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 10, 2006
    The 2006 conference, "Sexuality at Work" examined whether a sexually-charged employment setting harms women or whether sanitizing the workplace actually impedes gender equality.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2005
    February 18, 2005 to February 19, 2005
    In 2005, Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Women and the Law Project joined with Emory University’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project to co-host a two-day conference, The Global Impact of Feminist Legal Theory, which focused on the effect of feminist legal theory beyond U.S. borders.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2005
    February 18, 2005 to February 19, 2005
    In 2005, Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Women and the Law Project joined with Emory University’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project to co-host a two-day conference, The Global Impact of Feminist Legal Theory, which focused on the effect of feminist legal theory beyond U.S. borders.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2004
    February 20, 2004
    The Fourth Annual Women and the Law Conference focused on What U.S. Lawyers Can Learn from International Law: Concepts of Gender Equality across Legal Cultures.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2003
    April 25, 2003
    At the Third Annual Conference, Women and the Maternal Wall, Joan C. Williams, then Professor of Law at American University and presently Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California Hastings College of the Law, delivered the first Ruth Bader Ginsburg lecture.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2002
    March 19, 2002
    The Second Annual Women and the Law Conference focused on women and the family.
  • Women and the Law Conference 2001
    February 15, 2001
    The Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s inaugural Women and the Law Conference in 2001, "Women as Workers," featured Professor Deborah Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.