Eighth Annual Conference on Women in the Law


Feb. 18 2016, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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COST: varies see link

VENUE: NYU School of Law

ADDRESS: 40 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012, USA

A culmination of Ms. JD’s national programming, this conference brings aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in the profession.  An overview of the conference agenda is available below.


Session 1 - With Our Powers Combined: Intersectionality and the Law

What is meant by "intersectionality" and "covering", and why are they such important topics for all of us to be aware of, to learn more about, and to talk about in an honest and respectful way? How may we work toward making the legal academy and profession more inclusive? What are ways in which we can open and create more opportunities for all women in law? The purpose of this session will be to explore these and related questions, with help from a dynamic team of speakers and small-group discussion facilitators.

Session 2 - Break-Out Sessions

Session A: Finding your Superpowers: Defining Your Emblem and Forming Alliances

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There is not much debate that networking and branding are critical to lawyers' success in the current competitive legal market, whether it's on the job hunt or in developing business. Getting started and, more importantly, continuously following through on networking and branding strategies is where many lawyers struggle. Come and learn from a group of lawyers who have found their own unique way to develop their brand and hone their networking skills despite their demanding careers.

Session B: Law School: Find, Build, Harness Your Superpowers (and Triumph!)

Which activities will give me the best experience or prepare me for a particular field? Should I work during law school? How can I build strong professional relationships during law school? This session will expand on Ms. JD's Acing Law School ebook and webcast and, through a diverse group of panelists, explore the questions above along with other common issues that law students encounter. Attendees will learn new and practical ways to tackle these issues.


Session 3 - Power Poses: Mindfulness and Physical Presence

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During these two "Ted Talk" style sessions, our superheroines and heros will learn important skills for ensuring they are well-prepared to take on their power roles in the world! During the first session, we will learn how to be mindful, ensuring that we are able to listen more actively, move through the world with more purpose, and regenerate during our downtime. During the second session, we will learn how our physical presence can demonstrate confidence.

Session 4 - Break-Out Sessions

Session A: Up, Up, and Away: Flying High in Private Practice

This panel will focus on practical ways that you can develop success now in private practice, covering issues such as how to seek effective feedback, handle mistakes or identify a mentor or sponsor. Learn how to handle these issues and more from private practice attorneys and their clients.

Session B: If the Cape Fits: Careers in Fashion Law

This session will offer insight into the field of fashion law, including tips on how to break into it and what kinds of classes and professional experiences may best prepare you for a successful career.

Session C: I Need A Hero: Exploring Public Interest, Pro Bono, and Service Careers

This panel will educate attendees about diverse public service fields, such as nonprofit legal work, private public interest, government service and elected positions. In addition, attendees will receive practical advice about how to prepare for or transition into these careers.


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