2021 Agenda

March 11, 2021

11:00AM - 11:15AM EST

Opening Remarks: Conference Chairperson

Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS

11:15AM - 12:00PM EST

KEYNOTE: The Challenges of the Post-Pandemic World for Lawyers and Clients

Jami McKeon, Chair of global law firm, Morgan Lewis, will kick things off as our keynote speaker. Ms. McKeon will discuss The Future of Big Law, including topics ranging from workforce changes implemented during the pandemic that are here to stay (increased remote working, fewer in-person meetings, etc.), how the pandemic has affected women lawyers and what that means for the future, and the evolving role that law firms and clients play with respect to Diversity and Inclusion.


Jami Wintz McKeon, Chair of the Firm

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

12:00PM – 12:15PM EST

12:15PM – 1:00PM

PANEL DISCUSSION : The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Legal Profession

The pandemic has had a profound impact on the practice of law and has imposed unprecedented burdens on women lawyers who have been working from home while also shouldering the lion’s share of family and home obligations. Anticipating substantial changes to the practice of law, the American Bar Association commissioned the first-of-its-kind national survey of its members to understand how, as a result of the pandemic, legal employers have revised their policies and procedures; how diversity, equity, and inclusion programs have been affected; and what resources are needed by attorneys, particularly women attorneys, as they continue to confront the many challenges posed by the new normal. In particular, the survey has provided important data with respect to the impact of the pandemic on women and lawyers of color and what it means for the future of the legal profession. Join this important CLE to learn the many informative results of this unique and comprehensive survey, including best practices for long-term remote work; how the pandemic has impacted women lawyers’ well-being, productivity, retention and diversity; and suggested changes to the practice of law going forward that will help legal employers and women lawyers, regardless of their level of experience or practice settings.  


Roberta Liebenberg, Senior Partner

Fine Kaplan and Black,


Stephanie Scharf, Partner

Scharf Banks Marmor LLC,


Paulette Brown, Senior Partner, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Locke Lord LLP

1:00PM - 1:15PM EST

1:15PM – 2:00PM EST

PANEL DISCUSSION: Generational Perspectives and Navigating Career Opportunties: What has Changed? And What Remains the Same?

How has the culture changed within the legal profession in the last 25 years? How have our clients evolved?  And how have these changes (or lack thereof) impacted our collective opportunities for professional advancement and growth?  This lively discussion will shine a light on the perspectives of several high-powered women from different generations, and how each of them has navigated the ups and downs in their respective careers.  How have things changed with respect to the opportunities for advancement of women into positions of power and leadership within law?  Where have we made meaningful progress—and where have we fallen short?  And what have we learned from the past that can help inform our approaches and attitudes about the future? Will current social and societal movements and a social progressive agenda help accelerate opportunities for women to advance into leadership positions within the profession any beyond?


Amira Day Dallafior, Assistant General Counsel, Global Labor & Employment

Pinterest, Inc.


Jessie Kornberg, President & CEO

Skirball Cultural Center, Co-Chair, LA Represents


Mary Cranston, former Chair & CEO

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Director/Chair of Audit Committee, VISA



Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS

2:00PM - 2:30PM EST
Lunch Break

2:30PM - 3:00PM

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World...

Up is down and down is up in this Covid world. And we lawyers don’t like that. We prefer control, predictability, and planning in our professional and personal lives. But that seems like a thing of the past. And worse, despite the many challenges posed by the virus, for most of us, neither our work nor our personal life expectations have changed. Instead, work and home seem to have merged into one big time suck, leaving us mentally depleted and emotionally exhausted. So here’s the question: Is there such a thing as balance in this new world?

Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS

3:00PM - 3:15PM EST

3:15PM - 4:30PM EST

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP : How to Lead a Remarkable Meeting – It Matters More than You Think

Meetings should be engaging, focused and efficient. Talented leaders run meetings with clarity and purpose. Given the time lawyers spend in meetings, leading them skillfully should be a professional requirement.  And yet, most of us have received no formal training on how to do this.  According to research cited in the Harvard Business Review, 9 out of 10 people daydream in meetings, 25% of meetings are spent discussing irrelevant issues, 50% of people find meetings to be unproductive, and 73% of employees do other work while in meetings.  The answer is not to eliminate meetings; it is to design them thoughtfully and to lead them for impact.  Join us for this interactive, workshop session, where we will share the science of what makes a meeting remarkable and then workshop the key elements in small groups.  Your meetings will never be the same...


