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Women in Law: Opting up Seminar, New York

Women in Law: Opting Up. How, When & Why Women Achieve the Brass Ring & Beyond

Registration begins at 9am and breakfast will be served. The seminar will commence promptly at 9:30am and finish at 11.30am followed by a networking session/lunch reception.

This program will consider:
Self-Promotion and Communication of Ambition - Translating career ambition into confidence in the ability to advance to senior leadership;
The Perception of Sacrifice – Clout and the Work/Life Equation;
Cultural Factors That Strengthen Female Confidence;
Management Styles – Gender Stereotypes and What Works;
Commitment to, and Effectiveness of, Diversity Initiatives; and 
Sponsorship and Raising Women in the Profession.

Date: Wednesday, March 12 2014

Location: 125 Broad Street, New York, 10004-2498

The event was free to attend for in-house counsel.

 Linda Chanow

Linda Chanow

Executive Director of the Center for Women in Law
University of Texas Law School
Linda is the Executive Director of the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law and a leader in the national and local conversation on gender equity in the legal profession. A frequent author and speaker on issues of importance to women lawyers, Linda co-authored the Center’s publication, Power in Law: Lessons from the 2011 Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership which has been widely disseminated. Prior to joining the Center, Linda authored numerous reports on women in the legal profession, including Reduced Hours, Full Success: Part-Time Partners in U.S. Law Firms, 21 Hastings Women’s L.J. 223 (2010); Actions for Advancing Women Into Law Firm Leadership: Report of the National Association of Women Lawyers National Leadership Summit (2008); and Creating Pathways to Success: Advancing and Retaining Women in Today’s Law Firms (2006)(chaired Reporters’ Committee).   Linda recently co-chaired the American Bar Association (ABA) Toolkit for Gender Equity in Partner Compensation, an initiative of the ABA Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity, and is a liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

In her role as Executive Director of the Center for Women in Law, Linda regularly communicates with stakeholders to identify opportunities to advance women lawyers.  She convenes leaders and top academics for the Center’s biennial Women’s Power Summit on Law and Leadership.  Linda implements the Women in Law Institute, a training program for female law students and judicial clerks that provides them with critical skills to successfully navigate their careers and facilitates the Consortium for Advancing Women Lawyers, which brings together the heads of women lawyer organizations and thought leaders from across the country to share knowledge, develop synergies, and double efforts to advance women in the profession.

Linda was recently selected to be a member of the 2013 Class of Leadership Texas and to receive 2013 Advancement of Women Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation.  Prior to joining the Center for Women in Law, Linda served as the Assistant Director of the Project for Attorney Retention, an initiative of the Center for WorkLife Law of the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and a co-chair of its Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women.  Linda began her legal career as a commercial litigator at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. Linda graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1999.  While in law school, Linda focused on employment law and worked with Distinguished Professor of Law Joan C. Williams on the development of Professor Williams’ book, UnBending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It.
 Céline Dufétel
McKinsey & Company
Céline Dufétel is a Partner in the New York office  where she has specialized in Asset Management and Retirement over the last 10 years. Céline is the leader of the North American Retirement Practice and has had extensive experience in strategy, distribution, organization and operations efforts for asset managers, retirement services players, life insurers and wealth managers in North America and globally.

Céline  is  the  co-author  of  multiple  asset  management  and  retirement  white  papers including  “Why  Are  We  Not  There  Yet?  An  Update  on  U.S.  Retirement  Readiness”, “Defined  Contribution  Plan  Administration:  Strategies for  Growth  in  the  Challenging Recordkeeping  Market”  and  “Winning  in  the  Defined  Contribution  Market  of  2015”. She  also  hosts  annually  the  Retirement  Leaders  Roundtable  which  brings  together  the
CEOs and senior leaders of the top ~40 asset managers, insurers and wealth managers operating in the Retirement space.
Céline is also a passionate leader of McKinsey womenin North America and co-leads McKinsey’s  efforts  in  the  North  East  on  recruitment,  development  and  retention  of women. Céline  earned  her  Master  in  Finance  from  Princeton  University.   She  also  holds  a Diplome  d’Ingenieur  from  Ecole  Polytechnique, France.  Prior  to  joining  McKinsey  & Company Celine served in the French Navy.
 Stacey Friedman
General Counsel
Stacey Friedman is General Counsel of J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank, an industry leader in investment banking, trading markets and investor services such as cash management, clearing and prime brokerage. In this role, Stacey has global responsibility for the line of business’ Legal organization, including addressing reputational risk, regulatory change and client impacts in more than 100 countries.

