2021 WAJ Women's Caucus Retreat & Seminar
Thu, September 23, 2021 to
Fri, September 24, 2021
WAJ Women's Caucus Retreat & Seminar
Offering 4.5 Credit Hours
4:30 PM Registration / Check-in
4:30 PM WAJ Women's Caucus Business Meeting
5:30 PM Mixology & Networking
You won’t just be creating cocktails, you will also be shaping the future of women in the profession! You will have the chance to mingle with their peers while enjoying a refreshing beverage. Our mixologist will be walking us through how to shake up a few perfect cocktails.
6:30 PM Dinner and Networking
Dinner will be on the Savana, the back patio directly off of Nava, providing a tranquil space for outdoor dining, enjoying a drink with friends while watching the wildlife as well as stargazing and reconnecting around one of the multiple fire pits at night.
Special Guest Speakers During Dinner:
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley began her judicial career as a circuit court judge. For the last 26 years she has served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, having first been elected to the position in 1995 and twice re-elected in statewide elections. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Managerial Trustees of the International Association of Women Judges and is a founding member of the Global Network on Electoral Justice.
Prior to her legal career, Justice Bradley was a high school teacher and she has continued her interest in teaching throughout her judicial career. She has served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Judicial Academy and as an international lecturer for organizations including the Academy, the American Bar Association’s Asia Law Initiative, the U.S. Department of State, the International Law Development Organization, and the International Finance Corporation. She also taught at the Wisconsin Judicial College and served as an Associate Dean of the College.
Among other organizations, Justice Bradley is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Formerly she served as a Commissioner of the National Conference on Uniform Laws.
Justice Bradley and her husband, Mark, live in Wausau, where they raised their four children.
Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet
Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 3, 2018 and took office Aug. 1, 2018. Before joining the Supreme Court, she was elected as a judge to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2008 and was re-elected in 2014. She served as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference’s Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, as an associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, on the board of the Association of Women Lawyers, and is on the faculty of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. She is a member of the board of directors to the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Prior to being elected to the judiciary, Justice Dallet was an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2007. She was appointed the first female presiding court commissioner for Milwaukee County in 2007, serving in that role until 2008. Justice Dallet was a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1999 to 2002 and taught Trial Advocacy as an adjunct law professor at Marquette University Law School from 2005 to 2008. Immediately after law school, she clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Aaron Goodstein in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Justice Dallet received her B.A. summa cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University in 1991 and her J.D. summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1994, where she was an editor of law review.
Justice Dallet has been an active volunteer in her community for organizations such as the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, COA Youth and Family Centers and as a youth leader for Congregation Shalom in Fox Point.
Justice Dallet and her husband, Brad, have three children
Justice Jill J. Karofsky
Justice Jill J. Karofsky was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 7, 2020 and took office August 1, 2020.
Before her election to the Supreme Court, Justice Karofsky served as a judge on the Dane County Circuit Court to which she was elected in 2017.
Prior to becoming a judge, Karofsky was the executive director of the Office of Crime Victim Services for the state Department of Justice. She previously served as an assistant state attorney general and Wisconsin's first Violence against Women Resource Prosecutor, an adjunct professor at the UW Law School, the general counsel and director of education and human resources for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, and as an assistant district attorney and deputy district attorney for Dane County.
Justice Karofsky has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse, the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council, and the Dane County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors. She previously co-chaired the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Response Team. She also has served on the Wisconsin Judicial Education Committee and chairs the Violence Against Women STOP Grant committee.
Karofsky earned her bachelors degree from Duke University, her masters degree from UW-Madison, and her law degree from UW Law School. While at Duke, Justice Karofsky competed on the school's NCAA Division I cross-country and track teams.
Karofsky has received the "Outstanding Victim Advocacy by a Professional" award from the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Professional Association, the "Voices of Courage" award from the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the "Significant Impact Award" from the Dane County Coordinated Response to Domestic Violence.
Justice Karofsky is an ultra-marathoner and has completed multiple marathons, ultra-marathons and Ironman competitions. She is the single-mom of two children.
The 2021 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Notorious Servant Award
Presented by Kristen S. Scheuerman
8:30 PM Late Night Networking
7:30 AM Registration is Open
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Student Breakfast and Roundtable Discussions.
