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*The twelfth annual Women in the Law Conference will take place on Friday, September 25, 2020, at Northeastern University School of Law. Our 2020 theme is All In: Reimagining Inclusive Workplaces.

* This conference, previously scheduled for May 15, has been postponed until September 25 due to concerns related to COVID-19.

#WIL2020 Keynote

michele-coleman-mayesMichele Coleman Mayes

Michele Coleman Mayes is vice president, general counsel and secretary for the New York Public Library (2012 – present). She previously held the position of general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company (2007-2012) and Pitney Bowes Inc. (2003-2007). Ms. Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013-2014. She was chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. In 2015, she became a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO).  She is a sought after speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion.  She is co-author of the book Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500. 

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Special Presentation

 KnizhnikShana Knizhnik
Author, Notorious RBG, Attorney & Activist

Shana Knizhnik is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York City’s Criminal Defense Practice. Previously, she was a legal fellow at the ACLU of the District of Columbia.

While a student at New York University School of Law, she created the Notorious RBG Tumblr, a feminist website dedicated to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her lifelong fight for equality and social justice. In 2015 she co-wrote the book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with journalist Irin Carmon.

Knizhnik was also an articles editor for the New York University Law Review and served on the boards of OUTLaw and the Coalition on Law and Representation at NYU Law. After graduating cum laude in 2015, Knizhnik served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dolores Sloviter, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2016, she was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List in Media. Knizhnik holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University.

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About the Conference

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.

Related Events

WIL NYCThursday, March 5, 2020
Strength in Diversity: Women of Color on Leadership
Women in the Law Hits the Road

On Thursday, March 5, Northeastern Law brought its highly popular Women in the Law program to NYC with a lively and informative breakfast panel generously hosted by Ropes & Gray and moderated by The Honorable Victoria Roberts '76. Chaumtoli Huq ’97, Carmelyn Malalis ’01, Angélicque Moreno ’93 and Susan Shah ’02 spoke about their pathways to success and their unique vantage points in addressing challenges as women of color in leadership roles. 
>> Learn more
>> View photos

April 8, 2020
Film Screening and Discussion: The Vote
Join us for a film screening and discussion this spring around The Vote, a four-part documentary series, slated to air nationally on PBS this summer in conjunction with the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment — giving women the right to vote. 
>> Learn more


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Visit our Conference Materials page
A curated list of articles on topics related to Women in the Law. 


Accommodations 

Please contact us at 617.373.3819 if you are seeking an accommodation related to disability related to access to participate in this event.  We will do our best to be responsive to any such requests before the event and making requests before 4/1/20 will be helpful. 

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Join the NUSource Network

Get a jumpstart on conference networking by joining the Women in Law group on NUsource!
NUsource is Northeastern University's newest platform for alumni to connect with one another and we've created a special group just for law alumnae. Click here to create a profile and search for the "Women in Law" group in the Groups tab to start building your network before the conference. 

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2020 CONFERENCE CHAIRS: Amy Carlin ’00 and Sunu Chandy ’98

Amy CarlinAmy Carlin ’00
Amy Carlin is a trusted employment advisor to business owners, C-level executives, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals and company managers. As an experienced lawyer, she plays an important role as a daily resource on legal topics relating to all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Amy is a proactive counselor, adeptly guiding clients through employment issues that affect businesses of all shapes and sizes. Her advice is applicable across all industries, but her clients tend to come from the retail, restaurant and food services, wellness and fitness, and technology industries. She applies a distinctive human touch to her legal advice, helping clients handle any scenario, including how to deliver difficult conversations.

One of Amy's strengths is working with managers and owners to develop the best possible working environments for their employees. This approach naturally results in full legal compliance for her clients and their businesses. Amy's preventative approach extends to employee training. She crafts and delivers training programs on many topics, including the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination, appropriate leadership practices for managers and a range of other mission-critical employment topics.

In addition to providing her clients with her first-hand legal knowledge, Amy is often invited by external organizations to share insights in educational seminars focusing on employment law topics relevant to local businesses and their owners/managers. In addition to her daily counsel, Amy is an experienced litigator, defending clients in discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour act issues, common law employment torts as well as in other state and federal statutory actions. She represents clients before state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Amy also provides thoughtful risk assessment and benefit analysis for clients choosing to resolve employment matters using mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods. She has a proven track record of achieving positive results for clients who prioritize settlement over litigation.

Amy is often selected by clients for her personal touch and real-life experience. Prior to practicing law, she was employed by Legal Sea Foods, handling a number of different roles interfacing with the company's expansive workforce. Among her many responsibilities, Amy served as the company's corporate training specialist where she oversaw employee training experiences. Following law school, Amy served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and then was associated with two small Boston firms, where her practice included employment law as well as other civil and criminal litigation.

Sunu ChandySunu P. Chandy ’98
Sunu Chandy is the legal director of the National Women’s Law Center where she oversees the Center’s litigation efforts, helped to create the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity and built many of the policies guiding the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. She also provides guidance for the Center’s policy positions towards workplace equality and in the Spring of 2019, she provided Congressional testimony in support of the Equality Act, a bill that would strengthen clarify civil rights protections including for LGBTQ individuals. Until August 2017, Sunu served as the deputy director for the Civil Rights Division with the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she led civil rights enforcement.  Previously, Sunu was an EEOC attorney for 15 years and litigated cases based on sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination, as well as race, national origin, disability, age and religion-based discrimination cases. Sunu began her career representing unions and workers in New York City at Gladstein, Reif and Megginniss. She earned her BA in Peace and Global Studies/Women’s Studies from Earlham College, her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and more recently, her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from CUNY/Queens College. 


Donate Now!

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
 Karen O’Malley ’94
Gina Perini ’01
Mala Rafik ’97 
Cynthia Reed '80
Rachael Rollins '97

Advisory Board



With Thanks to Our 2020 Women in the Law Conference Sponsors:

WIL 2020 Sponsors

History

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.