Women and the Law Conference 2018

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Date: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:30am

Friday, February 9, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


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Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 18th Annual Women and the Law Conference, Her Place at the Bargaining Table: Gender, Negotiation and “Risky” Decision-Making, will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

This conference brings together leading experts and practitioners to focus exclusively on issues related to gender and the law to address the issue of women at the bargaining table. How does gender affect the way we approach and manage negotiations in a variety of settings?

Explorations into the enduring wage gap between men and women prompt us to examine this important topic. Despite advances, women on average continue to earn roughly 80 cents for each male dollar earned. In 1960, women earned approximately 64 cents for each male dollar and experts estimate that the gap will likely not close for at least another 40 years...longer for Latina or African American women. What accounts for this gap? Is it explicit sexism, implicit bias, male and female divergent life choices? 

Negotiation experts maintain that women’s antipathy to negotiation and risk-taking provides a partial explanation. This year’s topic explores women and decision-making, with particular attention paid to the art and science of bargaining for advantage. 

Professor Linda C. Babcock will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture. Babcock continues in a long line of illustrious speakers who have been honored as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer, a lecture series Justice Ginsburg generously established for Thomas Jefferson in 2003.


8:30 - 9:30     Check In and Continental Breakfast

9:30 - 9:45     Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  • Joan Bullock, Dean and President, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Ellen Waldman, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

9:45 - 11:00    Her Place at the Bargaining Table: The View from the Academy

  • Beth Chung, Professor of Management, San Diego State University
  • Charles Craver, Freda H. Alverson Professor of Law, George Washington University  
  • Thalma Lobel, Professor of Psychology, Tel Aviv University
  • Claire Wright, Visiting Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Moderator: Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

11:00 - 11:15   Break

11:15 - 12:30   Her Place at the Bargaining Table - The View from the Legal Profession

  • Nadia P. Bermudez, Shareholder, Klinedinst
  • Meryl Maneker, Partner, Wilson Turner Kosmo
  • Heather Riley, Partner, Allen Matkins
  • Susan Swan, Owner, Swan Employment Law 
    Moderator: Ellen Waldman, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

12:30 - 2:00    Lunch Break

2:00 - 3:00     16th Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture
                       Barriers to Women's 
Advancement: Negotiation and Allocation
                       of Time in the Workplace

  • Linda C. Babcock, James M. Walton Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University

3:00 - 4:00     Her Place at the Bargaining Table: The View from the Neutrals

  • Lucie Barron, Founder and President, ADR Services
  • Hon. Christine Goldsmith (Ret.), Mediator and Arbitrator, Judicate West
  • Hon. Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.), Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
  • Hon. Nancy Wieben Stock (Ret.), Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
    Moderator: Marquetta Stewart Brown, Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

4:00 - 4:15     Closing Remarks

  • Ellen Waldman, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

4:15 - 5:00     Reception


Please note: Advanced registration required. Fees are non-refundable and include the reception.

  • FREE   All students with valid photo ID
  • FREE   Thomas Jefferson School of Law Faculty and Staff
  • FREE   Prospective Students
  • $30     Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni (with or without MCLE credit)
  • $30     Lawyers Club Members
  • $30     Attorneys in Practice less than 5 years (not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $40     General public (not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $45     All others (seeking MCLE credit)

Online Registration has closed, day of registration will be available at the event.


4 hours MCLE Credit

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.

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If you have any questions, please contact Vi Sary at vsary@tjsl.edu.