Law Student Breakfast Panel Includes: Whitney A. Johnson, Rebecca L. Domnitz, Danielle Schroder, Heather Nelson, Kristen S. Scheuerman and others to be announced.
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM General Attendee Breakfast and Networking
9:00 AM - Welcome and Seminar Opening
Whitney A. Johnson
Rebecca L. Domnitz
9:00 AM to 10:00 am: Special Guest Speaker
Passion and Power – A Journey Through the Decades with
Harriet Newman Cohen, Esq.
Synopsis: Take a journey with Harriet Newman Cohen, sought-after, busy divorce practitioner in the heart of New York City at the age of 88 (not to mention mother of four, grandmother of more than 10) and high school classmate of RBG. How has the world changed for women? What progress have women attorneys made, and what progress remains to be made? Harriet has seen/lived the evolution of women in life and in the law through the decades. Insights and anecdotes will abound!
Harriet Newman Cohen, known as the "doyenne" of matrimonial and family law attorneys in New York City, is a founding partner of Cohen Stine Kapoor LLP, a dynamic post-pandemic matrimonial and family law firm that launched on January 1, 2021. She has partnered with Martha Cohen Stine, her daughter, and Ankit Kapoor, her fellow alumnus, albeit two generations her junior. The new firm’s partners span three generations of lawyers.
Ms. Cohen was the subject of a feature profile written by Michael Y. Park for New York Super Lawyers, entitled, "The Second Life of Harriet Cohen, What the Matrimonial Lawyer Learned to Share with the World." With this launch of her new law firm, Ms. Cohen enters her “Third Life” – her post-pandemic professional life. Ms. Cohen was also profiled by Brooklyn Law School in an article entitled, "Harriet Cohen '74, The Marriage Broker."
On February 7, 2020, Ms. Cohen was honored by Brooklyn Law School as “Alumna of the Year.” On December 11, 2017, the New York County Lawyers Association honored Ms. Cohen at its annual dinner celebrating "Outstanding Women in the Legal Profession."
For 12 years, Ms. Cohen has been listed as one of the “TOP 50 Female Lawyers” by New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2009-2021. This list recognizes "the women lawyers who received the highest point totals in the New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition nomination, research and blue ribbon review process." Ms. Cohen is also recognized as one of the “TOP 100 Lawyers” (men and women), New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2010-2021. Super Lawyers honored Ms. Cohen’s former matrimonial law firm as one of the “50 Law Firms Professionals Should Know About,” based on the high ratings of all of the firm’s lawyers.
A graduate of Barnard College (B.A. cum laude) (Latin major; Music minor) Bryn Mawr College (M.A. in Latin) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D. cum laude), Ms. Cohen, when at law school, was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.
Ms. Cohen represents celebrities and other high net worth individuals, as well as other worthy clients. Ms. Cohen has represented Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the former wives of the Weinstein brothers, NBA star Paul George, Howard Stern’s former wife (Alison), Laurence Fishburne, Ute Lemper, Linda Lavin, among other celebrities.
Break 10:00 to 10:15 AM
10:15 AM to 11:15 AM:
TRIAL ATHLETE: THE ENDURANCE SPORT KNOWN
Megan Hottman, Hottman Law Office, P.C., Golden, CO
Synopsis: Megan's talk focuses on the mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being of lawyers - a critical, and essential piece to a lawyer's performance and the way we will save this profession and bring its members back from the brink of burnout. Megan talks about mapping out one's ideal week, self-care, ways to prepare for trial as an athlete does: harnessing one's physical presence to win. This interesting and unique presentation keeps audiences alert, awake, on their toes, and sends them away with thought-provoking inquiries for them to take back to their lives and practices. It's intended to rejuvenate and revitalize the profession.
Megan Hottman, aka The Cyclist Lawyer, exclusively represents cyclists. She formed her practice in 2010 at the age of 29 in order to allow for time flexibility, so she could race her bike at the highest levels. She has been featured on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and in Outside Magazine for her work on bike cases and her advocacy and education work to make cycling safer. Megan formed a personal training and aerobic instruction business at the age of 19, which helped her fund law school and has been teaching spin classes or coaching people in health and wellness ever since. She has raced 3 Ironman Triathlons, won state and national championships on her bike, all while running a very successful practice and representing her clients.
