In 1975, the first class of women law students graduated from Washington and Lee University. Over the past forty years, the legal profession has evolved to better support the female sex. Today, women lawyers work as respected equity partners, members of Congress, law school deans, and justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. They run their own law firms and they run for U.S. President. Women have progressed because they have fought hard for a seat at the table, yet disparities in pay and barriers to advancement still persist.

The panelists explored the state of women in the law based on their professional and personal experiences. The first panel, comprised of alumnae representing four decades of W&L law women, addressed the advancement of women in the profession. The second panel discussed the persistence of gender disparities in the legal field and how young female attorneys can bridge barriers they may face in the workplace through a roundtable discussion.

The symposium's full program and subsequent report on the inaugural event are linked here: Program and Symposium Report.

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Friday, March 27th
2:45 PM

Panel I: The Advancement of Women in the Law

Harriet D. Dorsey '76L, Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court 27th Judicial District of Virginia
Mary M. Johnston '84L, Superior Court of Delaware
Monika L. Jaensson '93L, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Jennifer G. Dean '12L, Virginia Immigration Law Center

Millhiser Moot Court Room

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

3:00 PM

Panel II: Bridging Gender Barriers in the Legal Profession

Rebecca Connelly '88L, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
Jacqueline F. Ward Talevi '83L, Roanoke General District Court, 23rd Judicial District of Virginia
Kelly Faglioni '92L, Hunton & Williams LLP
Laura E. Frazier '08L, Law Office of Laura E. Frazier
Elizabeth Gunn, Sands Anderson PC
Marie Washington '03L, Law Office of Marie Washington

Millhiser Moot Court Room

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM