Women in the Law By Women. For Women.
Since its founding, Northeastern University School of Law has championed diversity in the legal profession. Today, more than half of our graduates are women, practicing in every conceivable setting — from private practice to public service, from the bench to business — as well as a host of non-legal fields. Our annual Women in the Law conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers, and brings together powerful decision makers from Boston and beyond.
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The ninth annual Women in the Law Confernence will be held at the law school on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Keynote Speaker: Maura Healey ’98, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Maura Healey was sworn in as attorney general on January 21, 2015, pledging to lead the “people’s law firm.”
Since taking office, Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system.
Building on her promise to run an office that serves people across the state, Healey launched the Community Engagement Division in May 2015. The first-of-its-kind division brings the Attorney General’s Office and its work into neighborhoods and communities across the state. The division has launched community office hours and has assisted with the rollout of several policy initiatives including the Earned Sick Time law and Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.
Healey is an advocate for a more equal and inclusive workplace. Also in 2015, she announced that her office would provide six weeks of paid family leave for all employees – making the AG’s Office the first state agency to offer paid parental leave. The office has also helped shaped state legislation that would expand opportunities for women in the workplace including Pay Equity and Pregnant Workers Fairness bills.
As a civil rights attorney, Healey is committed to ensuring that all residents are treated fairly. As former head of the office’s Civil Rights Division, Healey was the architect of the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and argued the case in federal court. As attorney general, she has advocated for marriage equality and in support of bills to fight discrimination against transgender people. Prior to her election, Healey helped lead the Attorney General’s Office as head of the Civil Rights Division and as chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus.
In those roles, she helped defend the Massachusetts buffer zone law, which protected women from being harassed at reproductive health care centers. She also shut down predatory lenders that were wreaking havoc on Massachusetts communities and oversaw a team that has worked with homeowners to help make their loans affordable. The program has gotten banks to modify thousands of home mortgages and stop hundreds of foreclosures.
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2017 Conference Chairs:
Margie Boone '92 is assistant director of the Office of Career Services at Harvard Law School, where she also serves as director of professional development. Prior to joining Harvard in 2000, Margie was a labor and employment attorney in Boston, and served as an in-house attorney at Boston University's Office of the General Counsel. Margie also has her own consulting practice, where she works with law firms and individuals on career planning matters.
Cleo Deschamps '11 is a managing attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC, where she advises the Commission on regulatory issues related to interstate natural gas pipeline and hydroelectric projects. Cleo is also a co-chair of the Hydropower Committee and the Special Committee on Young Lawyers in the ABA's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources.
We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of our Women in the Law conference steering group:
- Navjeet Bal ’89
- Kelly Bonnevie ’92
- Professor Emerita Judy Brown
- Vanessa Candela ’00
- Kelly Douglas ’92
- Kathy Henry ’00
- Sofia Lingos ’09
- Christina Miller ’98
- Kathy Morris ’75
- Gina Perini ’01
- Cynthia Stewart Reed ’80
- Rachael Rollins ’97
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