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Unless otherwise noted, all BWLN events are free and open to the public. For Zoom events, attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering

Upcoming

Women’s Leadership Fellows Program Information Session (for NYU Law students)
Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 4:35-5:30 p.m. Eastern

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for an informal information session for 1Ls on the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program (WLFP). More information about the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program is available on the BWLN website. The info session provides an opportunity for 1Ls interested in learning more about the WLFP to chat with BWLN administrators and current Women’s Leadership Fellows.

We seek to build a diverse, inclusive cohort, and we welcome applications from any first-year JD student at NYU Law seeking woman-focused leadership training. Students of all gender identities and expressions (including but not limited to cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and/or genderqueer students) are encouraged to apply. Students who have not previously had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills are encouraged to apply. Due to the nature of the program, the WLFP is only open to 1L JD students at NYU Law.


Suddenly Silent: Strategies to Speak Up and Stand Out (for NYU Law students)
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 4:45-6:30 p.m. Eastern

Do you find yourself looking for excuses not to talk in class? Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for an interactive workshop to get you thinking on your feet, actively listening, and contributing to classroom discussion. This event is open to current NYU Law students and is not open to the public. More information will be added in the coming weeks.

  • Randy Hertz, Vice Dean, Curriculum; Professor of Clinical Law
  • Emma Kaufman, Assistant Professor of Law
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network
  • K.M. Zouhary, Vice President, Leadership Initiatives, The Estée Lauder Companies

CDIB Speaker Series: Loretta Ross
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event 

This event is part of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging speaker series. For more information about the event and the speaker series, please visit the event’s calendar listing.

Past

The Enduring Effects of #MeToo
Wednesday, April 27, 5:30-7:00 p.m. EDT

Five years ago, #MeToo sparked a wave of high-profile resignations and conversations about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. Join the Beyond #MeToo Working Group, Shearman & Sterling, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, and Alcalaw LLP for a discussion of the long-term effects of a viral moment: Have workplaces changed for women since #MeToo? Who has been held accountable? Why have women of color had to wait so long to see public accountability under the #MeToo movement? And is the continued prevalence of harassment complaints a sign of the success or the failure of the #MeToo movement?

Panelists

  • Carmelyn Malalis, Former Chairperson and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights  
  • Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center 
  • Maria Cruz Melendez, Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Section, United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
  • Renee Tirado, Former Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Gucci 

Moderators

  • Daniel Lewis, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Rebecca Boon, Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
     

Abortion is Essential to Democracy
Wednesday, April 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual Event

Please join the Brennan Center for Justice, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, and Ms. Magazine for a live-streamed conversation on the importance of abortion rights to democracy. It is a perilous moment for abortion rights in America. Texas law S.B. 8, banning the provision of nearly all abortions in the state, has been in effect since last September. New restrictions are being introduced and passed across the country. And the U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which poses a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

What are the democratic dysfunctions that have led to this pivotal point? How should we consider parallel affronts to participation and representation — the wave of voting restrictions and outsize role of big money in politics — and the anti-abortion agenda? Can we look to state courts to provide new avenues for protecting reproductive rights? And what is the legal and societal impact of criminalizing pregnancy and abortion, especially on communities of color?

  • Michele Bratcher Goodwin (Moderator), Chancellor’s Professor of Law, UCI Law; Host and Executive Producer, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU Law
  • Lourdes Rivera, Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Monica Raye Simpson, Executive Director, Sister Song
  • Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, Women and Democracy Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; Executive Director for Partnerships and Strategy, Ms. Magazine

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.

The Fight for Gender Justice, Part III: The Next Generation of Gender Justice
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 6:00-7:15 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the Georgetown Law Initiative on Gender Justice and Opportunity for the final event in The Fight for Gender Justice for the final event in The Fight for Gender Justice, a three-part speaker series presented by the BWLN and the Ms. Foundation. The speaker series, which began in Fall 2021 and continues through Spring 2022, convenes thought leaders from across advocacy organizations and the legal field to highlight the legal and advocacy battles at the forefront of the movement for gender justice.

This final program will focus on next-generation leaders and look ahead to the future of gender justice work. From empowering young people on gender justice issues to rethinking gender norms, the panel will explore how various advocates are laying the groundwork for long-term change.

  • Aliya Horton and Manzili Kokayi (Welcome Remarks), Youth Advisors, Georgetown Law Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity
  • Dr. Monique W. Morris (Introduction), President, Grantmakers for Girls of Color
  • Sabrina Bernadel (Moderator), Equal Justice Works Fellow, National Women’s Law Center
  • Shawnda Chapman, Director, Girls Fund Initiative, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Courtney Dankworth, Partner, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP
  • Rebecca Epstein ’95, Executive Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown Law
  • Nadra Nittle, Education Reporter, The 19th

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.

Book Talk: The Farmer’s Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU Law and the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU for a virtual book talk on The Farmers Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm, the unforgettable true story of a young lawyer's impossible legal battle to stop the federal government from foreclosing on thousands of family farmers.

  • Sarah Vogel ’70, Attorney; Author, The Farmer's Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine
  • Burt Neuborne (Moderator), Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties Emeritus, NYU Law; Visiting Professor, Berkeley Law

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.
 

Book Talk: Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
Monday, March 28, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership NetworkLaw Alumni of Color Association, and the Women of Color Collective for a virtual book talk on Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality by Tomiko Brown-Nagin. The first major biography of one of our most influential judges — an activist lawyer who became the first Black woman appointed to the federal judiciary — Civil Rights Queen provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th century.

  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University; Author, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality
  • Sherrilyn Ifill ’87 (moderator), President and Director-Counsel Emeritus, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)

Please visit the calendar listing for additional information.

