Accelerate 2018: Grow. Rise. Lead.

November 1-2, 2018
Nebraska College of Law

Accelerate 2018: Grow. Rise. Lead.

Accelerate 2018 is a regional conference designed to bring together law students from across the Midwest to focus on developing professional skills and building strong networks that will help them succeed both as law students and as professionals. The conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from the unique perspectives and experiences of women lawyers that have succeeded in a variety of positions and settings. Panelists and speakers include judges, partners, nonprofit executive directors, entrepreneurs, associates, and in house counsel, among others.

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Nebraska Law launched its Women’s Leadership Initiative in the spring of 2017 and, since that time, has delivered programming that uniquely addresses the challenges faced by women in a historically male-dominated profession and works to support women lawyers through education, skill development, and network-building.

The College of Law is proud to partner with Ms. JD for Accelerate 2018: Grow. Rise. Lead.

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Early Registration

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket, 808 R Street

Husch Blackwell Reception & Networking Workshop

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Hopcat, 601 P Street



8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
College of Law Lobby

Networking Breakfast Roundtables

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
College of Law Lobby


9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Hamman Auditorium

Negotiate Like a Boss

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Hamman Auditorium

Self-Promotion: Putting Your Best Foot Forward to Get What You Want

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Hamann Auditorium

Nonverbal Messages You're Sending That Are Holding You Back

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Hamman Auditorium

Fireside Chat with Hon. Riko Bishop, Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 1st Judicial District

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Hamann Auditorium

Breakout Sessions

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Firm Life 101: The Unwritten Rules
Careers Beyond the Firm: Who Needs Billable Hours?!?

Making the Most of Mentors

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Hamman Auditorium

10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known in Law School

3:50 - 4:50 p.m.
Hamman Auditorium

Closing Remarks

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Hamann Auditorium


Conference Registration

Nebraska Law students: $25

Other law students, faculty and professionals: $150

Lunch will be provided. The first 100 registrants will also receive a copy of Marsha Hunter's book The Articulate Attorney: Public Speaking for Lawyers.



Session Registration

If you can't attend the full day's worth of programming, this option is for you! Register a la carte for the sessions you want to attend. 

This option does not include the networking reception, breakfast or lunch. 



Travel Accomodations

A block of hotels rooms has been reserved at Courtyard Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket (808 R Street). 

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About Lincoln

Lincoln is an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community.




Please park in the student (C) parking lot South of the College of Law. You will be asked to sign your car in at registration. Please have your license plate information with you.

East campus parking map 

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