BWLN Events


Symposium: 100th Anniversary of the 19th 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 in observance of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The program will feature two morning panels as well as a keynote conversation with Dahlia Lithwick and Professor Melissa Murray. Details to follow.



Suddenly Silent: Strategies to Speak Up and Stand Out
October 7, 2019
Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210

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
D'Agostino Hall, Lipton Hall

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
Furman Hall, Lester Pollack Colloquium

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
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge

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.

Jenny Yang ’96, Laura Sorice ’19
Jenny Yang ’96 participates in BWLN panel moderated by Laura Sorice ’19