Over 120 women participated in the fifth annual Women in the Law Conference which was held at NUSL on Friday, May 13, 2013.

Keynote Address: View From the Bench 

The Honorable Victoria Roberts '76, Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, delivered the keynote address. A trailblazer in her own right, Judge Roberts began her public service career as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals and served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1985 to 1988. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed Roberts to her current position, with the unanimous advice and consent of the United States Senate. Along the way, Roberts experienced a number of "firsts," including being the first black female to serve as president of the State Bar of Michigan and also the first female managing partner at the Detroit law firm of Goodman, Eden, Millender and Bedrosian.

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Panel 1

Barrier Breakers: Inspirational Stories of Firsts

When it comes to women in the law, sometimes “no” just means “hasn’t happened yet.” This panel will offer unique perspectives from a number of women who have broken through different barriers in their legal careers. Learn how they navigated into previously uncharted professional territory—and what they discovered once they reached the other side. 
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Moderator: Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand ’94 
Panelists

  • Jaclyn Kugell ’92, Partner, Morgan Brown & Joy 
  • Carol W. Pope ’78, Former Chairman, Federal Labor Relations Authority (reconfirmation pending) 
  • Cynthia Reed ’80, President and CEO, LTR Holdings, LLC 
  • L. Tracee Whitley ’97, Chief Operating Officer, Bingham McCutchen LLP

Panel 2

Driving Your Own Career: Inspiration for Going the Distance 

Breaking through barriers is, by definition, impressive. It takes persistence and a certain set of skills. But what does it take to transform a breakthrough into long-lasting, sustained change? This panel will consider some of these skills, including: Being your own best advocate to raise your profile Using your power productively Leading visibly with courage and compassion.
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Moderator: Rachael Rollins ’97, General Counsel, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 
Panelists: 

  • Andrea Cabral, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office, Public Safety and Security 
  • Lynn Girton ’79, Chief Counsel, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project 
  • Jennifer Hoenig ’04, Senior Associate, West Hill Technology Counsel 
  • Christina Miller ’98, Chief, District Courts, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

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 Morris ’75 
  • Gina Perini ’01 
  • Abby Record ’79 
  • Cindy Reed ’80 

2013 Conference Co-Chairs: 
  • Kelly Douglas ’92 
  • Rachael Rollins ’97