Center for Women in Law

Convening leaders, generating ideas, leading change.


Wednesday, April 10

Thursday, April 11

Friday, April 12

7:00    Buffet Breakfast | The Four Seasons
       Sponsor: Mary Kay Inc.
8:00    Visibility Is Not Equality: The ABA Presidential Task Force 
      on Gender Equity
Introduction of Laurel Bellows: Roberta D. Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.

Speaker: Laurel G. Bellows, President, American Bar Association and Principal, The Bellows Law Group, P.C.

8:30     Pay Equity for Women Partners

A panel of law firm partners and general counsel will discuss the continued pay disparity for women partners and the relationship between pay equity and the advancement of women into positions of power and influence.  Panelists will examine features of current partner compensation systems that can contribute to pay disparities and explore solutions.

Moderator: Michele Coleman Mayes, Summit Chair and Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, The New York Public Library


Laurel G. Bellows, President, American Bar Association

Paulette Brown, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Denise F. Keane, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Altria Group

Karen A. Popp, Partner, Global Chair for White Collar Group and Executive Committee Member, Sidley Austin LLP 

10:00    Break

10:10     The Role of Law Schools in Changing the Status Quo

This session will focus on the law school environment and how law school deans and faculty can foster a law school experience that is intentionally focused on putting women on equal pathways to success. Panelists will explore what law schools can do to better prepare women for the challenges they will face upon graduation, emerging issues in recruiting women and minorities to law schools, and the impact of recent affirmative action decisions on women’s professional equality.

Moderator: Zipporah B. Wiseman, Thos. H. Law Centennial Professor, The University of Texas School of Law


The Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court

Katherine M. Larkin-Wong, President, Ms. JD

Paula A. Monopoli, Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Women, Leadership & Equality Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Rachel F. Moran, Dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

11:30     Closing Remarks

Speaker: Michele Coleman Mayes, Summit Chair

12:00     Informal Buffet Lunch | The Four Seasons