Celebrating Women in the Profession Luncheon

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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March 13, 2014
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard (map and directions)
12:00 PM (Registration opens at 11:15 AM)

In conjunction with National Women’s History Month, we invite you to join us for a special luncheon to celebrate the many contributions women make to our profession.

Online registration is now closed.

Any questions regarding the luncheon may be directed to Kim Weaver at

Keynote Speaker Professor Joan Williams
Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings Foundation Chair and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings College of Law with introduction by ISBA President Paula H. Holderman

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debate over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having “something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, Williams was awarded the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), and an Outstanding Book Award for Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (2000). Her most recent book, authored with her daughter, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Every Woman Should Know, will be available for purchase and signing immediately following the program.

Registration Information

Luncheon tickets are available for purchase at $65 per ticket

ISBA would like to thank sponsors for this program, including:


  • Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education


  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
  • Winston & Strawn LLP


  • North Shore LAW

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are available to firms, organizations, individuals, or companies looking to support the luncheon program.

All Sponsorships Include: Ticket to the Luncheon, Name on Event Materials

Gold Sponsor – $3,000
Ten Luncheon Tickets, Corporate Signage, Preferred Seating

Silver Sponsor – $2,000
Eight Luncheon Tickets, Corporate Signage, Preferred Seating

Bronze Sponsor – $1,000
Five Luncheon Tickets, Corporate Signage, Preferred Seating

For more information please contact Kim Weaver at

Host Committee

  • Aurora Abella-Austriaco
  • Irene Bahr
  • Julie A. Bauer
  • Hon. Carole Bellows
  • Laurel Bellows
  • Deane B. Brown
  • Justice Anne M. Burke
  • J. Timothy Eaton
  • Karen Enright
  • Hon. Celia Gamrath
  • Chief Justice Rita Garman
  • E. Lynn Grayson
  • Tiffany Harper
  • Mary Ann Hynes
  • Elizabeth Kaveny
  • Michelle Kohut
  • Justice Laura Liu
  • Terri Mascherin
  • Jennifer Nijman
  • Cheryl Niro
  • Lisa Nyuli
  • Hon. Jessica Arong O'Brien
  • John O'Brien
  • Prabha Parameswaran
  • Mary Petruchius
  • Chantelle Porter
  • Hon. Elizabeth Rochford
  • Stephanie Scharf
  • Justice Mary Schostok
  • Justice Mary Jane Theis
  • Hon. Debra Walker
  • Chief Judge Diane Wood

Cooperating Bar Associations

  • ABA Commission on Women
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago
  • CBA Alliance for Women
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association
  • ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois