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The 2018 MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture
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When: Monday, November 5, 2018
5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Where: The Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55402
United States

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Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce the 2018 MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Marriott City Center (30 South Seventh Street, downtown Minneapolis). The general reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the program will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Wahl Lecture will also feature a silent auction to benefit the MWL Foundation and its efforts to support MWL's charitable activities. (Donations to the silent auction are welcomed. A donation form is available here.)  

A shareable flier for the 2018 Wahl Lecture is available here.


hover textMWL is honored to welcome Elaine Weiss as our 2018 Wahl Lecture keynote speaker. Elaine is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her most recent book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote details the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history; the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Woman’s Hour is also set to be adapted into a television series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton. 

Given the 2018 Wahl Lecture will be held the evening before the 2018 mid-term elections, Elaine’s timely remarks will prove particularly relevant as Americans across the nation prepare to vote the following day.

Elaine’s Wahl Lecture presentation is titled: The Women Who Dared. From Elaine: “The 19th Amendment placed women’s right to vote into the U.S. Constitution—but that simple legal acknowledgement that American women were entitled to full citizenship did not occur naturally: it required three generations of activist women, fighting in more than 900 campaigns, over more than seven decades. Women were not “given” the vote—they fought for it—using all the legal—and even illegal—means at their disposal; they faced mobs, condemnation, arrest, and imprisonment. The suffragists’ legal and publicity strategies would become a model for civil rights campaigns to come; they have valuable lessons to teach us now, as we struggle to protect voting rights for all.”

More About Elaine Weiss  

Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She has been a frequent correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.


Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide. Elaine holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. She has worked as a Washington correspondent, congressional aide and speechwriter, magazine editor, and university journalism instructor. 




$30      MWL Member Law Student
$55      MWL Member – Under $55,000 Income
$55      MWL Member – Greater Minnesota (Outside 7-County Metro)
$85      MWL Member

$300    2018 Friends Level Sponsorship

$0        17-18 Diamond or Sapphire Premier Member 
$35      18-19 Emerald Premier Member (Using Ticket – Balance Owed)
$35      2018 Partner (Using Ticket – Balance Owed)
$85      MN Affinity Bar Member 
$125    Non- Member


Not an MWL member? Join MWL today and save on your 2018 Wahl Lecture ticket. Minnesota Women Lawyers brings together nearly 1,300 lawyers, judges, law students, legal employers and supporters who are dedicated to advancing the success of women in the legal profession and striving for a just society. Find out how you can get involved and join MWL today!

Please RSVP by Friday, November 2nd, 2018. 

MWL's Cancellation Policy:
For events that require a fee, cancellations must be received at least three working days in advance of any seminar or event in order to receive a full refund, even if you did not attend the event. If payment had not been submitted prior to the event and a cancellation request had not be received at least three working days in advance, you will be invoiced for the fee. All refunds for registration cancellations will be processed after the event.


Please contact Debra Pexa, MWL Executive Director with any questions (or 612/338-3205).

Sponsorship Opportunities
Table sponsorship opportunities are also available for the Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture. Please complete the Sponsor Reservation Form, and submit it to MWL by Friday, October 26, 2018. Complete details are available here. 



Special Thanks to our 2018 Wahl Lecture Sponsors (to date):

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP 
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP 
Gislason & Hunter LLP
Gustafson Gluek PLLC 
Larson King, LLP
Robins Kaplan LLP

Ballard Spahr LLP
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Stinson Leonard Street

Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Ciresi Conlin LLP
Cozen O'Connor
Fish & Richardson P.C.
Gray Plant Mooty
Jones Day
Larkin Hoffman
Merchant & Gould P.C.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Moss & Barnett 
Nilan Johnson Lewis 
Sapientia Law Group
Stoel Rives LLP
Thomson Reuters
Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell
UnitedHealth Group
Zelle LLP

Carlson, Caspers, Vandenburgh, Lindquist & Schuman, P.A.
Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, P.L.L.P.
Minnesota State Bar Association
Schaefer Halleen, LLC


Felicia Boyd
Patricia A. Beithon 
Lisa Brabbit
Dixie Carroll
Justice Margaret Chutich
Dr. Angela Follett
Elizabeth Fors
Susan Gallagher
Jardine, Logan & O'Brien P.L.L.P.
Judith Langevin
Dr. Teresa Lavoie
Katie Lichty
KImberly Lowe
Teresa Fariss McClain
Jennifer Robbins
Pamela Rochlin
Paradigm / Veritext
Hon. Miriam Rykken
Amy Taber
The University of Minnesota Law School
Hon. Mary Vasaly


The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was established on the occasion of Justice Wahl’s retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The goal of the lecture series is to honor Justice Wahl, by recognizing women leaders who have broken ground, while pointing the way for women who will follow. The series continues to feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl had inspired so many of us.

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NOTE: All attendees MUST OPT-IN to the attendance list by checking the appropriate box on this registration form.

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