Stacey joined J.P. Morgan in 2012 from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group, working on complex commercial litigation, including securities, class action, derivatives, bankruptcy, antitrust and employment. In this role, Stacey spent a year working with JPMorgan Chase fulltime as one of the principal architects of the firm’s mortgage-backed securities litigation defense. Stacey also served as a key advisor to the firm in its acquisition of assets from Washington Mutual.

Stacey is one of the industry's leading experts in securities litigation, and the investigations and enforcement proceedings relating to these matters. She brings tremendous experience working with the financial services industry and has represented numerous clients in federal and state litigation across complex commercial matters, including securities, class action, derivatives, bankruptcy, antitrust and employment litigation.

Prior to joining Sullivan & Cromwell, Stacey was a clerk for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, United States District Court, Central District of California. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Immediately before law school, she worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein.

 Alison Gregory
Financial Services Industry
Alison Gregory is a senior executive, principally in the financial services and data servicing sectors, and is a recognized industry expert on funds, risk management, and derivative financial products.  She is currently consulting to Bridgewater Associates, a leading asset manager, where she also has served previously as CCR Department Head and CCR Chief Counsel.

Prior to her years at Bridgewater, Alison was a launching partner and a member of the Management Committee of GlobeOp Financial Services (which is now part of SS&C GlobeOp), a leader in data, operational and technology servicing of funds and asset managers with administration, middle/back office, and risk reporting services.  GlobeOp was a public company headquartered in New York and London and earned Global Custodian’s ranking in the Global Top Ten for the industry, servicing more than USD 100 billion in assets.  During her ten years with GlobeOp, Alison held various positions in addition to Management Committee member, including Head of Enterprise Risk Management, General Counsel, and Head of Fund Services.

Before GlobeOp, Alison was Deputy General Counsel at Long-Term Capital Management and was an  attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell.  Prior to law school, Alison was a swap and options trader at Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.

Alison has been a speaker, moderator or co-chair of numerous conferences and was a guest lecturer at Yale Law School from 1992-2009. In addition, she has served on numerous industry and bar committees.  She received a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, where she served as Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review. She also has a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she received a full Jefferson Scholarship, was Phi Beta Kappa, and double majored in mathematics and history.  
 Kim Koopersmith
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Kim Koopersmith is the chairperson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.  As chairperson, Ms. Koopersmith guides the strategic direction of the firm and heads its management committee. She plays a leading role in ensuring the firm's continued commitment to the highest levels of client service and in strengthening its dedication to diversity, pro bono work and attorney excellence.

Prior to serving in this role, Ms. Koopersmith was the firm’s United States managing partner, overseeing operations, client service, finance, recruitment and professional development. During her tenure as U.S. managing partner, she played a key role in the enhancement of the firm’s overall performance, earning recognition for her innovative and transformative approach to law firm leadership. For many years, Ms. Koopersmith was also a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, where she handled complex commercial litigation matters and served as relationship partner to several of the firm’s largest clients.

Practice & Background

Throughout her career, Ms. Koopersmith has helped pioneer many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity and attract and retain the best talent.  She has overseen the creation of the Women’s Professional Development Initiative and development of the firm’s core competency program.  She has also been instrumental in the firm’s diversity efforts, including the firm’s participation in numerous scholarships and pipeline efforts.

Ms. Koopersmith has received industry and media recognition for her efforts and accomplishments in making Akin Gump a diverse and dynamic organization.  In 2011, she was the recipient of InsideCounsel magazine’s Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity [have] carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.” More recently, Law360 selected her as one of its “2012 Most Innovative Managing Partners,” citing “almost two decades creating and expanding advancement opportunities for women and minorities both inside and outside of the firm, making her among the most innovative leaders at U.S. firms.”

As a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation practice, Ms. Koopersmith focused on litigating complex commercial disputes, including consumer class actions, in federal and state courts; representing creditors’ committees in complex bankruptcy proceedings; and representing foreign interests litigating claims in the U.S. courts.

Community Involvement

Ms. Koopersmith is involved in numerous community, civic and charitable activities, including serving on the board of Equal Justice Works, which works to facilitate opportunities and financial support for law students and law school graduates who seek to pursue a career in public service. She is also on the board of inMotion, an organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence.