Book Talk: Right Within and Inclusion on Purpose
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 6:00-7:15 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; NYU Stern’s Center for the Future of Management; the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; the Law Alumni of Color Association; the Women of Color Collective; the NYU Women’s Leadership Forum; and NYU Wagner’s Black Student Association for a discussion on the challenges women of color face in the workplace and how the workplace needs to change, featuring Minda Harts, author of Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace and Ruchika Tulshyan, author of Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work.

  • Minda Harts, CEO and Founder, The Memo, LLC; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Author, Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace
  • Ruchika Tulshyan, CEO and Inclusion Strategist, Candour; Contributor, Harvard Business Review; Author, Inclusion on Purpose: An Intersectional Approach to Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work
  • Dr. Lisa Coleman, PhD (moderator), Senior Vice President, Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation, New York University

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.
 

The Fight for Gender Justice, Part II: The Equal Rights Amendment in the 21st Century
Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 6:00-7:15 p.m. EST
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the ERA Project of Columbia Law School's Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, and NYU Law Women and OUTLaw for The Equal Rights Amendment in the 21st Century, the second event in The Fight for Gender Justice, a three-part speaker series presented by the BWLN and the Ms. Foundation. The speaker series, which began in Fall 2021 and continues through Spring 2022, convenes thought leaders from across advocacy organizations and the legal field to highlight the legal and advocacy battles at the forefront of the movement for gender justice. This panel will examine the history and current status of the Equal Rights Amendment while discussing how passing the ERA could help advance key gender justice issues including LGBTQ+ rights and reproductive rights with a focused consideration of trans rights. The panel event will convene top advocates and scholars of the ERA to explore how law students, attorneys, individual advocates, and others can help pass this long-pending amendment with wide-ranging implications for inclusive gender justice.

  • Teresa Younger (Opening Remarks), President and CEO, The Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Kate Shaw (Moderator), Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law
  • Alexander Chen, Lecturer on Law; Founding Director, LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic, Harvard Law School
  • Ting Ting Cheng, Director, ERA Project, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School
  • Serena Mayeri, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Darren Rosenblum, Professor, McGill University Faculty of Law


This event has been approved for 1 New York State CLE credit in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys.

Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.

Intersecting Identities: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Supreme Court Nominations
Thursday, March 3, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
Virtual event
NYU Law calendar listing

Please join NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; Law Alumni of Color Association; Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law; Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; American Constitution Society; Black Allied Law Students Association; Women of Color Collective; and Law Women for a panel discussion on the pending Supreme Court nomination and confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The dynamic panel of experts will discuss Judge Jackson's nomination and address questions including: Why are diversity and representation so central to the current nomination conversation? How do jurists’ identities and backgrounds inform their work on the bench? What other measures of diversity on the Court should we be talking about? How have critics used gender and race to distract from conversations about potential nominees’ qualifications? And how might Judge Jackson’s confirmation shift the overall dynamics on the Court in years to come? 

  • Melissa Murray (Welcome Remarks), Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU Law
  • Alicia Menendez (Moderator), Journalist; Anchor, American Voices with Alicia Menendez
  • Debo Adegbile ’94, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Aimee Allison, Founder and President, She the People
  • Tiffany Gardner ’01, CEO, ReflectUS

My Name is Pauli Murray: Film Screening and Talkback
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 5:30-8:00 p.m. EST
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the Law Alumni of Color Association, the Black Allied Law Students AssociationIf/When/How: Lawyering Reproductive JusticeOUTLaw, and the Women of Color Collective for a screening of My Name is Pauli Murray (2021). The documentary, directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, tells the story of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, the non-binary Black attorney, activist, poet, and priest whose ideas influenced Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.

The screening will be followed by a talkback with co-director Julie Cohen and Dr. Brittney Cooper, with introductory remarks by Professor Melissa Murray. Audience questions may be submitted on the registration page for consideration during the discussion.

  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU Law
  • Julie Cohen, Filmmaker; Co-Director, My Name is Pauli Murray
  • Dr. Brittney Cooper, Author; Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: To view the film, attendees must have an active Amazon Prime account (or use a 30-day trial) and view from a computer. The BWLN will host an Amazon Watch Party for the first 99 attendees and direct all other attendees to watch the film via Amazon Prime. Corresponding links will be sent the day of the event. Attendees will then gather back on Zoom for the talkback.


Book Talk: Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU, Law Women, and NYU Law Review and for a virtual book talk on Deborah Tuerkheimer’s new book, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers, which examines why we are primed to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse — and how we can transform a culture and a legal system structured to dismiss accusers.

  • Deborah Tuerkheimer, Class of 1940 Research Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; Author, Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers
  • Emily Sack ’91 (moderator), Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law; Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.
 

On the Divide: Film Screening and Talkback
Friday, February 4, 2022, 4:00 p.m. EST
Virtual event

Please join NYU’s Center for Media, Culture and HistoryCenter for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; and Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; and NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for a screening of On the Divide, followed by a post-screening talkback. On the Divide follows three Latinx people living in McAllen, Texas who, despite their different views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last abortion clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, they are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined. Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Maya Cueva and Leah Galant with Elizabeth Sepper (Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin). Moderated by Cynthia Lopez (Executive Director, New York Women in Film & TV).

Please see the Center for Media, Culture and History website for more information.

2021 Events

Brennan Center LIVE: Justice on the Brink: Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court
Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EST
Virtual Event

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a seismic shift in the history of the Supreme Court, cementing a conservative majority on the bench as the country experienced a pandemic, underwent a divisive presidential election, and witnessed the Capitol insurrection. In her new book, Justice on the Brink, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer Linda Greenhouse provides a behind-the-scenes look at the twelve months that reshaped the Supreme Court and the years of conservative activism behind the rise of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Join us for a conversation with Greenhouse moderated by professor Melissa Murray of the NYU School of Law.

