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Alternative career paths and effective lawyering skills are on the agenda Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Conference on Women in Law in Austin. But participants should also expect “to walk away with friendships,” and “have fun,” said Katie Larkin-Wong, a third-year associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins.

She’s president of Ms. JD, a nonprofit advocacy organization for women in law school and the legal profession and has who has helped organize the two-day event for women scheduled at the University of Texas School of Law.

Larkin-Wong said both the speakers and the attendees at the conference “are uniquely interested in seeing women be successful” and “everyone is invested in you.”

On the first day, Reshma Saujani, the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress, will talk about her new book “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” and engage in a Q&A format-type session, Larkin-Wong said. Also on that day, Larkin-Wong said, participants will explore their own professional ambitions: “It’s all about showcasing passions,” she said.

After break-out sessions, attendees should expect to finish the first day armed with an individualized game plan mapping out how to highlight their passions through social media and develop the interests further through work with nonprofits, Larkin-Wong said.

On the second day of the conference, 60 or 70 practicing lawyers from all over the country will meet with law students from all over Texas in small groups to teach about effective communicating and networking, according to Linda Bray Chanow, who is executive director of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, which is offering the two-day event in cooperation with Ms. JD.

Don’t get the wrong impression; the conference excludes no gender.

“Men are welcome to participate. We generally don’t get a lot of them,” said Chanow.