Lisa Banks, Co-Founder and Partner

Optify Coaching


Betsy Miller, Partner and Chair of Public Client Practice, certified Leadership Coach

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC

4:30PM - 4:45PM EST

Closing Remarks: Conference Chairperson

Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS

4:45PM - 5:45PM EST
Virtual Networking Reception

March 12, 2021

11:00AM - 11:15AM EST

Opening Remarks: Conference Chairperson

Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS

11:15AM - 12:00PM EST

KEYNOTE: Transitions, Advancement and Girl Power

To kick-off Day Two of the conference, attendees will hear from Stasia Kelly and Jackie Kim Park, DLA Piper’s outgoing co-managing partner and new co-managing partner for the U.S., as they candidly share their thoughts and experiences concerning their own respective career paths, comparing and contrasting their personal journeys to leadership within BigLaw, including:


  • How experience informed the journey - propelling and opening doors
  • The importance and willingness to take risks
  • A focus on firm Culture: the glue that holds all of us together
  • Listening and learning: inviting innovation into the mix (and what that means)
  • the importance of mentorship to help advance women
  • Sharing and exploring goals with respect to firmwide D&I, specific to the advancement and retention of women lawyers
  • The pandemic: what it means to the firm and the business
  • Understanding and “translating” client needs (and wants)


Stasia Kelly, US Managing Partner Emeritus,

DLA Piper,

Partner, Executive Director, Client Relations,

DLA Piper


Jackie K. Park, Partner, Co-US Managing Partner

DLA Piper

12:15PM – 1:00PM EST

PANEL DISCUSSION: Conducting Pay Equity Gap Analyses to Ensure Fair Compensation Decisions Across all Lawyers

Recent industry reports reveal that a significant pay gap exists between men and women lawyers and other historically underrepresented groups.  Join us for this timely session to learn about the findings, how pay analyses are conducted and the important differences between a pay gap analysis and a pay “equity" gap analysis.  Our panelists will also address two critical questions, including: (1) What are the potential “access to opportunity" gaps (e.g., client visibility, origination credit) that factor into comp decisions; and (2) How does the comp process itself and the factors considered, impact equal pay?  They will also cover the relevant legal issues organizations should consider, such as covering privilege, while conducting and reporting on these analyses.   

Christine Hendrickson, Partner

Seyfarth Shaw LLP 

Caren Ulrich Stacy, CEO

Diversity Lab 


Amber Boydstun, Chief Data Scientist

Diversity Lab 

1:00PM - 1:15PM EST

1:15PM – 1:45PM EST

Creating Opportunities for Success: Dissecting the Diversity & Inclusion Function Within Law Firms

If we don’t have people who can look at and access the world in different ways, we impoverish our institutions. Today’s most successful and diverse law firms have procedures in place that help to create opportunities for their people. But hiring the best, most diverse talent isn’t enough. If you’re serious about diversity and inclusion and want to maximize your firm’s potential, you’ll need to a deep dive into your organization’s procedures and processes and question what might be working to the detriment of some of its people. What unique combination of skills are essential in order to lead Diversity and Inclusion efforts and functions within law firms today?  And what role does this function specifically play? Diversity and Inclusion has become a functional area that many law firms have been prioritizing for years—working across the organization to optimize culture, aligning the firm's diversity and inclusion goals with business outcomes, and responding to changes or policies that that affect organizational culture.  In this illuminating discussion, attendees will hear from Leslie Richards-Yellen, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Debevoise & Plimpton, as she dissects the role itself, shedding light on both the short-term and long-term goals and ambitions inherent to this function. What challenges do these professionals face, and what have we learned as we aspire to maximize our firm’s potential – hiring and keeping the best, most diverse workforce possible?


Leslie Richards-Yellen, Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion,

Debevoise & Plimpton

1:45PM - 2:15PM EST
Lunch Break

2:15PM – 2:45PM EST

Taking Smart Risks: A Case Study for a Non-Linear Legal Career

Do you feel like you’re stagnating?  Are you waiting for that big idea or are you afraid to make a career transition for fear of a fatal mistake?  This is often the case for lawyers who want to leave conventional legal practice, find a new job, start a business, or pursue countless other beginnings.  Being paralyzed in pursuit of the perfect solution, idea or path is quite common, and can be crippling.  During this session, you will be inspired by an entrepreneur with a self-declared patchwork career.  You will learn how to apply her lessons and mistakes to your own life.  You will uncover the importance of homework, piloting, risk and failure, as techniques to teach you to pay attention to your surroundings, notice what people are seeking you out to do, and then figure out how to develop the courage to pursue the opportunities you encounter.  As an entrepreneur, leader, job seeker, or lawyer seeking to make an impact, it is not always clear what direction to pursue.  With the tools and inspirational stories shared in this session, you will learn how to focus on researching, testing, harnessing, honing, and then launching, to enhance both your career and your life.


Debbie Epstein Henry, Founder,

DEH Consulting, Speaking, Writing

Podcast Host: Inspiration Loves Company

2:45PM - 3:00PM EST

3:00PM - 4:15PM EST

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: Fostering Resilience & Growth for Women Attorneys in A Covid-19 World

The changing landscape created by the Covid-19 pandemic has tested our resilience and coping skills like never before. “In a world where uncertainty has become the norm, we need new tools,” says resilience trainer Nancy Sharp, who will teach participants the foundational elements of The Resilience Framework™, a practical model for pushing past challenges that limit growth. This closing, interactive and thought-provoking session will help attendees understand how resilience relates to the legal profession; the connection between a resilient mindset, improved client relationships, and the ability to articulate and reach goals; and proven strategies to build confidence, competence, and well-being.


Nancy Sharp, Resilience Keynote Speaker & Trainer, Award-Winning Author

4:15PM – 4:30PM EST

Closing Remarks: Conference Chairperson

Patricia K. Gillette, Public Keynote Speaker and Member of JAMS