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Chicago, May 6, 2019

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Women's Bar Association of Illinois Host Third Women's Business Development CLE

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois have joined together once again for the CLE presentation, "How to Get the Business: A Continued Conversation with Givers and Getters," on Monday, May 6.

Rosie the Riveter inspired women to join the workforce. Today women make up a majority of law students – but how do those women become rainmakers? “How to Get the Business” continues the conversation started at our sold-out 2015 and 2017 gatherings, bringing in more experienced Business Givers and Business Getters for a two-part panel discussion. They will provide tactics on how women lawyers can excel at business development and lead their careers to new heights.

This year's Givers and Getters are:

  • Claire Battle, Assistant General Counsel, ArcelorMittal USA
  • Catherine Garvey, Associate General Counsel, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Christine Koman, System Director, Claims Counsel, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare
  • Erin Lothson, Global Brand Protection and Enforcement, Groupon
  • Patricia Kocour, Partner, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP (moderator)
  • Brian Bell, Partner, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
  • Patricia Bobb, Principal, Patricia C. Bobb & Associates
  • Shelly DeRousse, Partner, Freeborn & Peters
  • Lee Annette Williams, Partner, Lowis & Gellen
  • Eugena Whitson-Owen, MCU Trial Attorney, Krakar, Fanning & Olsen and past WBAI president (moderator)
Givers and Getters panels will run 3:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow, in the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. Attendees will receive 2.0 hours general CLE credit. The presentation is free to attend, but registration is required. Women and men are welcome.

To RSVP, please visit or contact Monique Austin at 312-341-8530 or

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