The symposium, held in April 2016 at the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, examined and outlined strategies and best practices for empowering women lawyers as lead counsel and trial counsel in litigation. The event was sponsored by The United States District Court, the Chicago Bar Association, the Black Women Lawyer’s Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.
Ron Safer participated in a panel on Getting Real World Trial Experience, that discussed ways in which top female attorneys have been able to gain professional success through courtroom experience. The panelists discussed the importance of staffing trial teams with women and ensuring that they play significant roles on the teams. They also reviewed tactics and strategies for increasing the numbers of female trial lawyers. Patricia Brown Holmes and Matt Crowl both served on the symposium planning committee and Holmes gave the closing address.