Upcoming Law Women Events
2014-2015 Law Women Events
A Day in the Life: Women General Counsel
November 3, 2014
Our second panel featured six speakers - Kristin Auld at Lehman Brothers Holdings, Annette Bernstein at AIG, Sarah Feingold at Etsy, Sarah Rosen at Union Square Hospitality Group, Pietrina Scaraglino at the Institute of International Education, and Bridget Smith at the New York Public Library. The panel was moderated by Hannah Wells, '16, who worked in-house at AIG during her 1L summer. Topics covered included what types of matters each attorney works on, how their in-house position compares to former practice, and how one interested in working in-house can best position herself.
Law Women and OUTLaw Happy Hour
October 23, 2014
Law Women and OUTLaw both address important gender-perception and gender-identity issues in society and in the law, and our joint happy hour was a great way for like-minded students interested in these important issues to socialize in an informal and fun environment. We had a great turn out at this event this year!
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
October 19, 2014
Each year Law Women organizes a team to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The five-mile walk in Central Park was a great way to show support for this important cause, as well as to enjoy a day in the park with fellow students, faculty members, and alumnae. This year we were able to raise a total of $1,767 for the American Cancer Society.
A Day in the Life Panel: Women in Academia
October 6, 2014
The panel featured three speakers -- Catherine Sharkey, a tenured torts professor; Lauren Roth, a Lawyering professor; and Lee Rowland, a clinical adjunct professor and full-time staff attorney at the ACLU. We wanted to present diverse perspectives of women in academia. The panel was moderated by Emma Dinkelspiel '16, who also provided the TA perspective. Topics covered included a typical day in the life of each panelist, differences between academia and practice, and how each panelist accounts for gender in the classroom and at work. Audience questions mostly centered on the confidence gap and other personality traits of women vis-a-vis e.g. getting fewer clerkships. We ended the panel with enough time for one-on-one talkback with the panelists which about 10 audience members (of around 25 present) took part in.
"Venturing Into a Minefield" - The Supreme Court's Assault on Abortion and Contraception Access
October 2, 2014
NYU's Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Law Women hosted a panel discussing the Hobby Lobyy and McCullen decisions. Panelists gave their overall impressions of the two decisions, and discussed their perspective on the decisions. The student submitted questions led to an interactive discussion about the possible ramifications of these recent decisions.
Law Women Welcome Reception
September 4, 2014
The Law Women Welcome Reception was a wonderful way to kick off a new school year! Members of the Law Women community, both old and new, gathered at The Dove Parlour for relaxed conversation and cocktails. Students were also given the opportunity to sign up for Law Women's Peer Mentorship Program.
2013-2014 Law Women Events
Law Women Job Preparation Panel
April 8, 2014
The Job Prep Panel on April 8 featured a panel of several students discussing everything 2L! Topics included: what to expect at Early Interview Week (including how to approach bidding and prepare for interviews), experiences with the writing competition, journals, clinics and TAing.
A Day in the Life: Women in Big Law
March 11, 2014
NYU Law Women’s annual “A Day in the Life: Women in Big Law” event featured a distinguished panel of female attorneys who at top New York firms. Each of the women drew on their extensive experience to provide information and advice on issues most pressing to female law students entering the world of Big Law.
Panelists: Francesca Odell ’96, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Partner; Nicole Greenblatt, Kirkland & Ellis, Partner; Suzan Jo ‘03, Duane Morris, Partner; Valerie Radwaner, ’87, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Katrina James ’07, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Associate; Cynthia Fernandez ’11, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Associate
Vagina Monologues Pre-Party
February 13, 2014
Prior to the performance of the Vagina Monologues on Thursday, February 13, Law Women hosted a party featuring chocolate and wine! The pre-show party was a hugesuccess and the perfect prlogue to a performance of the award-winning play by Eve Ensler that celebrates women, female empowerment and individuality. The 100 or so guests were lucky to be servied by Law Women's very own bartending co-chairs, Daryl and Melissa, helping everyone get into the Valentine's Day spirit!
A Day in the Life: Women in Non-Profits
February 3, 2014
On February 3, 2014, Law Women held its second annual panel in the 'A Day in the Life' panel series with a lunch featuring women working for different women's rights non-profit organizations. Three attorneys (Jennifer Dalven, Director of ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project; Phoebe Taubman, Senior Staff Attorney at A Better Balance; and Kylee Sunderlin, Justice Fellow at National Advocates for Pregnant Women) spoke to a group of 20 students about their backgrounds, their paths to nonprofit, and the opportunities for NYU students to obtain fellowships at these organizations following graduation. The panel discussion was followed by a Q&A session where students had the opportunity to ask the women more questions, including asking their advice on how to get into the non-profit world.
This panel was made possible through the generous support of LexisNexis.
Professional Mentor Match Mixor
January 29, 2014
On January 29th Law Women kicked off it's brand new Professional Mentorship Program with a reception at The Madelyn. Approximately 40 students and lawyers attended the event where students had the chance to meet their professional mentors and get to know each other in a casual setting
Panel: Women as a Weapon of War
November 25, 2013
On November 25, 2013, in honor of the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Law Women and DVAP cosponsored a panel on the topic of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Our panelists, including representatives from the Global Justice Center and Women Under Siege, spoke to a group of students about the work that they have done for women facing sexual violence in countries such as Syria and Burma and the challenges facing legal practioners and journalists working in these areas. After an informative presentation, students were able to ask questions and learn more about getting involved in this important women's rights issue.
