Academy for the Advancement of Women in Law

The Program

Online via Zoom Fridays, September 29 — November 10
9-10 am (New York time)
$750 per person / $500 discounts available

Join us for a series of conversations in which attorneys of all genders will share ideas and best practices for creating more inclusive environments that enable the advancement of women lawyers globally. The program is presented in collaboration with Pérez-Llorca.

Who Should Attend

This program is open to lawyers and affiliated staff at all levels, regardless of gender.

Program Schedule

  • Featuring President Tania Tetlow, Fordham University

    Opening Remarks:

  • This panel will feature an open conversation between a female and a male managing partner of leading global law firms. They will discuss strategies for advancing women in their firms and the profession more broadly. The panel will explore whether female and male leaders view this issue and their roles in promoting underrepresented groups differently and how we can achieve better alignment and outcomes.

    Deborah Farone, Farone Advisors (moderator)

    James J. Fox, Vinson & Elkins

    Audra J. Soloway, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

    • CLE Credit: 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elminiation of Bias credits in NY; 1.0 Professional Practice Credit in NJ
  • This panel will discuss the current state of affairs of women in the legal profession. It will consider the special ways in which women of color are further marginalized and offer tips for how white women can better support our colleagues of color.

    Featuring:

    Paulette Brown, Former President, American Bar Association

    Roberta D. Liebenberg, Fine, Kaplan & Black, R.P.C.

    Stephanie A. Scharf, Scharf Banks Marmor LLC

    • CLE Credit: 1. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias credits in NY; 1.0 Professional Practice Credit in NJ
  • This panel will examine ways in which law firms and other organizations can align their practices around well-being with their client service and other organizational values. It also will discuss ways in which we as individuals can support our own well-being and that of our colleagues and team members. We will discuss how to balance our well-being with our ethical obligations.

    Featuring:

    Jeannette K. Boot, WilmerHale

    Jordana Confino, Fordham Law School (moderator)

    Daniel Lukasik, New York State Office of Court Administration

    Margarita Oliva Sainz de Aja, DLA Piper

    Lori Pines, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    • .5 Skills and .5 Ethics credits in NY; 1.0 Professional Practice credit in NJ
  • This panel will discuss the role of mentors, role models, and sponsors in advancing women in the profession. It discusses the important ways in which women can support each other, men can support women, and women can leverage their male colleagues’ influence in law firms and other organizations. The panel will discuss specific steps and tips for improving mentors, role models, and sponsor relationships to maximize their impact.

    Featuring:

    Carmita Alonso, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

    Gillian Burns, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

    Brad Johnson, US Naval Academy

    Justice Tanya Kennedy, Appellate Division, NY Courts

    Lucy Onyeforo, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (moderator)

    Jennifer H. Wu, Groombridge, Wu, Baughman & Stone LLP

    • .5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias and .5 Professional Practice credits in NY; 1.0 Professional Practice credit in NJ
  • This session will address best practices for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Law firm leaders and scholars will discuss actionable strategies for expanding women’s leadership roles in law firms and other organizations. It will also discuss ways in which women can promote themselves in a way that is authentic and effective.

    Featuring:

    Camille C. Bent, Baker & Hostetler LLP

    Laurie Berke-Weiss, Berke-Weiss Law PLLC (moderator)

    Palmina Fava, Vinson & Elkins LLP

    María Teresa Paillés, SMPS Legal

    David Smith, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

    Paula Vieira, Mattos Filho

    • CLE Credit: 1. Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias credits in NY; 1.0 Professional Practice credit in NJ
  • Featuring: Kathleen Smith Ruhland, DLA Piper US

Cost and Payment

  • $750 individual registration
  • $500 discounted registration for alumni of any Fordham Law program
  • $500 discounted registration for three or more participants from the same firm or organization

Pay for the program using a credit card.

CLE Credit

Continuing legal education credit for the program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State and New Jersey State CLE Boards for a maximum of 5 credits. New York credits are nontransitional (experienced) in the following areas (subject to change): New York - .5 Professional Practice, 3.5 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias, .5 Ethics and .5 Skills. New Jersey - 4.5 Professional Practice, and .5 Ethics credits.

Attendees seeking credit in another state will have to apply to their states' CLE Board for credit.

Featuring Speakers from the Following Firms and Organizations

  • Appellate Division, NY Courts
  • Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Berke-Weiss Law PLLC
  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
  • DLA Piper
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Fine, Kaplan & Black, R.P.C.
  • Fordham University
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
  • Groombridge, Wu, Baughman & Stone LLP 
  • Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Mayer Brown
  • Mattos Filho
  • New York State Office of Court Administration
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Scharf Banks Marmor LLC
  • SMPS Legal
  • US Naval Academy
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • WilmerHale