Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election

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March 14 event examines the role of women in the political process

February 17, 2017
Contact: Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director Communications
NEW BRUNSWICK - Some of the state’s leading female attorneys and politicians will discuss the recent election, what is happening in today’s legal landscape and what can be done going forward at a New Jersey State Bar Association event March 14.
“Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election” will begin with a practical discussion surrounding the conclusions to be drawn from the demographics and trends in the 2016 election cycle as they relate to gender, politics, representation and leadership.
The program will then focus on the contemporary legal landscape, existing and emerging laws, the current and future composition of the U.S. Supreme Court, and other relevant precedent, to better understand how the goals of gender-based equality have been helped and hindered.
The program will conclude by advancing a set of proposed prescriptions for reform to help close the gap between ‘what is’ and ‘what ought to be’ with respect to achieving full and equal participation of women in the workplace and the halls of leadership. Throughout the discussion, the panel will provide insight into the best ways to use existing and emerging paradigms to advance the goals of equality.
The session panelists include Paula A. Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, who will serve as the moderator; Senator Loretta Weinberg; Senator Jennifer Beck; Emily Martin, general counsel and vice-president for workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center; Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel of the New York Public Library and chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women; Paulette Brown, the immediate past president of the American Bar Association and a partner at Locke Lord in Morristown, and Ruth Mandel, the director of Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
The event will also include an introductory session titled “Political Pathways in the Law: Insights from Travelers from the Bench and Bar.”
The panelists for the opening session, who include retired Judge Harriet Derman; NJSBA Trustee Jodi Rosenberg and Ayesha K. Hamilton, vice chair of the association’s Solo and Small-Firm Practice Section, will provide insight into the strategies they use to incorporate politics into their careers, as well as the obstacles they face in doing so. Participants will gain a practical understanding of how to build and leverage a network you can use in support of both political and non-political career goals.
The event is cosponsored by the NJSBA’s Women in the Profession Section, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and Seton Hall University School of Law.
If You Go

Tuesday, March 14, 4 to 8 p.m. New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick
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