The ninth annual Women in the Law Conference took place on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Northeastern University School of Law.

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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Special Presenter: 

BennettJessica Bennett, New York Times Writer and Best Selling Author
Jessica Bennett, an award-winning journalist and critic who writes on gender, sexuality and culture, will presented at Women in the Law. Bennett's first book, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (for a Sexist Workplace), was released in September.
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Going Global: Exploring Careers in International Law

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Relations hosted a Women in the Law precursor panel highlighting the many different ways that a law degree can be used to cross borders and boundaries. Lee Zak ’82, director of the US Trade and Development Agency from 2009 to 2017, moderated a panel of accomplished attorneys whose practices stretch around the globe: 

Enoh Ebong, Acting Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
Sarah Peck '96, First Secretary, Political Affairs, U.S. Embassy Paris
Lisa Roberts '86, Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs
Sonia Rolland, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, LLM and International Programs, Northeastern University School of Law

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We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of our Conference Chairs
and our Women in the Law Conference Steering Group. 

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 a managing attorney in the Office of the General Counsel and the Energy Projects 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 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

2017 Sponosrs