2019 Conference Schedule

Friday, May 17, 2019

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

8:15 a.m.

Registration, networking and continental breakfast

8:45 a.m. 


Mielle Marquis | @MielleMarquis
Director of External Relations, Northeastern University School of Law

Karen O'Malley '94 | @goulstonstorrs
Director, Goulston & Storrs  (conference co-chair) 

Mala Rafik '97@DeniedCoverage
Partner, Rosenfeld & Rafik (conference co-chair)

James Hackney 
Dean, Northeastern University School of Law 

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address

Nancy Hogshead-Makar@Hogshead3Au
Founder, Champion Women, Olympic Champion
(View bio)

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Coffee and Networking with Nancy Hogshead-Makar

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. 

Panel 1
Reproductive Rights in the US: Where Are We?

One in four American women will have an abortion before the age of 45. According to the Guttmacher Institute, the average US woman uses contraceptives for 30 years to attain her family planning goal of two children, and 99 percent of heterosexually active women from 15 to 44 use contraception. Since 2010 more than 300 restrictions on abortion have been put into place; currently, the federal government and numerous states are cutting funding for critical family planning services. At the same time, the use of assisted reproduction (IUI, IVF, etc.) continues to grow. Ten percent of women in the US have trouble getting pregnant in addition to LGBTQ couples who pursue these options as a first choice out of necessity. Yet only 15 states require insurers to cover these procedures. With all that’s happening, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Join the discussion as our panelists talk about the current state of reproductive rights in the US and where we go from here.  

Panelists include: 
Leda Anderson ’12
Associate Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Dr. Neena Qasba
Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH)

Jamie Sabino ’78
Chair, Judicial Consent for Minors Lawyer Referral Panel, Board Members of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund

Deborah Wald ’87
Principle, The Wald Law Group

Karen O’Malley ’94
Director, Goulston & Storrs

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
#MeToo in the Workplace

Since October 2017, #MeToo has raised awareness and spurred discussion at all levels about sexual harassment. As the movement has gained traction far outside of Hollywood, it has expanded beyond overt instances of sexual harassment to more under-the-radar abuses of power. The question is now — with so many employers and employees “woke” to these volatile issues in the workplace — what’s next? What are the best practices in this area that will allow you or your organization to lead the conversation and build a supportive environment rather than just react? Our panelists will offer their hard-won wisdom, born from experience.

Panelists include:
Amy Carlin ’00
Partner, Morgan Brown and Joy

Debra Katz
Founding partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks 

Beth Myers ’09
Partner, Powers, Jodoin, Margolis & Mante

Hema Sarang-Sieminski ’05
Senior Staff Attorney, Victim Rights Law Center

Mala Rafik ’97
Partner, Rosenfeld & Rafik

12:25 - 12:55 p.m.

Special Presentation by Kristen Gibbons Feden, Cosby Prosecutor and Champion for Sexual Assault Survivors

Kristen Gibbons Feden
Associate, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Kristen Gibbons Feden 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, where she served as captain of the Elder Abuse Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit, and as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. During her tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Kristen investigated and prosecuted all types of criminal cases, including cases of abuse, neglect, rape, sexual violence, internet crimes against children, financial exploitation against elders and homicides. 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 both, Kristen drafted and litigated pretrial motions and questioned key witnesses. In the first trial, she delivered the opening statement, and in the second trial, she cross-examined key witnesses and delivered the closing argument. 

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. 

12:55 - 1:55 p.m.

Lunch and Networking
Location: Dockser Commons

1:55 - 2:45 p.m.

Panel 3
Embracing Self-Care and Wellness -- Hold Nothing Back from Creating the Life You Have Always Wanted.

As women attorneys, our plates are full-and then some. We take care of our clients, our families, our pets, our homes, our communities and our finances. Who is typically last on this list of priorities? Us. If this sounds familiar, then you will not to miss this panel! We have assembled the experts you need to move in the right direction to take care of yourself and let go of excuses. Come learn from and be inspired by practitioners in nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and more.

Karen O'Malley 94 
Director, Goulston & Storrs 

Panelists include: 
Michelle Boland | @MBoland18
Director of Education and Trainer, Pure Performance Training

The Honorable Justice Margot Botsford '73 (ret.)
Coordinator, SJC Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being 

Brenda Fingold @HealthyBrown
Assistant Director, Workplace and Leadership Education, Brown University School of Public Health, Mindfulness Center

Erin Murray | instagram.com/thrivewitherin
Nutritionist, Pure Performance Training 

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

These sessions 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. NUSL Women in Elected Office

A career in public service can be incredibly challenging and also deeply rewarding. Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to hold an elected office? Maybe you’re thinking about running but want the inside scoop before you dive in. Then this session is for you. Our esteemed panel will share the real deal on what it’s like to make the decision to run and then go on to campaign and fundraise. Once elected, what makes up a typical day? Is there one? What are the most satisfying aspects of public service — and what creates headaches? Come and learn the answers to these and other questions.

Mala Rafik '97 | @DeniedCoverage
Partner, Rosenfeld & Rafik (conference co-chair)

State Representative Natalie Higgins ’14, 4th Worcester District
State Representative Tram Nguyen '13, 18th Essex District
State Senator Becca Rausch '04, Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District

B. Innovative Ideas in Law Firms for Women

For law firms to thrive, they must be able to tap into the skills and strengths of a diverse range of lawyers. And that very much includes women. Forward-thinking firms are innovating— developing a variety of programs that capitalize on resident talent to convene the right client-attorney match, for example, and provide thoughtful leadership for client events. For these programs to take root and thrive, however, they need both champions and allies. Come to this panel to hear lessons learned from trailblazers who have been on the front lines of creating a culture of encouragement.

Speakers include: 
Bee ChaffersWomen's Initiatives Manager, Ropes & Gray
Joan Fortin '96, CEO-elect, Bernstein Shur | @JoanFortin2

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Location: Dockser Commons

Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the conference.

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