Chicago Committees

The Coalition’s success is driven in large part by the work of the committees that make up the organization. Member involvement in committees is imperative. We urge you to become a member of one or more of the committees from your chapter, and to encourage those attorneys in your organization to do so as well. Committee membership provides a unique opportunity for developing a leadership role, particularly for more junior attorneys in firms and companies.

The In-House Counsel Committee works with the Programming Committee and is responsible for developing and increasing the Coalition’s in-house/corporate counsel membership and for developing programming directed to the in-house counsel members of the Coalition. The In-House Counsel Committee conducted the second annual In-House to Power-House series, a program first launched in 2015. The series covered topics ranging from tapping into your emotional intelligence and developing your brand to relationship building and relaunching your career.

This committee works to develop the in-person programming for the Coalition, which range from panel discussions to workshops to keynote speakers.

The Associates Committee works with the Programming Committee and is responsible for developing programming directed to the associate delegates of the Coalition and for ensuring that the Coalition is relevant to associates at member firms and that associates take advantage of the opportunities presented to them by the Coalition. The Committee’s 2016 successes included its 4th Annual Judges Panel.

This committee works to develop telephonic programming and webinars that can be shared live with all attorneys at member firms and companies. This year, the committee produced programming focused on financial literacy of lawyers and “unsolicited” advice from senior lawyers.

This committee works to develop the annual Leadership Forum and typically begins work in early spring. The Leadership Forum program includes the Coalition’s annual awards, selected by the Community Outreach committee.

The Programming Committee is charged with creating and coordinating the annual programming schedule for the Coalition, including (a) an event every 6-8 weeks for Coalition members from “brown bag” telephonic events to formal in-person events; (b) one more expansive annual in-person event open to all member firms, law departments and individual members; and (c) networking opportunities and events for Coalition members. The Committee often invites speakers or other guests to speak at the programming events to educate the members on various legal, business, leadership and professionalism topics. In addition, the Committee liaises with other committees (e.g., Membership, PR, etc.) to increase awareness of the Coalition in general, to advertise upcoming events, and to post information regarding or summaries about past events. Our goal is to make the Coalition’s programming valuable, relevant and engaging for all members of the Coalition.