Produced in partnership with NYU’s John Brademas Center and the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU School of Law

Speakers:

  • Linda Greenhouse, Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School; Contributing Opinion Writer, The New York Times; Author, Justice on the Brink: The Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Rise of Amy Coney Barrett, and Twelve Months That Transformed the Supreme Court
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU School of Law; Co-author, Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories

Analyzing Texas SB8 and Looking Ahead to Dobbs: A Roundtable Discussion on Reproductive Rights and Abortion Law
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:45-2:15 p.m. EST
Virtual Event

Please join the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, and NYU If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice for a virtual roundtable discussion on current legislative and constitutional attacks on the right to abortion.

Panelists

  • Melissa Murray (Moderator), Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU Law
  • Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law, UCI Law
  • Maleeha Aziz, Community Organizer,Texas Equal Access Fund
  • Dr. Ghazaleh Moyaedi, DO/MPH, OB/GYN, Texas
  • Julie Rikelman, Senior Director, Litigation, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Elizabeth Sepper ’06, LLM ’07, Professor of Law, Texas Law

The Future of Universal Family and Medical Leave
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 3:45-5:00 p.m. EST
Virtual Event

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a minimum standard of paid family or medical leave, even though universal paid leave enjoys strong public support. But Congress is currently considering legislation to create a national paid family leave policy in the United States as part of Biden’s Build Back Better bill. What is at stake for working families and employers? What are the larger policy implications of paid family leave for economic recovery, inequality, and the welfare of families? Join the Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society, the Berkeley Center for Law and Work, and the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network for an expert panel talk about what universal paid family leave will mean for American working families.

  • Catherine Albiston (Moderator), Jackson H. Ralston Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
  • Jody Heymann, UCLA Distinguished Professor, Fielding School of Public Health 
  • Vasu Reddy, Senior Policy Counsel for Economic Justice, National Partnership for Women and Families
  • Sharon Terman, Director of the Work and Family Program and Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Aid at Work

Book Talk: The Family Roe: An American Story
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the Brennan Center for Justice, If/When/How, and the Women of Color Collective (WoCC) at NYU Law and the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU for a virtual book talk on The Family Roe: An American Story by Joshua Prager, which tells the story of the hidden lives behind Roe v. Wade (1973) — from its plaintiff Norma McCorvey to the activists and bystanders whose lives intertwined with the case — and traces a half century of struggle over abortion in America

  • Joshua Prager, Journalist; Author, The Family Roe: An American Story
  • Trevor W. Morrison (Introduction), Dean; Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, NYU Law
  • Melissa Murray (Moderator), Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network, NYU Law

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.
 

The Fight for Gender Justice, Part I: Protecting Gender Identity & Expression for America’s Youth
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:00-7:15 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, OUTLaw, and the Ms. Foundation for Women for the first event in The Fight for Gender Justice, a three-part speaker series that will convene thought leaders from across advocacy organizations and the legal field to highlight the legal and advocacy battles at the forefront of the movement for gender justice. “Protecting Gender Identity & Expression for America’s Youth" will bring together top activists and attorneys fighting to protect the individual right to gender expression and freedom from discrimination. The panelists will discuss the anti-trans legislation pending across the U.S. that aims to restrict access to gender- affirming health care, participation on sports teams consistent with their gender identity, and other recent restrictions.

Panelists

  • Melissa Murray (Welcome Remarks), Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU Law
  • Sam Ames (Introduction), Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
  • Ruth McFarlane (Moderator), Chief Advancement Officer, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Taylor Brown, Staff Attorney, LGBTQ & HIV Project, ACLU
  • Hayley Gorenberg ’92, Legal Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Andy Marra, Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Asaf Orr, Senior Staff Attorney/Transgender Youth Project Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

This event is free and open to the public; kindly register via Zoom. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering. Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credit in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.

NYU Law Forum: Demanding or Demeaning? Powerful Workplaces and the Cuomo Scandal
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12:45-2:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

The executive summary of a report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James in August states: “We, the investigators appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, conclude that the Governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law. … We also conclude that the Executive Chamber’s culture—one filled with fear and intimidation, while at the same time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based comments—contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist. That culture also influenced the improper and inadequate ways in which the Executive Chamber has responded to allegations of harassment.”

Drawing on these findings and other reporting on allegations that ultimately prompted Governor Cuomo’s resignation, panelists at this Forum will discuss how workplaces—particularly those that hold themselves out as “demanding”—often also end up being demeaning. What leads to a workplace with this kind of culture? What are the tradeoffs for working to improve cultures from the inside versus calling out problems from the outside? Did the way things played out with Governor Cuomo represent a triumph or failing of #MeToo? What does a powerful, professional workplace of respect look like?

This program is co-hosted by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law.

Panelists

  • Deborah Archer (Moderator), Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, NYU Law; National Board President, ACLU (moderator)
  • Christina Cauterucci, Senior Writer, Slate Magazine; Coverage includes “Andrew Cuomo’s Dinosaur Excuse”
  • Debra S. Katz, Partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks; Practice concentrates on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and whistleblower claims
  • Shelley Ross, President, The Cure Alliance; Former Executive Producer at ABC and CBS; Author of recent New York Times op-ed on sexual harassment
  • Maria Vullo ’87, CEO, Vullo Advisory Services; Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services during Governor Cuomo’s administration (2016-2019)


Suddenly Silent: Strategies to Speak Up and Stand Out (for NYU Law students)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Do you find yourself looking for excuses not to talk in class? Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law for an interactive Zoom workshop to get you thinking on your feet, actively listening, and contributing to classroom discussion. This program will feature:

  • Emma Kaufman, Assistant Professor of Law
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network
  • Andrew W. Williams, Director, Lawyering Program
  • K.M. Zouhary, Vice President, Leadership Initiatives, The Estée Lauder Companies

This event is open to current NYU Law students and is not open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, please see the NYU Law events calendar listing.
 

