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Women and the Law Conference 2014

February 21, 2014

Thomas Jefferson School of Law presents the 14th Annual Women and the Law Conference


Friday, February 21, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Reception to follow

Room 325

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Ave.

San Diego, CA 92101

2014 WLC Program | 2014 WLC History

MCLE Credit Available

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. The conference will be of interest not just to those with a military connection, but to anyone who seeks to gain insight on leadership and success from some of the nation’s most powerful lawyers in uniform.


2014 Keynote Speaker

Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi

Judge Advocate General, United States Navy

Vice Admiral DeRenzi is the first woman to serve as Judge Advocate General. She is the highest-ranking lawyer in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

2014 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer

Captain Stacy A. Pedrozo

Commanding Officer, Naval Justice School

Captain Pedrozo serves as Commanding Officer of the Naval Justice School, which trains every lawyer in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.


8:30 – 9:00              Check-in

9:00 – 9:15              Welcome

9:15 – 9:45              Gretchen Means, Sexual Assault and Complex Litigation Highly Qualified Expert

                                for the United States Marine Corps LSSS-West

                                The Comparative Anatomy of Military Sexual Assault Prosecution

9:45 – 10:30            Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer: Captain Stacy A. Pedrozo, JAGC, US Navy,

                                Commanding Officer of the Naval Justice School

                                Sea Change: Women in the 21st Century U.S. Military

10:30 – 10:45          Break

10:45 – 12:15          Panel Discussion: Do Recent Statistics on Sexual Assault in the Military Warrant

                                Further Changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice?

The morning panel will explore the political and legislative dimensions of recent highly-publicized statistics on sexual assault in the military, including whether changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice are likely to be effective in combating these crimes. The panel will discuss the rights of accused service members and the implications of the potential removal of the discretion of the military convening authority in courts martial, and will discuss factors unique to the prosecution of sexual assault cases under the military justice system.

     Moderator: Colonel Jane L. Siegel, USMC (Ret.)      Panelists: Gretchen Means                      Brigadier General David M. Brahms, USMC (Ret.)                      Kathleen Gilberd                      Major Melanie Mann, USMC     12:15 – 1:30            Lunch break

1:45 – 3:00              Keynote Speaker: Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi, JAGC, US Navy,

                               Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy

3:00 – 3:15              Break

3:15 – 4:15              Panel Discussion: Women’s Service in Elite Combat Forces

The afternoon panel will explore the feasibility of women integrating into the elite forces of the U.S. military. A panel consisting of both active and former active-duty service members will discuss issues such as equipment and standards along with lessons learned when the military has previously integrated underrepresented service members into various communities.

     Moderator: Jennifer E. McCollough      Panelists: Rear Admiral Patrick E. McGrath, US Navy (Ret.)                      Kristen Kavanaugh                     Lieutenant Commander Renee May, USNR 

                    Rear Admiral Garry J. Bonelli, US Navy (Ret.)

4:15                         Dean’s Wrap-Up

4:30                         Reception (8th Floor)


• FREE for all registered students with photo ID, TJSL faculty and TJSL staff

• $25 for active duty and retired military personnel, TJSL alumni, and Lawyers Club members

• $35 for general public

Registration is CLOSED


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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