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Law leaders gather for virtual ABA World Forum for Women in the Law Jan. 27-29

January 21, 2021

Law leaders gather for virtual ABA World Forum for Women in the Law Jan. 27-29

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CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2021 - Leaders in the legal profession - including four ABA presidents - representing a global array of international firms, corporations, media outlets and NGOs who are committed to advancing women into leadership roles will convene for the inaugural 2021 World Forum for Women in the Law: Women, Power and Disrupting the Status Quo conference, to be held virtually Jan. 27-29.

2021 World Forum for Women in the Law: Women, Power and Disrupting the Status Quo, sponsored by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession

Jan. 27-29


The forum, sponsored by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, will be highly interactive, with opportunities to learn about strategies and initiatives that have been successful across firms and organizations from around the globe and to engage in dialogue with leaders in the field. It will feature a roster of high-profile speakers, moderators and panelists, including:

  • ABA President Patricia Lee Refo, ABA immediate past president Judy Perry Martinez and former ABA presidents Hilarie Bass and Paulette Brown
  • Tammy Duckworth,U.S. Senator from Illinois
  • Letitia James, Attorney General of New York
  • Valerie Jarrett,former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and distinguished senior fellow at The University of Chicago Law School
  • Lori Lightfoot,mayor of Chicago
  • Loretta Lynch,former U.S. Attorney General and a partner at Paul, Weiss
  • Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the United States
  • M. Margaret McKeown, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Mikhail Reider-Gordon, managing director of Institutional Ethics & Integrity at Affiliated Monitors; Faculty, International Anti-Corruption, Academy, Austria
  • Joyce White Vance, former U.S. attorney and distinguished visiting professor of law, University of Alabama School of Law

Plenary topics include:

  • Is the Rule of Law Declining and Corruption Rising Everywhere? - This panel will bring rule of law leaders from around the world to discuss what rule of law safeguards need to be strengthened to sustain anti-corruption measures and their enforcement both at the international and national levels. Jan. 27, 12:10 p.m. CT
  • Global Justice: Changing the Paradigm for Women's Rights -Panelists will discuss crucial issues in the realm of global gender justice. What has been successful in developing opportunities and breaking down barriers for women? Jan. 28, 11:25 p.m. CT
  • Are You Board Ready? Panelists will share their insights about the value and process of board membership. Jan. 28, 12:45 p.m. CT
  • Cultivating Allies and Building Your Powerbase - Panelists, which include leaders of international corporations, law firms, and governments, will discuss the best ways to cultivate allies and build your powerbase. Jan. 29, 12:05 p.m. CT
  • Levers for Transformative Organizational Change -Panelists will discuss the most up-to-date approaches to organizational and culture change such as gritty teams, bias interrupters and gender targets. 1:25 p.m. CT, Jan. 29

Each day's agenda includes either a one-on-one interview or remarks from leaders in the field, a plenary or group session and virtual activities such as field trips and workshops.

A full schedule and speaker list can be found here.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or [email protected].

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