Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Tools and Creative Solutions for Professional and Personal Success

1st Annual Duke University School of Law
Women in the Law Conference

The conference will explore how gender impacts communication skills, what innovators are doing now to create alternative careers, and developing awareness of what it takes to be happy in our professional and personal lives.  

Registration Link: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDNfb3Vmd09zeFJGTkJZd1hxSHZUTFE6MQ
Date: Friday, January 28, 2011
Location: Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC
Conference Co-Sponsors:
Duke Bar Association, Duke Law Office of Public Interest, Duke Law Career and Professional Development Center, Duke Women's Center, and Duke Women Studies Department
Diversity Reception Co-Sponsors: ALSA, BLSA, HLSA, JLSA, Outlaw, and SALSA.

9:30 A.M. – Registration; Breakfast

10:00 A.M. Communication
Communication is a powerful tool to resolve issues in the workplace. How can we become more aware of our personal communication styles and what skills could we develop in order to communicate effectively with our co-workers, clients, superiors, and subordinates? Discussion topics include: communicating about unequal treatment; managing pay disparity issues; building stronger relationships with our superiors, peers, and clients.

11:15 A.M. Keynote Address: Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Durham, ‘71

12:30 P.M. Lunch/Innovators
Sometimes the path least traveled makes all the difference. What alternative career paths can we forge and, alternately, what solutions can we implement while working within the system? Discussion topics include: handling career transitions; working at or starting a boutique firm; leadership positions and how to get them.

1:45 P.M. Happiness
Finding the right balance between a career and a personal life is fundamental to individual happiness. The panelists will discuss the keys to having a successful career and life. Discussion topics include: balancing work and community involvement, political work, hobbies—including, but going beyond the work/family dichotomy.

3:00 P.M. – Diversity Networking Reception, 3rd Floor Mezzanine
Open to all! Co-Sponsored by ALSA, BLSA, HLSA, JLSA, Outlaw, and SALSA.


10:00 A.M. Communication Panelists

      Dr. Ashleigh Rosette is an Associate Professor of Management and Center of Leadership and Ethics scholar at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences and a member of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network.
Dr. Rosette studies diversity and negotiations in organizational settings. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in academic journals and books, such as Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Journal of Applied Psychology; Gender, Ethnicity, and Race in the Workplace; Research on Managing Groups and Teams; Group Decision & Negotiation and the Duke Journal of Gender and Public Policy. Her research has been recognized with awards presented by the Academy of Management, State Farm, Kellogg Teams and Groups Center, the Ford Foundation, the International Association of Conflict Management and the Dispute Resolution Research Center. Dr. Rosette’s research has been featured in media outlets such as Time Magazine, Business Week, the Financial Times, the Chicago Tribune, and National Public Radio.
     She received her Bachelor in Business Administration degree and Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to entering academia, she worked for Arthur Andersen LLP as a Certified Public Accountant.

    Neil Shister
, advisor, writer and editor for Watershed Associates negotiation experts, is co-author of Dare to Ask! A Women’s Guide to Successful Negotiating and author of The Ten Minute Guide to Negotiation, which has been translated into German and Japanese.
     Most recently Editorial Director of World Trade Magazine, covering transportation, logistics management, finance and supply chain technology as well as international trade policy and economic development, Neil advises Watershed on industry specific issues.
     Neil’s journalism and communications experience includes correspondent with Time Magazine, television writer for The Miami Herald, editor of Atlanta (GA) Magazine, Senior Vice President of Hill and Knowlton (Manager, Custom Publishing), Vice President/Marketing Inc. Magazine Business Resources, and Editor/Publisher, PRTM Consulting’s Insight Magazine. Neil has also served as a communications consultant, Adjunct Professor at Boston University, School of Communication and Associate Professor at Hampshire College, School of Language and Communication.
     Neil holds a M.Phil. from Yale University and B.A. from the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa), and served in the Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Among Neil’s many published works are 10 Minute Guide to Negotiation, Macmillan Spectrum/Alpha Books, 1997 and Negotiate Your Way to Financial Success, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1987 (ghost writer).

11:15 A.M. Keynote Address: Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Durham, L‘71

     Chief Justice Christine M. Durham has been on the Utah Supreme Court since 1982, and has served as Chief Justice and Chair of the Utah Judicial Council since 2002.  She previously served on the state trial court after a number of years in private practice.  She received her A.B. with honors from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Duke University, where she is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees.  She is the Past-President of the Conference of Chief Justices of the United States, and also serves on the American Bar Association’s Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the entity that accredits American law schools.  She is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Association.  Past professional service includes the governing boards of the American Inns of Court Foundation, the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA, the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice, the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Federal Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure.  She is also a past president of the National Association of Women Judges, and was that organization’s Honoree of the Year in 1997. 

