Leading Women Attorneys in Rhode Island Discuss Work and Life

This Tuesday, there is a great forum exploring leading women lawyers and “defining success in work and life” sponsored by the RWU School of Law and the RI Women’s Bar Association

Leading Lawyers: Defining Success in Work & Life
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Law School Room 283

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Keynote Address by Cynthia Thomas Calvert, Esq. – Barrier Update: The Glass Ceiling and Maternal Wall in Law Firms Today – Cynthia Thomas Calvert is the co-director of the Project for Attorney Retention (“PAR”), at the Center for WorkLife Law.  The Center studies law firms? retention and advancement of female attorneys and work/life issues in legal employment.   As one of its hallmarks, PAR works with all stakeholders to develop practical solutions to issues of attorney retention and the advancement of women lawyers.

2:15 – 3:30
Panel Presentation: Women Who Broke Through.  Moderator: Mary Holper, Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law.  This panel will feature women who have broken through the “glass ceiling,” focusing on the path these women followed to their current position, including how they overcame challenges along the way.

  • Beverly Ledbetter, Brown University
  • The Honorable Judith Savage, RI Superior Court
  • Patricia Sullivan, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
  • Miriam Weizenbaum, Deluca & Weizenbaum, Ltd.

3:30 – 3:45

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel Presentation: Balancing the Scales.  Moderator: Colleen Murphy, Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law.  This panel will explore the strategies that women practitioners implement in their professional careers to address work/life issues, highlighting different ways that they both define and achieve success.

  • Patricia Andrews, Law Offices of Patricia Andrews
  • Ondine Galvez-Sniffen, Catholic Social Services of Fall River
  • Martha Holt, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI
  • Olayinka Oredugba, City of Providence

5:00 p.m.

RSVPs are requested but not required.  Please email Feinstein.Institute@rwu.edu if you plan to attend.


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