This past Friday, January 11th, the Law Women's Caucus and the Women's Mentoring Program co-sponsored a great panel of lawyers to discuss the wealth of options available to our graduates as well as their experiences as women in particular legal career paths. Allison Handy ('09) gives us this recap of the event:
"The Law Women's Caucus and Women's Mentoring Program joined forces to create a panel event with women from all walks of legal life. Our panel, "What to Do With Your Law Degree: A Panel of Professional Women in Law," was a great success. We were able to bring Liisa Thomas ('96), a partner at the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn LLP; Alison LaCroix, Assistant Professor here at the Law School; Joan Laser (AM '70, JD '79), an Assistant United State's Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Katharine Wolanyk ('96), President and Co-Founder of Soverain, a e-commerce software and services company here in Chicago; and Miriam Hallbauer ('95), senior lawyer for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago to the Law School for an hour-long panel discussion followed by a special Wine Mess where all the panelist stuck around to talk with students.
Many students (even a few mean, I was happy to see!) attended the event to hear about the career paths of these very different women. The panelists talked about the ways they chose their careers and how those decisions led them to their current positions. While their choices have been different -- Ms. Wolanyk's decision to launch a career in business from her background in engineering and mergers and acquisitions, Ms. Hallbauer's embrace of public interest work in lieu of a more lucrative law firm career -- all the panelists emphasized that students should pick a career about which they can be passionate."
Thanks to Allison for the great description and to all the panelists for taking time from busy schedules to participate!