WLC Conference Archive

History of the Women and the Law Conference:

Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the Women and the Law Project inaugurated the Women and the Law Conference in 2001. Fostered by a committed group of faculty, staff, and students, the series was the first annual event in the western United States focusing exclusively on gender issues and the law. In 2003, with the generous support of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who visited the law school that year, we established the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture Series.


  • February 5, 2016
    The 16th Annual Women and the Law Conference, Pursuing Excellence: Diversity in Higher Education, brings together leading academics, educators, institutional leaders, and policy makers to examine how diversity in institutions of higher education affects and is inspired by students,...
  • March 27, 2015
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 2015 Women and the Law Conference will explore Women and the Criminal Justice System. Noted criminal defense attorney and author Leslie Abramson, who handled the Menendez Brothers trial and the Phil Spector case, will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture (...
  • February 21, 2014
    The 2014 Women and the Law Conference gathers together a slate of luminaries in military leadership to explore the unique forces shaping women’s access to power in the U.S. military. The conference focuses on a number of issues, including whether new statistics on sexual assault in the...
  • Women and the Law Conference 2013
    February 8, 2013
    Our 13th annual Women and the Law Conference brought together prestigious jurists and distinguished academics to discuss “HER HONOR: Women in the Judiciary.” The conference reflected on the challenges and achievements of women judges and their effect on their legal systems....
  • Women and the Law Conference 2012
    February 24, 2012
    This conference brought together world renowned experts to examine issues related to birth control, reproduction, assisted reproductive technologies, parenthood, abortion, and access to reproductive medical services by minorities and other marginalized populations.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer Stacy Leeds
    February 18, 2011
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    Thomas Jefferson School of Law's 2011 Women and the Law Conference, titled "Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law" was co-sponsored by the California Indian Law Association.
  • Women of Color and Intersectionality: Understanding and Addressing Challenges
    April 30, 2010
    The 10th Annual Women and the Law Conference was co-sponsored by UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies and focused on Women of Color and Intersectionality.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2009
    February 27, 2009
    The Ninth Annual Women and the Law Conference was co-sponsored by the Relationship Training Institute and addressed the epidemic of domestic violence in the United States.
  • 2008 Women and the Law Conference
    February 29, 2008
    The Eighth Annual Women and the Law Conference explored women in politics and the role of gender in political decision making.
  • February 19, 2007
    The Seventh Annual Women and the Law Conference, "Virtual Women – Emerging Issues in Gender and Intellectual Property Law," focused on the theoretical underpinnings of gender and intellectual property, the culture of gender and intellectual property, and gender issues in patent law...