WAJ 8th Annual Women's Caucus & Retreat

September 17th & 18th | Glacier Canyon Lodge and Sundara Inn & Spa | Wisconsin Dells 

Program Chairs
Amy F. Scarr, Amy F. Scarr S.C., Madison
Christine D. Esser, Vice-Chair, Sheboygan


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Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 17th:

4:00 pm     Registration

5:00 pm     Paint Night and Reception

7:00 pm     Dinner and Guest Speaker Representative JoCasta                     Zamarripa

Friday, September 18th:

8:00 am      Student Breakfast and Presentation

8:30 am      Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am      Special Guest Speaker
                  A Little Guide to Changing the World 
                  Beth Klein, Klein Frank  Law, Colorado

10:00 am    Identifying Common Wage and Hour Violations
                  Breanne Snapp, Habush Habush and Rottier, SC

10:15 am    Break

10:30 am    Deposing the Difficult Witness
                  Kelly Centofanti, Centofanti Law, SC

11:00 am    The Continued Evolution of Rimes and Making Clients                           Whole
                  Kristen Knutson,  Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd

11:15 am    Panel: Issues Facing Women Attorneys

  • Jackie Chada Nuckels, Groth Law Firm, SC
  • Chris Bremer Muggli, Bremer and Trollop, SC
  • Emily Lonergan, Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown LLP 
  • Amy Scarr, Amy F. Scarr, SC

12:00pm   Adjourn and Relax

Key Note Speaker- Beth Klein

"A Little Guide to Changing the World"

Beth Klein is a trial lawyer who uses her skills and commitment to service to help people who have suffered life altering injuries and to change policy, law and practices so that harms will not be repeated.   Her verdicts rank in the Top 100 Verdicts for the United States, and her case arising from Iraq won Case of the Year in 2013.  As a lawyer three years out of law school, she began managing state-wide mass tort litigation for Owens Corning, a Fortune 50 Company.  In 1995, she was invited to join the national trial team, and she became the first woman member of that team at the age of 34.

She was first AV rated by Martindale Hubbell in 1997.  Beth Klein was inducted into the Fellows of the Colorado Bar in 2004.  In November 2006, Beth was selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon.  She has been named a Colorado Superlawyer every year, and was voted one of the top 25 Women Lawyers in Colorado.  Colorado lawyers voted her as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado in 2013.  She is Board Certified and is named in Best Lawyers.

Beth began writing anti-human trafficking law for states and nations for free in 2009.  Her philosophy was adopted by the Uniform Laws Commission and is now part of the Uniform Laws Against Human Trafficking.

The Denver Post named her One of the 12 Most Influential Women in Colorado in 2013.

More Magazine named her as One of the Women in the World that you want on your side with Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Hillary Clinton.

She received the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award from Women's E news in 2010.

The Denver Rescue Mission named her as a Woman Who Changed the Heart of the City of Denver in 2012.

In 2014 she was featured in the documentary The Empowerment Project, a film designed to inspire girls and women not to be afraid to fail.


Are You a Current Law Student?
Cost: FREE for current law students! WAJ will cover your registration fee AND lodging at the Sundara Inn and Spa.

Join us for Breakfast!
All students are encouraged to join us for breakfast on Friday morning before the start of the seminar, featuring a short presentation with a few of our female attorney members:

Amy Scarr, Amy F. Scarr S.C.
Holly Lutz, Holly Lutz Law Office
Lisa Graves, The Center for Media and Democracy
Christine Esser, Habush Habush & Rottier SC


Join us for Paint Night!

Join us Thursday night for our Paint Night and Reception with Phil Rego! Phil gives step-by-step instructions on how to create your own masterpiece!

A great way to networking and relax before dinner!

Paint Night included with registration.

Sponsored By:


$185- WAJ Members

$285- Non-Members

Thursday Night Special Guest Speaker

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She is a graduate of St. Joan Antida High School and holds a BFA from UW-Milwaukee, 2005.  Prior to her candidacy for the 8th Assembly District, Representative Zamarripa worked as a community outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.  She was also active in the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, served as board secretary for 9 to 5 Milwaukee, and was a board member for Equality Wisconsin (formerly Center Advocates).

In November of 2010, JoCasta Zamarripa made history by becoming the first Latina to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature.  In 2012, while running for her first re-election campaign, Zamarripa made the decision to come out publicly as a bisexual woman.  She is one of four openly LGBT members of the Wisconsin Legislature.  She was re-elected to her third term in November of 2014 and was also re-elected Vice-Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.

As a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Representative Zamarripa serves on the following Assembly committees:

  • Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations (Ranking Democrat)
  • Committee on Campaigns and Election
  • Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Committee on Jobs and the Economy
  • Committee on Health

In addition to these legislative duties, Representative Zamarripa also serves on the Governor’s Council on Migrant Labor and is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).


Christine Esser

Molly Lavin




The WAJ room block expired on August 14, 2015. Attendees can still receive our group rate based on availability after this date.

WAJ has reserved a block of rooms at Sundara Inn and Spa and Glacier Canyon Lodge, located at the Wilderness Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Several rooming options are available. Click here to view an overview of all lodging options.

  • Sundara Inn & Spa (a short drive to conference center), contact Alyssa Mullin at (888)735-8181 or amullin@sundaraspa.com to reserve your room and mention that you are attending the WI Association for Justice Women’s Caucus Seminar. To learn more about the facility and spa services, visit www.sundaraspa.com.
  • Glacier Canyon Lodge is part of the Wilderness Resort and attached to the Conference Center.  Call (800)867-9453 to make your reservations.  Our group number is 412798. For more information on the facility, visit www.glaciercanyonlodge.com.

Spa Services at Sundara All seminar participants are invited to enjoy any spa service for 15% off the listed price. Guests may arrive early or stay later for scheduled spa appointments. To make arrangements, contact Alyssa Mullin at (888) 735-8181 or amullin@sundaraspa.com.


Terms and Conditions
  • At-the-door registrations will incur a $20 surcharge. 
 Substitution & Cancellation Policy:Attendee substitutions may be made at any time and are encouraged when the original registrant cannot attend. If you must cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least three (3) business days (or 72 hours) prior to the program to receive a refund less a $15 service charge. Cancellations made less than 3 business days prior to the program will incur the full registration cost. 


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