History

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. 

Save the Date

The eighth annual Women in the Law Conference was held at the law school on Friday, May 20th, 2016. 

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Dana Fabe '76
Justice Dana Fabe was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 1996. She was the first woman appointed to the state’s high court and has served three terms as chief justice. Conference attendees were honored to hear Justice Fabe’s deliver her final public speech before she retires from the bench in June. (View bio)


With thanks to our 2016 Conference Sponsors:

JJBrown

 

SOMOS

 

GTC


        Ditrani Law        Morgan Brown           

Trident Law              WMB logo  


Additional sponors to be announced. 
Learn about sponsorship opportunities here. 

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To support NUSL's Women in the Law program, please select the Jim and Judy Brown Fund.

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*All sessions take place in 240 Dockser unless otherwise noted. 

2016 Conference Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2016

8:30 a.m.

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome
Dean Jeremy Paul, Northeastern University School of Law
Jocelyn Jones ’98, Mytrang Nguyen ’96 and Maia Spilman ’96 (conference chairs)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address
The Honorable Dana Fabe '76, Justice, Supreme Court of Alaska 

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Break

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Panel 1: Where Two Trails Converge: Navigating Social Media

Technology can be a powerful tool, moving mountains with mere keystrokes. The ubiquitous nature of social media, however, can quickly turn what is useful into treacherous territory, blurring the line between our public and private lives. In today’s world of things going “viral,” the increased use of Facebook and Twitter for marketing and the ease of capturing images with your smartphone, is anything truly private anymore? This panel will consider the dos and don’ts of social media in the digital age with tips for keeping you—and your practice—safely on the trail.

Moderator: Maia Spilman '96, Principal, Information/Data Privacy Law, Law Office of Maia T. Spilman

Speakers include: 

  • Asya Calixto '11, Director, Business and Legal Affairs, Brightcove 
  • Nancy Cremins '03, General Counsel, Globalization Partners; Co-Founder, SheStarts
  • Nayyera Haq, Principal, Public Policy and Strategic Communications, 32 Advisors; Former White House Official; Former State Department Spokesperson 
  • Sofia Lingos '09, Principal Attorney, Trident Legal; Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University School of Law 
 11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Panel 2: Partnering Your Way to the Summit: Public/Private Partnerships

Working as a team can lighten the load, whether you’re climbing a mountain or tackling tough legal issues. Rather than “going-it-alone,” forward-thinking lawyers are reaching across boundaries to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of colleagues in government, business, non-governmental organizations and private practice. Come to learn about creative partnerships that are leveraging resources to achieve important changes in society and leave inspired to find new networks and collaborations to advance your work.

Moderator: Martha Coakley, Former Attorney General (2007-2014), State of Massachusetts; Of Counsel, Foley Hoag 

Speakers include: 

12:40 - 2:50 p.m. 

Social Media Photos

Location: Moot Court Room and 32 Dockser 

Two professional photographers will take headshots for attendees who have signed up in advance. Use these photos for your LinkedIn profiles, business websites & more! 

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch
Location: Dockser Commons

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions I*

Content Marketing on Social Media for Lawyers: It's Not Too Late to Start Your Climb

Location: 42 Dockser 

Social media is more than just signing up for an online account with LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Learn how you should implement these tools in your marketing arsenal in the field of law, how to create catchy content and grow your audience, and how to do so efficiently and ethically. 

Co-leaders:

  • Nayyera Haq, Principal, Public Policy and Strategic Communications, 32 Advisors; Former White House Official; Former State Department Spokesperson 
  • Sofia Lingos '09, Principal Attorney, Trident Legal; Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University School of Law 


Speed Mentoring 

Location: 46 Dockser 

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: 

