2020-21 Events


2019-2020 Events

Fall 2019

Thursday, October 14, at 12:30 PM 

A Conversation on Campus Sexual Assault: Raising Awareness and Being a Legal Advocate

Thursday, October 17, at 12:30 PM • Room 4045

Women in Tech

Join us for a conversation with Kathy Hibbs, Esq., Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer of 23andMe, and Dani Abada, fintech associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, about their careers and finding success as a woman in the tech industry. Moderated by Professor Arti Rai. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Women Law Students Association, the Duke Law Technology Society, Duke Center on Law & Technology, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. For more information, please contact Christine Mullen at christine.mullen@duke.edu.

Monday, October 14, at 12:30 PM • Room 3037

Guns and Domestic Violence: U.S. and International Human Rights Law Perspectives

Friday, October 4, at 12:30 PM • Room 4055

Class Participation and Engaging Your Professors: Hands-On Strategies

Friday, September 13 at 12:30 PM • Law School Marcy’s Garden

Women Law Students Association Kickoff Lunch

Please join the Women Law Students Association (WLSA) for its annual kickoff event. This year’s kickoff is extra special because the Class of 2022 is an unprecedented 59% women! To celebrate, we’ll be on the front lawn with a lunch buffet, Locopops, yard games, music, and swag. This is great opportunity to welcome the 1Ls and for 1Ls to meet their WLSA mentors and more of the WLSA community. Sponsored by WLSA, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. For more information, please contact Christine Mullen at christine.mullen@duke.edu.

Wednesday, September 11 at 12:30 PM • Law School 3041

Where Gender Identity and Biology Collide: A Conversation with Professors Doriane Coleman and Laurence Helfer

A discussion with Duke Law’s very own professor Doriane Coleman, a former international 800m competitor and expert in the Olympic Movement and sex as it relates to sport, and professor Laurence Helfer, an expert in international law, human rights, and LGBT rights. They will focus on the implications of the recent decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding two-time Olympic champion, Caster Semenya. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Human Rights Law Society, the International Law Society, OutLaw, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the Women Law Students Association. For more information, please contact Cody Hall (cody.hall@lawnet.duke.edu), Matt Steyl (matthew.steyl@lawnet.duke.edu), Bobby DeNault (robert.denault@lawnet.duke.edu), Zack Flagel (zachary.flagel@lawnet.duke.edu), Kaitlin Ray (kaitlin.m.ray@lawnet.duke.edu), or Christine Mullen (christine.mullen@lawnet.duke.edu).

Anticipated Spring 2020

  • February and March: 2017 Spring Series

WLSA hosts lunch events, panels, and smaller discussions throughout the year. For more detailed event information, please check the official Duke Law Event Calendar.


Past Events




  • February 25, 2014 – Business Development: Successful Women Rainmakers: Succeeding in a law firm often depends on your book of business. Join WLSA for a panel featuring successful women rainmakers and hear how they made the connections that led to their positions in the upper echelons of the profession. Our panelists are: Karen Popp (Partner and Executive Committee Member, Sidley Austin LLP), Mary Nash Rusher (Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams, Raleigh), and Amy Batten (Partner, Smith Anderson). They will be sharing their business development strategies and tips for young attorneys. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Ruthanne Minoru at ruthanne.minoru@lawnet.duke.edu for more information.
  • February 20, 2014 – The Balancing Act: Tips for Navigating Professional and Personal Commitments: WLSA is pleased to announce The Balancing Act: Finding a Work-Life Balance. Please join a panel of legal professionals as they discuss the struggles they have faced and success they have found in finding a balance between a professional career and a fulfilling personal life. This is a great opportunity to learn from individuals who strived to find a work-life balance before beginning summer jobs or permanent positions. This event is part of WLSA’s Spring Series: Professional Skills and Pathways to Success. Sponsored by: Duke Women Law Student Association. Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Chantalle Carles at chantalle.carles@duke.edu.
  • February 27, 2014 – Women in National Security Law: Navigating Careers in the Field: Please join WLSA for a panel featuring female leaders within the field of national security law. The panelist are: Lt. Col. Katherine Oler (Staff Judge Advocate), Michele Pearce (Staff Lead and Counsel of the US House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services), and Erin Wirtanen (principal litigation attorney at the Office of General Counsel for the CIA). This event is co-sponsored by the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and is an early arrival event for the 20th Annual National Security Law Conference. Please note that you do not need to register for the conference to attend this panel. Lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Anushka Rahman at anr23@duke.edu.
  • March 6, 2014 – Women in Litigation: Strategies for Being a Successful Advocate: Lunch will be served. For more information please contact Katlin Karges at katlin.karges@duke.edu.
  • March 19, 2014 – Women in Robes: Perspectives from the North Carolina Bench
  • March 25, 2014 – Women in Public Interest
  • April 4, 2014 – Mastering Negotiation Skills: Advocating For Yourself: Please join WLSA for a program featuring Sara Laschever – a cultural critic and author (“Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation” and “Ask For It! How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want”) known for her work investigating the obstacles, detours, and special circumstances that shape women’s lives and careers. She has also briefed Congress on issues related to the gap between women and men when it comes to advocating for themselves and their careers. Ms. Laschever will be speaking about women and negotiation and providing attendees with tangible tools and strategies to use in negotiating for increased resources and opportunities for advancement in the legal field, and the working world in general. Co-sponsored by K&L Gates. For more information, please contact Haniya Mir at haniya.mir@duke.edu.


  • January 9, 2013 – A Conversation with Attorneys at Kirkland & Ellis: Lunchtime conversation about women in the law, interviewing tips, associate v. partner life, and more. Ms. Eva Davis, a graduate of Duke (’87) and Harvard Law (’90), is the founding partner of the Corporate Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis. She concentrates her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance. Ms. Shiran Zohar, a graduate of UCLA (’06) and Duke Law (’12), is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Kirkland & Ellis.
  • February 19, 2013 – In-house Counsel Panel: Panel discussion with in-house corporate counsel. Diana Allen (Associate General Counsel at Cree, Inc.), Kimberley Maney (Senior Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline) and Christy Gudaitis (Associate University Counsel, Duke University and Duke University Health System)
  • March 6, 2013 – Public Interest Panel: Panel discussion with attorneys working in public interest law. Amanda McRae (Center for Reproductive Rights), Amanda Schwoerke (PETA) and Kendra Montgomery-Blinn (Executive Director, NC Innocence Commission).

2012 WOMEN IN THE LAW CONFERENCE  Working the System: Creating a Women’s World from the Inside Out – January 20, 2012

  • 8:00-8:55 AM – Registration / Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – Keynote Address: Marisa Wesley, Partner at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP, Co-Founder of the Kate Stoneman Project
  • 10:00 AM – Public Interest Panel
  • 11:15 AM – Private Practice Panel
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:45 PM – The Armed Forces Panel
  • 3:00 PM – Diversity Networking Reception

2011 WOMEN IN THE LAW CONFERENCE – Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Tools and Creative Solutions for Professional and Personal Success – January 28, 2011

  • 9:30 AM – Registration / Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM – Communication Panel
  • 11:15 AM – Keynote Address: Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Durham, ’71
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch / Innovators Panel
  • 1:45 PM – Happiness Panel
  • 3:00 PM – Diversity Networking Reception