Eighth Annual Women and the Law Conference and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture
Please join us for the Eighth Annual Women and the Law Conference as we explore Women in Politics and The Role of Gender in Political Decision Making.
Women have made enormous strides in the political arena and are enjoying a presence that is unparalleled in the United States. Women are being elected to state and local governments in numbers greater than ever. A record number of women now serve in the 110th Congress: 74 in the House of Representatives and 16 in the Senate. California voters have played a critical role in this progress by electing two female senators and the first female Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
2008 promises to be another exciting political year with the first candidacy of a woman for the office of President of the United States. Women are still a long way, however, from the day in which the ultimate glass ceiling will be easily shattered and a candidate’s gender will be considered truly irrelevant in an election.
Women and the Law Conference Overview:
This year's Women and the Law Conference brings together an inspirational panel of female politicians and political scientists to examine the role of gender in U.S. politics. The conference speakers will explore a number of topics, including: the intersection of race, class and gender in elections; the role of gender in campaign messages; gender voting patterns; partisan differences in the nomination of women to office, female congressional candidates; and male/female judicial voting patterns.
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Women as Leaders
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Getting Elected and Staying In Office: Special Challenges Faced By Women (Part I)
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture
Barbara Palmer, Assistant Professor, American University,
Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling: Incumbency, Redistricting, and the Success of Women Candidates
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Getting Elected and Staying in Office: Special Challenges Faced By Women (Part II)
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Assessing the Impact (If Any) of Gender on Decision - Making in Law and Politics
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit (MCLE):
MCLE credit is available upon request. Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the five (5) hours of which one (1) hour will apply to Elimination of Bias.