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Women and the Law Conference 2015

March 27, 2015

Thomas Jefferson School of Law presents the 15th Annual Women and the Law Conference



Friday, March 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow

Rooms 323 & 325

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

WLC 2015 Program | WLC 2015 History

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.


Leslie Abramson

2015 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer

Leslie Abramson, a Criminal Defense Attorney, handled the first Menendez Brothers trial, Phil Spector’s case, and many other high-profile cases.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Check-in

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Welcome, Dean Thomas Guernsey

                            History of Women and the Law Conference, Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Panel 1: Are Women Treated Like Men in the Criminal Justice System?

Amita Sharma – KPBS, Moderator

  • Rita McKnight – San Diego County Sheriff’s Department bailiff
  • Bridget Kennedy – Attorney, Federal Defenders of San Diego
  • Rebecca Jones – San Diego criminal defense attorney
  • Cassandra Lawrenson – Editor-in-chief, Thomas Jefferson Law Review

Reading Materials

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture – Leslie Abramson, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney (ret.); author of The Defense is Ready

Reading Materials

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.  Lunch  

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.  Panel 2: Pathways to Power: Trailblazing Women in Criminal Law

Professor William Slomanson – Moderator

  • Gerald Uelmen – Santa Clara University School of Law professor (ret.); co-author of Justice Stanley Mosk: A Life at the Center of California Politics and Justice
  • Honorable Irma Gonzalez (Ret.) – U.S. District Court judge
  • Wendy Patrick – San Diego County Deputy District Attorney

​Reading Materials

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Panel 3: Women in Prison

Professor Julie Greenberg – Moderator

  • Maya Schenwar – Editor-in-chief of Truthout; author of Locked Down, Locked Out
  • Adriana Buelna – translator, paralegal and consultant; former federal prison inmate
  • Alex Landon – San Diego criminal defense attorney; co-author of A Parallel Universe
  • Julia Yoo – San Diego civil rights attorney

Reading Materials

5:00 p.m.  Wrap-up, Professor Marjorie Cohn, conference organizer

5:15 p.m.  Reception


Please note: Registration fees are non-refundable.

                   Registration fees include the Reception.

  • FREE  All registered students with photo ID, TJSL faculty, TJSL staff
  • $30   All TJSL alumni, Lawyers Club Members and attorneys in practice less than 5 years not seeking MCLE credit
  • $40   General public (Not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $45   All others (Seeking MLCE credit)

*Registration is closed.


Requirements: Must submit Camera-Ready artwork.

                       Color, JPG or PDF format, 300ppi image resolution recommended.

                       File size must be under 10MB.

  • $400  Full page ad – 8.5″w x 11″h
  • $200  Half page ad – 8.5″w x 5.5″h
  • $100  Quarter page ad – 4.25″w x 5.5″h

*Submission deadline has passed.


4.25 General MCLE credit 1.5 Elimination of Bias

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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