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    August 14, 2008  
 
 
Mom Lawyers!

 

Yesterday we told you about the firms that scored spots on Working Mother magazine’s list of the top 50 for women, but what about the other stars—the working moms themselves? We decided to do some field research, and last night headed out to Coco Sala for a chocolate-themed networking get-together that featured high-powered legal moms, appropriately called “Big Jobs, Little Kids.”

 

The crowd of 40 split into small groups for discussions, led by clinical psychologist Deborah Kiley, of pressing issues like “toddler tantrums” and “Blackberry management.” Above, Associate Judge Melanie Shaw Geter of Maryland’s 7th Judicial Circuit (Upper Marlboro) and Rebecca Dandeker of K&L Gates listen in over some kid fare—mini grilled cheeses—and adult beverages. Rebecca, of counsel in K&L Gates’s 11-attorney food and drug regulatory group, is mom to a two-year old daughter, Ryka.

 

In another corner we found Wilson Sonsini white collar associate Yvonne Williams, Huron Consulting managing director Tamika Tremaglio, and Hogan partner Alethia Nancoo. Tamika was still lugging her bags from the two o’clock Acela she’d caught back from NY—all in a day’s work for a busy mom.

 

Bernstein Global Wealth Management’s Kedron Simon and Arden Levy, former Army JAG prosecutor and now a senior associate at Howrey, test their skills in the game portion of the night, trying to name as many chocolate desserts as they could in a minute and a half. Alas, they came just short of the winning table, which clocked in with 27.

 

Tangela Richter, assistant GC with Capital One Financial Corp., caught up with fellow mom and SEC attorney Celeste Murphy. The two are old pals from the Commission, where Tangela worked before decamping to do securities work for the McLean credit giant.

 

Kathleen Lockard Palma, international trade regulation and policy counsel in General Electric’s DC office; Gaby Longsworth, patent prosecutor (not to mention Ph.D.) with Sterne Kessler; and Heather Wishart, VP with engineering firm Jacobs Carter Burgess. Gaby (should rhyme with “baby”) has a stay-at-home dad to help out around the house, and chairs the Women’s Bar Association’s Working Parents Forum.

 

Members of the advisory board responsible for the event, which was the group’s fifth: Holly Loiseau of Weil Gotshal, and Huron Counsulting’s Cheryl Woods, Tamika Tremaglio (camera couldn’t resist a second pic), and Wanda Forrest, who does forensic accounting. Danielle Vanell of Winston Strawn is also on the board but couldn’t make it—no word on whether that was due to high-powered work or mom duties.

 
 
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