Read the Center’s white paper on getting, using, and keeping power in legal institutions.

On April 27-29, the Center for Women in Law convened 150 women leaders in the legal profession for an unprecedented examination of power and leadership.  Law school deans, general counsel, federal and state judges, members of law firm management, and government officials attended the Center’s 2011 Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership™, marking the second time women leaders gathered in Austin to address issues of vital importance to women lawyers.

“The inaugural Women’s Power Summit in 2009™ launched the Austin Manifesto, a blueprint for achieving parity in the legal profession,” explained Linda Bray Chanow, the Executive Director of the Center for Women in Law.  “The 2011 Women’s Power Summit™ built upon the historic work of the 2009 Summit by providing a venue for serious dialogue on how women lawyers can use their individual and collective power to achieve the goals articulated in the Manifesto.”  Read full article here.

Read what people are saying about the 2011 Women’s Power Summit™:

Women Lawyers Who Are Saving the American Economy (Forbes, posted by Victoria Pynchon and written by Lauren Stiller Rikleen)

Progress of the Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership™ (Forbes, posted by Victoria Pynchon and written by Lauren Stiller Rikleen)

Highlights from the 2011 Women’s Power Summit™:  Day 2 (Ms. JD, posted by Jessie Kornberg)

How to Build Your Power and Feel Good About It (Postcards, posted by Patricia Sellers)

Highlights from the 2011 Women’s Power Summit™ (Ms. JD, posted by Jessie Kornberg)

Discomfort with ‘Power Dynamics’ May Be Hampering Women, Consultant Says (ABA Journal, posted by Debra Cassens Weiss)

Power Play Strategies for Women (HBR Blog, posted by Lauren Stiller Rikleen)

Summit Chair:

Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine ,Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. and Chair, American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession

Keynote speakers:

Gloria Feldt, Author, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power

Linda Strite Murnane, Colonel, USAF, Ret. and Chief, Court Management and Support Services International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D., Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Author, Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t

Patricia Sellers, Editor at Large, Fortune and Co-Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit


Advisory Board


The 2011 Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership™ was made possible through the generosity of the organizations and individuals listed below.


Andrews Kurth LLP


Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.


Exxon Mobile Corporation

Haynes and Boone LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The University of Texas School of Law

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Baker Botts L.L.P.

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Jones Day

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

Shell Oil Company

The University of Texas System


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Baker Hostetler

CenterPoint Energy

Linda Crooker Hunsaker

Ogden, Gibson, Broocks, Longoria & Hall, LLP

Winstead PC