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Recently retired as an intellectual property partner from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Cory Amron was head of the IP practice group at Vorys, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Arlington VA. She has actively worked on women’s and diversity issues as well as education of the public on the law and legal issues throughout her nearly 40 year legal career.
She was the second Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, a member of the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, the MacCrate Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession, ABA President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, the Standing Committee on Public Education and a recent Chair of the ABA Gavel Awards Committee. She is a Past Chair of the American Bar Foundation Fellows, D.C. Chapter and has held numerous positions in the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She was named a Star of the Bar by the WBA in 2003 and received the WBA’s Women Lawyer of the Year Award in 2004.
Corrine Propas Parver
Corrine Propas Parver is a former partner and head of the Health Law Services Practice at the Washington, D.C., law firm Dickstein Shapiro. After retiring from the law firm in 2004, she designed the health law specialization for American University Washington College of Law’s LL.M. Program on Law and Government, and expanded the health law curriculum so that AU Washington College of Law now offers from 15-20 health law-related courses each academic year, including the annual summer Health Law and Policy Institute, which she established in 2008.
She has extensively published, testified before Congressional Committees, and lectured in the United States and Canada on health care topics during her career.
Deborah Barron is Founder and Executive Director of New Left Accelerator which empowers progressive leaders to transform their ideas into impact.
Ms. Barron previously was a commercial litigator who represented businesses and individuals at both the trial and appellate levels and focused on litigating appeals and dispositive motions for her clients. She has significant experience in breach of contract claims, consumer and employment class actions, product liability and other high-stakes commercial disputes on behalf of clients in the technology, manufacturing, food labeling and financial services industries.
Ms. Barron clerked for the Hon. Ronald Gilman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and was an extern for the Hon. Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Before entering law school, Ms. Barron worked as a journalist and a strategic communications and planning consultant for foundations, nonprofit organizations and candidates for office at the local, state and federal levels.
Ashley Steinberg previously served as senior associate in the International Trade and Investment group at Hogan Lovells US LLP in Washington, DC where her practice was focused on compliance with economic sanctions against Iran, Russia, Cuba, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea, as well as with anti-money laundering / counterterrorist financing laws.
She also represents victims of domestic violence in immigration proceedings, and has been recognized by Tahirih Justice Center for her pro bono efforts.
Ms. Steinberg is a graduate of Stanford Law School.
Lorelie S. Masters
Lorie is a partner in the insurance coverage practice of Hunton, Andrews, Kurth resident in the DC Office, handling all aspects of complex, commercial litigation and arbitration. In addition to her legal practice, she is active in diversity and inclusion matters and has represented many individuals and groups pro bono, including policyholders denied health care coverage and victims of human trafficking. She was a candidate for Attorney General of the District of Columbia in 2014.
She received her JD in 1981 from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Paulette Chapman is a personal injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis and Lightfoot in Washington, DC where she has represented several high profile, catastrophically injured clients. She graduated from George Washington University School of Law in 1988 with honors and has served as President of the Bar Association of DC, the Women’s Bar Association of DC, and the Barristers. She has also served on the Board of Governors of the DC Bar and the Executive Committee of the Council for Court Excellence.
She has won numerous awards, including Star of the Bar from the WBA, Lawyer of the Year from the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington DC, and she has been named to Washington’s Top Lawyers for numerous years by Washingtonian Magazine.
Houeida is a General Counsel in Washington DC for a healthcare accreditation organization, URAC, and is also a Registered Nurse. She has a strong background in both the payor and provider side of healthcare. She has previously served as both Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel to large health systems working on a variety of legal and regulatory matters.
She is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington, D.C., and was named Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by both the District of Columbia Bar, and National Law Journal for her civil rights work. As a nurse, she has volunteered her service as a nurse in international humanitarian relief work and as an attorney for human rights organizations. Houeida has her law degree from The American University Washington College of Law and her Master’s degree in Law and International Affairs from The American University School of International Service in Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Michelle is the Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Previously she was an associate in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. She currently represents the Commonwealth of Virginia in various Circuits. She has successfully represented clients in all stages of litigation—from drafting initial complaints through appeals at the highest level. Michelle has briefed numerous state and federal courts, including seven federal circuits and the United States Supreme Court. She has argued cases before federal district courts, the Fourth, Sixth and the Ninth Circuits and the Virginia Supreme Court. Michelle is an experienced public speaker and has spoken on and moderated numerous panels.