Book Talk: The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and the Peter L. Zimroth on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU Law and the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU for a virtual book talk on The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women's Liberation in Mass Incarceration with Aya Gruber, in conversation with Rachel Wechsler.

  • Aya Gruber, Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Author, The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women's Liberation in Mass Incarceration
  • Rachel Wechsler, Research Fellow, Peter L. Zimroth Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, NYU Law

Please visit the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.

BWLN Symposium: The Marshall Plan for Moms: What Would It Mean for America to Put Care First?
Friday, September 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network (BWLN) and the Marshall Plan for Moms for the BWLN's annual symposium on The Marshall Plan for Moms: What Would It Mean for America to Put Care First?.

10:00-10:05 a.m. EDT: Welcome
10:05-10:15 a.m. EDT: Opening Remarks - Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU Law
10:15-11:15 a.m. EDT: Panel 1 - Taking Stock: America’s Care Economy in 2021

  • Caitlin Millat ’18 (Moderator), Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School
  • Mara Bolis, Associate Director of Women’s Economic Rights, Gender Justice & Inclusion Hub, Oxfam America
  • Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women's Law Center
  • Betsey Stevenson, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Haeyoung Yoon, Senior Policy Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EDT: Panel 2 - Looking Forward: Reimagining an Equitable Care Infrastructure

  • LaToya Baldwin Clark (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA Law
  • Tim Allen, CEO, Care.com
  • Rhian Horgan, Founder & CEO, Silvur
  • Rep. Grace Meng, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (NY-6)
  • Dr. Aisha Nyandoro, CEO, Magnolia Mother’s Trust/Springboard to Opportunities

1:15-2:15 p.m. EDT: Leadership Roundtable - Reflections on a Marshall Plan for Moms

  • Jennifer Weiss-Wolf (Moderator), Vice President for Development, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo
  • Bernard C. Coleman III, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, Gusto
  • Sarita Gupta, Director, Future of Work(ers) Program, Ford Foundation
  • Dee Poku, Founder, The WIE Suite

2:15-2:30 p.m. EDT: Closing Remarks - Reshma Saujani, Founder, Marshall Plan for Moms

Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering.

This event has been approved for 3.5 New York State CLE credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice (1 credit per panel or 3.5 credits for attendees who attend all three panels). The credit is both transitional and nontransitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.
 

BWLN/All Places/Beyond #MeToo Panel, Part II: Investor-Driven Diversity
Tuesday, September 14, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual event
 

Please join NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership NetworkAll Places; and the Beyond #MeToo Working Group on Corporate Governance, Compliance, and Risk for a conversation focused on how investors can act as allies to advance diversity goals. The panel will cover how investors can drive companies’ approach to corporate governance, particularly as regards diversity, inclusion, and belonging; how regulators influence diversity decisions at companies; and how investor diversity can contribute to board and company diversity.
 
Panelists

  • Jessie Gabriel (Welcome Remarks), Founder and CEO, All Places
  • Kelly Williams ’89 (Moderator), CEO, Williams Legacy Foundation; Founding Board Chair, Private Equity Women Investor Network
  • Solange Fernandez Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, New America Alliance
  • Erica Duignan, Co-Founder and General Partner, Reign Ventures
  • Pamela Gibbs, Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

This event is free and open to the public; kindly register via Zoom. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering. Please visit the NYU Law events calendar listing for more information.

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credit in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.
 

Book Talk: Ladies Get Paid: Breaking Barriers, Owning Your Worth, and Taking Command of Your Career
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual event
 

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for a virtual book talk with author Claire Wasserman about her recent book, Ladies Get Paid: Breaking Barriers, Owning Your Worth, and Taking Command of Your Career.

  • Claire Wasserman, Founder, Ladies Get Paid; Author, Ladies Get Paid: The Ultimate Guide to Breaking Barriers, Owning Your Worth and Taking Command of Your Career
  • Cathy Cramer ’88, Chief Executive Officer, Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)

This event is free and open to the public, but registration via Zoom is required.
 

BWLN/LAA/LACA Panel: #FreeBritney: The Dynamics of Sex, Money & Power
Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual event
 

Britney Spears’ challenges to her ongoing conservatorship reveal stark truths about how the American legal system can suppress individual rights under the guise of protection. Join NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the NYU Law Alumni Association, and the Law Alumni of Color Association for a conversation about the broader legal implications of #FreeBritney and how the current cultural moment intersects with the ongoing reproductive and racial justice movements. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering.

Panelists

  • Alexis Hoag ’08 (moderator), Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
  • Adam Cohen, journalist; author, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
  • Jasmine E. Harris, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Ria Tabacco Mar ’08, Director, ACLU Women’s Rights Project
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network


Book Talk: Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance by Moya Bailey
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual event
 

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law; the Black Allied Law Students Association (BALSA); and OUTLaw at NYU Law and the African American Policy Forum for a virtual book talk on Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance with author Dr. Moya Bailey. Please see the NYU Law calendar listing for additional information.

  • Moya Bailey, PhD, Associate Professor of Communications, Northwestern University; Author, Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance
  • Vincent M. Southerland, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law; Director, Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic; Co-Faculty Director, Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, NYU Law


Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women's Digital Resistance is available for purchase from NYU PressCafé con Libros, a womxn-of-color-owned business; and many other booksellers.
 

BWLN/PCCE/Beyond #MeToo Panel: Beyond Diversifying Your Board
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00-1:15 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event 

Please join NYU Law’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement and the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for Beyond Diversifying Your Board, a conversation with the Beyond #MeToo Working Group on Corporate Governance, Compliance, and Risk. As new rules and regulations governing board diversity grow commonplace, this event explores the next step: how to ensure all board members can exercise their power to effect change and enhance diversity efforts throughout their organizations. The expert panel, moderated by PCCE Executive Director Alicyn Cooley, will discuss practical strategies new corporate board members can use to assert themselves and influence the rest of their boards, as well as ways boards can empower their members to effectuate change.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event has been approved for 1.5 New York State CLE credits in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. (Out-of-state CLE: NYU School of Law is an accredited provider of CLE in New York State. If you are seeking CLE credit for a different state, we recommend you consult with your state’s CLE Board to ascertain regulations on reciprocity.)

