Third Annual CLE
Houston, TX | Friday, August 26, 2016 | St. Regis

Women lawyers helping women lawyers be better rainmakers and succeed in their careers.

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08:00 AM Event Registration, Sponsor Showcase, & Breakfast

Attendees can check-in, obtain conference materials, and visit with our sponsors from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. while eating a light breakfast before our program begins.

Sponsored by Worldwide Court Reporters

09:00 AM Seminar Introduction by Co-Chairs

Event Co-Chairs Shalimar Wallis and Erin Copeland welcome attendees.

09:15 AM The Importance of Mentoring and Being Mentored

Kay Van Wey (Van Wey Law), Julie DeWeese (Van Wey Law), and Ellen Presby (Nemeroff Law Firm) – Female mentors can offer a perspective concerning less experienced female lawyers’ legal careers that they cannot get from male colleagues or employers. It is helpful to connect with someone who has already been where you are in your career and continues to persevere. Learning how to be a mentor and how to find a mentor are challenging tasks for women litigators.

This topic will explore the value of mentorship in the legal profession – navigating legal decorum in case acquisition, depositions, mediation, and trial.

10:30 AM Ethical Dilemmas in the Perpetuation of Unfair Stereotypes of Women in the Legal Profession and How to Change the Dialogue [Panel Discussion] (0.25 CLE)

Erin Copeland (Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs, Josophson), Alice Oliver-Parrott (Alice Oliver-Parrott, P.C.), Kristina “Krisi” Kastl (Kastl Law, P.C.), Caryn Papantonakis (Johnson Law Group), and Robin Young (Robin Young & Company) – Despite making big strides, women have still not achieved equality in the legal profession. This inequality is most visible with regard to job title, compensation, and job satisfaction.  The inequality has been driven, in large part, by unfair stereotypes of women that fostered biases against our gender. In addition to providing a legal update on gender discrimination, this panel presentation will offer practical tips to female practitioners for breaking through the negative biases against women to achieve success.

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Krisi Kastl

Kristina Kastl

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Kristina “Krisi” Kastl founded Kastl Law, P.C. to help those with personal ...
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Alice Oliver-Parrott

Alice Oliver-Parrott

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Alice Oliver-Parrott has enjoyed a distinguished career as a trial lawyer, trial judge, ...
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Alix Smoots-Hogan

Alexandra Smoots-Hogan

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Judge Alexandra Smoots-Hogan was born and raised in Southeast Houston, Texas. At a young ...
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Ellen Presby

Ellen Presby

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Ellen A. Presby, an accomplished trial lawyer with more than three decades of litigation ...
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