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We are the Women Law Students Association at the University of Michigan Law School. The Women Law Students Association envisions a Law School community in which every woman is an equal member of the Michigan Law School academically and socially, has the opportunity to meet and see positive female role models in the legal professions on a daily basis, is supported by other women in the law school community and beyond, has opportunities for public action in the service of women, is prepared to assume any leadership role in society, and achieves her vision of success.
Additionally, WLSA educates the law school community on legal issues facing women throughout society including, but not limited to, sex discrimination, employment, health, education, violence, and access to resources. WLSA is committed to creating a law school community centered on the pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Mentorship, Camaraderie, and Service, and is open to all gender identities. "The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions." Find us elsewhere on the web at: http://www.law.umich.edu/journalsandorgs/Pages/WLSA.aspx https://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/WLSA
Mission: View our Constitution at: http://tinyurl.com/WLSA-Constitution
Michigan Women Law Students Association's cover photo
Michigan Women Law Students Association
The Women Law Students Association stands in solidarity with the Black community.
As law students, we are in a unique position to help bring about change and to speak up for people who may not have the ability to be heard. Black Lives Matter.
We are fundraising to support Black Women's Blueprint, an organization committed to ensuring women and girls' voices matter in broader social justice organizing.
To contribute, Venmo Sarah-Siegel-37 (profile picture is WLSA logo) w/ the description “WLSA BLM" before June 9 at 5 pm EST.
WLSA is committed to becoming a better ally throughout the coming year, and we are committed to this fight together. We encourage you all to play a part in this movement.
It’s Galantine’s Day! Special treats for our members in the WLSA office thanks to our amazing mentorship chairs Hayley and Sarah!
FYI the professors are onto you.
Kicking off a panel on Women in IP with Laura Peter, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO);
Bea Swedlow, Co-Chair of IP Litigation, Honigman LLP;
Merle Elliott, Intellectual Property Counsel, Stryker Corporation; and
Sharon Sorkin, Chief Trademark Counsel, Ford Motor Company. Thanks to Honigman for sponsoring and UMich IPSA and WLSA’s own Julia Deng for setting it all up!
Heck yeah @umichlaw! It’s the little things.
We had a great first event with Jaime Santos on surviving in a male dominated field, building networks and relationships, and social media as a tool for finding opportunities (and friends!). You can also join us at 3:30 in LoCo for a coffee chat! @ University of Michigan Law School
WLSA is so excited to host Jaime Santos at @umichlaw this Thursday, January 16th. Jaime is a partner at Goodwin Procter, a host on @strictscrutinypodcast, and a co-founder of #LadyLawyerDiaries. We’re looking forward to her talk!
It’s a snack oasis! Sugary and savory varieties available in the WLSA office!
Amicus brief PSA!
Interested in being an amicus in the June Medical Services v. Gee?
The last time the question of abortion rights came before the Supreme Court—three years ago, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt—a group of 113 current and future members of the legal profession—including law firm partners, associates, general counsel, public defenders, law professors, former judges, and law students, among others—submitted an amicus brief explaining to the Court, in their own words, how exercising their constitutional right to abortion access had been critical to their lives and careers, and to the legal profession itself. The brief received substantial media attention in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, Slate, and other news outlets, and was described as “powerful,” “astonishing,” and “extraordinary.”
As abortion rights return to the Court this Term in June Medical Services v. Gee, women in the legal profession will again submit an amicus brief to ensure that the voices of lawyers who have exercised their constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy continue to be part of the national conversation.
Any lawyer, law professor, or law student who has terminated a pregnancy and would like to sign on to this amicus brief should send an email to [email protected] by November 20, 2019. Counsel from Paul, Weiss will follow up. If they choose, signatories may also submit a personal narrative discussing the role their abortion played in their lives and careers, what it means to them to come forward publicly as a member of the legal profession who had an abortion, or any related perspective that may be helpful for the Court to take into account—but no narrative is required. Excerpts from selected personal narratives submitted by November 15, 2019 will be included in the amicus brief.
