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Women in Leadership Program

The Women in Leadership program seeks to help students build their own leadership skills while learning about the challenges that women face as leaders with the legal profession.

Women in Leadership Workshop (1 credit)

This two-day workshop, held during the January inter-session, explores the key attributes of leadership and the challenges that women face in the legal profession because of gender differences (both real and perceived). The course is team-taught by a well-respected faculty of lawyers, judges, and law professors, who encourage students to actively participate through small group discussions, mock negotiations, simulated interviews, and one or more short writing assignments. Some of the topics discussed during the workshop include:

  • Leadership attributes and skills
  • Gender and communication
  • Gender and negotiation
  • Gender in the workplace
  • Interviewing
  • Networking
  • Developing a personal/professional brand
  • Balancing career and family
  • Seeking election to leadership positions

The program concludes with a networking dinner with practicing attorneys and judges from the southern Illinois region. 


2017 Women in Leadership Dinner 

The Honorable Jessica Arong O'BrienKeynote Speaker

The Honorable Jessica Arong O'Brien, will be the keynote speaker for this year's program.

Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien, the first Filipina Judge elected to the Circuit Court of Cook County. Judge O’Brien has distinguished herself as a leader in the profession and the community, having served as the first Asian American president of the Illinois Women’s Bar Association and as president of the Filipino American Bar Association. Her numerous volunteer efforts have been recognized by many organizations. Currently, Judge O’Brien serves in the non-jury, Civil Division of the First Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County.


Celebrating Diversity in Leadership

Friday, January 13, 2017 

6:00 P.M.

SIU Student Center Ballroom B

Carbondale, IL

RSVP by Friday, January 6, by sending a check for $30 payable to “SIU School of Law” to:

SIU School of Law, ATTN: Carol Manis, 1150 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL  62901


Previous Keynote Speakers

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