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Center for Women in Law - Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership

Summit Schedule

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Welcome – Summit Kickoff 
5:45pm

Hannah Brenner, Executive Director, Center for Women in Law

The Landscape of Women in the Law 
5:45 - 7:15pm

This panel will examine the broad landscape of issues confronting women in the legal profession and will present the most current research on such matters as discrimination and bias, and women’s advancement and leadership challenges. The panelists are nationally renowned for their pioneering research and advocacy on these issues.

Roberta C. Liebenberg (Moderator), Chair, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession

Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School

Veta Richardson, Executive Director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair and Co-Director of the Project for Attorney Retention, University of California Hastings College of Law

Closing Remarks
7:15 - 7:30pm

Diane C. Yu, Summit Chair, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President of New York University

Reception & Dinner 
7:30pm

The opening dinner will allow participants a unique opportunity to get to know one another informally and begin to establish important networks and alliances.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Welcome 
9:00 - 9:10am

Lawrence G. Sager, Dean, University of Texas School of Law

Introduction of Justice O’Connor

Linda L. Addison, Partner-in-Charge, Fulbright & Jaworski-New York, and Founder, Center for Women in Law

Keynote Address: The Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor 
9:15 - 9:50am

As the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Justice O’Connor ascended to a position of leadership that was at one time unimaginable. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Justice O’Connor worked as an assistant attorney general in Arizona, and was later appointed to fill a Senate vacancy in that state. After twice winning re-election, she shifted her career to the judiciary, serving on the Maricopa County Superior Court. In 1981, she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as an associate justice to the United States Supreme Court, receiving unanimous approval to the position by the United State Senate, and serving in this capacity until her retirement in 2006.  At the Summit, Justice O’Connor will offer her own observations as to why these barriers will continue to be so pervasive, and  participants will hear some of her perspectives on how today’s leading lawyers can reverse this dynamic and create positive change in the profession.

Perspectives and Reflections on Justice O’Connor’s Remarks 
9:50 - 11:00am

A distinguished panel of leading lawyers will join Justice O’Connor, reflect on her comments and engage in a facilitated dialogue.

Diane C. Yu (Moderator)

Mary Cranston, Senior Partner (former managing partner), Pillsbury

The Hon. Carolyn Dineen King, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Cir.

Lawrence G. Sager, Dean, University of Texas School of Law

Laura Stein, General Counsel, The Clorox Company

The Hon. Diane P. Wood, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Cir.

Break
11:00 - 11:15am

The Economics of Equality ~ The Equality of Economics 
11:15 - 12:15pm

This session will explore the ways in which economic issues impact the achievement of equality for women in the legal profession.

Arin N. Reeves, The Athens Group

Karen Hirschman, Partner, Vinson & Elkins & Founder, Center for Women in Law

Catherine Lamboley, General Counsel Shell Oil Company (ret.) and Founder,     Center for Women in Law

Luncheon: The Many Manifestations of Leadership 
12:15 - 2:00pm
A performance by Anna Deavere Smith

Hailed by Newsweek magazine as “the most exciting individual in American theatre,” Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character and diversity in America. A playwright and actor, Deavere Smith is also a tenured professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and founder of the Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue. At the Summit, participants will experience Deavere Smith’s “new form of theatre – a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie,” which earned her a MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship. At the Summit, Deavere Smith will offer commentary on women and leadership, followed by a special performance featuring notable women leaders.

Break
2:00-2:15pm

Strategies and Best Practices for Women’s Advancement in the Legal Profession
2:15 - 3:15pm

Following up on their presentation on the landscape of women in law, this distinguished group of panelists will return to offer an overview of effective strategies, and best practices, for advancing women’s position in the legal profession.
Roberta D. Liebenberg, Chair, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession
Deborah L. Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School
Veta Richardson, Executive Director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association    
Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation Chair and Co-Chair of the Project for Attorney Retention

Introduction of the Austin Manifesto on Women in Law
3:15 - 3:30pm

Summit Chair Diane C. Yu will present a working version of the Austin Manifesto with a description of the evolution of the drafting process, concepts behind the document and other details.  The Manifesto will include a set of principles and pledges designed to address many of the obstacles facing women in the legal profession today.

Working Groups on the Manifesto
3:30 - 4:45pm

Participants will break into small groups and work together, with the assistance of special facilitators and recorders, to offer suggestions and revisions to the working draft of the document. Special thanks to Nina Cortell, Lauren Eaton Prescott, Patricia K. Gillette and Deborah Epstein Henry for their role as facilitators.

Plenary Session: Revising the Manifesto
4:45 - 5:30pm

Summit participants will reconvene in a brief plenary session and small group facilitators will share comments and revisions with the larger group. A special committee will work to integrate these proposed ideas into the document; a final version will be presented during Friday morning’s opening session.

Informal Networking Reception 
5:30 - 7:00pm

After a day of working together to develop solutions to many of the problems faced by women in the profession, participants will have the opportunity to connect with one another and continue the conversation about how to most effectively implement the strategies and ideas gained from the Summit.

Dinner with Ann Fudge: Leadership & Legacy

Our Legacy: The Summit and Beyond

Catherine Lamboley, General Counsel, Shell Oil Company (ret.) and Founder, Center for Women in Law

Introduction

Ilene Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst, Inc.

Keynote Address with Ann Fudge

Description: Ann Fudge, a prominent leader whose professional path distinguishes her as one of the most insightful and influential women in business, will provide this evening’s keynote address with a special focus on legacy. Named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business, she is Former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of pre-eminent companies across the full range of marketing communications. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of General Electric, Novartis, and has recently joined the Unilever Board.  She is on the Harvard Board of Overseers, the Board of Morehouse College, and is a trustee of the Brookings Institution.  Ms. Fudge also serves on the Boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Chair of the U.S. Program Advisory Panel for the Gates Foundation.