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Women Lead WITH Illinois Law Summit

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University of Illinois College of Law
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
Apr 5, 2019   9:00 am  
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Originating Calendar
College of Law - Alumni Calendar

Women Lead WITH Illinois Law Summit

Friday, April 5, 2019

9:00 a.m.
Max L. Rowe Auditorium
College of Law Building


Illinois Law is committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession. Nationally renowned female scholars have made their home on our faculty, researching cutting edge legal topics in areas involving psychology and the law, criminal law and procedure, family law, environmental law and ethics, tax law, employment discrimination, transitional justice, and more. Our administration has boasted many successful women in dean and assistant dean positions, and Illinois Law alumnae include activists, academics, judges and justices, and leaders in public and private law.


The Women Lead WITH Illinois Law Summit aims to gather the members of our community – students, faculty, alumni, and guests – for a day of content intended to inspire and empower women to embrace positions of leadership in the law, to create meaningful connections, and to support each other’s personal and professional goals. We will:

  1. Share knowledge about issues and challenges that are unique to women in the legal profession, as well as innovative approaches to navigating them throughout the career life cycle.
  2. Provide intergenerational female-to-female opportunities to network and build or enhance existing relationships.
  3. Promote a culture of inclusivity by cultivating diverse female voices to provide a range of lived experiences and perspectives.
  4. Celebrate our female students, faculty, and alumni who are either in leadership positions themselves or are actively working to advance workplace equity.


Registration required by March 27.
$20 per registrant for alumni and guests.
Students and presenters are complimentary.



Agenda - View the Schedule & Speaker Information


Women Lead Inaugural Planning Committee

O. Hanna Badmus '12, Employment Counsel, Upwork

Shawna Boothe '13, Attorney

Betsy Farrington '16, Associate, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum

Ashley Kennedy '19, President, SBA

Lisa M. Kpor '14, Attorney, Holland & Knight LLP

Jean Manning '83, Chief Counsel for Employment Emeritus, United States Senate

Elizabeth Polit '15, Nora & Partners

Suzie Saxman '81, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Miranda Soucie '10, Partner, Spiros Law

Ramona Sullivan '96, Attorney, Champaign County Public Defender's Office

Suja Thomas, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law

Elena Vekilov '13, Attorney, Transunion

Hon. Debra Walker '87, Circuit Judge, Cook County

Lesley Wexler, Associate Dean and Professor, University of Illinois College of Law

Brittany Wiegand '20, Women's Law Society


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