Annual Dinner

Event Information • Sponsorship Information • Ad Book Sponsorship Information • Honoree


The Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street, Chicago

Reception at 5 PM // Dinner at 6 PM


The WBAI Annual Dinner is one of the most well-attended events in the Chicago legal community, drawing over 800 lawyers, judges and dignitaries. In addition to swearing in its Officers and Directors for 2017-18, the WBAI will install its incoming president, Kristin Barnette McCarthy.

For more information regarding sponsorship and ticket sales, please contact WBAI Executive Director, Monique Austin, at wbai@wbaillinois.org or 312.341.8530.

WE INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE 2017 ANNUAL DINNER AS A SPONSOR

Please complete the above-linked contract by the deadlines listed below and return to the WBAI office by email, mail or facsimile:

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
321 South Plymouth Court, Suite 4S, Chicago, IL 60604

Fax: 312-341-8533, wbai@wbaillinois.org

Please choose from one of the following sponsorships:


Presidential Sponsorship
Investment Level $7,500

  • Prominent Display of the Sponsor’s Logo on the Event’s Invitation, sent to hundreds of law firms and corporations.
  • Prominent Display of the Sponsor’s Logo on the Event’s Advertisements, including those published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and WBAI Newsletter.
  • The Sponsor’s Logo on the WBAI website following the Event as a Presidential Sponsor.
  • The Sponsor’s Name on the Welcome Boards at the Event.
  • Full-Page Ad in the Event’s Program (8” wide x 10.5” tall, black and white; see page 3 for submission requirements).
  • Honorable mention in the Event’s Program as a Presidential Sponsor.
  • 10 seats at a “Presidential Preferred” Reserved Table.  
  • 3 Half-Page Articles or 3 Half-Page Ads in editions of the WBAI Newsletter (8.5” wide by 5.5” tall). (The first article or ad will appear in the next published newsletter and must be approved by the WBAI prior to publication.)

Platinum Sponsorship
Investment Level $6,000

  • Prominent Display of the Sponsor’s Logo on the Event’s Invitation, sent to hundreds of law firms and corporations.
  • Prominent Display of the Sponsor’s Logo on the Event’s Advertisements, including those published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and WBAI Newsletter.
  • The Sponsor’s Logo on the WBAI website following the Event as a Platinum Sponsor.
  • The Sponsor’s Name on the Welcome Boards at the Event.
  • 1 Full-Page Ad in the Event’s Program (8” wide x 10.5” tall, black and white; see page 3 for submission requirements).
  • Honorable mention in the Event’s Program as a Platinum Sponsor.
  • 10 seats at a “Platinum Preferred” Reserved Table.
  • 2 Half-Page Articles or 2 Half-Page Ads in editions of the WBAI Newsletter (8.5” wide by 5.5” tall). (The first article or ad will appear in the next published newsletter and must be approved by the WBAI prior to publication.)

Diamond Sponsorship
Investment Level $5,000

  • Prominent Display of the Sponsor’s Logo on the Event’s Invitation, sent to hundreds of law firms and corporations.
  • Prominent Display of the Sponsor’s Logo on the Event’s Advertisements, including those published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and WBAI Newsletter.
  • The Sponsor’s Logo on the WBAI website following the Event as a Diamond Sponsor.
  • The Sponsor’s Logo on the Welcome Boards at the Event.
  • 1 Full-Page Ad in the Event’s Program (8” wide x 10.5” tall, black and white; see page 3 for submission requirements).
  • Honorable mention in the Event’s Program as a Diamond Sponsor.
  • 10 seats at a “Diamond Preferred” Reserved Table.  
  • 1 Half-Page Article or 1 Half-Page Ad in a WBAI Newsletter (8.5” wide by 5.5” tall). (The article or ad will appear in the next published newsletter and must be approved by the WBAI prior to publication.)

Gold Sponsorship
Investment Level $4,000

  • The Sponsor’s Name on the WBAI website following the Event as a Gold Sponsor.
  • The Sponsor’s Name on the Welcome Boards at the Event.
  • 1 Full-Page Ad in the Event’s Program (8” wide x 5” tall, black and white; see page 3 for submission requirements).
  • Honorable mention in the Event’s Program as a Gold Sponsor.
  • 10 seats at a “Gold Preferred” Reserved Table.  
  • 1 Quarter-Page Article or 1 Quarter-Page Ad in a WBAI Newsletter (4.25” wide by 5.5” tall).  (The article or ad will appear in the next published newsletter and must be approved by the WBAI prior to publication.)

Silver Sponsorship
Investment Level
$3,000

  • The Sponsor’s Name on the WBAI website following the Event as a Silver Sponsor.
  • The Sponsor’s Name on the Welcome Boards at the Event.
  • 1 Half-Page Ad in the Event’s Program (8” wide x 5” tall, black and white; see page 3 for submission requirements).
  • Honorable mention in the Event’s Program as a Silver Sponsor.
  • 10 seats at a “Silver Preferred” Reserved Table.  

Bronze Sponsorship
Investment Level $2,250

  • The Sponsor’s Name on the Welcome Boards at the Event.
  • Honorable mention in the Event’s Program as a Bronze Sponsor.
  • 10 seats at a “Bronze Preferred” Reserved Table.

To purchase an advertisement in our Annual Dinner Ad Book, please complete the above linked contract by Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5 PM and send by email, fax or mail to:

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
321 South Plymouth Court

Suite 4S
Chicago, IL 60604

Fax: 312-341-8533
Email: wbai@wbaillinois.org


Incoming WBAI President

Kristin has tried in excess of 100 jury trials to verdict, has successfully argued and achieved reversal before the Appellate Court, and has obtained hundreds of settlements for both individual and corporate clients.  Her background working at the Cook County State’s Attorney and Cook County Public Defender’s offices coupled with her successful civil trial record in insurance defense, has earned her a proven track record and a reputation as a trial attorney who has the vision, steadfast determination and commitment to resolving complex disputes with the highest level of quality and integrity.

In 2017, Kristin will be sworn in as President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and served on the Board of Directors since 2009. She was named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” in 2014 by the Law Bulletin.  She also currently on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Foundation and Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project (WE). In addition, Kristin has enjoyed volunteering her time as a Mentor in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer mentoring program, volunteering as a Presiding Judge for the YMCA’s annual National Judicial Competitions, serving as an arbitrator, participating in the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the Bar Alliance, and has taught CLE courses on various topics including jury selection, jury instructions, closing arguments, defense tactics as well as ethics.

Kristin received her juris doctor from DePaul College of Law, where, in addition to her rigorous course of study, she was actively involved in various initiatives. She was invited to be research assistant to Torts and Social Policy Professor, Stephen Landsman, which Kristin continued until graduation, and she was also elected to be the DePaul Chapter President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She successfully competed to be a Staff Writer for the DePaul Journal of Healthcare Law, ranked among the top in the nation, and was selected to be Editor-in-Chief her second year, managing a staff of over thirty individuals.  While still in law school, Westlaw hired her to teach professors and students research applications and strategy.  Kristin also clerked at Clifford Law Offices and worked on cases involving medical malpractice and other catastrophic injuries.


2017 Myra Bradwell Award Recipient

JUDGE ILANA DIAMOND ROVNER was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and to the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals by President George H.W. Bush in 1992. Prior to that, she had been an Assistant United States Attorney for several years, and then had served as Deputy Governor and legal counsel to Governor James R. Thompson of Illinois from 1977 to 1984.