In addition to her involvement with Women Lawyers on Guard, Michelle is a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Bar Association of DC and chairs the Leadership & Professional Development Committee of the DC Bar’s Law Practice Management Community.
Norma B. Hutcheson is Chair of the District of Columbia Board of Ethics and Government Accountability. She retired from the position of Deputy Managing Counsel for the Capital Metro Law Office of the United States Postal Service Law Department after 36 years of service in the federal government, 35 of which were with the Postal Service at Postal Service Headquarters, and the Eastern Regional and Mid-Atlantic Field Law Offices.
Ms. Hutcheson has extensive leadership experience in volunteer bar and community activities, including: YMCA for Metropolitan Washington; National Bar Association (NBA); past President of the Greater Washington Area Chapter – Women Lawyers Division (GWAC); past Chair, GWAC Foundation; The Links, Incorporated; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Ivy Vine Charities, and as past Chair of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee for Theta Omega Omega Chapter.
Ms. Hutcheson is a deacon at Zion Baptist Church in northwest Washington, DC where she serves as Church Attorney and sits on Zion’s Board of Church Administration. She also has been an active participant in the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and past Secretary of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation and past board member of the Women’s Bar Association of DC.
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Hutcheson holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Bucknell University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia (active) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive).
Elaine Metlin was a litigation partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Blank Rome LLP. She focused her civil litigation practice on complex antitrust opt-out lawsuits and general commercial litigation. She also was a white collar criminal defense attorney, who defended individuals and businesses investigated by the Department of Justice, Congress, and other state and federal authorities. For many years, Ms. Metlin represented the National Abortion Federation, filing numerous amicus briefs in the Supreme Court and co-authoring two handbooks for abortion providers on litigating against anti-abortion activists.
She chaired Dickstein Shapiro’s Women’s Leadership Initiative for more than a decade. She also served on Dickstein Shapiro’s Executive Committee, chaired its Hiring Committee, co-chaired its Professional Development Committee and served on its Compensation Advisory Committee.
Currently, Ms. Metlin is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Resource Board of the National Association of Women Judges, which she co- chaired for many years. Prior to retirement, she was a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Antitrust and the ABA Section of International Law, where she served as co-chair of the International Litigation Committee. She served on the Board and as a Trustee of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. She was a founding member of the DC Chapter of WLMA (the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance). She was also a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, the Lawyers Club of Washington, DC, the DC Women’s Bar and NAWL.
She currently volunteers with the Fairfax County Master Gardener Association. I previously chaired the Board of the Sheridan School in Washington, DC. and served as a volunteer rape crisis counselor for the Fairfax County Rape Crisis Program.
Ms. Metlin received her JD from the University of Virginia Law School in 1983 and was a law clerk for The Honorable Susan Black and other judges in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Pilar Velasquez McLaughlin
Karen is a legal innovator, evangelist and advisor with more than 25 years of experience in M&A, corporate governance, corporate finance and corporate strategy. While working in the legal industry, she has developed a passion for problem-solving and enhancing business and legal operations through technology innovation.
Karen is the Co-Founder of Attune Capital Group, a principal investment of which is a transaction analytics tech platform. Karen also founded Frontier of the Law (www.frontierofthelaw.com), a forward-thinking blog that serves as a forum for open discussions about innovation and creativity in the legal profession and beyond.
Karen has more than a decade of legal experience in large law firms, and she has worked on a wide variety of M&A and other commercial transactions, which led to her founding Attune Capital Group in February 2018. By September 2018, Attune Capital Group was selected to be part of the Third Cohort of the LexisNexis® / LexMachina® Silicon Valley Legal Tech Accelerator program. She also serves on the Board of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association of New York.
Karen is the author of Portrait of the 21st Century Lawyer, a book providing insights into the varied set of attributes and innovative strategies that lawyers will need to thrive and be successful. Portrait was published by Legal Business World in spring 2019. Karen is also the author of “The Irony of Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession and What We Can Do About It,” which was published in November 2019. Karen holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, a Masters of Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Alma College.