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MWL Signature Events

Minnesota Women Lawyers hosts several signature networking events throughout the year featuring high profile keynote presentations. All MWL members, the legal community and guests are invited to join us.  Scholarship funds may be available for specific events and programs. For more information, please contact Executive Director Debra Pexa.

The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture

The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was first established in 1994 by Minnesota Women Lawyers to honor the career of Justice Rosalie Wahl, the first woman justice to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, on the occasion of her retirement from the bench. The goal of the Wahl Leadership Lecture series is to feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow just as Justice Wahl has inspired so many of us. Proceeds from the event help support the Wahl Leadership Lecture Fund, established through the Minneapolis Foundation. 

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce its 2017 Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis. The general reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5pm. Dinner will begin at 6pm, and the program will begin at approximately 6:30pm. 

hover textMWL is honored to welcome Lauren Stiller Rikleen as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker.  Lauren Stiller Rikleen is a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multi-generational workforce. As President of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, Lauren conducts workshops, speaks at conferences, retreats, and professional events, and provides training programs focusing on: strengthening multi-generational relationships in the workplace; women’s leadership and advancement; and strategies for minimizing the impacts of unconscious bias. Her presentation is entitled: Pushing the Envelope to Achieve Gender Equality: Moving Beyond Boundaries.


MWL's 2018 Annual Conference for Women in the Law

Minnesota Women Lawyers is pleased to announce The 2018 MWL Conference for Women in the Law, to be held on Friday, April 27th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

The goals of The MWL Conference are to collaborate across MWL’s statewide legal community, to provide high-value programming of interest to our diverse membership, and to create meaningful networking opportunities.  All members of Minnesota’s legal community are welcome to attend.


hover textThe MWL Conference will be highlighted by keynote presenter Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the New York Public Library.  Previously, Ms. Mayes served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Allstate Insurance Company and for Pitney Bowes Inc.  She also served as Chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. 

The MWL Conference will also feature a full day of programming, geared towards the diverse practice areas and experience levels represented by MWL's membership. 


2018 Conference registration will open in early 2018.  

MWL's 46th Annual Meeting


hover textThis luncheon event will offer an opportunity to take a look at the past year and at the year ahead. We’ll elect our 2018-2019 Board of Directors, and we’ll honor our 2018 Annual Award recipients. Plus, this event is always a fabulous opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate our past accomplishments and plan our future successes. 








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