Law Women Study Break
On November 20, 2013, Law Women hosted its first annual Study Break! 1L students had the opportunity to ask questions of upperclassmen who had their professors. All students enjoyed coffee, tea, and hot cocoa provided by Bloomberg Law as well as cookies provided by fellow students.
Over 150 students attended the event, with upperclassmen representation of nearly ever professor currently teaching 1L classes. Many 1Ls met upperclassmen with job experience they were curious about, and have been in touch since the event. Students also had the opportunity to visit the Bloomberg Law table to learn more about their services.
'A Day in the Life': Women in the District Attorney's Office
November 6, 2013
On November 6, 2013, Law Women launched its annual panel series 'A Day in the Life,' with a panel featuring women working inthe District Attorney's office. Two Assistant District Attorneys and one former Assistant District Attorney spoke to an intimate group of students about their experiences as prosecutors, their paths to the District Attorney's office, and what a typical day in their office is like. The panel discussion was followed by a lively Q&A session, where students had the opportunity to ask the women about specific aspects of their careers, including how they approach cases. This panel was made possible through the generous support of LexisNexis, and was co-sponsored by DVAP.
Gender and Diversity Mixer with OUTLaw
October 25, 2013
On October 25, Law Women and OUTLaw hosted our annual mixer at Amity Hall. Approximately 50 students from both Law Women and OUTLaw attendedthroughout the evening for an opportunity to de-stress and spend time together. There were also a number of 1Ls in attendance whocame to discuss gender and diversity issues at NYU with the upper-classmen in attendance at the event.
Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk
October 20, 2013
This year, Law Women sponsored an NYU Law team at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that took place in Central Park on Sunday, October 20, 2013. The team included over 25 members of the NYU Law community who raised over $1,150, making the event a huge success!
Discussion with Helen Wan, Author of "The Partner Track"
October 14, 2013
On October 14, 2013, Law Women and APALSA co-sponsored a lunch book reading and discussion with author Helen Wan. Helen Wan, Associate General Counsel at the Time, Inc. division of Time Warner, spoke about her newly publicized novel (written while working full-time!) called "The Partner Track." It is a story about a young Asian-American woman up for a promotion to partner at a prestigious corporate law firm, and about how difference, diversity, and 'outsider' status complicate the journeys of smart, young people on their way up the corporate ladder.
A crowd of over 30 students gathered to meet with Helen for the lunchtime discussion. It was very interesting to hear Helen speak about her current and previous employers' positive reactions to the book, the challenges she faced throughout the twelve years it took her to write the book, and the process of getting published. Helen graciously answered student questions covering issues such as how to handle uncomfortable situations involving racial bias in the work place and how to best take advantage of law firm mentorship and diversity initiatives. Students in attendance commented that it was particularly interesting to learn about Helen's career progression from a large law firm to a boutique firm, and later, to a corporate in-house position. Overall, it was a fantastic event, and Law Women and APALSA are very grateful Helen was able to join us as part of her busy speaking schedule!
Breaking the Invisible Shackles: How to Attack Human Trafficking
October 9, 2013
Peer Mentor Match Mixer
October 1, 2013
On Tuesday, October 1, Law Women held its annual mentor match mixer. This year's mentor match was an unprecedented success with nearly 200 students signing up to be involved as either mentors or mentees. Mentors and mentees were matched based on similar interests, hometowns, undergraduate schools and other facts. Almost 100 students attended the wine and cheese reception where mentors and mentees met and mingled.
American Constitution Society President Caroline Fredrickson on Women's Rights, ACS, and the Progressive Legal Movement
September 23, 2013
12:30 PM, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 216
On September 23, ACS President Caroline Fredrickson came to the law school and spoke to a group of 30-40 students from American Constitution Society and Law Women. She discussed how to navigate the challenges faced by women in careers dedicated to advocacy and service and how she handled those challenges, encouraging women not to be afraid to “lean in” and to network as much as possible. She also spoke about what ACS’s more than 16,000 paying members and other supporters are doing to shape debate, build networks, and otherwise advance progressive law and policy, and answered questions from the audience.
1L Welcome Reception
September 3, 2013
6:00 PM, the Dove Parlour
On Tuesday, September 3rd, Law Women held its first event of the 2013-2014 school year, the annual 1L mixer. The mixer took place at Dove Parlour, the traditional location of our mixer. Over 100 students attended the event and enjoyed specialty cocktails provided by the bar. Board members and older members of Law Women were able to speak with first years about upcoming events for the year, and excitement was generated for the Law Women mentoring program.
EIW Diversity Reception
August 14, 2013
6:00 PM, Havana Central
Law Women was proud to continue to co-sponsor this annual event which provides a casual setting for firm representatives to network with diverse law students from NYU School of Law. The event is highly popular and a great way for students to learn more about firms, gain valuable perspective about life as an attorney, and receive candid advice about the law firm interview process.