The National Board of the Coalition is pleased to present
The Future of Flexibility: 
The New Era of Legal Services for
Client Service, Collaboration and Remote Work

Taking place virtually on

Wednesday, September 1
2:00pm - 3:30pm ET / 1:00pm - 2:30pm CT
Please join us for a dynamic panel presentation discussing the future of flexible and remote working in the legal industry for law firms, companies and attorneys. We will explore the post-pandemic effects on the delivery of legal services, training and collaboration among attorneys and allowance for flexible and remote working opportunities, both from an institutional and individual perspective.

1.5 credit hour of Illinois General CLE pending approval.
We are pleased to welcome the following panelists:
Kimberly A. Cook, Esq.
Founder and principal mediator, Dovetail Conflict Resolution
Vicki Donati
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & SVP, Administrative Services, Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc.
Manar Morales
President & CEO, Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
Gregory H. Shill
Associate Professor, University of Iowa College of Law
Moderated by:
Marcia Owens,
Honigman LLP
Sonya Rosenberg,
Neal, Gerber, Eisenberg LLP
About our Panelists and Moderators:

Kimberly A. Cook, Esq. is the founder and principal mediator of Dovetail Conflict Resolution. For over a decade, Kimberly maintained a distinguished legal career as a litigator at one of the country’s premier divorce and family law firms representing high profile clients. As a mediator, Kimberly approaches every case with consideration of the unique circumstances which give rise to family disputes and provides guidance to help individuals navigate through issues to reach a resolution without reliance on the Court. She is known for guiding families through complex family law matters including prenuptial agreements, divorce, parenting matters, property division, child and spousal support. Kimberly earned her B.A. from Spelman College and her law degree from The Catholic University of America. In addition to her work as a mediator, she shares her legal experience with the community as a speaker, mentor, and podcaster, and has been featured in a variety of publications.

Vicki Donati is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & SVP, Administrative Services for Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc. and its various subsidiaries, which operate the Crate&Barrel, Crate&Kids, CB2 and Hudson Grace brands directly in the United States and Canada and through licensees internationally. She and her team are responsible for setting and executing against the company’s global legal, privacy, asset protection, and audit strategies and for influencing its compliance and data security strategies, and for co-leading the company’s risk management functions. Before joining the company in 2008, Ms. Donati was a partner with Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago. She received her law degree magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University and her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Ashland University (an Ohio girl at heart!). 

Manar Morales is a national thought leader on women's leadership and advancement, diversity & inclusion and workplace flexibility. She serves as President & CEO of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, a think tank that collaborates with organizations to develop non-stigmatized flexible work policies that promote inclusive work cultures and help to advance more women into leadership positions. The Alliance provides practical research-based solutions, training workshops, and strategic advisory services that increase organizational effectiveness through diversity and flexibility. Manar began her career as an employment litigator representing clients in all aspects of labor relations and employment law and has litigated in federal court, before federal administrative agencies, and in arbitration. In addition, Manar served as an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University where she taught classes in Labor and Employment Law and Entrepreneurship.

Gregory H. Shill is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. He writes in the fields of corporate law, securities regulation, and law and economic geography, with an emphasis on corporate governance and transportation. His articles have been published or are forthcoming in the N.Y.U. Law Review, UCLA Law ReviewHarvard Law Review Forum, and other journals, and include “The Puzzle and Persistence of Biglaw Clustering,” which addresses locational decisions of large law firms and the possibilities of remote work.

Marcia Owens is a partner at Honigman LLP. Marcia represents clients in all aspects of commercial real estate on a national basis, from acquisition and disposition, to finance, workouts and leasing. Marcia has experience in industrial, retail, office, and mixed use transactions. Marcia prides herself on partnering with her clients to implement the strategies necessary to accomplish the client's goal to get a deal done, going beyond the technical aspects of a transaction. Marcia received her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law with High Honors in 1998. She spent the first 16 years of her career at Wildman Harrold, Allen & Dixon LLP and has spent the better part of her career advocating for the advancement of women in the law.

Sonya Rosenberg is a Partner at Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg, and counsels companies and organizations on various employee-related legal issues that arise through the many stages of the employment relationship. Sonya also represents employers in litigation, her experience including the successful defense of numerous administrative charges, lawsuits and appellate proceedings at the state and federal levels. She has significant experience counseling employers and defending litigation from the administrative stage through appeals. Sonya is a frequent presenter and author of numerous articles on current employment law topics, including effective employment audit and risk management practices. At the firm, Sonya is co-chair of NGE’s Women’s Network Leadership Initiative, and a member of the Firm’s Hiring and Anti-Harassment Committees.