NAMWOLF’s 2014 Annual Meeting is now over. From what I hear from the over 600 attendees, it was a rousing success. Our goal was to have a combination of learning, networking, fun, and from what we have heard, we achieved our goal. Our outside speakers including Rehema Ellis from NBC, Don Liu from Xerox, and George Schell from Coke were outstanding. They all mentioned to me what a great organization we have. Our panels, including our General Counsel Panel and Judges Panel, provided the audience with some insightful comments on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the progress we have made, and the long road ahead to make greater inroads. They also shared their personal and often challenging journeys to get where they are today. Our CLEs were informative and thought provoking. Finally, the entertainment over the course of the meeting provided a great forum. All of our attendees received an opportunity to mingle and either develop and/or enhance relationships. The attendees, are what I consider to be some of the smartest and nicest lawyers I have ever had the chance to work with. What I love most about these conferences is seeing a group of amazing and passionate lawyers, who want to be here working together to further our mission and vision. I am so proud of NAMWOLF and the many in-house and law firm lawyers, who we consider part of the NAMWOLF family. I thank you, the NAMWOLF Team ,and volunteers who worked diligently for months, to make this what I consider to be our best meeting ever. I also want to thank all of our Sponsors, who we consider to also be part of the NAMWOLF family.
As I stated earlier, NAMWOLF and the Advocacy Committee wrote our first article Uninvited: Counsel Lists and How they Limit Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ Access to Legal Work. It is now on our website. Please read it, think about what it means to you whether in-house or with a law firm, and help us find solutions to ensure that our law firms have the opportunity to compete for legal work, especially in environments where in-house is actively trying to reduce the number of firms it uses. I am confident that if our firms have that opportunity to compete, they will win their fair share of work based on the quality standards each in-house has.
Next up – San Antonio business meeting February 8-10th. Please put it in your calendar now!