NALSC 2023 Annual Conference

Thursday March 30th – Saturday April 1st. Nashville, TN.

Speaker Bios

Thursday, March 30th

3:00-3:45pm CT

Opening Session
“Your Story Changes Everything: Talking about Yourself for Meaningful Professional Relationships”
-If someone asked “Why should I trust you?”, what would you say?

Chris Graham, LL.B. – Founder of TellPeople

4:00-4:45pm CT

“A Practice Group Leader’s Perspective for Lateral Recruiting”
Scott T. Love – President of The Attorney Search Group

Susan Raridon Lambreth – Co-Founding Principal of LawVision
Travis Parham, Esq. – Partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

3:00-4:00pm ET

Interactive Roundtable Discussions (attend two)
Growing a Legal Search Firm – Jane Pollard J.D., Partner of Momentum Search Partners
Tips for Tough Conversations – Keith Fall, Partner of Walker Associates
Professional Development for External Recruiters – Scott T. Love, Founder of The Attorney Search Group
Sticky Situations and the NALSC Code of Ethics® – Stacy Humphries, J.D., President of Pye Legal Group
Practicing Law Remotely and Ethically – Christina E. Kurow, Esq. of Nixon Peabody
Candidate or Law Firm: Who the Recruiter Represents Balancing Contract / Confidentiality / Ethical Considerations – Karen Kupetz, Esq., Senior Director of Legal Recruiting for Goulston & Storrs and Deborah G. Feldman, Director of Feldman Legal Search LLC
Continuing the Conversation on Why Should I Trust You – Chris Graham, LL.B. – Founder of TellPeople
Maximizing Transparency: Enhancing Communication Efforts Between Candidates and Firms – Morgan DuFault, Director of Talent Acquisition and Professional Development at Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Virtual Law Firm Recruiting – Stephanie Recupero, Vice President of Recruiting at Practus, LLP
Optimal Communication between Internal and External Recruiters – Joel L. Shulman, Esq., Regional Senior Legal Recruiting Manager at Seyfarth Shaw LLP
DEI and NALSC – Kathy Richardson, Esq., Founder/Principal of HR Legal Search
LinkedIn and Recruiting – Valerie Fontaine, Esq. of SeltzerFontaine LLC

Friday, March 31st

9:00-9:45am CT

“Successful Candidate Interviews”
Cheryl A. Brown, Esq. – Principal of The LOCH Group Legal Search

Carol Crossdale, Esq. – Founder of Crossdale Search
Pooja Krumenacker, Esq. – Founder and CEO of Balanced Legal Solutions, Inc.
Tedi Mason – Director of Lateral Partner and Counsel Recruiting at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Joycelyn Stevenson, Esq. – Nashville Office Managing Partner at Littler Mendelson, P.C.

10:00-10:45am CT

“Partner & Associate Recruiting Timelines… What’s the Other Side Doing?”
Arthur Polott, Esq. – Founder of Gateway Legal Placements

Charles Robert Bone, Esq. – Partner at SpencerFane LLP
Melissa Peters, Esq. – Founder of MP Legal Search
Bahareh Samanian, Esq. – Founder of Bahareh Legal LLC
Joel Shulman, Esq. – Regional Senior Legal Recruiting Manager at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

11:00-11:45am CT

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
“Strategies for Associate Recruiting”
Alicia Vargas – Founder of Vine Attorney Search
Laura S. DeRise, Esq. – Director of Attorney Recruiting at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

“Partner Recruiting in 2023 Including the U-LPQ”
Shannon Davis – Chief Legal Recruiting and Integration Officer at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC
Mitchell Satalof – President of Juris Placements, Inc. and President of NALSC
Tina B. Solis, Esq. – Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP

1:00-1:45pm CT

Keynote Presentation:
“Gina Passarella Looks into her Crystal Ball: Trends on Movement, Economics, and More”
Gina Passarella Cipriani – Editor-in-Chief, Global Legal Brands at ALM Media, LLC

2:00-2:45pm CT

“Reimagining Your Traditional, Non-Traditional, and Digital Sourcing Techniques”
Valerie Fontaine, Esq. – SeltzerFontaine LLC

Dan Binstock, Esq. – Garrison & Sisson, Inc.

3:00-3:45pm CT

“The Recruiter Angle – About Integration During the Recruiting Process”
Ross Weil – Partner at Walker Associates

Carmen Kelley – Global Director Lateral Attorney Recruiting at Morrison & Foerster LLP
Karen Kupetz, Esq. – Senior Director of Legal Recruiting at Goulston & Storrs PC
Jessica Munitz, Esq. – Principal at Munitz Legal Search & Consulting LLC
Todd J. Rolapp, Esq. – Managing Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

4:00-5:00pm CT

Interactive Roundtable Discussions: Skills-Based and Strategic Development/Tactical Topics (two rotations)
Cold Calling Strategies – Mark Jacobson, Esq., Managing Director of LegalSearch, Inc.
Cold Calling Strategies – Evan Fox, Managing Director of Long Ridge Partners- Legal
Interview Prep Strategies – Natalie Thorsen Harris, Esq., Managing Member of Phyllis Hawkins & Associates, LLC
Interview Prep Strategies – Allison Wottawa, Principal of AJW Attorney Search
Pay Transparency/Why Should Compensation be a Secret? – Mark Neuberger, Esq., Of Counsel at Foley & Lardner LLP
Post-Closing Follow-up Strategies – Kathy Richardson, Esq., Founder/Principal of HR Legal Search
Post-Closing Follow-up Strategies – Mary Clare Garber, Principal of Princeton Legal Search Group, LLC
Candidate Presentation Strategies – Warren Smith LL.B., Managing Partner of Smith Legal Search
Candidate Presentation Strategies – Marina Sirras, Principal of Marina Sirras & Associates LLC
Best Practices for Departing Attorneys – Christina E. Kurow, Esq. of Nixon Peabody
Post-pandemic Recruitment: Navigating Lateral Partners’ Needs in a New World – Niki Kopsidas, Chief Talent Officer at Sterlington
Developing Search Narrative Strategies – Jordan Abshire, Esq. of Abshire Legal Search LLC

Saturday, April 1st

8:30-11:00am CT

Breakfast Town Hall Meeting
Natalie Thorsen Harris, Esq., Managing Member of Phyllis Hawkins & Associates, LLC

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