Awards & Accolades

“2012 Most Innovative Managing Partner: Akin Gump’s Kim Koopersmith,” Law360 (October 5, 2012)
“Transforming Leadership Award” from InsideCounsel (December 2011).
 Sharon Nelles
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Sharon Nelles, a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group and member of the Firm’s Managing Partners Committee, represents financial institutions and global companies in the kinds of high-profile, critical company matters that implicate not only civil litigation but also related regulatory, congressional and criminal investigations and enforcement actions. She is currently active in many matters arising from the subprime mortgage crisis.

Ms. Nelles has represented such clients as Moody’s, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered Bank, Microsoft and Diageo in class action and other complex litigation, including the Microsoft indirect purchaser cases, the JPMorgan Chase/Bank One merger litigations and the Goldman Sachs mutual funds fee disputes. She has tried cases in the state and federal courts on behalf of such clients as Microsoft, Eastman Kodak Company and General Bank, and has represented prominent firms and individuals in proceedings before the Department of Justice, the United States Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission and several state attorneys general.

Ms. Nelles frequently conducts investigations for corporate clients, special committees and boards of directors.
 Jennifer Rochon
General Counsel
Girls Scouts of the USA
Jennifer L. Rochon is the first ever General Counsel of Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization with 2.3 million girl members that is dedicated to empowering girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Prior to joining GSUSA, Jennifer was a litigation partner at the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP in New York and was the first woman to serve on the firm's Executive Committee. She has litigated numerous commercial matters at both the trial and appellate levels, as well as in the arbitration context. Her legal experience runs the gamut from litigating sophisticated contract disputes to resolving regulatory matters to managing intellectual property, advertising, and employment disputes. Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer by legal periodicals such as The Legal 500 United States and New York's Super Lawyers.

Jennifer has always been committed to the empowerment, advancement, and success of women and girls. She was the Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee, which focused on improving the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women attorneys, promoting women in leadership roles, and creating effective business networks for women. She is also a member of the Leadership 35 Advisory Committee to the National Women's Law Center.

Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree with dual honors from the University of Michigan and served in the United States Peace Corps as a mathematics teacher. She received a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and was a member of the Law Review. She also clerked for the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
 Hon. Saliann Scarpulla
New York State Supreme Court Judge
Commercial Division
Justice Saliann Scarpulla is a graduate of Boston University and Brooklyn Law School, cum laude. After law school, Justice Scarpulla became Principal Court Attorney to the Hon.Alvin F. Klein. Justice Scarpulla then worked at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn as a litigation associate from 1988 to 1993. At Proskauer, she gained extensive experience in commercial litigation, accountants’ liability, securities regulations, real estate, contracts and commercial torts.

In 1993, Justice Scarpulla joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Senior Counsel in the New York Legal Services Office. While there, she represented the FDIC as receiver for numerous failed banks and litigated cases on banking and commercial issues, including ERISA and FIRREA. Justice Scarpulla then became Senior Vice Present and Bank Counsel to Hudson United Bank, where she was responsible for all litigation involving the bank, and also oversaw the banks’ compliance with state and federal banking regulations.

Justice Scarpulla returned to the New York State court system in 1999, as Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Eileen Bransten. She was elected to the Civil Court in 2001. While in Civil Court Justice Scarpulla presided over civil, commercial landlord tenant, no-fault, pro seand small claims actions. In 2009, Justice Scarpulla was appointed an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, and initially presided over a City Part, handling civil litigation involving the City of New York as a party. Justice Scarpulla was then assigned to an IAS Part, in which she handled a wide variety of civil cases.
Justice Scarpulla was elected to the Supreme Court in 2012, and was assigned to an IAS part with an emphasis on complex asbestos litigation. In addition to her asbestos caseload, Justice Scarpulla handled construction injury/property damage cases, insurance coverage cases and general commercial litigation. Justice Scarpulla also presided over actions commenced pursuant to Mental Hygiene Law Article 9. Justice Scarpulla was assigned to the Commercial Division in February 2014.

Justice Scarpulla is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Columbian Lawyers Association, Jewish Lawyers Guild, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, the National Association of Italian American Women, the National Association of Women Judges, the New York County Lawyer Association, the New York State Bar Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association. Justice Scarpulla is also a frequent lecturer at the Judicial Institute.