Statements and Updates:

The Coalition stands with the Black community and joins the outcry to end racial targeting and violence by the police. To read a statement from Chicago Chapter Leadership, click here.

COVID-19 Response:  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Executive Committee has composed a letter reminding firm leadership that dramatic economic events can have an overwhelmingly negative, long-lasting impact on women and diverse women in our profession. To read the letter, please click here.

Welcome to the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition

The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law began in Chicago in 2008. We are a non-profit membership association that brings together women in law firms, government, and companies of all sizes. Along with the New York and Washington D.C. Chapters, the Coalition has more than 120 law firms and companies as members, stretching the reach of the Coalition to thousands of women attorneys in its member organizations. 

The Coalition provides dozens of programs in Chicago each year. Our goal is to foster career advancement and professional development, promote dialogue and a support-network among members, and to help address the many issues facing women lawyers and women's initiatives today.

Upcoming Events:

Associates Committee Group Coffee Break

November 8, 2022 at 12:00pm CT (in-person at Starbucks in Willis Tower)

Please join us for an opportunity to meet and talk with your fellow young lawyer members.

Navigating Legal Career Transitions 

November 9, 2022 at 5:30pm CT (in-person at Neal Gerber)

Please join the In-House Counsel Committee for a panel discussion about career transitions.  Our panel will include women who have made the shift from law firm to in-house, in-house to law firm, stepped out of the working world for a time (& back in), moved into pro bono and government work, and much more.  

Former Canadian Chief Justice and Bestselling Author Beverly McLachlin

November 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM CT (virtual via Zoom)

Please join us as we have a conversation with Beverley McLachlin, the first woman and longest serving Chief Justice of Canada and current non-permanent judge on the Hong Kong Court of Appeal.  McLachlin will discuss her distinguished legal career, including 37 years as a judge and her recent success as a best-selling author. 

View a recording of the 2021 National Leadership Forum!


Stay connected with the Chicago chapter! The new “Coalition Connects” newsletter offers insights from leadership, member news, timely articles and more. View past issues of Coalition Connects.

And check out the latest National Coalition newsletter by clicking the image below! You can also view past issues here.