2015 Symposium -Being Your Own Advocate: Overcoming Stereotypes

The WLC was pleased to host a fantastic schedule of events for this year's Annual Symposium, which ran for one week and centered around the theme "Being Your Own Advocate: Overcoming Stereotypes."

"How Do You Lean In?" Panel on Feb. 9
The Symposium kicked off with a fantastic panel titled "How Do You Lean In?" Professor Provenzano moderated an informative and empowering discussion with Laura Bauer, Partner at Latham & Watkins in Chicago; Heather Kafele, Partner at Shearman & Stearling in D.C.; and Angela Daker, Partner at White & Case in Miami. Many thanks to our excellent moderator, panelists, and sponsors!


Self Advocacy Strategies for Lawyers and Law Students on Feb. 10
The WLC was happy to host this panel on self advocacy, which included speakers from Mayer Brown Chicago.
Shannon Bartlett, Northwestern Law's Director of Diversity Education & Outreach, moderated the interesting and empowering discussion with Melissa Anyetei, (Mayer Brown Partner, Intellectual Property), Larissa Leibowitz (Mayer Brown Associate, Finance), and Jennifer Rakstad (Mayer Brown Career Development Advisor (US)). Many thanks to these speakers and to Mayer Brown!


Negotiation Workshop and Networking Reception on Feb. 11
The WLC hosted a Negotiations workshop led by Professor Lynn Cohn entitled "Getting What She Wants." Professor Cohn challenged attendees' preconceptions of negotiation with a mini-quiz, asking them to move beyond the limits of our assumptions on strategies for successful negotiation. She asked attendees to consider the idea of legitimacy and the role of fairness in the process of persuasion and gave advice on how to use cooperative/competitive tendencies to our advantage. Professor Cohn also touched on the dichotomy between likeability and competence and suggested ways of "working" the dichotomy. Finally, she explained why it pays for women to "ask" and that women should negotiate for what they need to be successful in a leadership role.
The evening continued with a networking reception in Thorne Lobby featuring a number of area attorneys. Many thanks to Professor Cohn and the attorneys who attended our reception for a fantastic night!


Keynote Address: The Progression of Women in the Law: A Conversation with 
Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood and former clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kelsi Brown Corkran
on Feb. 12
For our Symposium Keynote Address, the WLC was honored to welcome Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood and former clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kelsi Brown Corkran, to discuss The Progression of Women in Law. Many, many thanks to these two illustrious speakers, to Professor Delaney for her introduction, and to all of our sponsors!

Chief Judge Wood became the first woman to serve as the Seventh Circuit's Chief Judge in 2013. She has served on that court since 1995. Prior to her service on that court, she was deputy assistant general in the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division. In 1981, she became a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where she remains a senior lecturer. Chief Judge Wood received her JD from the University of Texas at Austin, and clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg on the Fifth Circuit and Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kelsi Brown Corkran is a partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Supreme Court and Appellate practice in Washington, D.C. Prior to her work at that firm, Corkran worked on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Appellate Staff and clerked for Judge David S. Tatel on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. She has drafted more than 20 major Supreme Court briefs and has appeared for oral argument in 10 federal appellate courts for 24 different cases.