Conference Topics and Keynote Speakers

2013 HER HONOR: Women in the Judiciary

Honored Guest: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Susan Williams

Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Keynote Address: “Women and Judging: A Feminist Approach to Judgment and the Issue of Customary Law”


2012 Reproductive Justice: Examining Choice and Autonomy in the New Millennium

(co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Dr. Sarah Weddington

Professor, Attorney, Legislator, Presidential Advisor and Lead Counsel, Roe v. Wade

Keynote Address: “Women Lawyers: The Importance of Leadership”


2011 Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law

(co-sponsored by the California Indian Association)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor and Justice Stacy L. Leeds

Interim Associate Dean and Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

Chief Justice, Supreme Court for the Kickapoo Tribe

Chief Justice, Supreme Court for the Kaw Nation

Chief Judge, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation District Court

Keynote Address: “Resistance, Resilience, and Reconciliation: Reflections on Native American Women and the Law”


2010 Women of Color and Intersectionality

(co-sponsored by UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies Program)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw

UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School

Keynote Address: “Intersectionality and Women of Color”


2009 Confronting Domestic Violence Head On: The Role of Power in Domestic Relationships

(co-sponsored by The Relationship Training Institute of San Diego)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Cheryl Hanna

Vermont Law School

Keynote Address: “Behind the Castle Walls: Balancing Privacy and Security in Domestic Abuse Cases”


2008 Women in Politics: The Role of Gender in Political Decision-Making

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Barbara Palmer

Department of Government, American University

Keynote Address: “Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling: Incumbency, Redistricting, and the Success of Women Candidates”


2007 Virtual Women: Emerging Issues in Gender and Intellectual Property Law

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss

Pauline Newman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Keynote Address: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun: What Can Feminist Theory Tell Us About Incentives?”


2006 Sexuality at Work

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Vicki Schultz

Ford Foundation Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Keynote Address: “The Sanitized Workplace”


2005 The Global Impact of Feminist Legal Theory

(co-sponsored by Emory University’s Feminism and Legal Theory Project)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Kathryn Abrams

Associate Dean and Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Keynote Address: “Work in the Global Context”


2004 What U.S. Lawyers Can Learn from International Law: Concepts of Gender Equality Across Legal Cultures

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Martha Albertson Fineman

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

Keynote Address: “Comparative Concepts of Equality Across Legal Cultures: The Use of International and Human Rights Ideas, Norms, and Concepts in U.S. Jurisprudence”


2003 Women and the Maternal Wall

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Professor Joan Williams

American University Washington College School of Law presently at U.C. Hastings College of the Law

Keynote Address: “Beyond the Glass Ceiling: The Maternal Wall as a Barrier to Gender Equality”


2002 Women and Family Law

Keynote Speaker: Justice Judith McConnell

California Fourth District Court of Appeal

Keynote Address: “Women in the Law: Changing the Way Courts Do Business”


2001 Women as Workers

Keynote Speaker: Professor Deborah L. Rhode

Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Keynote Address: “Women in the Law: The Unfinished Agenda”