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DRI Annual Meeting | Reconnect, Re-Engage & Rise Stronger Together

DRI Annual Meeting: Reconnect, Re-Engage & Rise Stronger Together | Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Marie Chafe, product liability defense attorney at Conn Kavanaugh, serves as Chair of DRI’s Women in the Law Committee.

At the DRI Annual Meeting in Boston next month, Marie will host a timely and important add-on program that she developed to help women overcome the biases and inequities that can develop in law firms. This live workshop will be led by two well-known blockbuster speakers armed with comprehensive new research. They will identify the greater barriers to partnership and leadership faced by women lawyers, along with the reforms and responses available to enhance retention and better allow women to move up the law firm ladder. Make time in your schedule to attend this special workshop! It is open to all DRI Annual Meeting attendees and is included with your registration fee.

Reconnect Re-Engage & Rise Stronger Together

Keynote speakers: Paulette Brown and Stephanie A. Scharf
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 1:00-4:00pm


  • Stephanie Scharf (former Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and former President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”)
  • Paulette Brown (former ABA President and first woman of color in that role)

Stephanie and Paulette have done substantial research and analysis on the career paths of women to understand why women are “walking out the door” of private practice. The overwhelming conclusion is that women don’t leave the law, the legal profession leaves them. The burn-out that many women and lawyers of color experienced during the pandemic became particularly acute. What can we do about it?

This interactive workshop will identify how inequities can develop in law firms – in compensation, promotion, distribution of assignments, unequal attention and mentoring. Once we have recognized the broad patterns of bias, Stephanie and Paulette with provide practical, research-based responses that each of us can learn to create a path forward to the success and advancement that we want to achieve at our firms. This engaging program will draw upon the wealth of advice and research from the presenters, along with the connections and support of all attendees, to develop preventative steps that might derail professional potential and careers of women as we move into a post-pandemic era.

Click here to register for the DRI Annual Meeting in Boston October 13-15, 2021. Registration deadline is October 1. Save $100 if you register by September 15.

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