Chicago Committee Programs 2018

Annual Meeting

The Chicago Committee hosted its Annual Meeting on February 7, 2018 for managing partners and diversity officers and personnel from our member firms. The Annual Meeting was held at DLA Piper from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Annual Meeting consisted of a broad look into The Chicago Committee’s past success and future goals, as well as a panel with in-house counsel to discuss the importance of diversity in law firms. The panelists included Ann Chen (Senior Counsel for Social Media & Digital Assets, Abbott), Suheily Natal Davis (Senior Counsel, Global Labor & Employment, McDonald’s Corp.), and Nick Jaramillo (Attorney, Microsoft). Jack Lavin, President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, also gave remarks.

To learn more about last year’s Annual Meeting, please click here

Mentorship Academy

The Chicago Committee will offer its Mentorship Academy program to attorneys from its member firms in 2018. 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 Volta Talent Strategies LLC. Mr. Vanderslice is the original creator, facilitator, and director of Mentorship Academy. The Chicago Committee will host six Mentorship Academy sessions between April and November to discuss relevant issues pertaining to the legal field and diversity.

Associate Board Boot Camp

On March 2, 2018 the Associate Board of Directors will host their annual Junior Associate Boot Camp. This event will be held at Ropes & Gray LLP from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one day event will include panel discussions with senior associates and partners from prominent Chicago law firms. This program will include lunch and a networking happy hour. CLE is pending. To learn more about the Associate Boot Camp, please click here. Contact us at with questions and to RSVP.

Rate My Pitch Program

15219789157_477241f14c_zThe Chicago Committee is pleased to announce that Rate My Pitch is proceeding for the sixth year in a row this Fall 2018.  Rate My Pitch is a professional development program for mid- and senior-level associates from Chicago Committee 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.

During Sessions I and II, seasoned member firm partners coach 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 are 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 2015Rate My Pitch 2016, and Rate My Pitch 2017.