2017 Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 18, 2017

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.


Location: Dockser Hall lobby (65 Forsyth Street) 

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. 


Location: Moot Courtroom, 160 Dockser Hall 

Mielle Marquis, Director of External Relations, Northeastern University School of Law 
Lee Zak ’82, Former Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (2009-2017); Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center 

10:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Going Global: Exploring Careers in International Law

Location: Moot Courtroom, 160 Dockser Hall 

This panel discussion and complimentary lunch is a precursor to the Women in the Law Conference on Friday.  

The world is a big place—full of all sorts of opportunities to use your law degree to cross borders and boundaries. Come to this panel to hear about the many different ways to build a career in international law. Lee Zak ’82, director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, will moderate a panel of accomplished alumni/ae attorneys whose practices stretch around the globe.


Lee Zak ’82, Former Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (2009-2017); Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center 


  • 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 

Click here to register online! 

We invite all NUSL graduates and students to attend, and we strongly encourage attendance at Friday's events. If you are traveling to Boston for Women in the Law, don't miss out on this exciting pre-conference program! 

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Networking Lunch 

Location: Raytheon Amphitheater (120 Forsyth Street) 

Friday, May 19, 2017

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

8:15 a.m.

Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.


Mielle Marquis, Director of External Relations, Northeastern University School of Law 
Margie Boone '92 and Cleo Deschamps '11 (conference co-chairs)
Dean Jeremy Paul
, Northeastern University School of Law

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address
Maura Healey ’98
, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Coffee and networking with Attorney General Maura Healey '98 

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Panel 1
Women, Leadership, and Law: Different game. Different Rules.

What does it take to be a leader in the legal profession? Are the rules different for women?  Our panelists will discuss their thoughts on leadership and their own paths (bumps and all) into leadership roles. We will talk about a practical framework for thinking about and getting to the roles we want, on our own terms, in our own time. Once you reach a position of power, what styles are most effective? Why do women make great leaders?


Jeniene Andrews Matthews '96, Faculty and Digital Learning Coach, English Literature Department, St. Mark's School; Speaker, TED Talk: "Badass Life Changer" Won't Fit on a Nametag; Former Associate, Goulston & Storrs 


  • Dimple Abichandani '02, Executive Director, General Service Foundation 
  • Cheryl Cronin, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Public Market 
  • Diana Erbsen '92, Partner, DLA Piper; Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice (November 2014-January 2017) 
  • Emily Gray Rice '84, Former U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office District of New Hampshire
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.

Short, mid-morning break with coffee and new breakfast items

 11:25 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Panel 2
Unlocking the Mysteries of the “New Girl” Network

Our panelists will brush aside the idea of the “old boys’ network” and talk about how women’s networks can spark ideas, recharge your career, build client relationships, and lead to meaningful connections with others in the public and private sectors. The word networking strikes fear into many, conjuring up images of business cards, sweaty handshakes, and sideways nametags. 

Moderator: Lisa Warren '94, Managing Member, Morse Barnes-Brown & Pendleton 


12:25 - 12:55 p.m.

Special Presentation
Jessica Bennett, Award-Winning Journalist, New York Times; Contributing Editor, LeanIn.Org; Best Selling Author, Feminist Fight Club  

12:55 - 1:55 p.m.


Location: Dockser Commons

Professional Career Counseling Session Giveaway!

You don’t want to miss the exciting, career-boosting giveaway taking place during lunch. Professional development and legal career experts Margie Boone ’92 and Kathy Morris ’75 will each be providing two individual sessions at no cost, and the winners will be announced at lunch! These free, hour-long sessions will be conducted either in-person or at a distance on your scheduled date after the conference. During your confidential counseling session, you will work one-on-one with Margie or Kathy on items such as changing jobs, switching career paths, or performing more effectively in your current role. To be eligible for one of these sessions, please enter the raffle available at the registration desk in Dockser Hall lobby.

About Margie Boone:  

Margie Boone is with the Office of Career Services at Harvard Law School where she serves as Director of Professional Development and Alumni Advising. Prior to joining Harvard in 2000, Margie was a labor and employment attorney in Boston, and also worked in-house at Boston University's Office of the General Counsel.

From 2007 – 2010 Margie developed the Career Guidance program at Ropes & Gray in Boston where she helped to grow and manage the firm’s flex time program as well as serve as a career advisor to associates across all offices. Margie also had her own consulting practice where she worked with law firms and individuals on career planning matters. She is one of the chairs of this year’s Women in the Law Conference.   

About Kathy Morris:

Kathy Morris has made a career of creating ways to help law students, lawyers, law schools and the profession. She founded Under Advisement, Ltd. in 1988, through which she continues to assist law students and lawyers in their job searches and help them manage their careers, with offices in NYC, Chicago, and via technology with clients across the country. 

Kathy began her career as a criminal defense attorney in Honolulu, at a firm in which she had participated in a co-op. She became a leader in legal career counseling and attorney professional development and is a widely published author and frequent public speaker on legal career issues. Kathy was also the creator and director of the original American Bar Association Career Resource Center, was the founding chair and is now the advisor to the Board of the ABA Legal Career Central, and is the featured counselor of the Chicago Bar Association's Career Advancement Program. 