Panelists

  • Alicyn Cooley (Moderator), Executive Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, NYU Law
  • Lisa Fairfax, Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law and Director, GW Corporate Law and Governance Initiative, George Washington University Law School
  • Teri McClure, Former member of Executive Management Committee and General Counsel, UPS; Board member, GMS, Inc., JetBlue, Lennar Corporation, and Fluor, Inc.
  • Myrna Soto, Former Chief Strategy and Trust Officer, Forcepoint; Board member, CMS Energy/Consumers Energy, Spirit Airlines, Popular Inc., and Ginger

 

CDIB Speaker Series: OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: Making Peace in the Generation Wars
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event 

Millennials are lazy hypersensitive narcissists. Boomers are selfish hoarders of jobs, resources, and political power. What’s behind this generation war, and how can it end?

In her book, OK Boomer, Let’s Talk (2020), NYU Law alum Jill Filipovic ’08 explores generational inequalities across a range of subjects—from jobs to housing, climate to technology, family to culture. Join Ms. Filipovic in conversation with Kenji Yoshino, Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, to discuss what’s needed to achieve generational equity in legal workplaces and beyond.

This event is part of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging speaker series and is co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network. For more information about the even and the speaker series, please visit the event’s calendar listing.

This event has been approved for one NY CLE credit in the Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias Category. The content of this program is appropriate for both newly appointed and experienced attorneys; however, newly appointed attorneys are ineligible to earn credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias.

 

2020-21 Jacob K. Javits Professorship Lecture: “Democracy, Inequality, and Civil Unrest”
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 2:30-4:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

The 2021 Javits Professorship has been awarded to Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law Deborah Archer, and Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network Melissa Murray.

Join Professor Archer and Professor Murray as they discuss events surrounding the 2020 election, heightening tensions around police shootings, widening income and social inequality, and how the demands for debate and exchange that are vital to democracy are affected when individual voices are suppressed or subordinated in order to maintain public safety. Trevor Morrison, Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, will moderate the conversation, which will open with a welcome from Deputy Provost C. Cybele Raver, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Carla Javits, President of The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation and President and CEO of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), will provide closing remarks.

The Jacob K. Javits Professorship at NYU was established in 2008 with generous support from The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation. The Professorship honors the memory and accomplishments of the four-term U.S. Republican Senator from New York, the late Honorable Jacob K. Javits, an alumnus of the NYU School of Law, and perpetuates the values and intellectual integrity for which he stood. It is awarded to a distinguished individual—an academic, lawyer, policymaker, journalist, historian, philosopher, or former elected official—whose work focuses on an issue close to Senator Javits’s interests: health, civil rights, labor, foreign policy, rights of individuals with disabilities, education, and fairness in employment and economic security for working Americans.

Please register for this event via Zoom.

 

Book Talk: Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union by Amanda L. Tyler and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Monday, March 22, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation for a book talk on the upcoming book, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union by Amanda L. Tyler and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  • Amanda L. Tyler, Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; Law Clerk, Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States (1999-2000); Co-Author, Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union
  • Trevor W. Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, NYU School of Law; Law Clerk, Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States (2002-2003)

This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Brademas Center.

Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union is available for purchase from McNally Jackson and many other booksellers.
 

Gender Expression & Client Service in the Courtroom (CLE)
Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Especially when clients face a loss of life or liberty, what balance of conformity to expectations and authenticity results in the most effective advocacy from attorneys who don’t fit the straight white cisgender male norm that judges and juries still expect to see? Where can your identity be an asset to your client? Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and OUTLaw for a discussion on the tightropes women, nonbinary, and transgender attorneys walk in the courtroom to provide exemplary client service. This event is free and open to members of the NYU Law community and the public.

  • Madalyn Wasilczuk ’13 (moderator), Director, Juvenile Defense Clinic; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, LSU Law
  • Gabriel Arkles ’04, Senior Counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Dany Greene ’18, Attorney, LGBTQ Practice, The Bronx Defenders
  • Lisa Hoyes ’99, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Public Interest Law Center, NYU Law

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credit in the category of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias. While the content of the event is appropriate for both newly appointed and experienced attorneys, only experienced attorneys are eligible to earn credit in this category.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration via Zoom is required. 

Further information, including panelist biographies, may be found in the panel’s online program.

BWLN Symposium: Politics, Power, & Women’s Leadership
Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for our 2021 symposium on Politics, Power, and Women’s LeadershipThe half-day symposium will explore how we can transform 2020’s historic levels of civic engagement into long-term gains through sustained work in the political and legal spheres. Co-sponsored by the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law, the symposium will highlight policies and legislation to support and help return women to the workforce as we build back better from this “She-cession,” as well as discussing the wide range of ways to sustain and deepen civic engagement in the coming years. The day will conclude with a keynote conversation between Representative Katie Porter (CA-45) and Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and faculty director of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law. Please see below for a full schedule and our list of panelists.

This event is free and open to the public.

