Promoting Women as Lead Counsel – Agenda & Speakers

Networking and Registration
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (lunch provided)

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Linda Bray Chanow, Executive Director, Center for Women in Law

Hon. Sherry RadackChief Justice, First Court of Appeals

Hon. Kem FrostChief Justice, Fourteenth Court of Appeals

Lunch Presentation:  Surveys on Women Lawyers as Lead Counsel and Trial Counsel in Complex Litigation
12:15 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Stephanie Scharf, Ph.D., J.D., Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and Co-Author of First Chairs at Trial Report

Dana Alvare, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Benefits of Female Trial Counsel: Views from the Box
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Erin Copeland, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs & Josephson (Moderator)

Hon. Alfred H. BennettSouthern District of Texas

Sherie Potts BeckmanMithoff Law

Kathy PatrickGibbs & Bruns

Cristina E. Rodriguez, Hogan Lovells

Marygrace Schaeffer, DecisionQuest

Women Lawyers as Lead Counsel:  How In-House Counsel Are Making a Difference
2:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Julie HardinReed Smith (Moderator)

Elizabeth Matthews, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA, Inc.

Rachel Giesber Clingman, Vice President Legal, General Counsel, BHP Billiton Petroleum and Minerals Americas

Teresa Garcia-Reyes, Senior Counsel, Litigation, GE Oil & Gas

Dana O’Brien, General Counsel, Centerpoint Energy

Cisselon Nichols Hurd, Senior Litigation Counsel, Shell Oil

Getting Real World Experience: Advancing from Within
3:20 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Marcy Hogan Greer, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP (Moderator)

Claudia Wilson Frost, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Robert Jewell, Andrews Kurth

Shelley HutsonClark, Love, Hutson

Shauna Johnson ClarkNorton Rose Fulbright

Participation from the Bench:  How Judges Can Impact the Advancement of Women as Lead Counsel
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Hon. Sylvia Matthews, Harris County District Courts (Moderator)

Hon. Gregg Costa5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Hon. Vanessa GilmoreSouthern District of Texas

Hon. Jane Bland, 1st Court of Appeals

Hon. Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Harris County District Courts

Insights and Observations
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing remarks provided by Hon. Keith Ellison, Southern District of Texas

Networking Reception
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.