2014 Spring Series: Professional Skills and Pathways to Success

[RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2014] February 13, 2014Business Development: Successful Women Rainmakers
Succeeding in a law firm often depends on your book of business. Join WLSA for a panel featuring successful women rainmakers and hear how they made the connections that led to their positions in the upper echelons of the profession. Our panelists are: Karen Popp (Partner and Executive Committee Member, Sidley Austin LLP), Mary Nash Rusher (Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams, Raleigh), and Amy Batten (Partner, Smith Anderson). They will be sharing their business development strategies and tips for young attorneys. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Ruthanne Minoru at ruthanne.minoru@lawnet.duke.edu for more information.

February 20, 2014The Balancing Act: Tips for Navigating Professional and Personal Commitments
WLSA is pleased to announce The Balancing Act: Finding a Work-Life Balance. Please join a panel of legal professionals as they discuss the struggles they have faced and success they have found in finding a balance between a professional career and a fulfilling personal life. This is a great opportunity to learn from individuals who strived to find a work-life balance before beginning summer jobs or permanent positions. This event is part of WLSA’s Spring Series: Professional Skills and Pathways to Success. Sponsored by: Duke Women Law Student Association. Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Chantalle Carles at chantalle.carles@duke.edu.

February 27, 2014Women in National Security Law: Navigating Careers in the Field
Please join WLSA for a panel featuring female leaders within the field of national security law. The panelist are: Lt. Col. Katherine Oler (Staff Judge Advocate), Michele Pearce (Staff Lead and Counsel of the US House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services), and Erin Wirtanen (principal litigation attorney at the Office of General Counsel for the CIA). This event is co-sponsored by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and is an early arrival event for the 20th Annual National Security Law Conference. Please note that you do not need to register for the conference to attend this panel. Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Anushka Rahman at anr23@duke.edu.

March 6, 2014Women in Litigation: Strategies for Being a Successful Advocate
Lunch will be served. For more information please contact Katlin Karges at katlin.karges@duke.edu.

March 19, 2014 – Women in Robes: Perspectives from the North Carolina Bench
Coming soon.

March 25, 2014 – Women in Public Interest
Coming soon.

April 4, 2014Mastering Negotiation Skills: Advocating For Yourself
Please join WLSA for a program featuring Sara Laschever – a cultural critic and author (“Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation” and “Ask For It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want”) known for her work investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers. She has also briefed Congress on issues related to the gap between women and men when it comes to advocating for themselves and their careers. Ms. Laschever will be speaking about women and negotiation and providing attendees with tangible tools and strategies to use in negotiating for increased resources and opportunities for advancement in the legal field, and the working world in general. Co-sponsored by K&L Gates. For more information, please contact Haniya Mir at haniya.mir@duke.edu.