Part of her life's mission is to get more people on bikes, riding safely, and the other part is to help lawyers become healthier and happier, to overhaul the profession into a group of people who take care of themselves, and arrive in the courtroom fully charged, fully optimized, fully capable of winning both through experience and preparation, but also through physical presence. She has been known to lead circuit training classes in conference center lobbies for participants. This purpose is what prompted her to form Trial Athlete.
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Ask and You Shall Achieve
Christine D. Esser
Christine Esser is a shareholder with the firm and the chair of the Executive Management Committee. She represents injured individuals in a variety of cases from automobile collisions to complex liability claims. Large or small, Christine prepares each case as if it will someday be argued to a jury. While most cases settle out of court, she works as if every case is going to trial to obtain the best possible outcome for each client. Christine has successfully tried jury trials throughout the State of Wisconsin. Based on her extensive experience and success in the courtroom, Christine has been certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for over 15 years.
Christine has received the distinction of being recognized as a top lawyer by Super Lawyers, a selective recognition awarded to 5% of Wisconsin lawyers each year, on many occasions. Since 2011, she has been named one of the “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Wisconsin”. She has also been named as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Wisconsin” since 2014. She has been named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association and in 2016 she was one of 26 outstanding women lawyers honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2017 Christine was given an ATHENA Leadership award for mentoring women and girls in Sheboygan County.
Christine makes time to give back to the community on a national and local level. She has published numerous articles and presented at legal seminars on topics relating to her practice. She is an active member in several legal and community organizations. Christine is currently a member of Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice and serves on the board of Helping Hands Healing Hooves. She served on the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification Board of Examiners for three years. Christine has also held committee positions in the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as the Milwaukee and Sheboygan County Bar Associations. For many years she served as a District Commissioner for a local chapter of the United States Pony Club and continues to be an active volunteer with Big Brother Big Sisters in Sheboygan.
Christine received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Drake University Law School and received the William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award from the law school faculty as the graduating senior who, in their opinion, demonstrated the greatest promise as an advocate, a public servant, and a practitioner. Prior to moving to Wisconsin and beginning her legal career she served as a law clerk for Justice Marsha Ternus on the Iowa Supreme Court. When not in the office or courtroom, Christine’s interests include riding horses, reading and gardening.
11:45 to 12:45 PM LUNCH & LEARN - Lunch will be served prior to this session.
Women's Caucus Panel Discussion: SOMETHING NEXT TO NORMAL
Moderated by Jackie Nuckels, Jacobs Injury Law, S.C.
Jackie’s practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of injured clients. She has represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured in automobile collisions, truck accidents, premises accidents, and workplace incidents. She has also represented individuals who are injured by unsafe products and as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect.
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SPECIAL FOR LAW STUDENTS
Are You a Current Law Student?
Students - Be sure to join us for our Student Breakfast on Friday!
Discounted Spa Services at Sundara
Seminar Location & Lodging Information:
Thursday and Friday Events/Seminar Sessions will be held at the Sundara Inn & Spa: 920 Canyon Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Room Block Deadline: August 12. 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.
Sundara Inn & Spa, contact Nicole Loveluck at email@example.com or (608)253-9200 or 1-888-735-8181 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.
Sundara Lodging Rates: NOTE SUNDARA EXTENDED THESE RATES FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS WELL!!
Glacier Canyon Lodge is part of the Wilderness Resort (a short drive to conference center at Sundara). Call (800) 867-9453 to make your reservations. Our Block is under: Wisconsin Association for Justice - Women's Caucus (Leader #761800). For more information on the facility, visit www.glaciercanyonlodge.com.
Glacier Canyon Room Rates:
Additional Information on Lodging Options:
Sundara Inn & Spa (Seminar / meeting location)
Glacier Canyon Lodge (a short drive to conference center at Sundara):
Sponsor / Expo Information
Cancellations, Substitutions and Refunds
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.
At the Door Registrations will incur a $20 late fee.