Thursday, January 5, 2017


Boston, MA
Penn Law Boston Alumni Club's New Year Reception

January 31, 6-8PM
Boston College Club
100 Federal Street, 36th Floor
Boston, MA 02210 

Join fellow alumni in celebrating the New Year and in welcoming Penn Law Overseer, Ann Klee L’86, as a new member of the Boston Alumni Club. Drinks and appetizers provided by the Boston Alumni Club. Please RSVP here.

New Orleans, LA
American Conference Institute's 3nd Annual Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law
January 19-20
The Roosevelt Hotel
130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

Now in its third year, ACI’s Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law conference — a unique, intimate venue for woman-to-woman networking and mentorship — will bring together leaders from the nation’s top energy, utility, chemical, and petrochemical companies to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in these industries. In addition to networking and mentoring opportunities, this conference provides an open forum for like-minded women to discuss gender stereotypes and other implicit obstacles to overcome in order to advance in the energy and environmental legal arenas. For more information, please click here.
CLE Opportunity

Did you miss the Inaugural Women's Summit last March?
Five of the fifteen panels from the Women's Summit are available online with the opportunity to earn CLE credit via our new Penn Law CLE Online: a compilation of the most popular symposia and conferences from Penn Law. This online resource features videos from the Sparer Symposia, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, and many more of Penn Law’s world-renowned events, centers, and institutes. For access to the latest in scholarship and legal practice, check out Penn Law CLE Online.

Job Opportunities
Penn Law’s Legal Practice Skills ProgramSenior Lecturer (Pennsylvania, PA)
For more details, click here. 

Penn Law's Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, Executive Director (Pennsylvania, PA)
For more details, click here. 

Abolitionist Law Center, Attorney (Pittsburgh, PA)
For more details, click here. 

Vera Institute of Justice, two positions available in New York, NY or Washington, DC.
- Senior Program Associate, Center on Sentencing and Corrections. For more details, click here.
- Senior Program Associate, Center on Victimization and Safety. For more details, click here.

Southern Poverty Law Center, two positions available in Criminal Justice Reform.
Managing Attorney (Miami, FL). For more details, click here.
Senior Supervising Attorney (New Orleans, LA). For more details, click here.

Goodwin Procter LLP, Life Sciences Corporate Associate (Boston, MA)
For more details on this positions (and to view other legal openings at Goodwin) click here.

Alumnae Notes

Mary Lee Anne Kiernan, L’88 
Kiernan was announced as the new President and CEO of YWCA Greenwich. She is the former Board Chairman of the Greenwich United Way and is Chairman of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and Co-Chair of the Fund for Women and Girls at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. In her new position, Kiernan will focus on YWCA Greenwich’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and girls and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Priscilla "Sally" Mattison L'97
Mattison participated in the “Entertainment Law” panel at Lebanon Valley College’s 12th Annual VALE Media Industries Conference in Annville, PA. She previously gave a guest lecture entitled “2016 Update on USA Concert Touring Issues” as part of the course “Navigating Artists through the Entertainment Industry” at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Mattison is Of Counsel to Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C.

Alisa Melekhina L'14
Melekhina was featured on CNN International to discuss the World Chess Championships in New York City. Melekhina is a well-known competitor in international chess who has competed in the US Women's Chess Championship and represented the US in the Women's World Team Championships. In April of 2015, she made the cover of Chess Life Magazine and authored a story about balancing her law career and chess. Melekhina is also a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in general commercial, white-collar, and Intellectual Property litigation.

Sandra Shapiro L'69
Shapiro was recently honored as one of the "2016 Top Women of Law" by Massachusetts Lawyers' Weekly. Shapiro was the first woman to be elected to partnership in Foley Hoag LLP. Currently a senior attorney and member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, Sandra counsels clients on real estate financing, leasing and zoning matters, with particular emphasis on development issues.

Linda Shi L'09
Shi was awarded the "2016 Women of Distinction Award" by the Philadelphia Business Journal. This award spotlights Greater Philadelphia's most influential business women who are making a difference in their community and leaving a mark on Philadelphia business. Shi isGeneral Counsel and Head of Compliance at Red Spark, LP.

Ferrier R. Stillman L'87
For the third consecutive year, Maryland Super Lawyers has named Stillman to its 2017 "Top 50 Women Lawyers in Maryland" for her family law practice.Stillman has also been named to The Daily Record'sCircle of Excellence, a distinction earned by being named one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" three times. "Maryland's Top 100 Women" was created to recognize outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishment, community leadership, and mentoring. Stillman is Partner at Tydings & Rosenberg LLP.

In the News

Women Lawyers See Opportunity to Forge Stronger Ties (Bloomberg Law, 1/3/17)
A closer look at the impact of Women Owned Law, a national organization co-founded by Penn Law alumna Nicole Galli L'89, L'92. Women Owned Law isdevoted exclusively to women legal entrepreneurs and aims to help women flourish outside the traditional structures of Big Law. Read morehere.
Call for Nominations:
The American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession seeks nominations for the 2017 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. This award, established by the Commission in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers.
**Deadline for Nominations: Close of Business at 5:00 PM Central Time THIS MONDAY, January 9, 2017. The 2017 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 13, 2017 during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City. For more information and to submit a nomination, click here.
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