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MWL is pleased to announce its 2015 MWL Conference for Women in the Law program agenda. Complete seminar descriptions and speakers will be available shortly.


View the 2015 MWL Conference Agenda "At-a-Glance."



Thursday, May 7th, 2015

4:00 p.m.   Registration and Welcome Reception 
5:15 p.m.  Welcome
   Remarks by MWL President Pam Rochlin
5:30 p.m.  Leadership in 2015: Advancing the Success of Women Attorneys
   Keynote Presentation by Gindi Eckel Vincent, Counsel at ExxonMobil


Friday, May 8th, 2015

7:30 a.m.   Networking Breakfast
8:15 a.m.  Looking Forward, Looking Back: Generations in the Changing Legal Workplace
   Keynote Remarks and Panel Facilitation by Dana Bartocci,
 Education and Organizational Development Manager at Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
   Panelists: Conra Frazier, Student at William Mitchell College of Law
   Melanie Full, Partner at Stinson Leonard Street LLP
   Tamar Gronvall, Managing Asst. A.G. at the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
   Michelle Miller, Vice President at Medtronic, Inc.
   Fostering Successful Mentoring and Sponsor Relationships
   Speakers: Kristine McKinney, Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
   Lynn Walters, Founder of JD Mentor
   The Ethics of Personal Branding and Marketing for Women Attorneys
   Speaker: Kendra Brodin, Executive Director at Special Counsel
   Been There, Done That. Now What?
 Setting Goals and Maintaining Fulfillment in the Second Half of Your Career

 Moderator: Janet Dolan, President of Act 3 Enterprises LLC

   Panelists: Hon. Sue Chambers, Referee at Blue Earth County Family Court
   Luz María Frías, Vice President, Community Impact at The Minneapolis Foundation
   Hon. Cara Lee Neville, Benchmark National ADR
   Angela Shackleford, Partner at LaBore, Giuliani, & Viltoft, LTD.
   At the Starting Line: Grit and Growth Skills for Law Students & New Attorneys
   Speaker: Sarah Rohne, Employer Relations and Business Development
 at the University of Minnesota Law School, Career Center 
   Pay Equity in Minnesota (and Why it Matters for All of Us)
   Moderator: Lisa Stratton, Gender Justice
   Panelists: Barbara Battiste, Director of the Legislative Office on the Economic Status of Women
   Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner at the MN Department of Human Rights
   Jessica Palmer-Denig, Attorney at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
   Of Mutual Benefit: Enhancing In-House and Outside Counsel Relationships
   Moderator: Cindy Eidnes, Division Director at Beacon Hill Legal
   Panelists: Alana Bassin, Co-Managing Partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP
   Mara Garcia Kaplan, Senior Corporate Counsel at Target Corporation
   Kathleen Smith Ruhland, Partner at DLA Piper
   Susan Thompson, Vice President, Legal at AMS Operations
 12:00 p.m.  MWL's 43rd Annual Meeting and 2015 Annual Awards Presentations
   Why Women Don't Ask: Finding Your Voice
   Speaker: Nan Gesche, Faculty at University of Minnesota
   Growing a Successful Solo/Small Firm Practice
   Moderator: Julie Keyes, Business Coach at KeyeStrategies LLC
   Panelists: Ann Barker, Attorney at Barker Law Office, Ltd.
   K. Davis Senseman, Founder of Davis Law Office
   M. Sue Wilson, Managing Partner at M. Sue Wilson Law Offices
   You Can Be a Judge
   Hon. Sara Grewing, Ramsey County District Court Judge
   Hon. Carolina Lamas, Hennepin County District Court Judge
   Andrew Olson, Minnesota Governor's Office
   Tiffany Orth, Project Coordinator at Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
   Lee Sheehy, Chair of the Governor's Commission on Judicial Selection
   Hon. Nicole Starr, Ramsey County District Court Judge
 3:00 p.m.  We've Got Data: Women Attorneys in Minnesota
   Panelists: Hon. Elizabeth Cutter, Hennepin County District Court Judge
   Adine Momoh, Associate at Stinson Leonard Street LLP
   Hon. Kathy Sanberg, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge
 4:00 p.m.  MN Affinity Bar Leadership: The Best Advice I Ever Received
   Moderator: Stacey Slaughter, Partner at Robins Kaplan LLP
   Panelists: Susan Allen, Attorney at The Jacobson Law Group
   Tamara Cabán-Ramirez, Attorney at Cabán-Ramirez Law Firm LLC
   Bernice Fields, Attorney at Law Office of Bernice Fields
   Lousene Hoppe, Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron
   Irene Kao, Staff Attorney at League of Minnesota Cities
   Maria Mitchell, Public Defender at Hennepin County Public Defender's Office
   Sarah Riskin, Associate at Nilan Johnson Lewis
   Pam Rochlin, Attorney at Rochlin Law Office
 5:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
 5:15 p.m.  Closing Reception
 6:00 p.m.  Adjourn



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