This event offers up to a total of 3.5 CLE credits in New York State in the Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. (Panel 1: 1 credit, Panel 2: 1 credit, Keynote Conversation: 1 credit)

Schedule (all times ET)
1:00-1:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
1:15-2:15 p.m.: Panel 1 - Rebuilding Better: Working Together to Strengthen the Social Safety Net & Return Women to the Workforce
2:45-3:45 p.m.: Panel 2 - Maintaining Momentum: Harnessing Women’s Civic Engagement into 2021 and Beyond 
4:00-5:00 p.m. - Keynote Conversation: Being the Leader You Want to See in the World with Representative Katie Porter (CA-45) and Professor Melissa Murray

Panel 1: Rebuilding Better: Working Together to Strengthen the Social Safety Net & Return Women to the Workforce (1:15-2:15 p.m. ET)
Sylvia Law ’68 (moderator), Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine, and Psychiatry Emerita, NYU School of Law
Melissa Boteach, Vice President of Child Care and Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center
Ann O’Leary, former Chief Of Staff, Office of the Governor of California
Maribel Hernández Rivera ’10, District Director, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Brittny Saunders, Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Initiatives, New York City Commission for Human Rights

Panel 2: Maintaining Momentum: Harnessing Women’s Civic Engagement into 2021 and Beyond (2:45-3:45 p.m. ET)
Kelly Dittmar, PhD (moderator), Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers-Camden; Director of Research and Scholar, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers-New Brunswick
Amanda Brown Lierman, Executive Director, Supermajority
Emily Cain, Executive Director, EMILY’s List
Nsé Ufot, Chief Executive Officer, New Georgia Project
Lala Wu, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sister District

Keynote Conversation: Being the Leader You Want to See in the World (4:00-5:00 p.m. ET)
Representative Katie Porter (CA-45), in conversation with
Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU School of Law


 

For more information, please visit the online symposium program.

Women of Color Collective Honors Chantá Parker ’06
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Join the Women of Color Collective (WoCC) for their annual event honoring alumnae of color for their outstanding achievements in the field of law. The 2021 WoCC Woman of Distinction Award will be presented to Chantá Parker ’06, Managing Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit. This program is co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and the Office of Alumni Relations. Visit the NYU Law calendar listing for more information. Register

 

Law Women Honors Susan Herman ’74
Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Join Law Women for their annual event honoring alumnae who have been groundbreakers in the field of law. This program is co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and the Office of Alumni Relations. The 2021 Law Women Alumna of the Year Award will be presented to Susan Herman ’74, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Visit the NYU Law calendar listing for more information.
 

The 8th Screening and Discussion
Friday, January 29, 2021, 5:00-7:30 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

The 8th (94 mins, 2020, directed by Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, and Maeve O’Boyle) traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment, a constitutional ban on abortion enacted in 1983. The film follows the country’s transformation from a conservative state in thrall to the Catholic church to a more liberal secular society. It features voices from both sides of the debate, while highlighting the dynamic pro-choice leaders that drove the change, such as veteran campaign activist Aibhe Smyth.

This event is free and open to the public.

This program is co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, the Center for Religion and Media, NYU Cinema Studies, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Glucksman Ireland House, and Irish Screen America.

Post-Screening Discussion

  • Anna McCarthy (Moderator), Professor and Chair, NYU Cinema Studies
  • Aideen Kane, Director, The 8th
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network
  • Aibhe Smyth, Activist

A recording of the post-screening discussion is available on the NYU Center for Media, Culture and History’s website.

 

Book Talk: The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are by Alicia Menendez
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; the Latinx Law Students Association (LaLSA); and the Women of Color Collective (WoCC) at NYU Law for a book talk on The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are, featuring:

The Likeability Trap is available for purchase from Café con Libros, a womxn of color-owned business, and many other booksellers.

 

NYU Law Forum—Crisis in Washington

Friday, January 15, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual event

Urgent concerns raised by recent and ongoing events in Washington have prompted us to schedule this extraordinary Forum, even as the Law School remains on winter break. Dean Trevor Morrison will moderate a discussion among NYU Law experts in constitutional law, criminal law, and national security. This program is co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and the Reiss Center on Law and Security.

Participants

  • Rachel Barkow, Vice Dean; Charles Seligson Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center on the Administration of Criminal Law
  • Preet Bharara, Distinguished Scholar in Residence; Adjunct Professor of Law; Host, Stay Tuned with Preet
  • Ryan Goodman, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Reiss Center on Law and Security; Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief, Just Security Trevor Morrison, Dean; Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
  • Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network
  • Andrew Weissmann, Distinguished Senior Fellow; Adjunct Professor of Law; Partner, Jenner & Block; Author, Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation; Senior Prosecutor, Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller (2017-2019)
2020 Events

Feminism, Women's Leadership, and the Barrett Confirmation
Monday, November 16, 2020 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event

Please join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law and A Better Balance for a conversation about the gendered implications of the Barrett Supreme Court confirmation process. The panelists will discuss how the confirmation process highlighted the tightropes women walk in public life, the distinction between gendered attacks and legitimate scrutiny of a lifetime nominee to the Supreme Court, and the potential long-term effects of this appointment.

This event is co-sponsored by If/When/How, Law Women, and the Women of Color Collective.

Panelists:

  • Melissa Murray (moderator), Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU School of Law
  • Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance
  • Roberta (“Robbie”) Kaplan, Founding Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP; Co-Founder, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund
  • Anisha Singh, Director, Judiciary and Democracy Affairs, Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Adjunct Professor, NYU DC
  • Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

The Unconstitutional Tampon Tax: Gender Discrimination in Tax Policy
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event
 

The Tax Law Association welcomes everyone to a talk on the constitutionality of the tampon tax, or any tax on gender specific products and services. Professors Bridget J. Crawford and Emily Gold Waldman will present their most recent publication on this topic on Wednesday, November 11th. from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (EST).

No background knowledge on tax law or gender studies is necessary.

Link to recent publication by Professors Crawford and Waldman.

This event is co-sponsored by Law Women, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, and the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

Book Talk | Strongmen, Entitled Men: A Conversation Between Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Kate Manne
Monday, November 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event
 

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law, and Public Books invite you to a book talk for Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present and Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women featuring the authors Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Kate Manne.

For more information about the speakers, please visit the Institute for Public Knowledge’s event page.

View a recording of this event on YouTube.
 

