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March 29, 2010

Center for Women in Law hosts inaugural Leadership Boot Camp, April 9, 2010

The Center for Women in Law will host a limited-enrollment Leadership Boot Camp for third-year law students, law clerks, and deferred associates on Friday, April 9, 2010, at the University of Texas School of Law.

The Leadership Boot Camp is an all-day training session on the skills essential for navigating a successful legal career. The day focuses on skills that women lawyers traditionally learn too late in their careers to have an impact: effective communication, self-promotion, and building internal and external networks.

The Leadership Boot Camp is the first of the Center’s planned leadership programs geared toward law students and lawyers at the beginning of their legal careers.

“Efforts to advance women in the profession have historically focused on women who have been practicing for a number of years,” said Linda Chanow, executive director of the Center. “To increase the number of women leaders, we need to start earlier to prepare law students to enter a profession that currently does not support their advancement.”

The Leadership Boot Camp—to be held from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in TNH 2. 137—includes three presentations by professional trainers, each followed by small group workshops. A reception will follow.

See the agenda [PDF]

The interactive training sessions feature a faculty of more than forty industry leaders from law firms, legal departments, public interest organizations, and government, including:

Almanza, Blackburn & Dickie, LLP
Andrews Kurth LLP
Bill White for Texas
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Brown McCarroll LLP
Dell Inc.
Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
K&L Gates
Law Firm of Francés Jones
Law Offices of B. Dahlenburg Bonar
Lazar Law
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Office of the Speaker of the House Joe Strauss
Office of Texas Senator Kirk Watson
Shell Oil
State Farm Insurance Companies
Teacher Retirement System of Texas
Texas Appleseed
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Texas Attorney General
The Organic Center
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

For more information or to register, contact Trish Gilbert, at 512-232-2292 or

Contact: Linda Chanow, executive director, Center for Women in Law, UT Law, 512-232-1973,

Media Contact: LKirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or