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Women Lawyers Leading Cases in the Courtroom

  • Thursday, June 08, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • John J. Moakley Courthouse 1 Courthouse Way Boston, MA 02210
Join the Women's Bar Association, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, Asian-American Association of Massachusetts, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston for this dynamic conference.

Special thanks to O'Brien & Levine Court Reporting Services and the Boston Bar Association for sponsoring this event.

Welcoming remarks by Chief Judge Patti B. Saris and Chief Justice Judith Fabricant.


Panelists & Sessions

Empirical Data on Women Lawyers as Lead Counsel

Get real data and hear from the authors of two groundbreaking reports on the importance of women on trial teams, together with juries’ perceptions.

Dana Alvare, Research Fellow, Temple University's Beasley School of Law, "Vying for the Lead in the 'Boys Club' Understanding the Gender Gap in Multidistrict Litigation Leadership Appointments"

Galina Davidoff, Ph.D., Litigation Conflict Resolution Consultant, Juries' Perceptions of Women Lawyers

Stephanie A. Scharf, Scharf Banks Marmor, LLC, Co-Author of "First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table"

Women Lawyers on Trial Teams: How In-House Counsel are Making a Difference

This distinguished panel of top in-house counsel will discuss how companies are ensuring that women have important roles on trial teams. Having in-house counsel insist on women at the counsel table is one of the best ways to increase the number and experiences of women in the courtroom, as well enhancing advocacy and improving the effectiveness of trial teams.

Moderator: Mark Roellig, Chief Technology and Administrative Officer, MassMutual

Ellen L. Farrell, Assistant General Counsel/Product Law, Toyota North America

Karen V. Morton, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Litigation, Liberty Mutual

Kate O'Leary, Global Executive Litigation Counsel, General Electric Corporation

Tips from Experienced Trial Lawyers

This panel will discuss how top female trial attorneys have gained experience in the courtroom and achieved success. They will explore the importance of not only staffing trial teams with women, but also ensuring that they play significant roles on those teams gaining the skills necessary to develop into seasoned trial lawyers.

Moderator: Michelle Peirce, Co-Chair of Litigation Practice, Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.

Lisa G. Arrowood, Partner, Arrowood Peters LLP

Mayeti Gametchu, Assistant Regional Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, Boston Office

Hon. Nancy Gertner, United States District Court of Massachusetts (ret.), Senior Lecturer, Harvard Law School

Joan A. Lukey, Practice Group Leader, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Maureen Mulligan, Partner, Peabody & Arnold LLP

The Next Generation of Women Trial Lawyers

This panel of up and coming stars will discuss the current climate and how they have gained trial experience or positioned themselves to take that next step to try their first case. They also will share their experiences as to what has helped to open the door to that coveted lead counsel role.

Moderator: Pamela E. Berman, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP

Kimberly A. Dougherty, Managing Partner, Boston Office, Andrus Wagstaff, P.C.

Heather M. Gamache, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Elizabeth A. Kayatta, Associate, Arrowood Peters LLP

Sa'adiyah K. Masoud, Associate, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Scarlett M. Rajbanshi, Associate, Peabody & Arnold LLP

A View from the Bench

Our judges will discuss what they have observed in successful lead female trial counsel and what judges can do through appointments, mentoring and encouraging women to have a role during trials and hearings to help increase the number of women trying cases. They will provide advice, based upon their experiences, of the best way to attain the lead counsel roles.

Moderator: Hon. Barbara Lenk, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Hon. Heidi Brieger, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

Hon. Allison D. Burroughs, United State District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Hon. Denise J. Casper, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Hon. Janet L. Sanders, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court

Thursday, June 8, 2017

12 PM - 5 PM, Reception 5 PM - 6 PM

Moakley Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room

One Courthouse Way

Boston, MA 02210

$40 for WBA members and members of co-sponsoring organizations, $100 for non-members.

Please email Maura Bastarache at for the discount code for co-sponsoring organizations.


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