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 Honorable Dana Fabe

The 8th Annual Women in the Law Confernence will be held at the law school on Friday, May 20th, 2016. 

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Dana Fabe '76
Justice Dana Fabe has served three terms as Chief Justice, from 2000-03; 2006-09; and 2012-15, and is the second justice in the court’s history to serve three terms.  She was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 1996 and is the first woman to serve on the court and as Chief Justice.  She clerked for Justice Edmond W. Burke of the Alaska Supreme Court in 1976-77; served as a staff attorney for the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 1977-81; and served as Chief Public Defender for Alaska from 1981-88 by appointment of the governor.  In 1988, she was appointed to the superior court bench in Anchorage where she served as deputy presiding judge and training judge.  She co chairs the Alaska Fairness and Access Commission and is chair of its Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee.  She serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Judicial Ethics at the National Center for State Courts.  She has served on the board of directors and twice as second vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices.  She is a past President of the National Association of Women Judges and founded Success Inside and Out, an NAWJ reentry program for women prisoners, as well as Mentor Jet, an NAWJ mentoring program for students on careers in law.  

Justice Fabe is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts, the 2012 Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award from the National Association of Women Judges, and she was named a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA in 2002.  She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Sustaining elected member of the American Law Institute.  She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.  She is married to Randall Simpson and they have a daughter.

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Conference Co-Chairs

Jocelyn Jones ’98, Deputy Chief & Special Counsel for Fair Labor Policy, Fair Labor Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General 
Mytrang Nguyen ’96, Program Counsel, Pro Bono Innovation Fund, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
Maia Spilman ’96, The Law Office of Maia T. Spilman

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
  • Sofia Lingos ’09
  • Christina Miller ’98
  • Kathy Morris ’75
  • Gina Perini ’01
  • Cynthia Stewart Reed ’80
  • Rachael Rollins ’97


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