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5th Annual From Having it All to Leaning In Seminar

The SCCBA Women Lawyers' Section presents an MCLE Seminar:

When: June 15, 2017
Where: Cooley LLP
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, California  94304
United States
Presenter: Women Lawyers' Section
Contact: SCCBA

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Career Advancement, Work-Life-Balance, and the Realities of Being a Woman Lawyer in the 21st Century


An MCLE Round-Table Discussion presented by the SCCBA Women Lawyers' Section, California Women Lawyers, Cooley LLP, and The CLUB Silicon Valley.

We are proud to present our Fifth Annual SCCBA Women’s Lawyer Program. This year we are excited to kick off the event with a panel discussion on the incredible groundswell of civic engagement generated by the result of the 2016 Presidential Election.  From Pantsuit Nation and the Indivisible Guide, to the Women’s March and everything in between, we will explore what is happening, why, and how to get involved. Our expert panelists have years of experience in civic engagement and can enlighten us all on how to get engaged in issues that matter to all of us without burning out and feeling discouraged.  Panelists Magan Ray, Esq., Partner of Greenberg Traurig and Chair of the ACLU of Northern California, Leah Castello, Partner of Burke Williams Sorenson and leader of L4GG in Northern California, a Facebook group for lawyers interested in activism, and Maimuna Sayed, Executive Director of Emerge California, which trains our future leaders to run for political office, will provide a dynamic discussion.

As always, our program will also include a distinguished group of women lawyers leading small, round table discussion groups about issues facing female attorneys in the 21st Century: work-life balance, sexual harassment, marketing, and reinvention.  We have Hon. Beth McGowen and Susan Krumplitsch to lead our ever popular work life balance group, and Anne Martin, our resident lawyer-turned-reinvention strategist, along with distinguished lawyers Kathleen Sherman and Neda Mansoorian, who will lead the group about the importance of courage and risk taking in today’s ever changing legal environment.  We could not ask for better lawyers to teach us about marketing:  Pat Gillette, former rainmaker at Orrick and now mediator at JAMS is returning to our program; and Cassie Springer Ayeni, a sole practitioner/ERISA specialist who will explain how women lawyers can market themselves in today’s dizzying social media environment.  And for our group on the persistent scourge of sexual misconduct in our schools, universities and colleges, we have Crystal Riggins, former attorney representing students at Stanford University, Michelle McGrath, an attorney who focuses exclusively on conducting workplace investigations and Title IX investigations, and local counsel Lori Costanzo and Lauren Cerri, who represent sexual assault, harassment and molestation victims. 

We will make every effort to match participants with discussion groups focused on issues relevant to them. Space is limited this year, so register early! When registering, please indicate if you are interested in:

  • Work Life Balance
  • Sexual Harassment in the Age of Trump
  • Marketing for Kick-Ass Women Lawyers
  • Reinvent and Lean In to Transition

    Suggested Readings:

  • The Indivisible Guide, 
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,
    Author:  Carol Gweck
  • Missoula:  Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Author, John Krakauer 
  • A Fighting Chance,
    Author: Elizabeth Warren


SCCBA Member: $50
Non-Member: $65



If you are not already a member, please join the SCCBA and WLS today. CLICK HERE TO JOIN SCCBA  


4:30 – 4:45 pm - Registration
4:45 - 5:45- Networking Reception 
5:45 - 6:30- Keynote
6:30 – 7:45- Breakout sessions
7:45 - 8:30- Final group discussion


2.0 Elimination of Bias 



This event has been generously underwritten by Cooley, LLP






Magan Ray, Esq.,
Partner, Greenberg Traurig and Chair of ACLU Northern California

Leah Castella, Esq., Partner, Burke Williams Sorenson and Leader of Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) of Northern California

Maimuna Sayed,
Executive Director, Emerge California


[GROUP 1: Work Life Balance]

Hon. Beth McGowen, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Susan Krumplitsch, Esq., Associate, Cooley, LLP 
[GROUP 2: Sexual Misconduct/Title IX in the Era of Trump] 

Lori Costanzo, Esq.,
Owner, Costanzo Law Firm 

Crystal Riggins, Esq., Shareholder, Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel 

Michelle Regalia McGrath, Esq.,
Owner, McGrath Investigations

Lauren Cerri, Esq., Associate, Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard 

[GROUP 3: Marketing for Kick-Ass Women Lawyers]

Pat Gillette, Esq.,
Neutral, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) 

Cassie Springer Ayeni, Esq.,
President, Springer Ayeni, A Professional Law Corporation 
[GROUP 4: Reinvent and Lean In to Transition]

Anne Martin, Esq.,
Career Reinvention Coach

Kathleen Sherman, Esq.,
Sole Practitioner specializing in criminal defense and commercial litigation

Neda Mansoorian, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner, Oleander Law Partners, LLP 
Shannon Smyth-Mendoza, Esq.,
Deputy County Counsel, County of Santa Clara



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Cancellations and refunds will be accepted only 48 hours prior to the event.  

*All seminar materials will be distributed to pre-registrants via email. We will not provide hard copies. If you would like a hard copy of the materials we will provide upon request for a fee o
f $25.00.  

*State Bar of California Approved MCLE: The Santa Clara County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.   This program is approved for California MCLE credit.

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