2012 Spring Colloquium

Gender and the Legal Profession: The Rise of Female Lawyers

Spring Colloquium, 2012

We are pleased to announce that on April 5th, 2012, the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy and the Wake Forest School of Law Dean’s Office will be hosting a Spring Colloquium, entitled “Gender and the Legal Profession: The Rise of Female Lawyers.”  The practice of law is evolving, and women now make up forty-eight percent of law school graduates and forty-five percent of law firm associates. Twenty state supreme courts now have female chief justices. Our colloquium will explore the rise of women in the law through the discussion of how opportunities for women have changed, as well as what the future holds for gender dynamics within the profession.

Please find a tentative schedule below:


         Tentative Schedule


Faculty, students, and colloquium participants will have lunch together.

12:00 PM–12:50 PM

Panel #1: Women in the Profession

Leading researchers in the study of women and the legal profession will discuss their research and its implications.

1:00 PM–1:50 PM

Panel #2: Wake Forest Women Lawyers

Wake Forest Law School graduates will discuss their experiences as women in the legal profession and how the profession has evolved since beginning their practices.

2:00 PM–2:50 PM

Panel #3: The Changing Face of the Judiciary

Distinguished female judges and justices will discuss their careers and how opportunities for women have changed.

3:00 PM–3:50 PM

The Rise of Female Lawyers, a WebEx Discussion:

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will share her perspective on this matter via WebEx in a discussion with Wake Forest University School of Law Executive Associate Dean, Suzanne Reynolds.

4:15 PM–4:45 PM