Join Us at WLA’s Spring Conference

The Harvard Women’s Law Association presents its 12th Annual Spring Conference, “Why We March: Women’s Stories of Past, Present, and Future.” The conference will tackle questions surrounding “why we march,” such as how to build coalitions, remain resilient in the face of a changing political climate, and foster change through multiple avenues.

To kick off the conference, please join us on Wednesday, April 4th from 12:00PM – 1:00PM in WCC 2012 for a keynote conversation with Monica Ramirez, Co-founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance). The conversation will be moderated by Daniela Lorenzo, a 2L and member of the Harvard Women’s Law Association. The discussion will cover topics such as Ms. Ramirez’s work advocating on behalf of Latina women, farmworkers, and immigrants; her efforts to promote female leaders and increase Latina representation in politics; and her involvement with the #MeToo Movement and Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Free swag and Flour sandwiches and salad will be provided!

In October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo was used by thousands of individuals across the globe to demonstrate the scale and prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace, resulting in the #MeToo Movement. On Wednesday, April 4th from 4:30PM – 6:00PM in Milstein West A, there will be a panel discussion entitled “#MeToo: Sexual Harassment, Assault, & Inequality in the Workplace” to learn more about this growing movement. The panel will cover topics such as sexual misconduct in the workplace, intersectional issues surrounding the Me Too movement, the arc and culture of sexual violence beyond the workplace, the role of lawyers and the legal system, and ways to transform awareness of the issues into change.

Panelists include Roberta Kaplan, Founding Partner of Kaplan & Company and Co-founder of TIME’S UP; Emily Martin, General Counsel of the National Women’s Law Center and a director at the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund; Amanda Nguyen, Founder and President of Rise; and Joanne N. Smith, Founder and Executive Director of Girls for Gender Equity. The panel will be moderated by Amber James, a 2L and member of the Harvard Women’s Law Association. Free swag, coffee, and light snacks will be provided!
Afterwards, there will be drinks and hors d’oeuvres from 6:00PM – 7:30PM in Milstein West B.

Finally, on Thursday, April 5, from 11:45AM – 12:45PM in WCC 2012, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Narratives of Change: What Lawyers Can Learn from Media & the Arts.” The panel will discuss topics such as working in the law and the arts, storytelling within and about the law, and the role for lawyers in shaping powerful narratives.

Panelists include Suzie Lechtenberg, Executive Producer for Radiolab’s “More Perfect;” India Pinkney, General Counsel of the National Endowment of the Arts; Dawn Porter, former lawyer, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and Founder of Trilogy Films; and Helen Wan, media lawyer and author of “Partner Track.” The panel will be moderated by Miranda Means, a recent Harvard Law graduate and an associate with Kirkland & Ellis. Free swag and lunch from Flame Cafe will be provided!

Afterwards, please join us for a coffee chat with Dawn Porter from 1:30 – 2:30PM, and a coffee chat with India Pinkney from 3:00 – 4:00PM. Space for each coffee chat is limited, so please sign up to attend in advance.

We are excited to have you join us. These panels are a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to women who have done extraordinary things related to the legal profession, and we hope you can take advantage of them.

Jillian Goodman

Jillian Goodman is a 2L. She is the conference director for the Harvard Women's Law Association.

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