Women and Family Law
Keynote Speaker: Justice Judith McConnell
California Fourth District Court of Appeals
The Second Annual Women and the Law Conference theme was Women and Family Law. The Honorable Judith McConnell, presiding Justice of the California Fourth District California Court of Appeal, delivered the keynote address, titled “Women in the Law: Changing the Way Courts Do Business,” which reviewed law reform movements aimed at eliminating gender bias in the courts and in substantive law. Her lecture was followed by presentations from Thomas Jefferson Professors Marybeth Herald, Ellen Waldman, Laura Adams and Ruth Philips, who discussed the rights of spouses to terminate life support, assisted reproductive technology, war crimes and family violence, and refugee laws and domestic violence.