She previously taught legal ethics and legal writing at Northwestern Law School, where she also ran the Career Services office.  She then pioneered first-ever director and chief lawyer training officer roles at Katten Muchin, the firm formerly known as Gardner Carton (now Drinker Biddle), and most recently, Sidley Austin. Kathy is a member of the Steering Group for the WIL Conferences, having spoken on panels and led breakouts, speed counseled, and served as conference chair in past years.

1:55 - 2:55 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions I

This session will last for one hour. We advise attending only one breakout during this time. Attending multiple breakouts is allowed, but not encouraged. Pre-registration is required. 

A. Negotiating for the Job You Want 

Location: 42 Dockser 

Our two leaders recently went through significant job application processes and came out on top! They used their networks (from Women in the Law) for insight, advice and contacts and negotiated salaries, titles, benefits and more. When you are going for the next big job, it’s who you know AND what you know. These women in the law know.


  • Kelly Douglas '92, Assistant General Counsel/Employment, Ropes and Gray 
  • Kathy Henry '00, General Counsel and Secretary, Eastern Bank 

B. The Unwritten Rules of Engagement 

Location: 44 Dockser 

Succeeding in the workplace often takes more than adherence to workplace protocols laid out in an employee handbook. It is the unwritten rules of engagement that dictate how to build trust, minimize politics, increase efficiency, and take your career to the next level. This session will discuss the unwritten rules in the workplace in order to secure content-rich work, promotions, identifying sponsors to enhance your current position and more.


  • Cleo Deschamps '11, Managing Attorney, Office of the General Counsel – Energy Projects Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Golda Philip '09, Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

C. Wanted: A Few More Good Women on the Bench

Location: Moot Courtroom, 160 Dockser

Women make up half the population in the United States. The good news, according to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), is that women now generally comprise half of all law school classes. The bad news? Women still lag behind on the bench. On the federal courts, just 36 percent of active judges are female.

Why does it matter that there are women judges—and do those reasons differ from the state to the federal level? What about from the trial to the appellate level? Join us for an interactive session as a distinguished group of panelists—the Honorable Margot Botsford, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; the Honorable Patti Saris, Chief Judge of the Federal District Court of Massachusetts; and the Honorable Angela Ordoñez, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court—tackle these questions and more. The trio will discuss the unique challenges of being a woman on the bench, their successes and failures as well as the various pathways for a woman from attorney to judge. 


  • The Honorable Margot Botsford '73, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 
  • The Honorable Angela Ordoñez '89, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Probate & Family Court
  • The Honorable Patti Saris, Chief Judge, Federal District Court of Massachusetts
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

This session will last for one hour. We advise attending only one breakout during this time. If you are participating in Speed Mentoring or Career Coaching and wish to re-join another breakout after your time slot is complete, please feel free to do so. Pre-registration is required. 

A. Leading and Practicing with Our Values

Location: 42 Dockser 

What do you value most? And how is it reflected in the way you live, lead and practice law? The reality is that values-based leadership takes awareness and commitment, as well as effort and practice. This interactive workshop will be heavy on the “practice,” with engaging exercises to get us thinking and talking. After all, the values that define us and our work are the building blocks of possibility.


B. Book Talk with Jessica Bennett: Feminist Fight Club 

Location: Moot Courtroom, 160 Dockser 

Jessica Bennett is a contributing writer at the New York Times and writes a monthly column on digital language called Command Z. She is a contributing editor for Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org, where she is the cofounder and curator of the Lean In Collection, a photo initiative with Getty Images to change the depiction of women in stock photography. Bennett's first book, Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (for a Sexist Workplace), was released in September.

Part manual, part manifesto, Feminist Fight Club is a humorous yet incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at work—a pocketbook Lean In for the Buzzfeed generation with real-life career advice and humorous reinforcement for a new generation of professional women. Rich in social science research -- but with humor, flowcharts, and the story of her real-life fight club woven in -- the book has been called "a classic, fuck-you feminist battle guide" by Ilana Glazer of Broad City and "engaging, hilarious and practical" by Sheryl Sandberg. 

Join Jessica and fellow fight club women for a spirited discussion about women in the workplace. 

Read more about Feminist Fight Club

C. Speed Mentoring and Urgent Career Coaching Care 

Location: 46 Dockser 

Speed Mentoring: Designed for young professionals 

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: 

  • Betty Francisco '98, Founder and President, Reimagine Play
  • Jocelyn Jones '98, Attorney, Segal Roitman 
  • Sari Long '13, Associate, Faegre Baker Daniels 
  • Cynthia Tow McPherson '05, Interim Assistant Dean, Center for Co-op and Professional Advancement (CCOPA), Northeastern University School of Law 

Urgent Career Coaching Care: Designed for mid-range to experienced practitioners

Triage for your career! Bring your burning career questions and meet with experts for a brief coaching session to help you navigate the next steps on your professional journey. 

Career coaches: 

  • Roberta Liebenberg, Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black; Chair, DirectWomen; Chair, American Bar Association on Women in the Profession
  • Kathy Morris '75, Founder, Under Advisement
  • 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 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Location: Dockser Commons

Closing remarks by:

Margie Boone '92 and Cleo Deschamps '11

Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the conference.