Hosted by New Jersey Bar Association
"Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election
NJSBA Women's Bench/Bar Conference
A special nonpartisan presentation to address important gender-related considerations in the legal profession, the law, and the political arena.
New Jersey State Bar Association
NJSBA Women in the Profession Section
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Seton Hall University School of Law
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Click here for the registration form:
Or call 732-214-8500 to register by phone.
Program Agenda at a Glance:
I Introductory Session (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Political Pathways in the Law: Insights from Travelers from the Bench and Bar
Panelists will provide insight into the strategies they use to incorporate politics into their careers, as well as the obstacles they face in doing so. You’ll 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.
Introductory Session Panelists Include:
Hon. Harriet Derman, PJSC (Ret.)
Ayesha K. Hamilton, Esq.
Jodi Rosenberg, Esq.
II Networking Break & Cocktail Reception (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Enjoy light refreshments while networking with your peers.
III Plenary Session (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election: Where We Stand and Where To Go
Plenary Session Panelists Include:
Paula A. Franzese, Esq.
Peter W. Rodino Professor
of Law, Seton Hall University
School of Law (Newark)
Senator Loretta Weinberg
NJ Legislative District 37 (D)
Senator Jennifer Beck
NJ Legislative District 11 (R)
Emily Martin, Esq.
General Counsel and
Vice-President for Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center
Paulette Brown, Esq.
Immediate Past President, ABA
Partner, Locke Lord LLP
Dr. Ruth Mandel
Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
Michele Coleman Mayes
General Counsel, NY Public Library
Chair, ABA Commission on Women
About the Plenary Session:
Featuring a panel of highly accomplished women, the program 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. Next, the program will 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 aims of
gender-based equality have been helped and hindered.
The program will conclude by advancing a set of proposed prescriptions for reform, to help to 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."