CDIB Speaker Series: Women’s Leadership in the Age of COVID-19
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event
 

Early in the pandemic, increased remote and flexible work arrangements opened the possibility of greater gender equity in the workplace. Yet women’s advancement appears to have stalled or even regressed.

Renowned Harvard Business School scholar, Robin Ely, has conducted groundbreaking research on work-life balance and gender inequality in the workplace. Join Professor Ely in conversation with Kenji Yoshino, Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, to discuss the narratives and structures holding women back from progressing into senior roles in the legal profession and beyond, and the cultural change needed to drive gender equality in the age of COVID-19.

This event is part of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging speaker series and is co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network. Read more about the event and the speaker series on the event page.

 

NYU Constitution Day 2020: Voting Rights in America
Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Virtual event
 

The NYU Brademas CenterNYU VotesNYU Government Affairs, and the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network at NYU Law will celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution with a special performance on the history of voting rights in America entitled You Can't Unring the Bell created by NYU Steinhardt's Verbatim Performance Lab.

Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution (September 17, 1787) and those who have become U.S. citizens.

NYU students, faculty and staff, as well as local community members are invited to this free performance and discussion with Jack Knott, Dean of NYU Steinhardt, and Franita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

The Verbatim Performance Lab (VPL) investigates and performs words and gestures collected from found media artifacts and interview-based data. Through these investigations, VPL disrupts assumptions, biases and intolerances across a spectrum of political, cultural and social narratives.

Suddenly Silent: Strategies to Speak Up and Stand Out
Monday, September 21, 2020, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Eastern

Virtual event
 

Do you find yourself looking for excuses not to talk in class? Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for an interactive Zoom workshop to get you thinking on your feet, actively listening, and contributing to classroom discussion. This program will feature:

Erin Murphy, Professor of Law; Chair, Inclusion & Diversity Committee
Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network
K.M. Zouhary, Founder, Cadenza Communications

This event is open to current NYU Law students and is co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law; Law Women; and the Women of Color Collective. For more information and to RSVP, please see the NYU Law events calendar listing.



The Kavanaugh Files: Gender, Gesture, and the Making of a Supreme Court Justice
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
D'Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall, 108 West Third Street


The Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU Law, together with the Verbatim Performance Lab at NYU Steinhardt, present The Kavanaugh Files, a verbatim performance of key moments from the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of fall 2018. Performers present the original words, gestures, and disfluencies of the real-life people, and in most cases, the genders have been inverted — women perform the roles that men had in the real hearings, and men perform the women. The Kavanaugh Files asks viewers to consider how our perception of a person’s behavior is influenced by their gender, and how that impact the ways in which we respond to national events. The Kavanaugh Files was conceived by Verbatim Performance Lab (VPL), a project of NYU Steinhardt's Program in Educational Theatre. This program is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society student chapter at NYU Law, BALSA, LaLSA, Law Women, and the Women of Color Collective.

Post-Performance Discussion
Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network
Joe Salvatore, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Steinhardt; Director, Verbatim Performance Lab


“That Important Trust”: Suffrage & Citizenship 100 Years After the Nineteenth Amendment
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for a half-day symposium observing the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which states that the right to vote cannot be denied or abridged based on sex. For more information, including about CLE credit, please visit the NYU Law calendar listing.

Historical Perspectives on Citizenship and the Nineteenth Amendment – 9:15-10:45 a.m.

Rabia Belt, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Martha Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
Adrienne LaFrance, Executive Editor, The Atlantic
Elaine Weiss, Author, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Moderated by Deborah Malamud, AnBryce Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Contemporary Perspectives on Citizenship and Equality – 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sarah Brafman ’16, Senior Policy Counsel, A Better Balance
Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Diana Kasdan ’01, Director, Judicial Strategy, Center for Reproductive Rights
Julie Suk, Dean for Master's Programs and Professor of Sociology, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Wendy Weiser, Vice President, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law
Moderated by Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Lunchtime Discussion & Conclusion – 12:45-2:00 p.m.

Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate; Host, Amicus podcast
in conversation with Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, NYU School of Law

 

 

2019 Events

Long Overdue: Eradicating Pregnancy Discrimination & Other Barriers to Workplace Equality
A Discussion with Congressman Jerrold Nadler, A Better Balance, ACLU, and Others
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, A Better Balance, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), champion of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, for a special conversation on combating pregnancy discrimination and other key barriers to gender equality in the workplace, including harassment and pay inequity. The event will feature a panel of legal experts and advocates working to ensure a more just and equal society.

Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance
Alex Baptiste, Policy Counsel for Workplace Programs, National Partnership for Women and Families
Carmelyn Malalis, Chair and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights
Melissa Murray (Moderator), Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network
Congressman Jerry Nadler, U.S. Representative, NY-10
Gillian Thomas, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project


Understanding the Value of Diversity: A Close Look at Gender
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

This event is presented by the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network. The conventional wisdom that “diversity is our strength” has recently come under fire. Advocates for diversity need a cogent response, and Professor Katherine W. Phillips, the Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character at Columbia Business School, is the one to provide it. Drawing on research conducted in a variety of settings — from mock juries to murder mystery simulations — Professor Phillips will explore how diversity can improve team performance, enhance creativity, and make individuals work harder to anticipate alternative viewpoints. Yet these strengths are not inevitable: Professor Phillips’ own research, and that of others, suggests important preconditions for unlocking the potential of diverse groups. Join Professor Phillips to learn how to harness the value of diversity — especially gender diversity — in the workplace and the classroom. More information, including a registration link, is available in the Law School calendar event listing.

Suddenly Silent: Strategies to Speak Up and Stand Out
October 7, 2019

Do you find yourself looking for excuses not to talk in class? Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for an interactive workshop to get you thinking on your feet, actively listening, and contributing to classroom discussion, featuring Erin Murphy, Professor of Law and Chair, Inclusion & Diversity Committee; Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; and K.M. Zouhary Founder, Cadenza Communications

This event is intended for current NYU Law students and is co-sponsored by the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging & the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law.

