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

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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, 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 co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration via Zoom is required. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering.

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.

Gender Expression & Client Service in the Courtroom
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. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering.

 

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 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.

  • Trevor 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)
  • 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

This event is free and open to the public, but registration via Zoom is required. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and password after registering.
 

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.

 

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.

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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)

Feminism, Women's Leadership, and the Barrett Confirmation
Monday, November 16, 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


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

 

“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.