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.

  • TJSL Building
    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, faculty, and leaders. The conference will highlight a number of critically important topics including facilitating educational access for undocumented students, challenges to developing and nurturing a diverse educational environment, the importance of training students in professional programs (including medicine and law) to serve diverse populations, and attacks on affirmative action ranging from Prop 209 to the current U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas.

  • 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 (which Justice Ginsburg generously established for TJSL in 2003). A dynamic speaker, Abramson promises to give a spirited presentation. Other notables speaking at the conference include retired U.S. District Court Judge Irma Gonzalez and Santa Clara law professor Gerald Uelmen. Panels will focus on timely and controversial subjects, including: Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System?, Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law, and Women in Prison. The conference will be followed by a reception.

  • 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 military warrant legislative changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and explores the topic of women serving in elite combat units.

  • 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. Download the 2013 Conference Program

  • 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

    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.