2016 Conference

Ms. JD presents its Eighth Annual Conference on Women in the Law:

“Superwomen JDs”

Friday, February 19, 2016 at NYU School of Law.

A culmination of Ms. JD’s national programming, this conference brings aspiring and early career women lawyers from legal markets around the country together for a summit on the progress and remaining challenges for women in the profession.  An overview of the conference agenda is available below. The Ms. JD Honors awards reception will end the conference. Please visit here to view the Ms. JD Honors award recipients and to purchase congratulations cards and/or slides to celebrate their accomplishments. 

Register Here!*

Directions to NYU can be found here.  

Ms. JD is recommending the following hotels for conference guests: Sheraton Four Points and Hampton Inn.  Book rooms here!

*NY Attorney Financial Aid Available. See policy on Conference Registration page. 

Superwomen JDs Conference Agenda

8-8:30 AM: Fuel to Fly: Breakfast, Registration and Networking

8:30-9:00 AM: Hello Heroines and Heros: Welcome from Ms. JD

9-9:15 AM: Squad Up! Ms. JD Bingo

9:15-10:30 AM: Session 1 - With Our Powers Combined: Intersectionality and the Law

What is meant by "intersectionality" and "covering", and why are they such important topics for all of us to be aware of, to learn more about, and to talk about in an honest and respectful way? How may we work toward making the legal academy and profession more inclusive? What are ways in which we can open and create more opportunities for all women in law? The purpose of this session will be to explore these and related questions, with help from a dynamic team of speakers and small-group discussion facilitators.

  • Moderator: Juliana Siconolfi, Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School and Ms. JD Board Member
  • Noorain Khan, Program Officer, Office of the President at the Ford Foundation
  • Julie S. Alarcón, JD Candidate at the UC Hastings College of Law, Founding Member of the Women of Color Initiative at UC Hastings College of Law,  and Ms. JD Fellow
  • Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the New York Public Library and Chair of the American Bar Associate Commission on Women in the Profession

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


10:35 AM-12:15 PM: Session 2 - Break-Out Sessions

          Session A: Finding your Superpowers: Defining Your Emblem and Forming Alliances

There is not much debate that networking and branding are critical to lawyers' success in the current competitive legal market, whether it's on the job hunt or in developing business. Getting started and, more importantly, continuously following through on networking and branding strategies is where many lawyers struggle. Come and learn from a group of lawyers that have found their own unique way to develops their brand and hone their networking skills despite their demanding careers.

  • Moderator: Juliana Siconolfi, Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School and Ms. JD Board Member
  • Ingrid Busson-Hall, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Bank Regulatory Legal Group
  • Paula T. Edgar, Esq., Principal of PGE, LLC
  • Anna M. Romanskaya, Partner, Stark & D'Ambrosio, LLP and Chair-Elect of the ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • John Lim, Esq., MBA, Principal & Sr. Consultant, Vue Avant Consulting, LLC
  • B. Foster Blair, Jr., JD, Principal & Sr. Consultant, Foster Blair Consulting, LLC

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


         Session B: Law School: Find, Build, Harness Your Superpowers (and Triumph!)

Which activities will give me the best experience or prepare me for a particular field? Should I work during law school? How can I build strong professional relationships during law school? This session will expand on Ms. JD's Acing Law School ebook and webcast and, through a diverse group of panelists, explore the questions above along with other common issues that law students encounter. Attendees will learn new and practical ways to tackle these issues.

  • Moderator: Shannon McNeal, Ms. JD Board Member
  • Professor Barry Friedman, NYU Law Professor
  • Amber Mason, 3L, Howard University School of Law
  • Christine Sifferman, 2L, NYU School of Law
  • Captain Taylor Mattson, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


12:15-1:30 PM: Lunch/KeyNoteAnna the Authentic: Driving Change At the Speed of Girl

Anna Maria Chávez began her career journey in the very same Movement she now leads: Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award-winning community leader, Anna developed the leadership skills growing up as a Girl Scout in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her to the office of the chief executive of GSUSA.

