2017 Chicago Career Conference



Thursday, June 22, 2017
Jenner & Block
353 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654



8:30 AM
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12 – 1 PM
1 – 5:00 PM
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Breakfast & Registration
Career Conference
Networking Lunch & Optional Interviewing Prep for 1Ls
Career Conference Cont.
Networking Reception/Summer Soiree





In this full-day conference, you will learn:

  • Operations and economics of law firms and organizations
  • How summer programs work, including the evaluation process
  • Practical tools on how to excel in your assignments and exceed expectations
  • How to maximize the opportunities presented in firm social events
  • How to stand out in interviews
  • How to create a career development plan, including identifying and building on your strengths
  • Effective methods and habits for developing your brand internally
  • How to build your professional brand within your firm, the legal profession, and your community
  • Client expectations and introduction to business development
  • How to develop a fulfilling and sustaining legal career

Networking Reception/Summer Soiree 

Join us for appetizers and drinks, network with our law firm sponsors and other local attorneys and law students, and help us celebrate diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Admission is complimentary for all Conference attendees.


Tuition – $ 450 (includes evening reception)
Early-bird registration (before June 8) – $250

Register for the Conference here.

Admission to the Summer Soiree is complimentary for all conference attendees.


NM-croppedNiki Moore, PracticePro 

Niki Moore is the founder and CEO of PracticePro, and a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. At PracticePro, she leads all aspects of the organization including product development, strategic partnerships, operations, and publications. Niki teaches transition-to-practice skills to law students and attorneys and speaks at law schools across the country. She also consults with law firms to strengthen training and diversity programs, including helping diverse and first-generation associates to succeed as attorneys. Niki developed a skills course – The Junior Attorney: Expectations, Responsibilities, and Realities – for Berkeley Law in 2011, which she has been co-teaching since.

Prior to founding PracticePro, she was an attorney for over six years at the global firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. She focused her practice on intellectual property litigation and trade sanctions compliance. Niki has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in federal and state courts, and in all stages of litigation including trial. She was recognized by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as one of the top “40 under 40″ professionals.

Niki is also the founder and former president of the Northern California Chapter of the Iranian American Bar Association. She received her B.S. in Biology, summa cum laude, from Texas Southern University, and J.D. from Berkeley Law. Before law school, Niki was a research assistant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center.



Bandza_Alexander_COLORAlexander Bandza, Jenner & Block

Alexander J. Bandza is an associate in the firm’s Environmental and Workplace Health & Safety Law Practice, has a broad-based environmental litigation and counseling practice. Mr. Bandza’s litigation experience includes the defense of toxic tort and wrongful death claims arising out of alleged environmental and workplace exposures; CERCLA, RCRA and common law claims arising out of alleged environmental contamination from industrial operations; and OSHA citation and enforcement actions arising out of alleged workplace physical harms or exposures to hazardous substances. His counseling experience includes evaluating environmental and workplace health and safety risks and liabilities in the context of corporate transactions and advising on state and federal environmental and consumer product regulatory requirements impacting a variety of corporate decisions.

Mr. Bandza also has an active pro bono practice that includes counseling nonprofit clients on formation, taxation and corporate governance issues. He chairs the Constitutional Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and is a board member of Young Professionals in Energy (Chicago).

Mr. Bandza received his J.D. in 2013 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was a six-time American Jurisprudence Award and two-time Prosser Prize recipient. He received his B.A. in economics in 2008 from Stanford University, graduating with interdisciplinary honors in environmental science, technology and policy.


06b191fAnnette Moore, City of Chicago – Civilian Office for Police Accountability

Bio coming shortly.




downloadKatherine Rahill, AkzoNobel Legal Group

Bio coming shortly.



2000px-Blank_woman_placeholder.svgRebecca Piper, Hyatt Corporation

Bio coming shortly.




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Ann Marie Wahls is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. She has extensive experience in high-stakes intellectual property business disputes with a focus on complex, multi-patent litigation matters.

Ms. Wahls has 15 years of experience litigating patent infringement matters across a range of industries. She has particular litigation and trial experience in biotechnology, oil and gas, automotive products, medical devices and cellular industries. She has litigated and tried both bench and jury trials in US federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. Ms. Wahls also has significant experience litigating federal Lanham Act false advertising and state-based unfair competition cases.

Ms. Wahls is a member of the firm’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee. She also is a board member of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

Ms. Wahls received his B.S. in Biology from DePaul University and her J.D., with honors, from DePaul University College of Law.


aweis-r-h125-q100-m1487258306Angie Weis, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Angie Weis is the General Counsel & Chief of Staff at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. She is essential to all aspects of Authority operations, from overseeing the administration of more than $100 million in grant funding to protecting the agency’s overall legitimacy. Ms. Weis joins the Authority from the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP where she worked on a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Sidley, Ms. Weis was Counsel & Policy Analyst for the John Howard Association. She is a member of the John Howard Association’s Board of Directors and she served as president of its Young Professionals Board from 2010 to 2014. Ms. Weis has a strong record of providing criminal pro bono legal services. She worked closely with lawyers at the Children & Family Justice Center of Northwestern University School of Law on post-conviction litigation related to Miller v. Alabama, a U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders.

Ms. Weis holds a J.D. from Duke University School of Law and a bachelor of science in management degree in Finance and Legal Studies in Business from Tulane University.


We are still working on our full speaker list.  If you are interested in speaking at the Conference, email admin@practicepro.cc.



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