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Yale Law Women Host “Legally Female” Conference; Dean Koh Gives Opening Remarks

DEAN KOH’S WELCOMING REMARKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE AS A PDF.

Yale Law Women will introduce a new online community for women in the legal profession at a conference March 31 at Yale Law School titled “Legally Female: What Does It Mean to Be Ms. JD?”

The conference will feature the launch of the new “Ms. JD” weblog (www.ms-jd.org) and will offer a series of panels on the challenges women face in the legal profession today.

Panelists will include law professors, judges and practitioners who work in diverse settings, including law firms, non-profits and NGOs. Among those speaking are Judge Nancy Gertner; Professor Vicki Schultz of Yale Law School; Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law School; Joan Williams, founding director of WorkLife Law; and Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.

“Students from Yale, Stanford and ten other law schools met last year to brainstorm ways in which women in law could connect with each other,” said Michelle Morin, a second year Yale Law student and one of the conference organizers. “They decided to create a blog to launch an online community. Our conference will help to publicize that blog and will pursue similar goals outside the virtual world.”

The conference will explore the status of women in the legal profession in light of new technologies and challenges. The organizers hope to spark cooperation among women working in different legal practice areas and institutions and encourage discussion among lawyers in private practice, public interest lawyers, law professors and students.

“The new blog will be a global meeting place for women in the profession,” said Julia Simon-Kerr, another conference organizer.

Three sessions presenting a total of nine panels will explore longstanding and emerging topics of concern for women in the legal profession, such as "Beyond Queen Bee and Mommy Wars: Women Working Together," "Technology as Tool: Changing What It Means to Be a Woman in the Law," and "A Struggle Within the Struggle: Women Lawyers of Color in the Legal Profession." Technology workshops will also be offered to participants who want hands-on training.

Online registration at www.legallyfemale.com is required. It is free for Yale law students, $15 for other students and $30 for professionals. CLE credit in the state of New York will be available for professionals who pre-register by March 23. Individuals who work in public interest, government, or legal academia and would like to inquire about financial assistance should email ms-jd@legallyfemale.org.

More information, including panel descriptions, speaker biographies and the complete conference schedule, can be found at www.legallyfemale.com.