Compensation and Negotiation Workshop
April 3, 2019

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for a compensation and negotiation workshop led by Deb Ellis ’82. This program is intended for current NYU Law students and recent graduates. Combining presentation and roleplaying exercises, attendees will learn the basics of negotiation for compensation and walk away with practical skills they can use regardless of where they are in their careers. This event is co-sponsored by Law Women, the Office of Career Services, PILC, and the Women of Color Collective.

The workshop will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m., with a reception to follow.

“The Role of Allies: Getting Beyond ‘Some of My Best Friends Are…’”
March 26, 2019

What does it mean to be an ally on issues of diversity and inclusion? How do I support someone from a marginalized group if I don't share their experience? What if I say the wrong thing? Join Lindsay Kendrick, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion; Vincent Southerland, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law; and David Glasgow, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, for a facilitated conversation about these questions and more, using case studies and practical takeaways. The purpose of this event is to open an initial dialogue on the topic of allyship as it relates to law school and beyond, with an eye toward continued conversations of this sort in the months ahead.

All members of the Law School community are welcome, whether they have long been involved in social justice movements or are completely new to the topic of allyship. It is not open to the general public. Lunch will be provided. 

This event is cosponsored by the Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law.

 

“Fair Enough? The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act at 10 Years”
Monday, January 28, 2019

Join the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network for a half-day symposium recognizing the 10-year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. The first piece of legislation President Obama signed, the Act aims to ensure that workers are able to challenge unlawful pay discrimination and assert their rights under federal anti-discrimination laws. The BWLN’s symposium will feature panels on salary negotiation, fair pay, and a lunchtime discussion with Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center. By combining social science and strategies, the program is intended to offer an informative and useful look at the progress made since the Fair Pay Act was signed in 2009 and at all the work that remains to be done against pay discrimination.

This event is free, but registration is required. Kindly register by no later than Monday, January 21. This event offered a maximum of 5 CLE credits in New York State in the Areas of Professional Practice. It is appropriate for both newly admitted and experience attorneys. (Fair Pay Panel: 1.5 CLE / Salary Negotiation Panel: 1.5 CLE / Lunchtime Conversation: 1.5 CLE)

Fair Pay Panel – 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Moderated by Deborah Archer, Associate Professor of Clinical Law; Director of the Civil Rights Clinic, NYU Law

Rachel Arnow-Richman, Chauncey Wilson Memorial Research Professor & Director, Workplace Law Program, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Sarah Brafman ’16, Staff Attorney, A Better Balance
Zev Eigen, Founder and Chief Science Officer, Syndio Solutions
Vasu Reddy, Senior Policy Counsel for Workplace Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families

Salary Negotiation Panel – 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Moderated by Florencia Marotta-Wurgler ’01, Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, BWLN, NYU Law

Julia Bear, Associate Professor of Management, Stony Brook University College of Business
Jamie Lee, Negotiation and Leadership Coach
Lisa Leslie, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, NYU Stern
Claire Wasserman, Founder and Director of Programming, Ladies Get Paid

Lunchtime Discussion & Conclusion – 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center
in conversation with Melissa Murray, Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, BWLN, NYU Law

2018 Events

“Assessing #MeToo’s Impact on Employment Law”
November 28, 2018

This event is presented by the Center for Labor and Employment Law and co-sponsored by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network and Law Women. This program will offer a look at recent developments in the #MeToo movement, including New York legislation that aims to bar mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment claims, corporate in-house responses, and a review of EEOC filings and prevention initiatives. More information is available in the Law School calendar event listing.
 

RBG Screening and Discussion
October 9, 2018

The Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network hosted a screening of RBG, the 2018 documentary that offers an inside look into the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Following the screening, Professor Melissa Murray moderated a conversation with Dean Trevor Morrison, who clerked for Justice Ginsburg from 2002-03; Amy Marshak ’11, who clerked for the Justice from 2015-16 and is now a litigator at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law; and Professor Arthur Miller, who appears in the film as a former classmate of Justice Ginsburg’s.
 

“From Anita Hill to Christine Blasey Ford: Looking Back and Looking Forward”
October 3, 2018

The Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network; the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law presented “From Anita Hill to Christine Blasey Ford: Looking Back and Looking Forward,” a conversation between Professor Melissa Murray, co-faculty director of the BWLN, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and Professor Kim Taylor-Thompson, who was a member of Anita Hill’s legal team during the Clarence Thomas hearings. Professors Murray and Taylor-Thompson shared their personal experiences in these confirmation proceedings and reflected on how much has changed — and stayed the same — in the 27 years between Anita Hill and Christine Blasey Ford. Watch the video of their conversation below.


 

“Celebrating Over 125 Years of Women at NYU Law”
February 22, 2018

Hosted by the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network, Law Women, and the Women of Color Collective, the evening’s program celebrated over 125 years of women at the Law School and featured a panel of alumnae refelcting on their experiences as women in the law as both students and professionals. Moderated by Laura Sorice ’19, co-chair of Law Women during the 2017-18 academic year, panelists included Nancy Duff Campbell ’68, co-president emerita, National Women’s Law Center; Theane Evangelis ’03, partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Linda Gadsby ’92, vice president and deputy general counsel, Scholastic; Professor Florencia Marotta Wurgler ’01, BWLN co-faculty director; and Jenny Yang ’96, former commissioner, EEOC. Following the discussion, the audience was invited to identify steps they can take to support women’s achievements at NYU Law. Law Women continued their tradition of honoring an outstanding alumna who has been a groundbreaker in the field of law and presented their 2018 Alumna of the Year award to Sheila Birnbaum ’65, partner at Dechert and BWLN co-founder of the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network. Read more about the event here.