Speakers GALCON 2020:
MOST RECENTLY ANNOUNCED SPEAKER!
Kate (whom we affectionally refer to as #THEkatehudson) is an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she is responsible for both federal litigation and employment policymaking. Kate’s also a survivor of trauma. In 2013, following from tKate began an exhaustive and necessary mission looking for mental health support. While we all know that there are a lot of resources available for/about attorneys and mental health, Kate found that the majority of resources were focused exclusively on addiction-based issues. Addictions ARE obviously a consequential issue for our profession, but it struck her that the mental health issues that many attorneys struggle with are (as with her) broader than what seemed to be the focus of much of the attorney-related mental health discussions and resources she found in her quest. Kate’s experience and study also revealed that women practitioners are particularly susceptible to mental and physical health issues in our persistent effort to find work-life balance within the demands of the profession. Speaking from her personal experience, struggles, and personal research (along with her trademark humor and wit) Kate’s presentation will educate and encourage all of us in our own efforts to better care for ourselves and our colleagues.
KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Lilly Ledbetter
YES, THAT Lilly Ledbetter
For over ten years, initiated by filing a civil lawsuit in 1998 against her employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Lilly Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women’s and men’s wages. A jury trial win led to subsequent losing appeals, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, until the ultimate victory was had on January 29, 2009, when President Obama signed into law the first new law of his administration: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In 2012, Ms. Ledbetter published her memoir: Grace and Grit. EVERY REGISTRANT WILL BE GIVEN A COPY OF HER BOOK, as well as an opportunity to meet her, have her personally sign the book, and be photographed with this icon of equal pay in America. YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS. You won't want to miss HER.
Tiffany M. Graves
Tiffany Graves comes to us from Mississippi, where she serves as the first-ever, national pro bono counsel for Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings LLP, a law firm with ten offices in seven states throughout the Southeast. Tiffany has been recognized for her commitment to pro bono and equalizing the civil justice system with numerous award and honors. She is a frequent writer and speaker, and she believes firmly in engaging community to facilitate access to justice and social capital. She will be presenting on these areas of expertise: facilitating pro bono work into our practices, with a focus on criminal justice.
She is our FIRST speaker for GALCON from GIRL ATTORNEY, LLC's home state of Oklahoma! Alyssa Bryant graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with distinction in 1987. After practicing law for over three decades in Tulsa, OK, Alyssa closed her law firm to begin working with Legal Aid in Oklahoma City, where she is currently embedded with the YWCA’s women’s shelter assisting victims of domestic violence. She is also a frequent speaker on the legal and societal treatment of transgender Americans and consults with companies implementing affirming and workable policies for their transgender employees, and conducts continuing legal education programs on this rapidly-evolving area of the law. Alyssa's presentation will educate us regarding the status of LGBT Rights Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Of course, the current-status substance of Alyssa's talk will be fundamentally determined by the pending SCOTUS decision, which may or may not be issued by the time of the conference. Regardless, you will LEARN THE LATEST, and especially, the legal effects of same.”
Erin H. Gerstenzang
Erin is a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, where her specialties are drug and alcohol-related criminal offenses, and subscription legal services to new hemp businesses in Georgia. She’s also SO MUCH MORE to our profession. One of Erin’s other passions is helping other professionals improve their craft, and she’s built a national reputation as a sought-after speaker on a variety of technology and practice topics. Also, she was recently recognized by the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center as one of the honorees of the Women in Legal Tech 2019. The law firm of the future looks nothing like law firms of even the recent past. Today’s inexpensive (yet highly effective) technology tools enable us to build firms that we want to run AND exceed client expectations. Erin's presentation will show you how we can continue to evolve over the coming years to remain at the forefront of the profession.
With years of experience as a Houston-based estate-planning attorney and a sought-after speaker on a variety of topics, Iffy has been the voice of how folks can be prepared "Just In Case" for many years now. At GALCON 2020, Iffy will educate everyone on the latest estate-planning legal trends, and - in related news - she will provide the bonus of inspirational and empowering tools for your law practice...as well as the practice of life.
Amy Griggs is an active litigator in Washington D.C. and Virginia who represents injured patients and their families in medical malpractice and catastrophic injury cases. Amy will be presenting on the components of connection building: how to more effectively persuade by overcoming your own and others’ biases in decision-making. No matter your area or type of practice, a positive connection with parties and professionals in your case is essential to achieving your objectives.
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, as a prominent leader in the legal profession, international Overlanding community, the LGBTQ 🏳️🌈community, and in entrepreneurship *she just struck a deal with REI (yes, THAT REI) to have them sell her book I can. I will. Women Overlanding the World*. As you can see, Sunny is always breaking new ground - as you will learn, she loves sharing her knowledge with others. At GALCON 2020, Sunny will go deeper into how to effectively avoid ethical pitfalls, and provide practical legal instruction on how to be both a practicing lawyer and an entrepreneur.
Michelle Simpson Tuegel
We’re thrilled to add this well-known leader to our list of speakers! Based out of Dallas, TX, Michelle is a true advocate for women and girls, Michelle is always looking for new opportunities to make this world a safer place for all of us. Michelle's presentation will prepare us to provide the best-practices response (even if you don't handle sex abuse cases) to that practically-inevitable phone call that she advises, typically begins, "Something happened to my daughter." Whether or not this is your area of practice, Michelle's presentation will enable you to be ready to care with confidence.
Over 20 years as a personal trainer to various military and civilian personnel, including high-level Federal Court officials: Justices, Judges, Attorneys, and Clerks...most famously, Justice Ruth Ginsburg. Returning to GALCON for year two, we are so pleased and proud to bring him to you again. Beyond the credibility that many of us freely give him for the fact of his most famous client, Bryant is so much more than that. He is a truly kind, informative, and inspiring fitness coach.
Kelley Brooks Simoneaux
Kelley is a trial lawyer and disability rights advocate based in Washington, DC. She is the founder of The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm, PLLC where she represents individuals following a spinal cord injury. Kelley has committed her professional life to helping those with spinal cord injuries after she became a T-12 paraplegic as a passenger in a car wreck when she was 16 years old. When not in the courtroom, Kelley is fighting for greater accessibility for the disability community. After being denied a ride by a TNC (rideshare) she started a national campaign of accessibility in the gig economy that has led her to policy discussions from town halls to Capitol Hill. Kelley will be presenting on disability rights law, advocacy, and teaching you how (no matter your area or type of law practice), to better serve - and even be a champion for - your clients (and friends, and community members) with disabilities.
Schedule GALCON 2020:
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6 PM - ?
Opening Night Gala
GALCON 2020 opens with a Gala dinner party: cocktail reception, followed by an artful and delicious dinner with keynote speaker, Ms. Lilly Ledbetter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This evening will wrap up with dessert and dancing. A BEAUTIFUL, COMPELLING, and FUN evening together.
8:30 AM - 5 PM
Full-Day CLE & Networking
Friday is FULL of education, networking opportunities with fellow women attorneys from across the U.S., AND MORE amazing food: breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks are all a part of how we care for you, and help connect you with one another.
8:30 AM - 1 PM
Half-Day CLE & Brunch
Today will begin with a smoothie start and continue with more amazing CLE presentations, leading up to inspirational health and fitness instruction. NEW THIS YEAR: We will wrap up this day with a lovely and delicious BRUNCH at Kimpton Monaco's gorgeous, Dirty Habit, restaurant.