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The twelfth annual Women in the Law Conference will take place on Friday, May 15, 2020, at Northeastern University School of Law. 

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.

WIL NYCWomen in the Law Hits the Road

Strength in Diversity: Women of Color on Leadership

Join us for an informative and lively breakfast as we take our highly popular Women in the Law programming on the road to New York City on Thursday, March 5. This power-packed panel will feature four NUSL women graduates who will speak about their pathways to success and their unique vantage points to address challenges as women of color in leadership roles. 
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The 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. (Read more)


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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 ’20 and Sunu Chandy ’98

Amy CarlinAmy Carlin ’20
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, Suny served as the deputy director for the Civil Rights Division with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she led civil rights enforcement.  Previously, Suny 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. Suny 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


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.