Chicago Committee Programs 2017

Mentorship Academy

After many requests in recent years, we are pleased to announce that The Chicago Committee recently re-introduced its Mentorship Academy in 2017. This outstanding program places attorneys in “triads” based on experience and seniority levels. Mentorship Academy is led by Lane Vanderslice, a former partner at Mayer Brown and current consultant at SJL Shannon. Mr. Vanderslice is the original creator, facilitator, and director of Mentorship Academy and we are thrilled to have him leading again. Participants for Mentorship Academy 2017 have already been selected. Mentorship Academy will have seven sessions over the course of the year to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the legal field and diversity.

Associate Board Boot Camp Thrives with High Attendance and Valuable Insight

On February 10, 2017, The Chicago Committee’s Associate Board held its annual Boot Camp Program for junior associates and attendance was high. The boot camp consisted of three panels which addressed the topics of “What I Wish I Knew Then,” “Mentoring and Professional Development,” and “Navigating Your Firm.” The panelists were distinguished attorneys from large law firms in Chicago, including Collette Brown (Neal Gerber & Eisenberg), Eric White (Kirkland & Ellis), Zonia Medina (Latham Watkins), Erin Stach (Dentons US), Steven Pflaum (Neal Gerber & Eisenberg), Lisa Scruggs (Duane Morris), Martin Martos (Kirkland & Ellis), LaRue Robinson (Jenner & Block), Joseph McCoy (Bryan Cave), Scott Fisher (Neal Gerber & Eisenberg), Diane Webster (Hinshaw & Culbertson), Hon. Patricia Brown Holmes (Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila), and Lindsey Conley (Hinshaw & Culbertson). The Boot Camp was followed by an exclusive networking happy hour.

Annual Meeting

To celebrate The Chicago Committee’s 30th anniversary, The Chicago Committee will be hosting an annual meeting for managing partners and diversity officers from our managing firms. The annual meeting will be held at General Electric, 500 West Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60661 on March 2, 2017 from 8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. The annual meeting will consists of a broad look into The Chicago Committee’s past success and future goals, as well as a panel on in-house counsel to discuss the importance of diversity in law firms. The panelists will be Gilda Spencer (Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Allstate), Tom LaFrance (General Counsel of GE Transportation), and Nadim Kazim (Associate General Counsel at Exelon).


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Rate My Pitch Program

15219789157_477241f14c_zThe Chicago Committee is pleased to announce that Rate My Pitch is proceeding for the third year in a row this fall.  Rate My Pitch is a professional development program for mid- and senior-level associates in member firms.  The program provides instruction and learning for the skills and behaviors required for building successful business relationships.  Associate participants are assigned to teams to practice scenarios that mimic real life encounters, from taking a partner/practice group leader to lunch through making a formal pitch to a real panel of in-house counsel in response to a mock RFQ for legal services.

In Sessions I and II, seasoned member firm partners coach the participants as they practice the scenarios.  In Session III the associates present their pitch in response to the mock RFQ for legal services before a panel of in-house counsel.  Associates will be evaluated based on their professional presence, substantive competence, empathy and effective communication.


For more information about Rate My Pitch, visit our Rate My Pitch Program page.

Learn about the success of past Rate My Pitch Programs: Rate My Pitch 2013Rate My Pitch 2015, and Rate My Pitch 2016.