  • Leslie DiTrani '94, Principal, DiTrani Law 
  • Kelly Douglas '92, Senior Employment Counsel and U.S. Data Privacy Officer, Draeger Medical Systems 
  • Kathy Henry '00, General Counsel, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation 
  • Amy Hudspeth Cabell '91, Research Integrity & Compliance Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
  • Deborah Johnson '00, Director of Diversity and Outreach, Roger Williams University School of Law; President, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Association 
  • Christina Miller '98, Chief, District Courts, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office 
  • Mytrang Nguyen '96, Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation 
  • Lisa Warren '94, Managing Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton 


Expanding Your Personal Public-Private Network to Create Opportunities 

Location: 44 Dockser 

It is common professional wisdom to "build your network", but cross-cutting and powerful networks require attention and cultivation to grow and evolve over time. Learn to think broadly about opportunities to expand your professional network in different sectors at each stage of your career with advice from women who have done the same. 

Co-leaders: 


Follow the leadership track: This breakout session is designed for individuals looking to advance their leadership capabilities. All are welcome, but it is highly suggested for experienced professionals. 

*There are two breakout sessions, and each session will last for one full hour. We advise attending one breakout per breakout session. Attending multiple breakouts is allowed, but not encouraged. Pre-registration for breakouts is required. 

2:55 - 3:55 p.m.  

Breakout Sessions II: Knowledge Bars*

Three "Knowledge Bars" will be located throughout the Dockser Commons area. Grab your spirit of choice and have an open discussion around the bar with colleagues and mentors! 

All Aboard: Moving Mountains by Diversifying Boards 

Location: Dockser Commons 

Research shows that diverse governing boards (both corporate and non-profit) correlate directly to better company performance—yet significant hurdles still exist to increasing female and minority representation in both private and public boardrooms. In this session, we'll look at the data and discuss barriers and opportunities for corporate board service as well as how to better position yourself to be tapped for a board role. 

Leader:


Follow the leadership track: This breakout session is designed for individuals looking to advance their leadership capabilities. All are welcome, but it is highly suggested for experienced professionals. 


Book Talk: Arianna Huffington's Thrive and Redefining Success

Location: Dockser Commons 

Join us for a book club breakout -- a spirited discussion of Arianna Huffington's recent book, Thrive. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Huffington took a bad fall in 2007 due to exhaustion and lack of sleep. Forced to reconsider her priorities, she rebounded by writing this book about redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder. Co-leaders will engage us in a thoughtful discussion of work/life balance in light of the media mogul's personal journey. 

The discussion will be centered around how women, and particularly lawyers, can define what it means to be successful and balanced in today's workplace. Ideas will be shared on how one can systematically build a life of purpose, balance and accomplishmentwithout burning out. We encourage attendees who select this breakout session to read the book in advance.

Co-leaders: 


Friends with Benefits

Location: Dockser Commons 

Amicus briefs and Making an Impact amicus briefs can play a tremendously powerful role in litigation, especially in regards to matters of public interest. Such briefs seek to educate the court by offering facts, analysis, or a perspective that the party briefing doesn't present. Learn how to think strategically about when to file an amicus brief and when to request a brief of others, be they public or private partners. 

Co-leaders: 

  • Jocelyn Jones '98, Segal Roitman, Former Deputy Chief and Special Counsel for Fair Labor Policy, Fair Labor Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
  • Rosalyn Garbose Nasdor '93, Director of Pro Bono Legal Services, Ropes & Gray 
  • Mytrang Nguyen '96, Program Counsel, Legal Services Corporation 


*There are two breakout sessions, and each session will last for one full hour. We advise attending one breakout per breakout session. Attending multiple breakouts is allowed, but not encouraged. Pre-registration for breakouts is required. 

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Location: Dockser Commons 

2016 Conference Co-Chairs

Jocelyn Jones ’98Segal Roitman, Former Deputy Chief and 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, Principal, Information/Data Privacy Law, 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
  • Kathy Henry 00 
  • Sofia Lingos ’09
  • Christina Miller ’98
  • Kathy Morris ’75
  • Gina Perini ’01
  • Cynthia Stewart Reed ’80
  • Rachael Rollins ’97

Archive


Visit our conference materials page for a list of selected articles on topics related to Women in the Law.