Center for Women in Law

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Women in Law Institute

Described by one partner at a top law firm as “the most practical tool I’ve encountered in my 20 years of practicing,” the Women in Law Institute is an all-day, intensive workshop for law students, judicial clerks, and LL.M.’s. Participants can look forward to expert presentations on the essential skills for navigating a successful career in law: effective communication, self-promotion, and networking. Following each lecture, students work in small groups led by distinguished practitioners (3:1 ratio) to perfect these skills through practice and individualized critiques in a supportive environment. This year, for the first time ever, the Center for Women in Law is partnering with Ms. JD to hold Ms. JD’s Sixth Annual Conference on Women in the Law, taking place the preceding day, Friday, February 21, 2014.  Because of our partnership with Ms. JD, we are expecting a record number of participants.  We encourage you to register early as spaces are limited.
Event Recap:
When: February 22, 2014, 8:30 AM – 6:15 PM (see Agenda)
Where: The University of Texas School of Law

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 Questions: Email or call 512-232-1911.

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Marsha Hunter, Founder and CEO, Johnson & Hunter, Inc.

Paula Monopoli, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Diane Darling, Founder and CEO, Effective Networking

Distinguished Faculty:

Anna M. Alvarado, First Cash Financial Service, Inc.

The Honorable Micaela Alvarez, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

The Honorable Caroline Baker, 295th District Court of Harris County Celia Balli, KBR, Inc.

Nan Beaird, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Vicki Blanton, American Airlines

Barbara Bonar, Law Offices of B. Dahlenburg Bonar

Lisa Bowlin Hobbs, Kuhn Hobbs PLLC

Karen Burgess, Richardson + Burgess LLP

Julie Chandler, Perkins Coie LLP

Karan Ciotti, Ogden, Gibson, Brooks, Longoria & Hall, L.L.P.

Grover Cleveland, King County

Laura Coleman, Dell

Cindy Connolly, Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.

Nina Cortell, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Samantha Crispin, Baker Botts LLP

Gail J. Cummings, Gail J. Cummings Executive Coaching (for full bio, please navigate to .pdf version via hyperlink)

Marianne Scott Dwight, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company

Jane Winkler Dyche, Dyche Law Firm

Kevin Edmundson, Hohmann, Taube & Summers, LLP

The Honorable Jennifer Elrod, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Tina V. Fernandez, The University of Texas School of Law

Lulu Flores, HendlerLaw

Deborah Fowler, Texas Appleseed

Hilda Galvan, Jones Day

Marcy Greer, Alexander Dubose Jefferson Townsend & LLP

Andi Groomes, Threshold Advisors

Henry de la Garza, Office of the Attorney General of Texas

Carrie Hightman, NiSource Inc.

Aileen M. Hooks, Baker Botts LLP

Nancy Huston, Nancy Huston Mediation

Francés Jones, Law Firm of Francés Jones

Karen Jones, Microsoft

Kimberly L. Kiplin, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Daniella Landers, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Kristen Law Sagafi, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Rebecca Lightsey, Texas Appleseed

Leslie M. Luttrell, Luttrell | Zucker Law Group

Margaret Lyle, Jones Day

Julie Mayo, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Janet McCullar Vavra, Law Office of Janet McCullar

Susan Meyer, Ungaretti & Harris LLP

Marilyn Montano, Jackson Walker L.L.P.

Olga Moya, South Texas College of Law

Nancy Newman, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Lisa Paulson, Ratliff Law Firm, PLLC

Jennifer Pearce, Flowserve

Elsa Ransom, Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Cynthia Redwine, Meridian Solar, Inc.

Noelle Reed, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Tracie J. Renfroe, King & Spalding

Jane Saginaw, The US Environmental Protection Agency; Baron & Budd, retired

Neeta Saran, Microsoft

Tatman Savio, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Tina Silcocks, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Courtney Smith, Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.

Margaret Spellings, Law Office of Margaret Spellings, P.C.

Rachael Vaughn, Microsoft

KC Waldron, Charles Schwab

Carita Walker, Shell Oil Company

Catherine Webking, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Jamie Whitney, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Nicole Williams, Thompson & Knight LLP

Christina Wisdom, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Valinda Wolfert, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Jennifer Zerm, GE Healthcare



Locke Lord LLP




Melanie Barnes
Susan Blount
Linda & Barry
Jane Saginaw
Michelle P. Goolsby