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Mark your calendar for the ninth annual Women in the Law Confernence which will be held at the law school on Friday, May 19, 2017!

Keynote: Maura HealeyKeynote 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.
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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 an 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. 

2017 Conference Schedule

Friday, May 19, 2017

8:30 a.m.

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.


Dean Jeremy Paul, Northeastern University School of Law
Margie Boone '92 and Cleo Deschamps '11 (conference chairs)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address
Maura Healey ’98, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Panel 1
Women, Leadership, and Law: Different game. Different Rules.

What does it take to be a leader in the legal profession? Are the rules different for women?  Our panelists will discuss their thoughts on leadership and their own paths (bumps and all) into leadership roles. We will talk about a practical framework for thinking about and getting to the roles we want, on our own terms, in our own time. Once you reach a position of power, what styles are most effective? Why do women make great leaders?

Panelists include: 

 11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Panel 2
Unlocking the Mysteries of the “New Girl” Network

Our panelists will brush aside the idea of the “old boys’ network” and talk about how women’s networks can spark ideas, recharge your career, build client relationships, and lead to meaningful connections with others in the public and private sectors. The word networking strikes fear into many, conjuring up images of business cards, sweaty handshakes, and sideways nametags. 

Moderator: Lisa Warren '94, Managing Member, Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton 

Panelists include: 

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 2:45 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions I

This session will last for one hour. We advise attending only one breakout during this time. Attending multiple breakouts is allowed, but not encouraged. Pre-registration is required. 

A. Negotiating for the Job You Want 

Our two leaders recently went through significant job application processes and came out on top! They used their networks (from Women in the Law) for insight, advice and contacts and negotiated salaries, titles, benefits and more. When you are going for the next big job, it’s who you know AND what you know. These women in the law know.


  • Kelly Douglas '92, Partner, Ropes and Gray 
  • Kathy Henry '00, General Counsel and Secretary, Eastern Bank 

B. The Unwritten Rules of Engagement 

Succeeding in the workplace often takes more than adherence to workplace protocols laid out in an employee handbook. It is the unwritten rules of engagement that dictate how to build trust, minimize politics, increase efficiency, and take your career to the next level. This session will discuss the unwritten rules in the workplace in order to secure content-rich work, promotions, identifying sponsors to enhance your current position and more.


  • Cleo Deschamps '11, Attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 
  • Golda Philip '09, Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

C. Leading and Practicing with Our Values

What do you value most? And how is it reflected in the way you live, lead and practice law? The reality is that values-based leadership takes awareness and commitment, as well as effort and practice. This interactive workshop will be heavy on the “practice,” with engaging exercises to get us thinking and talking. After all, the values that define us and our work are the building blocks of possibility.


  • Kristen Elechko, Consultant, Imagine Philanthropy; Campaign Consultant 
2:55 - 3:55 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

This session will last for one hour. We advise attending only one breakout during this time. If you are participating in Speed Mentoring or Career Coaching and wish to re-join another breakout after your time slot is complete, please feel free to do so. Pre-registration is required. 

A. Speed Mentoring and Urgent Career Coaching Care 

Speed Mentoring: Designed for young professionals 

Just as it sounds! In 15-minute time blocks, make a contact for following up with at a later time and have a brief, direct conversation about your career path. We strongly encourage attendees to research their speed mentors of choice prior to the conference. 

Speed mentors include: 

  • Jocelyn Jones '98, Attorney, Segal Roitman 
  • Cynthia McPherson '05, Assistant Director, Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement (CCOPA), Northeastern University School of Law 

Urgent Career Coaching Care: Designed for mid-range to experienced practitioners

Triage for your career! Bring your burning career questions and meet with experts for a brief coaching session. 

Career coaches include: 

  • Maura Kelly '87, Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement (CCOPA), Northeastern University School of Law 
  • Roberta Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black; Chair, DirectWomen; Chair, American Bar Association on Women in the Profession
  • Kathy Morris '75, Founder, Under Advisement
  • Lisa Roberts '86, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

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

With Thanks to Our 2017 Conference Sponsors

Jim & Judy Brown Fund

Corporate Sponsor

Corporate Supporters

                                Ditrani      MBBP              Trident                   Virtustream


       Eastern Bank           Morgan Brown Joy                                 WMB


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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.