2014 CWL Annual Conference

May 16, 2014 @ 10:30 pm – May 17, 2014 @ 7:30 am
DoubleTree L.A. Downtown
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$160 member/$200 non-member/$75 law student or new lawyer

CWL Annual Conference

Register Online or Complete and Mail the Registration Form


Schedule of Events:

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Professional Networking Breakfast
Join us for this speed networking event to reconnect with old friends and make new contacts!

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Women in the Spotlight: The Path to Achievement
Moderator: Renee Galente, Galente Ganci, APC
Sandra Fluke, Social Justice Advocate
Ruth Kahn, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Elizabeth Pipkin, McManis Faulkner
Nancy Ramirez, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

What In-House Lawyers Really Want from Outside Counsel (MCLE)
Moderator: Eliza Rodrigues, Sedgwick,LLP
Christine Kurek, Sr. Director and Employment Counsel for Activision
Glenda Martinez, Senior VP and Assoc. General Counsel for Univision
Cathy McEvilly, General Counsel for Honda
Ivette Pena, Court counsel for LA Superior Court

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Transgender Issues: Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Expression (MCLE)
Moderator: Judge Kolakowski, Alameda Superior Court
Christopher Argyros, LA Gay and Lesbian Center
Michelle Brauer Abidoye, FordHarrison, LLP
Sasha Buchert, Transgender Law Center
Amanda Goad, American Civil Liberties Union

Everything New Lawyers Need to Know
Moderator: Jessie Kornberg, Bird Marella
Julie Goulet Stromberg, Obagi & Stodder LLP
Hellen Hong, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Robyn Kali Bacon, United States Attorney’s Office
Dipti Signh, Reproductive Justice National Health Law Program


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Speaker: Professor Joan Williams,
University of California Hastings College of Law

“What Works for Women at Work:
How Successful Women Navigate Subtle Gender Bias” (MCLE)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Rainmaking: Do You Have What it Takes?
Moderator: Lara Krieger, Law Office of Lara M. Krieger
Patricia Gillette, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, LLP
Sara Holtz, Client Focus

Implicit Bias and Income Inequality for Female Attorneys (MCLE)
Moderator: Naomi Dewey, Buynak Fauver Archbald & Spray
Christine Goodman, Pepperdine Law School
Stacey Horth-Neubert, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
Merle Vaughn, Major, Lindsey and Africa

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Career Advancement in the Public Sector
Moderator: Presiding Administrative Law Judge Susan Formaker – Los Angeles Office of Administrative Hearings
Judge Tara Flanagan, Alameda County Superior Court
Angela Sierra, Office of the Attorney General
Anne Tremblay, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
Tami Warren, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office

Making Partner – How To Do It and What Questions to Ask Along the Way
Moderator: Kim Arnal, Black, Compean, Hall & Eli
Deborah Broyles, Reed Smith, LLP
Wendy Ray, Morrison & Foerster, LLP
Irma Rodriguez, Moisa, Atkins, Andelson, Loya, Rudd and Romo
Lois Thompson, Proskauer Rose, LLP

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Neuroscience of Decision-Making: Gender, Race and Strategies for Success (MCLE)
Moderator: Audra Ibarra, California Appellate Law Group
Kimberly Papillion, Expert on the Subject of Medical, Legal and Judicial Decision-Making

Effective Negotiation Strategies for Women in the Legal Profession (MCLE)
Moderator: Ann Park, Pond North, LLP
Carla Barboza, Barboza & Associates
Judge Helen Bendix, Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Lynn Duryee, JAMS
Judge Nancy Wieben Stock, JAMS

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception for Judge Victoria Kolakowski,
hosted by Ford Harrison, LLP & JAMS

No-host bar. Open to members of the legal community
(no registration required).

Listed titles and associations of speakers and moderators are for identification purposes only