Polk County

Women Attorneys

About Our Luncheons

PCWA hosts luncheons for local attorneys, judges, and law students most months.  The luncheons are excellent networking opportunities and include an informative speaker on a topic of interest to our members and community.  PCWA also requests CLE credit for luncheons featuring a topic for which CLE credit is appropriate.

Some PCWA networking luncheons are being held virtually during the pandemic.  If lunch is being offered in association with a virtual luncheon, members will have the option to place an order for pick up in downtown Des Moines prior to the presentation.  Members may also be invited to purchase additional servings for family members.  There is no cost to attend a virtual luncheon unless a lunch is being purchased.  The cost for lunch for PCWA members is typically $15 for lawyers and judges and $10 for law students unless otherwise noted.  The cost for lunch for non-member lawyers is $18.  

Cancellations for lunch orders must be received by Sunday prior to the event.  Members who have purchased a lunch and are unable to attend at the last minute are welcome to send someone in their place.  PCWA members are encouraged to bring non-members to luncheons.  When a non-member attending a PCWA luncheon joins PCWA, the member receives a free lunch!

PCWA is currently following CDC guidelines during in-person events.

By attending a PCWA event in person, you agree to abide by applicable current CDC guidelines and any masking protocol requested by the hosting venue for the duration of the event, taking into account your current vaccination status and the indoor/outdoor nature of the event.

This Month's Virtual Luncheon

In-House Counsel Panel

Thursday, January 27th at 12:00p via zoom.

Including a 1 Hour CLE Credit!

Join Zoom Meeting Here! Additional Meeting Information Below.

January's luncheon will include a roundtable discussion of a panel of in-house attorneys who will talk about the trajectories of their careers, the duties and responsibilities they face on a daily basis, and how their experience in-house has differed from other attorney positions they’ve held.

Questions for panelists can be submitted ahead of time to: Amy Howells at ahowells@claim-doc.com or Tess Pocock at tpocock@fredlaw.com.

Please note that there will be no lunch pick-up this month. Registration is available here. Registration is not required to attend.

Panelists Include:

  • Corrin Hatala, Counsel, Principal Financial Group
  • Caitlin Klingenberg, Intellectual Property Counsel, Vermeer Corporation
  • Ashley Frazier, Claims Counsel, Adventist Risk Management, Inc.
  • Maddy LeDuc, Attorney, Kemin Industries
  • Ann Kendall, General Counsel, Mittera
  • Amy Pellegrin, Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Claim DOC, LLC
  • Caroline Valentine, Claims Legal Counsel, EMC Insurance Companies
  • Amanda Jansen, Assistant General Counsel, Casey’s General Stores

Past PCWA Luncheons

January 27, 2021

Slowing the Avalanche:  How to Gain Control of Your Email Before It Buries You with speaker Drake Law Dean Erin Lee Schneider.  

March 11, 2021

The CROWN Act and Race Discrimination Based on Natural Hair with speakers Julia Steggerda-Corey, Director of the Compliance and Risk Management Program at Drake Law School, and Victoria Millet, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Associate and Deputy Title IX Officer at the University of Minnesota.  Iowa CLE credit has been requested.

September 9, 2021

Solo and Small Practice Panel with panelists Sarah Wilson, Hope Wood, and Dawn Hernandez.

December 15, 2021

Annual President's Charity Luncheon Benefitting Eyerly Ball with speaker Amy Beck, Incoming PCWA President.

Upcoming PCWA Luncheons

Future luncheon planning is currently underway.

Contact Amy Howells at ahowells@claim-doc.com or Tess Pocock at tpocock@fredlaw.com for more information.

Polk County Women Attorneys, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization.

Questions? Contact a board member: PCWA Board

P.O. Box 93011, Des Moines, IA 50393

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