Her experiences in Girl Scouting lit a passion for public service and social engagement that have defined Anna's educational and career paths. Her desire to make the world a better place led her from her hometown to Yale University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history before pursuing a juris doctorate at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. She has since been admitted to the Bar of the US District Court for the District of Arizona, the Arizona Supreme Court, and the US Supreme Court.

Professionally, Anna's interest in serving others brought her first to Washington, DC, where she held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton's administration, including senior policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater. She later returned to her home state of Arizona to serve as deputy chief of staff for urban relations and community development under then-Governor Janet Napolitano.

Anna returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009, upon looking for opportunities to work with youth. Serving as chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, she greatly enhanced the council's reach and visibility, growing its philanthropy and boosting membership. Her success earned her the respect and recognition of GSUSA's National Board, which appointed her chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA in 2011.

Do you have a question you'd like Anna Maria to discuss at #SuperwomenJDs? You can tweet your questions to us at @msjdorg, send them via Facebook message, or email them to socialmediamanager@ms-jd.org.


1:30-2:45 PM: Session 3 - No Need for Disguise: Using Mindfulness to Become a More Self-Aware Professional

During these three TED-style talks, our audience of superheroines and heroes will learn important skills for ensuring they are well prepared to take on their powerful roles in the world! In each presentation, we will explore a different way to achieve mindfulness through self-awareness. By increasing our awareness of why we may do what we do, we can listen more actively, move through the world with more purpose, and become more sensitive to context and perspective.

  • Moderator: Diana Stern, Ms. JD NWLSO Liason
  • Jaya Saxena, Assistant Director, Diversity and Inclusion, The George Washington University Law School, Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy
  • Gail Cummings, Attorney turned psychotherapist and executive coach 
  • Kristen Knepper, Chief Creative Officer, Vue Avant Consulting, LLC, Moving Forward Co Host and Personal Development Expert

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


3-4:15 PM: Session 4 - Break-Out Sessions

          Session A: Up, Up, and Away: Flying High in Private Practice

This panel will focus on practical ways that you can develop success now in private practice, covering issues such as how to seek effective feedback, handle mistakes or identify a mentor or sponsor. Learn how to handle these issues and more from private practice attorneys and their clients.

  • Moderator: Katherine Zhao, Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Ms. JD Board Member
  • Aisha Christian, General Counsel, Rent the Runway 
  • Tamerlin (Tammy) Godley, Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson
  • Nicole Fanjul, Associate, Latham & Watkins
  • Elizabeth Hague, Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Pamela Robertson, Partner, Squire Patten Boggs LLP

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


          Session B: If the Cape Fits: Careers in Fashion Law

During this session, panelists will discuss what it means to have a career in fashion law from how to break into it to what classes, practice areas, and issues will best prepare you to be a part of that.

  • Moderator: Hollyn Randolph, Ms. JD Board Member
  • Lois Herzeca, Partner, Gibson Dunn
  • Doreen Small, Partner, Marquart & Small LLP
  • Ruchi Desai, Associate, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Charles Colman, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, NYU School of Law

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


          Session C: I Need A Hero: Exploring Public Interest, Pro Bono, and Service Careers

This panel will help attendees explore the many public service fields where lawyers can enjoy working on public issues, such as nonprofit legal work, private public interest, government service and elected positions. Attendees will learn more about these areas of public service along with practical advice on how to prepare for or transition into these careers.

  • Moderator: Melissa Gardner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
  • Jessie Kornberg, CEO, Bet Tdzek
  • Matt Brinkerhoff, Founder, EMERY CELLI BRINCKERHOFF & ABADY LLP
  • Jennifer L. Rochon, General Counsel, Girl Scouts
  • Jessica Klein, Sullivan & Cromwell

To learn more about our speakers, click HERE!


4:30-6:30 PM: Ms. JD Honors Reception: Superwomen and The Incredible Men‚Äč

Vivia Chen, Author of The Careerist and Blogger for American Legal Media 


Thank you to our superhero conference sponsors!

Gold Sponsors:



Silver Sponsors




Bronze Sponsors

Paul Weiss LLP     Fish & Richardson LLP   Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP        

U.S. Air Force JAG Corps   Navy JAG Corps



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