Thursday, July 28, 2016


Austin, TX

"Meeting the Challenge" presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers
September 16, 2016
The Driskill, 604 Brazos Street, Austin TX, 78701
The Meeting the Challenge program is designed to bring together key leaders and stakeholders to develop and share strategies to make the NAWL Challenge a reality. Issued in February 2016, the NAWL One-Third by 2020 Challenge urges the legal profession to increase the percentage of women attorneys to one-third by 2020 – one-third of general counsels of the Fortune 1000, one-third of law school deans, one-third of entering partner equity classes, one-third of entering law firm lateral classes – and to increase by a third the number of minority attorneys.
Meeting the Challenge is a forum for law firms, corporations, government, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to share best practices, learn from thought leaders, and forge meaningful and lasting connections. Distinguished practitioners, academics, consultants, and leaders will gather for a candid discussion and programming focused on making women’s initiatives effective. In addition to programming focused on institutional success, there will be programming focused on strategies for women to advance and flourish in their existing environments.
More information can be found here.
** Early Bird registration ends on August 15**

Washington, DC

Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference

September 22-23, 2016
Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

The annual Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference (WIPL) offers an opportunity for unprecedented exchange with women in-house and outside counsel. This unique event was created with the assistance of an unheralded advisory board comprised of high ranking women General Counsel or direct reports to the GC and were drawn from across the country. These attorneys have the highest levels of expertise and experience in key practice areas.
The WIPL is a conference for women in-house and outside counsel to discuss current legal topics, bringing their individual experience and perspectives on issues of: Governance & Compliance, Investigations & Cross-Border Dispute, Litigation, Managing Small Legal Departments, Intellectual Property, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Managing Global Challenges, Executive Leadership, and Labor & Employment.

More information can be found here.

Job Opportunities
University of California, Santa CruzChief Campus Counsel (Santa Cruz, CA)
For more details, click here.

Clark Hill PLC, Insurance Coverage Senior Attorney (Chicago, IL)
For more details, click here.

The Vera Institute of Justice, Program Associate (and multiple other positions!) (New York, NY)
For more details, click here.

Lawyers Alliance for New York, (New York, NY)
1) Business/Transactional Law Fellowship
2) Affordable Housing and Homeless Services Fellowship

For more details, click here.

Gebhardt & Kiefer, P.C., Litigation Partner (Clinton, NJ)
For more details, click here.

Alumnae Notes

Gabrielle Bailey L'99
Bailey has been named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” in the United States by Private Asset Management. Bailey is Chief Fiduciary Officer at Atlantic Trust.

Laura Berezin L'92
Berezin, a prominent corporate Life Science Partner, rejoined Cooley LLPShe rejoins Cooley's life sciences group from Hogan Lovells, where she has been practicing since early 2011.

Hope Comisky L'77
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates, the non-profit branch of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, has elected Comisky as a Board Member. She is currently a Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Kristen Dama L'07
Dama was named one of thirteen young Philly leaders who are shaping the health scene by Billy Penn. Dama works as a supervising attorney in the Public Benefits Unit at Community Legal Services, where she divides her time between individual clients and systemic work, including legislative and administrative advocacy and class action litigation.

Tanya Forsheit L'97
Forsheit has joined Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz PC as partner and co-chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Group. She joins Frankfurt Kurnit from BakerHostetler. 

Teresa Gillen, L'85
Econsult Solutions, Inc. has appointed Gillen as a Member of its Senior Advisory Board. She had been Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and spent much of her career in public service in Philadelphia.

Katherine (Kate) Heptig L'04
Heptig, counsel in Farrell Fritz’s corporate department, has been selected by Long Island Business News as a “40 Under 40” award recipient for her leadership in business, support of Long Island’s not-for-profit organizations, and commitment to the community.

Meghan Rohling Kelly L'06
Kelly has been elected partner at Dechert LLP. She is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.

Martha Manning L'83
Manning was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Achillion Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Priscilla "Sally" Mattison L'97
Mattison, of counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., co-authored an article entitled "Modern Methods of Monetization for Record Producers”, which was published in the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers 2016 publication, “The Monetization of the Global Music Business – from Creators to Major Industry.” She discussed the article on a panel at the 50th annual MIDEM convention in Cannes, France.

Rebecca Santoro Melley L'07
Melly has been elected shareholder for Hangley, Aronchick, Segal, Pudlin & Schiller. She has been active with cases involving intellectual property law, insurance coverage and bad faith actions, real estate law, general commercial litigation matters, and pro bono representations.

Carrie Menkel-Meadow L'74
Menkel-Meadow was honored with an honorary doctorate in Human Sciences at Belgium's leading university, KU Leuven, for her pioneering work in conflict resolution, legal ethics, and feminist legal theory. Menkel-Meadow is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at University of California, Irvine and A.B. Chettle Professor of Law, Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at Georgetown Law.

Katherine G. Minarik C'98, L'06
Minarik, partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, was elected as a member to The American Law Institute.

Rachel Pereira L'09
Pereira was appointed director of equal opportunity and Title IX officer at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Pereira previously served as the Title IX coordinator and affirmative action/equal employment opportunity officer at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Myla R. Reizen L'95
Reizen, Miami based partner in the Health Care Practice at Foley & Lardner LLP, has been named a 2016 "BTI Client Service All-Star" by The BTI Consulting Group Inc.

Ellen Stacy Rosenberg L'88
Rosenberghas been named General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Amicus Therapeutics.

Stephanie Srulowitz L'05
Srulowitz was promoted to partner of the U.S. Private Funds practice group at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP.

Ferrier Stillman L'87
For the second consecutive year, Maryland Super Lawyers has named Stillman to its 2016 Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland for her family law practice. Stillman is partner at Tydings & Rosenberg LLP.

Heidi A. Tallentire C'02, G'02, L'05
Tallentire was elected partner at Blank Rome LLP. Tallentire represents individuals in all aspects of family and matrimonial law in New York and Connecticut.

Morgan Zurn L'06, GR'06
Zurn, a former deputy attorney general in the Delaware Department of Justice, has been appointed to work as a master in the Court of Chancery.

In the News

Democrats Make Hillary Clinton a Historic Nominee (The New York Times)
This week, Hillary Clinton became the first ever woman to head a major ticket party in a presidential election. Read more here.

The Law Firm Gender Diversity Index: Findings and Analysis (David Perla C'91 L'94, Above the Law)
NavForward and Above the Law collected and analyzed raw data on gender diversity in the legal market, sponsored by Bloomberg Law. Learn more here.

Why Women's Conference are More Than Just "Talk" (Bizwomen)
An examination of the benefits and effectiveness of women's conferences. Read more here.

Justice Clarence Thomas Breaks 10-Year Streak, Asks Question in Court (CNN)
Ilana Eisenstein L’04, Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor General, gets a question from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, ending his 10 year streak of oral argument silence. Learn more here.

Over 70 Banks and City Firms to Link Bonuses to Senior Jobs for Women (The Guardian)
A look at how Britain attempts to break with male-dominated executive teams by linking bosses' bonuses to the appointment of women to senior positions. Read more here.
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