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MoFo Hosts Successful Summit for Women In-House Counsel

In its third year, the event, designed by and tailored to women lawyers, effectively addressed the professional needs of the growing population of women in-house counsel

07 May 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (May 7, 2014) – On April 24, more than 160 women lawyers attended the third annual MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Attendees included 114 women in-house counsel from 80 companies, including leaders in tech, life sciences, banking, and other industries. In addition, 47 Morrison & Foerster senior women lawyers participated in what several attendees have described as among the best CLE programs they have ever attended.

"The MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel is a truly unique event," said Janie Schulman, who co-chairs Morrison & Foerster's Employment and Labor Group and chaired the 2014 summit steering committee. "The event is special because it is by and for women lawyers about substantive legal issues of the day."

The 2014 summit opened with a panel discussion among women general counsel that included Beth Hecht from Auven Therapeutics, Ellen Oran Kaden from Campbell Soup, Karen King from Silver Lake, and Teresa Wynn Roseborough from The Home Depot. Mika Mayer, a partner in Morrison & Foerster's Palo Alto office and co-chair of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee, moderated the discussion.

Throughout the day, attendees participated in breakout sessions that examined such topics as privacy and data security, cross-border M&A, internal investigations, patent law, attorney-client privilege, and leadership. Morrison & Foerster women partners and of counsel from the firm's U.S., Asian, and European offices led and spoke on the panels. In addition, Gloria Lee from McKesson Corporation and Rebecca Letourneaux from Fresenius Kabi USA spoke on the attorney-client privilege panel.

"We appreciated the fact that the panel discussions were interactive — not just with the audience but with the panel members talking amongst themselves," remarked one attendee. "It was amazing to see so many competent and confident women partners together from the same firm. It's hard to imagine another firm that could pull off such an event."

A perennial highlight of the program is the closing session about the current U.S. Supreme Court term, which this year featured a dialogue between Deanne Maynard, chair of Morrison & Foerster's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, and Therese Stewart, chief deputy city attorney at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.

The day ended with a reception and dinner, where NPR's Nina Totenberg spoke about her experiences as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent.

Now in its third year, the MoFo Summit for Women In-House Counsel is a day-long event that addresses the professional development needs of the growing population of women general counsel and in-house counsel. Since 2012, more than 325 women lawyers have participated in the summit.

"MoFo has a long-standing commitment to the advancement of women lawyers," said Schulman. "The continued growth of the summit underscores the importance of such events for women in our profession."

The complete program for the 2014 summit can be found here.

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