Advancing Women in Law Summit

Advancing Women in Law Summit Parts 1 and 2 is based on the Spring Summit for Advancing Women in the Law, a March 3, 2020 event convened by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

The summit featured four panels of diverse senior leaders in law, including chief judges, partners, and general counsels. The panels explored topics like the obstacles that prevent women from reaching their full potential as lawyers, why women leave the legal profession, strategies for advancing women into law firm leadership and general counsel positions, and gender balance in the judiciary.

The CLE consists of two, 30-minute sections that feature highlights from the summit’s panels, as well as key practice takeaways for women in the legal profession.

Women at event speakers' table talking to each other.

Lawyers taking the course can expect to:

  • Learn some of the potential pitfalls for experienced and senior female lawyers
  • Develop strategic initiatives to help lawyers and their firms support women in law
  • Understand how members of the judiciary use their position to drive change
  • Learn how policies targeting inclusion can have real results

Before launching Part 1 of the course, be sure to read the agenda. We’d also encourage participants to review the following course material, which is also available in eLearning’s resources tab:

Approved for 1.0 hours of diversity and inclusion CLE credit in Illinois (Part 1 = 0.5 hours + Part 2 = 0.5 hours)

Before Launching the Course

  1. To receive CLE credit, complete the CLE Feedback & Attestation Survey at the end of the course. You will automatically be prompted to take the survey upon finishing the course.
    You must list your correct ARDC number in the survey. Please take a moment to locate it. You will not receive CLE credit if you do not complete the survey or use an incorrect ARDC number.
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The Commission on Professionalism would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the Advancing Women in Law Summit: Corinne Cantwell Heggie, Partner, Wochner Law Firm LLC (Co-Chair); Mary Smith, Vice Chair, VENG Group, and CEO and Chair, Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation (Co-Chair); Aurora Austriaco, Shareholder, Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel, P.C.; Kenya Jenkins-Wright, General Counsel, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission; Eileen Letts, Partner, Zuber Lawler; and Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner, Clifford Law Offices.