathways to Professions Workshops 

March 11, 2015 
Women Who  
Impact and Inspire Panel Discussion

March 21, 2015
Career Connections Conference

Special Offer

for the Coalition


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Dear Members, Delegates and Friends:


Patricia Arquette took the Oscars by surprise on Sunday night by addressing the need for equal rights and wage equality for women.  Jennifer Garner noted the double standard faced by professional women in a speech last fall at Elle Magazine's Women in Hollywood event.  While the Coalition has not reached celebrity status yet, the Coalition also strives to advance women in the legal profession through the promotion of leadership opportunities and training necessary to develop a strong book of business.  By providing tools for women to more easily reach positions of power, we are changing the conversations.


Looking forward, we hope you will join us on March 11 to hear Debbie Epstein Henry and an esteemed panel discuss her new book, Finding Bliss:  Innovative legal models for Happy Clients and Happy Lawyers. 

We also request your support on March 5 for our annual law student event.  You can learn about other events taking place in the Coalition below.


Marcia Owens

President, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law


Ronald McDonald House Outreach Event
March 3, 2015 

Join the Associates Committee of the Coalition for a volunteer networking event at the Ronald McDonald House.  

The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) provides a home away from home to families of children being hospitalized for complex medical care.  Coalition Volunteers will prepare and serve dinner for 50-100 residents as part of the RMH's "Meals from the Heart" program.  Please consider volunteering to help cook, serve, and clean up post-meal.

The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and volunteers are asked to be there by 4:30 p.m.  If you would like to participate please contact Julie Busch, buschj@jbltd.com by February 24, 2015.

Ronald McDonald House Chicago is located at 211 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago.
2015 Law Student Event
Success Strategies for Women Law Students

The Coalition invites you to attend the seventh annual law student event and networking reception. 

Panelists will lead a roundtable discussion with law students from Chicago Kent, DePaul, Northwestern, Loyola, John Marshall and University of Chicago.

Leslee Cohen - Hershman and Cohen LLC
Jennifer Gallinson - Much Shelist, P.C.
Catherine Smith - RR Donnelley
Rue Toland - Mayer Brown LLP
March 5, 2015
5 - 7 p.m.
Chicago Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street, Chicago

The Coalition Partnered with Locke Lord LLP, NAWL and WBAI to provide a Program on
Returnships: Attorneys in Transition
A Special Thank You to the Panelists:
Carol Fishman Cohen - CEO & co-founder, iRelaunch
Maribeth Bailey - National Director Talent Acquisition, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Caren Ulrich Stacy - Founder, OnRamp Fellowship & Legal Talent Lab
Elizabth McCloy - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Pamela Zdunek - OnRamp Fellow, Sidley Austin LLP
Coalition PR/Social Media Sub-Committee Needs Your Help!


The Coalition's PR/Social Media Sub-Committee needs your help with raising awareness of the Coalition through social media. Please: join, follow and "like" the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and ask your firms to do the same.    


LinkedIn:     Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law   

Twitter:        @ChiWomenInLaw 

Facebook:    Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law 


If you would like to join this new sub-committee (or even just let us know of articles, awards, etc. that should be shared with the entire Coalition), please contact Rue Toland (rtoland@mayerbrown.com) or Kelly Glynn (keglynn@deloitte.com) 

Ask the Career Coach!
Coach's Corner is a new feature in our newsletter, and is authored by Coalition member Jennifer Rakstad.  Jennifer is the Career Development Advisor (US) at Mayer Brown LLP and a certified coach (ACC; Hudson Institute). Jennifer coaches attorneys at all levels on issues including career planning, business development and leadership. Jennifer has been a Coalition delegate since the inception of the Coalition and was most recently Treasurer (2012-14) and on the Executive Committee.

Dear Coach,

As a young associate, how strategic should you be in getting work? Specifically, should you look to see what practice areas are growing at that time to increase your chances of making partner down the road? Should you seek to work with people you like or try to find the work you like?


Looking for Work


Dear Looking for Work,

Finding long term satisfaction in the law involves aligning your area of practice with your values, interests and talents.   While it can be tempting to pick a practice area or type of work because it looks "hot" or because you like the attorneys who do the work, I recommend first examining whether this work fits with your overall interests and career aspirations. As you may have already seen, people leave their firms all the time (even established partners), and practices that are on the rise one day may not exist the next. At the same time, as you get more senior (and if your goal is to make partner), it becomes more important to be strategic about the work you take on.   So how should a young associate approach finding satisfying work that will increase her chances of making partner?


 Click Here to Read the Full Answer 


If you have a question about your career and want an outside opinion, send your question to Chicago@thewomenscoalition.com today and see it answered in a future newsletter. 
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