The Fourth Annual Law Women Summit

Mandate 2016: Economic Equality through Public Policy


Gear up for the 2016 U.S. General Election at the annual NYU Law Women Summit on February 18! This year's all-day event, Mandate 2016, will focus on public policy solutions to the barriers that prevent women from fully contributing to and benefiting from America's economy. Women face higher incidences of poverty at all ages, unequal caregiving burdens, lower labor force participation and wages, and limited access to traditional forms of commercial lending. Our keynote speaker, Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society, is a national expert on the history of gendered labor discrimination and will share lessons learned from the policy trenches. The Summit's three panels will discuss how to use the tax code to reduce inequality, solutions to the ongoing crisis of unequal pay, and ways to lessen the number of challenges women face in accessing capital.

Summit Schedule

11:10-11:25am – Introductions
11:25am-12-15pm – Keynote
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
  • Co-sponsored by NYU Law's chapter of ACS
12:15-1:00pm – Lunch
  • Sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis
1:00-2:15pm – Panel 1: Tax & Fiscal Policy
  • Moderator: David Kamin, Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Panelists:
    1. Anne Alstott, Professor of Taxation, Yale Law School
    2. Kitty Richards, Chief of Staff for D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman
    3. Julie Vogtman, Senior Counsel and Director of Income Support Policy, National Women's Law Center
    4. Joelle Gamble, National Director of the Roosevelt Network, Roosevelt Institute
2:15-2:30pm – Break
2:30-3:45pm – Panel 2: Equal Pay & the Gender Wage Gap
  • Moderator: Sarah Burns, Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Panelists:
    1. Victoria Lipnic, Commissioner, EEOC
    2. Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research
    3. Dr. Stefania Albanesi, Professor of Economics, Ohio State University; former Economic Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    4. Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel, National Women's Law Center
3:45-4:00pm – Break
4:00-5:15pm – Panel 3: Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs
  • Moderator: Deborah Burand, Professor, NYU School of Law
  • Panelists:
    1. Erin Andrew, Assistant Administrator for Women's Business Ownership, Small Business Administration  
    2. Kristie Arslan, Executive Director, Women Impacting Public Policy
    3. Rachel Van Tosh, Deputy Commissioner for Business Development, NYC Department of Small Business Services
5:15-5:30 – Closing Remarks
5:30pm – Cocktail Reception