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, Northeast ern 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 sexually 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 | @ledayaaay
Associate Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Dr. Neena Qasba
Physicians for Reproductive Rights,  Baystate Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Deborah Wald ’87
Principle, The Wald Group

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

Kristin Feden Gibbons
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.

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

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

Erin Murray | @PPTMA
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. Who Runs the World? NUSL Women in Elected Office

Speakers include:

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

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Location: Dockser Commons

Join us in celebrating the conclusion of the conference.