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By Women ... For Women ... In the Law


Join us for the many dynamic Women in the Law program in 2010 - 2011, including a brownbag lunch series, and the annual summit/conference ... planned by women, for women, about issues related to women in the law.


Brownbag Lunch Series

The Pros and Cons of Starting and Owning Your Own Firm
Darnley Stewart '90, Partner, Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Goodwin Procter, 53 State Street, Exchange Place

Darnley Stewart is a plaintiff's employment and civil rights lawyer. She graduated from
Princeton University in 1984 and received her law degree from Northeastern University School
of Law in 1990. Prior to entering private practice, she served as law clerk to the Honorable R. Ammi
Cutter and the Honorable Mel. L. Greenberg of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.

Darnley will describe her career path and will engage attendees in a discussion of options, choices and offer a realistic view of working in a small firm. 

Women Lawyers Need to Exude more Confidence in the Courts?
Honorable Sally A. Kelly' 76
Hosted by Goodwin Procter
Thursday, Feb. 17
12:30  to 1:30 p.m.
Exchange Place, 53 State Street


Judge Sally A. Kelly is an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court.  Governor Michael S. Dukakis appointed her to the bench on November 27, 1985.  Before her appointment, Judge Kelly served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1976 to 1985. She was Deputy Chief of the Consumer Protection Division and then appointed Administrative Counsel to the Attorney General by Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti.

During her early tenure as a judge, Judge Kelly developed and supported AIDS education programs and other addiction services for criminal defendants.  Judge Kelly served as a member on the Substance Abuse Task Force and the Gender Equality Committee of the Supreme Judicial Court. As a direct result of her work with women defendants and their advocates, Judge Kelly worked as a Founding Board Member of Ruah - Breath of Life - a Home for Women living with HIV and AIDS.  Many of the women who appeared in the BMC lived and died at Ruah.  This home, now called Ruah House, is now part of Cambridge Cares About Aids and continues to provide treatment and residential care to court involved women. The Supreme Judicial Court appointed Judge Kelly a Commissioner of the Commonwealth's Commission on Judicial Conduct for a six-year term in November 1994.  The Commissioners elected Judge Kelly as Chairman of the Commission on Judicial Conduct in January 1999, a position she held through April 2000. During her term as Chairman, the Commission promulgated new rules for the conduct of Commission business and substantially restructured its internal operations.

Prior to her judicial appointment Judge Kelly concentrated her work on health care litigation.  She represented state agencies including the Rate Setting Commission, the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Public Health.  She also successfully litigated the first nursing home patient abuse case, the first nursing home receivership and the first hospital receivership cases in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   She successfully litigated the mandated mental health insurance and ERISA benefits case in the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as Administrative Counsel to Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti during his tenure as President of the National Association of Attorneys General and worked on policy and legal issues throughout the United States. 

Judge Kelly serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Massachusetts at Boston Alumni Association.  Judge Kelly is also a founding board member of the Boston Food Bank. She also has served as a Board member of  a halfway home for women alcoholics and a number of other community groups. Judge Kelly graduated from the University of Massachusetts with honors in 1973 and from Northeastern University School of Law in 1976. In 2009 the Massachusetts Judges Conference awarded Judge Kelly the "Judicial Excellence Award" - the highest honor the Conference bestows on sitting judges.

How to Use Social Media to Build Your Business/Assist with Rainmaking
Sofia S. Lingos, NUSL ‘09
Hosted by Goodwin Procter
May 2011
Date TBD
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Exchange Place, 53 State Street

Sofia Lingos is the principal and founding attorney of Lingos Law, a boutique business and real estate law practice located in downtown Boston.  Ms. Lingos received her Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and her dual bachelor degrees in Honors Psychology and Communications from the University of Utah.

Besides managing a busy practice she is actively involved in numerous community organizations including serving on the NUSL Alumni Board of Directors, the Women's Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the John & Sonia Lingos Family Foundation, the Lenny Zakim Fund, and mentoring her little sister through the Big Brother / Big Sister's Program. 


The conference will be held on April 1, 2011 at the School of Law.   Check back soon for information about our 2011 conference.  This year's conference will again be open to non-NUSL graduates.  

Ask the Expert: A question-and-answer series brought to you by the Women in the Law Program:

  • December 2009: Katherine Miller '87, Of Counsel, Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella
  • November 2009: Elaine Epstein '76, Partner, Todd & Weld
  • October 2009: Deborah Marshall '82, Partner, Sidley Austin


This year we plan to provide monthly e-mail communication for timely information related to women in the law. Check back here this fall for the e-sign up form. You can also suggest topics to be covered by this forum.

Archival materials from our April 2009 Women in the Law conference:

Download the conference brochure.
Mass Career Customization: Building the Workplace for the 21st Century, presented by Wendy Schmidt '80
Article When the Stork Carries a Pink Slip, referred to during the Transitions and the Workplace panel
Check out conference photos on our Facebook site!

Archival materials from our April 2010 Women in the Law conference:

Watch videos from our dynamic 2010 conference. Visit our multimedia section now!