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