On March 29, 2016 Cardozo Women co-sponsored an event with the Cardozo Leadership Association for Women (a student group) and the Center for Career Advancement and Professionalism to present Andrea S. Kramer, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and author of Breaking Through Bias, Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed At Work.
Andrea spoke to a large crowd of students and alumni about the fact that women and men often communicate differently because of gender stereotypes, biases, and the ways in which girls are socialized. When women lawyers understand stereotypes and the biases that flow from them, they are able to effectively combat gender discrimination and advance in their careers. Andie discussed the extent and pervasive nature of gender bias in the legal profession and demonstrated how gender stereotypes foster biased treatment of women lawyers. Additionally, she addressed communication patterns that exacerbate gender bias and adversely affect women's careers, providing techniques to empower women to work around or take advantage of these patterns.
On January 29, 2013, members of Cardozo Women gathered for a panel discussion on "Women and Finance in the New Millennium." Speakers discussed why women’s financial requirements and issues are unique and why women of every age must think proactively about the financial future. The conversation also helped attendees understand how entitlement reform may impact Medicare and Social Security and why the policy debate on these issues is important.
In their first collaboration, Cardozo Women and the Alumni Association’s Intellectual Property Practice Group sponsored a Spring Networking Event, “Law and the Fashion Industry,” on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. More than a hundred alums and current students heard Barbara Kolsun ’82, general counsel for Stuart Weitzman, discuss her new book “Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys.” Barbara’s panel also included Rachel Waranch ’05, director - associate counsel at Chanel, and Melissa Roth ’06, intellectual property counsel - Americas at Burberry.
On Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Cardozo Women kicked off their 2009-2010 program year with a networking event, “Whose Breast Cancer Genes Are They, Anyway?” featuring Daniel Ravicher, associate director of the Intellectual Property Law Program and executive director of the Public Patent Foundation. Professor Ravicher detailed the rationale for the lawsuit filed by PUBPAT and the ACLU challenging patents on human breast cancer genes. Dean Matthew Diller, addressing Cardozo Women for the first time in his tenure, commended the group for its work on behalf of the law school. A highlight of the evening was the awarding of the first CARDOZO WOMEN Scholarship to Jacqueline Murekatete, a 1L who has already been recognized internationally for her work as a human rights activist and genocide survivor’s advocate.
Cardozo Women wrapped up a busy year of programs on June 3, 2009 with a presentation by Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder (ret.) titled “Gender, Fairness, and Professionalism.” With approximately sixty alumnae and students in attendance, Judge Snyder encouraged the group to build and expand their professional contacts to create enduring “old-girl” networks to serve them throughout their careers. Judge Snyder’s talk was arranged by Liz Kase ’99, who worked for the Snyder when she was a New York Criminal Court judge. Judge Snyder’s talk was arranged by Liz Kase ’99, who worked for Leslie Crocker Snyder when she was a New York Criminal Court judge.
On Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Cardozo Women held the second of its practice area-focused networking events, “The Long Line at the Golden Door: Current Immigration Issues” in the Kathryn O. and Alan C. Greenberg Center for Student Life. With a new administration in Washington, and the immigration debate once again attracting national attention, Cardozo students, alums, and friends gathered to hear from alumnae and faculty whose work puts them at the center of the immigration dialogue.
Presentations were made by Hon. Sara Burr ’80, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (personal capacity), New York Executive Office of Immigration Review; Lisa Eisenberg ’05, Immigration Attorney, Law Offices of Lynn R. Newkofsky; Noemi Masliah ’79, Immigration Attorney, Masliah & Soloway PC; and Peter L. Markowitz, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Cardozo. One CLE transitional credit in the category of professional practice was offered for the program, which was followed by a cocktail buffet and informal networking. The final event in the series will be on June 3, 2009, “An Evening with Leslie Crocker Snyder.”
On Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Cardozo Women held its Fall 2008 Networking Event “Perspectives on Personal Injury Practice.” Organized and moderated by Loretta Gastwirth ’82, the event brought fifty alumnae back to Cardozo – many new to Cardozo Women -- to hear Shoshana Bookson ’82, Lisa Nathanson Busch ’93, and Marisa Viscelli Goetz ’82 describe their practices, their strategies for generating new business, and their experiences as practitioners in a male-dominated field. This was the first of three practice-area specific events to be held in 2008 – 2009. Subsequent programs are planned in the areas of immigration law and criminal law for the spring. The networking portion of the evening was both congenial and energizing, with alumnae from all practice specialties exchanging information and referrals.
On July 24, 2008 approximately 20 alumnae gathered at the Law School for a mid-summer breakfast to hear a presentation on “Trends in New York City Residential Real Estate.” The talk, given by Debra Peltz ’97 of Sotheby’s International Real Estate and Melissa Cohn of Manhattan Mortgage, had a rapt audience on a morning just weeks following the failure of IndyMac Bank and the near-collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The event was a strong start for the 2008-2009 Cardozo Women events series.