July 9, 2020

By Women for Women Panel Discussion

| Work/Life Management and How This Will Change Post-Pandemic

Lawyers have always been used to multi-tasking and wearing many hats as we navigate through our personal and professional lives. As the country (and the world) shut down this past March, many of us started having to wear many of those hats all at the same time, and in the same physical space. As many of our firms and companies transitioned to work from home, we have had to more carefully and deliberately navigate the challenges and blessings of working from home. In this panel we will share our personal challenges, successes, technology tips, and life hacks for living your best (remote) work-life, as well as share what we hope our companies and firms have learned about how embracing flexibility can lead to a better and more productive workforce.

Christine V. Anto: SmithAmundsen LLC, Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Bushwack: Rivkin Radler LLP, Uniondale, NY
Rosemary Enright: Barclay Damon LLP, Buffalo, NY
Sarah T. Pagels: Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC, Milwaukee, WI

July 16, 2020

By Women for Women Panel Discussion

| The Employment Law Horizon: Hot Topics and Trends in the COVID-19 World

The world of employment law has undergone a shakeup with new and challenging issues from the latest on marijuana in the workplace to regulation reform to the Family and Medical Leave Act, and of course the potential impact of Covid-19. This presentation will bring you up to speed on the new frontiers. Are you prepared and in compliance?

Julie Z. Devine, Lashly & Baer, P.C., St. Louis, MO
Sandra L. Rappaport: Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco, CA
Elizabeth R. Sharrock: Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P., Oklahoma City, OK

July 23, 2020

By Women for Women Panel Discussion

| Perceptions of Women in the Claims and Litigation Arena: Are We Debunking the Myths or Feeding Into the Sexism?

Is the effect of gender on the plaintiff, plaintiff’s attorney, and juror still an obstacle in today’s claims handling and litigation arena? This presentation will focus on the successful strategies of women in debunking the standard myths from receipt of the claim to the trial arena. Does gender continue to be a pervading factor or have we overcome the stereotypes?

Karen H. Chapman: Poyner Spruill LLP, Charlotte, NC
Colleen E. Hastie: Traub Lieberman, Hawthorne, NY
Elizabeth McDonough Noonan: Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, P.C., Providence, RI

July 30, 2020

By Women for Women Panel Discussion

| Combatting Mega-Verdicts: Anchors Away!

Juries are awarding ever-increasing nuclear verdicts oftentimes because plaintiff attorneys are “anchoring” early. This presentation will address strategies and tactics in combatting these potential mega-verdicts from exposing and lowering the anchor to other key techniques. Will you sink or swim?

Barbara Barron: MehaffyWeber, PC Houston, TX
Shannon E. Bickham: Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P., Oklahoma City, OK
Pamela Springrose Hallford: Carr Allison, Dothan, AL
E. Holland “Holly” Howanitz: Wicker Smith O’Hara McCoy & Ford P.A., Jacksonville, FL
Pamela Bracher, U.S. Xpress, Inc., Chattanooga, TN