12:30 P.M. Innovators Panelists

     Cait Clarke was appointed Director of Public Interest Law Opportunities in May 2007. Cait is a respected legal educator who comes to Equal Justice Works with 18 years of experience teaching, training, and consulting on the law and legal affairs. Most recently as the director of Clarke Consulting she provided leadership and management consulting to nonprofit organizations, public defense and legal aid programs, including Equal Justice Works. She served as a principal and the legal education specialist with Watershed Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in negotiation training.

     Anita Earls has been a civil rights attorney for over 20 years, working on issues of structural racism, voting rights and community empowerment. She is an adjunct professor at UNC School of Law, where previously she was Director of Advocacy for the Center for Civil Rights. Ms. Earls served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1998-2000. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a non-profit organization that promotes justice by empowering minority and low-income communities to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights.

     Representative Deborah Ross serves on eight House committees: Judiciary I (Chair); Ethics (Chair); Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform (Vice Chair); Rules Calendar and Operations of the House (Vice Chair); Appropriations – Subcommittee on Capital; Education – Subcommittee on Universities; Finance; Pensions and Retirement. She is currently a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School.

1:45 P.M. Happiness Panelists

     Professor Levit teaches Defamation & Privacy, Employment Discrimination, Gender & Justice, Jurisprudence, and Torts, and is the faculty advisor to the UMKC Law Review. She is also a member of UMKC’s Women’s and Gender Studies faculty. Professor Levit's scholarship is principally in the areas of legal pedagogy, constitutional law, jurisprudence, torts, and feminist legal theory. Her book with Doug Linder, The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. She has also written books about feminist legal theory, Feminist Legal Theory: A Primer (NYU Press 2006) (co-authored with Rob Verchick),  Jurisprudence, Jurisprudence—Classical and Contemporary: From Natural Law to Postmodernism (West Group 2002) (co-authored with Robert L. Hayman, Jr., and Richard Delgado), and sex segregation, feminism, and masculinity, The Gender Line: Men, Women, and the Law (NYU Press 1998).

      Daniel S. Bowling III is one of the world’s foremost experts on the science of well-being and lawyers. He is a practicing labor lawyer, Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School, instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a research fellow at Penn’s Positive Psychology Center. The popular media calls him a “Happiness Guru” much to his chagrin. He also leads a consulting firm that works with some of the largest law firms and corporations in the country showing that well-being enhances not just life satisfaction for lawyers but productivity and professionalism, and writes and speaks extensively on these topics.
     Dan worked for 20 years for Coca-Cola Enterprises - as a lawyer, head of a 2 Billion Dollar operating unit, and the longest tenured head of human resources in the Company’s history, responsible for over 80,000 employees worldwide. Prior to that, he was a partner at Smith, Currie and Hancock, a large Atlanta law firm, where he worked with companies on union and employee relations matters. In his 30-year career he has had a front seat look at employment and work and is convinced that employee optimism, social intelligence, and well-being are just as important - if not more so - than technical skills in driving results.

     Nora Jordan, ’83 graduate of Duke Law, is partner and head of Davis Polk’s Investment Management Group. She advises clients on collective investment vehicles, including hedge funds, mutual funds, closed-end funds and private equity funds. Ms. Jordan is listed as a leading lawyer in private equity fund formation in several legal industry publications, including: Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and American Lawyer’s “45 under 45” Rising Stars of the Corporate Bar.

     Letty Tanchum, ’71 graduate of Duke University and '73 graduate of Duke Law, was Vice President and General Counsel of The Oprah Winfrey Foundations and Special Counsel to Harpo Productions, Inc. from 2005 to January 2010.   Up until 2005, Ms. Tanchum was Vice President and General Counsel for Harpo Productions, Inc. (“Harpo”).  As General Counsel, she had overall responsibility for all legal aspects affecting Harpo including the pre-publication review of The Oprah Winfrey Show, contract negotiations, FCC matters, and legal decisions in the areas of labor, trademark, copyright, and music.  Ms. Tanchum also supervised litigation against Harpo and in 1998 managed a high profile first amendment trial in Texas brought against The Oprah Winfrey Show by the Texas Beef Feeders. Until Ms. Tanchum joined Harpo in 1988, she worked for The American Broadcasting Company beginning in 1973, ultimately serving as Senior General Attorney. In addition to being General Counsel for The Oprah Winfrey Foundations (“The Foundations”), she served on the Board of the Foundations for three years and was an officer, a member of the Investment Committee as well as legal counsel.

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