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MORNING Keynote Presentation:  Laurie Robinson Haden

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to welcome Laurie Robinson Haden as our 2017 MWL Conference keynote speaker.  Mrs. Robinson Haden—an award winning lawyer and agent of change—truly personifies the 21st century businesswoman whose skills, passion and commitments are multi-faceted and the beneficiaries of her associations and accomplishments are many.


Mrs. Robinson Haden is the Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of CBS Corporation. In 2015, she was tapped by CBS Corporation for a new role within the Litigation Department reporting to the Head of Litigation. In this new position, she oversees and manages outside counsel, directs legal strategy, and participates in alternative dispute resolution. In addition, she continues to spearhead important law department initiatives, including CBS’ in-house CLE program, records retention program, and the development and maintenance of the law department Intranet.


In addition to her role at CBS Corporation, Mrs. Robinson Haden is the founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color, a non-profit professional organization, which she created in 2004 to advance women of color attorneys and to foster diversity in the legal profession. Mrs. Robinson Haden’s leadership and ability to galvanize has resulted in the growth of the organization’s membership from 30 members to over 3,300 members within an eleven-year period.

Read more about Laurie Robinson Haden and her inspiring career.

AFTERNOON Keynote Panel: Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Conversation with Women Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court

In commemoration of Minnesota’s milestone as the first state in U.S. history to have a majority of women on its highest court in 1991, and then itreoccurrence last year, Minnesota Women Lawyers is honored to welcome an esteemed panel of Minnesota Supreme Court Justices, both current and former. What changes have we seen for women on the bench through the years? What successes have we gained and what challenges remain? What impact does a diverse bench have not only for the legal community, but on the justice system itself and the communities it serves. How can Minnesota best support its continuing effort towards diversity, inclusion and equity across the legal profession. MWL is honored to close its 2017 Conference with this engaging discussion.


Breakout Sessions

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to offer a wide range of Conference programming geared towards the diverse practice areas and experience levels represented by MWL's membership. View the program agenda for a complete listing of plenary and break-out sessions.



CLE Credit
Up to five CLE credits will be available to each attendee. (Including both ethics and elimination of bias credit). Final credits received will be based on actual sessions attended.



Through all of its events and initiatives, Minnesota Women Lawyers fosters a strong sense of community among its members and leverages its collective voice to advance its mission. Furthermore, MWL is a powerful source of business growth and client development, and Conference attendees will have a particular opportunity to connect with trailblazers and trendsetters from across the Minnesota legal community. With its statewide membership of attorneys, judges, law students & legal employers, the MWL Conference will be a perfect setting to network, learn and practice skills in a collegial and supportive environment, and foster greater satisfaction within the practice of law.



MWL Conference Benefactor

MWL is pleased to offer its members the opportunity to register as an MWL Conference Benefactor. By paying a slightly higher registration fee, an MWL Conference Benefactor helps fund conference scholarships, and receives recognition on the MWL website, in the Conference program and on an individual's conference nametag.


Special Thanks to 2017 Conference Benefactors (to date):
Susan Gallagher
Breia Schleuss
Amy Taber


If you are interested in helping to fund conference scholarships, simply register as a Conference Benefactor on the registration form.  For more information, contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa (


Annual Meeting

NOTE: Registration for the MWL Conference automatically includes registration to the MWL Annual Meeting luncheon. MWL Annual Meeting tickets may also be purchased separately HERE.

MWL is pleased to announce its 45th Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.  


This luncheon event will offer an opportunity to review the past year and look forward to the year ahead, particularly as we continue work on the 2015-2018 MWL Strategic Plan. We’ll elect our 2017-2018 Board of Directors, and we’ll honor our 2017 Annual Award recipients. Plus, this event is always a fabulous opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our past accomplishments and plan our future successes.


All MWL Conference and Annual Meeting attendees are invited to socialize and network over dessert, immediately following the Annual Meeting program.


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