Thursday, September 24, 2015


Philadelphia, PA
"Inside United States v. McDonnell: The Story the News Didn't Tell"
October 7, 2015, 5:30-7:30PM
Griesing Law LLC
1717 Arch Street, Suite 3630, Philadelphia PA 19103

Griesing Law LLC and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Women's White Collar Defense Association will host this event presented by lead defense counsel Hank Asbill of Jones Day. Please e-mail by 9/30 to RSVP.

Chicago, IL
American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession presents: "Learning to Lead: Facing Today's Challenges"
October 8, 2015, 5:00PM - 6:30 PM
Dentons US LLP
233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

This panel of leaders will share their thoughts on how women attorneys can develop and hone their leadership skills in spite of the inherent biases that make it difficult to establish an authentic female style and a robust network for success. Hear advice on how best to pursue leadership roles in the law, the important role of mentors and sponsors, and projecting confidence and business acumen while dealing effectively with conflict – all while managing gender dynamics. Learn how you can pay it forward by becoming an effective leader, mentor, and sponsor. During this program, panelists will discuss practical tips and insights for success and how they have advocated for positive change that has proven to make a difference in the lives of women attorneys and public advocates, such as leave policies, flex-time, and origination credit.

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New York, NY
National Association of Women Lawyers' General Counsel Institute (GCI)
November 5-6, 2015
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
1605 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

The Penn Law Kilgore Society is a co-sponsor of the National Association of Women's Lawyers' 11th Annual General Counsel Institute, a premier event designed specifically for senior women in-house counsel. Thus year's conference, titled "Soaring to New Heights: Mastering the Expanding Role of General Counsel as Legal Expert, Business Strategist, and Ethical Leader,"  will focus on ways to: create and promote your legal department as a key business partner, develop and employ critical business relationships, and strategically advance your expertise and skills to bolster your prominence within your company.

As a co-sponsor of this event, all Kilgore Society members receive a 10% discount on the registration fee.  Please use the following registration code: GCIUPENN2015.

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Houston, TX
American Conference Institute's 2nd Annual Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law
November 9-10, 2015
Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056

Now in its second year, ACI's Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law conference promotes woman-to-woman networking and mentorship and facilitates high level discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing like-minded women in the environmental and energy legal community. Tailored to empower and give women the skills necessary for continued success, this is a unique opportunity to network with and engage in candid discussion with leaders from the nation's top energy, utility, chemical, and petrochemical companies. Plus, hear from women who work in the government sector and learn how they have navigated their career paths.

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Job Opportunities
OnRamp Fellowship (nationwide)
This year's Fellowshp has expanded to include 6 additional law firms, plus Amazon's legal department and Barclay's compliance group (in addition to the 19 law firms previously involved with the program since its inception).  The Fellowship is the first re-entry program ever launched in the legal profession, with the goal of enhancing the talent pipeline in prestigious organizations with diverse, high-performing women who have the potential and desire to advance into leadership roles.
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NOTE: Deadline to apply is October 19.

Lawyers Alliance, Pro Bono Manager (New York, NY)
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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Assistant General Counsel (Washington, D.C.)
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NOTE: Deadline to apply is TODAY, September 24!

New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Associate Counsel/Ethics Officer, (New York)
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Alumnae Notes

Isis Carbajal de Garcia L'79
Isis Carbajal de Garcia was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). This award recognizes individuals who have given extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time, whether in legal or other capacities. Carbajal de Garcia is currently the Deputy General Counsel at Florida International University.

Safra Catz L'86
Safra Catz was named to this year's Fortune "Most Powerful Women" list, ranking at #12. Catz is currently co-CEO of Oracle Corporation, where she has held an executive position since April 1999. At Oracle, she has also served as Co-President, Chief Financial Officer, and board member.

Tara Elliott L'03, Manu Gayatrinath L'04, and Abby Wright L'06
Elliot, Gayatrinath, and Wright were recently named to the National Law Journal's "40 Under 40" list, which features D.C.'s "most accomplished young attorneys" in a special report on D.C.'s rising stars.  Elliott is a trial and appellate court partner with WilmerHale LLP, Gayatrinath is a private equity finance partner with Latham & Watkins LLP, and Wright is an appellate staff attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division.

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Gail Granoff L'76
Gail Granoff was recently elected as Vice President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the continuing legal education arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Granoff is a founder and principal of Reaching Agreement ADR LLC, a dispute resolution company. Prior to that, she was Chief Compliance and Governance Officer and Assistant General Counsel for Rohm and Haas Company, a Fortune 500 multinational chemical company.

Emily J. Hanlon (Tetzlaff) L'09 and Alva Mather L'04
Alva Mather and Emily J. Hanlon were recently selected by The Legal Intelligencer as two of this year's "Lawyers on the Fast Track", an honor bestowed on lawyers under age 40 who are proven leaders in their field. Mather, the Alcoholic Beverage Practice Chair at Griesing Law LLC, focuses her practice on representing alcohol industry members across the country. Mather's recently launched blog can be found
here.  Hanlon is an associate at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP and a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee, and argues domestic and civil rights issues.

Katherine Heptig L'04
Katherine Heptig was recognized as a 2015 New York Super Lawyers and New York Metro Rising Star, an award that goes to leading lawyers in their respective areas of practice. This year Heptig was recognized for her practice in tax, and she was also recognized in 2014 for her excellence in corporate law. Heptig is Counsel at Farrell Fritz, PC in Uniondale, New York.

Lorraine M. McDonough L'92
McDonough recently joined eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's philanthropic investment firm, Omidyar Network, as a Partner. McDonough will serve on the leadership team that guides the organization and will also oversee Omidyar Network's investment management, legal, and finance functions. Prior to Omidyar Network, she was the Vice President of Corporate Development at eBay, Inc, where she held a variety of high-level positions over the past decade.

In the News

The Legal Profession's Gender Imbalance in a Chart (Bloomberg BNA, September 22, 2015) The American Bar Foundation has released new data about gender balance in the profession, or more accurately, the lack thereof; a steadily increasing number of women are entering the law, but the percentage of women equity partners at the top 200 law firms has been flat for close to a decade. 

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Attitudes Shift on Paid Leave: Dads Sue, Too (New York Times, 9/15/15)
Now, as men shoulder more responsibilities at home, they are increasingly taking legal action against employers that they say refuse to accommodate their roles as fathers.  (Quoted: Penn Law alum David Reina L'07, spouse/co-parent with Becky Crouse Reina L'07.)

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Marissa Mayer is Nursing a Turnaround at Yahoo, So Why Nitpick Her Choice on Parental Leave? (BizWomen: The Business Journals, 9/10/15)

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, faced recent criticism after announcing her decision to take a minimal two week maternity leave for the birth of twin girls. Some suggest that her decision signals to young female professionals that senior executive positions are not for those who also want a family, but is it fair to cast Mayer as the "torch bearer" for all working women?

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