Law Women

2014 NYU Law Women Summit



NYU Law Women’s second annual summit will focus on the challenges women face in the legal academy, and how those challenges affect women’s experiences in law school and beyond. Through three dynamic events, attendees will discuss the evolution of women’s roles in the legal academy, explore how women’s experiences in legal classrooms shape their future successes, and develop strategies for creating a fully representative legal community by addressing the implicit biases and stereotype threats that adversely affect women in the law.
Dress code is business casual



Registration and Coffee Reception

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM


Luncheon Roundtable

Women’s Roles in the Legal Academy: An Interactive Discussion

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
All attendees are invited to participate in a lively roundtable discussion exploring the evolution of women’s roles in the legal academy and how their own experiences in law school shaped their future successes. Lunch will be served, but space is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Opening Remarks:

Daryl Kleiman & Melissa Quartner, Co-Chairs, NYU Law Women

Michelle Coquelin & Junine So, Summit Co-Chairs, NYU Law Women

Discussion Moderator:

Diane Abrams, Teacher of the First “Women and the Law” Course, New York University School of Law; Real Estate Broker, Brown Harris Stevens



1:45 PM – 2:00 PM


Panel Discussion

Translating Success from the Classroom to the Conference Room

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
This panel will take an incisive look at the way women’s experiences in law school classrooms affect their successes, both during law school and in their professional careers. The panel will present an array of data comparing the experiences and academic performance of female law students to their male peers, and discuss how these factors affect women’s legal careers long after they have left law school. Panelists will offer perspectives on how performance in the legal classroom can be effectively translated into performance in the legal workplace, and discuss strategies the entire legal community can employ to effectively combat inequity in the academy and ensure the success of future generations of women lawyers.
Panel Moderator:

Irene Dorzback, Associate Dean, New York University School of Law

Special Presenter:

Lauren Hartz, Former Board Chair, Yale Law Women


Barbara Becker '88, New York Hiring Partner & Chair of Firm-wide Diversity Committee, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Florencia Marotta-Wurgler '01, Professor of Law & Faculty Director of the Academic Careers Program, New York University School of Law

Sarah L. Olson, Chief Diversity Officer, Sidley Austin LLP


Coffee Break

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


Interactive Workshop

Strategies for Overcoming Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Implicit bias and stereotype threat continue to have an overwhelming effect on women’s success in the law, from academic performance to job retention and promotion. This workshop will provide attendees with tools to successfully recognize, address, and overcome the adverse effects of implicit bias and stereotype threat that persist in the law.
Workshop Leader:

Rachel D. Godsil, Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Closing Remarks:

Michelle Coquelin & Junine So, Summit Co-Chairs, NYU Law Women

Cocktails and Networking Reception

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM



The 2014 Law Women Summit is made possible through the generous support of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a proud sponsor of NYU Law Women.