BelieveThe eleventh annual Women in the Law Conference took place on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Northeastern University School of Law. Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic champion, civil rights lawyer and CEO of Champion Women, delivered the keynote address. 
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This conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers and brings together powerful decisionmakers from Massachusetts, Alaska, Canada, California, Illinois, New York, Washington, DC, and beyond.

We emphasize practical, useful information to take away from the full day's programming to further develop your career.

  • Top-notch panels, breakout sessions and speed mentoring with high level practitioners.
  • Learn how to position yourself to take the leap into a power role and be inspired by our expert panelists as they touch on topics such as civil rights, pay equity, economic and social justice, and best practices for advocacy.
  • Network, network, network – whether you want to advance where you are or move to a new opportunity, this is a great space to network for that next step.

Keynote Speaker

Nancy HogsheadNancy Hogshead-Makar
CEO, Champion Women
Advocacy for Girls and Women in Sports
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Nancy Hogshead-Makar is an Olympic champion, a civil rights lawyer, and CEO of Champion Women, a non-profit providing legal advocacy for girls and women in sports. Focus areas include equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse and assault, as well as employment, pregnancy and LGBT discrimination within sport. (View bio)

In December, the American Bar Association (ABA) included Nancy Hogshead-Makar in its ABA Lawyers Who Inspired Us in 2018 list. 

Featured guests include: 

Debra S. Katz 
Partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks 

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden
Associate, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Kristen Gibbons Feden is an associate in the Philadelphia office of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, where she concentrates her practice on general and complex commercial litigation, employment discrimination, SEC enforcement, internal investigations, Title IX compliance and corporate compliance. Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Kristen was Assistant District Attorney in the Trials Division of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Her most notable case was Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby, where she played a critical role in the first trial, which resulted in a hung jury, and the second trial where a conviction was attained. In September 2018, Kristen was honored with a Leadership Award by the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC).  Past VRLC Leadership Awardees include: Gloria Steinem, Professor Anita Hill, Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley, MA Attorney General Martha Coakley and actress and activist Ashley Judd. 


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We have a very exciting innovation for you at this year's conference. We have introduced a conference app that allows you to look at speakers bios, conference updated, to network easily with other registered guests - before, during and after the conference, view the schedule, and much more. There is also a social wall where social media posts will be displayed.
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Karen O'MalleyKaren O'Malley '94, Director, Goulston & Storrs  

Karen O’Malley is a real estate attorney who represents a diverse range of clients, including large public and private real estate companies, as well as some smaller businesses and non-profits.

Her practice focuses on retail and office leasing within mixed-used properties. In the retail context, she often counsels landlords leasing to national, regional and local tenants, anchor and junior anchor retailers, entertainment facilities and restaurants. In the office context, she represents landlords and tenants in connection with office building leases, including lease arrangements for corporate headquarters and mixed-use developments.

Karen also has extensive experience in all other aspects of real estate practice, including acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing and leasing.

Her projects are often transportation-centered, mixed used projects, including new developments and redevelopments, as well as enclosed malls and lifestyle centers.

Mala RafikMala Rafik '97, Partner, Rosenfeld & Rafik

Mala is a partner at Rosenfeld & Rafik, a law firm in New England representing clients denied access to health care as well as individuals seeking short- and long-term disability, life and long-term care benefits from private insurance carriers. Mala's clients are typically individuals with debilitating chronic illnesses and disabilities for whom she has achieved several pivotal litigation victories in state and federal court. She also has represented several nonprofit organizations whose mission is to foster or provide excellent health care for people in Massachusetts.

Mala is a past Chair of the Insurance Law Section of the American Association for Justice, a Vice-Chair of the Health and Disability Law Committee and a Vice-Chair of the Life Insurance General Committee within the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, a Sub-Committee Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association's Massachusetts Chapter of Employment Law, Social Security & Disability Law Committee, a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers Board of Governors, a Fellow of the American Bar Association, a member of the Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association, a former member of the Boston Bar Association Council, a former Chair of the Legal Referral Services section of the Boston Bar Association and a former Chair of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section of the Boston Bar Association. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Health Law Advocates, a member of the Board of Directors of Prisoner's Legal Services and a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.

With Thanks to Our 2019 Women in the Law Conference Sponsors 

JJB Fund




Rosenfeld Rafik

Wilson Bonnevie



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

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
Gina Perini ’01
Cynthia Reed '80
Rachael Rollins '97

Advisory Board


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. 

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