Greetings from the tundra.
Huge thank you to Gillian Thomas for speaking with us on Monday! We were so happy to welcome you back to Michigan Law!
Join us Monday November 4th for a talk by Gillian Thomas, author of Because of Sex and senior staff attorney for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project. 11:50 AM in Jeffries 1225.
So you’re going to be a lawyer: what does that mean? A rewarding career…and also some tough experiences. Many of us will have to face conversations on sexual assault, discrimination, harassment, poverty, violence, mental health, and other topics. Sometimes it’s good to learn how to feel okay. And sometimes it’s okay if you’re NOT okay. Monday October 28, come hear some poignant perspectives from how these experiences can affect you and what it means to take care of yourself in law school and beyond. HH 220 @ noon; Noodles & Co. will be served.
Spoke too soon! Here’s the lovely finished product!
Big thanks to our 1L reps for our new bulletin board!
We had such a great turnout at the mentorship match event on Friday! Huge thanks to our Mentorship Chairs for making these connections and getting us so many donuts! @ University of Michigan Law School
THIS FRIDAY: Our WLSA 2L and 3L mentors meet their mentees, and vice versa!
Our mentorship chairs have been hard at work making matches, so join us for cider and donuts on Friday at 4:45 in Jeffries Lounge!
Check out this awesome project our members get to be a part of! Women Also Know Law just launched on Twitter, spearheaded by the inimitable Leah Litman and Emily Prifogle @umichlaw
And finally, introducing the 2019-2020 WLSA board’s brand new 1L representatives!
We’re so excited to have you and can’t wait to get to know you!
Clockwise from top left: Elisabeth Amanullah, Natalie LaRue, Chloe Schwarz, Sydney Vigran
Thanks to everyone who came out to eat ice cream and welcome new members and new faculty with us yesterday! Now if only we could figure out what to do with all the extra sprinkles. @ University of Michigan
Meet the 2019-2020 WLSA co-presidents!
Emma Macfarlane, left, is originally from Canada and likes long walks and Tiny Buddha Yoga here in Ann Arbor.
Rachel Czwartacky, right, is me. I love cooking and my personal social media is 97% pictures of my two cats.
Meet the 2019-2020 WLSA board! Here are our Programming Chairs:
Left: Julia Deng enjoys boxing and sleeping as ways to relax outside of law school.
Right: Sam Franks is an avid baker and Barre Code class attendee.
Join us tomorrow in the courtyard! We’ll also be welcoming our new members!
Meet the 2019-2020 WLSA board! This is our Treasurer, Becky Lange! One of her favorite ways to spend non-studying time is watching Real Housewives (“strong preference for NY but beggars can’t be choosers”).
Pictured here with 3L rep, and Becky’s mentor, Maggie’s dog Bryson. (“If you sign up for a mentor you can also hang out with a dog!”)
Meet the 2019-2020 WLSA board! Next up is our Mentorship Chairs:
Left: Sarah Krosnick, who loves Red Sox baseball (we’ll allow it...), is a big fan of exploring different Ann Arbor coffee shops.
Right: Hayley Wolf can be found on a run around town or doing crossword puzzles in her spare time.
Meet the 2019-2020 WLSA Board! Starting with our 3L reps:
Top left: Maggie Vogel, former programming chair, is pictured with her dog, Bryson.
Top right: Dimitra Rallis, one of our former banquet chairs, loves to spend time outdoors in the Arb.
Bottom left: Abby Jacobs, banquet chair extraordinaire, is a huge fan of all things football.
Bottom right: Now retired from her previous WLSA presidency, Cate McElroy prefers to spend her non-law school time petting dogs and hanging around Ann Arbor.
This could be you! Reminder to our new 1Ls that you can run for the board after you join as a member! Send us a brief statement of interest by Sunday night.
Reminder! Our General Body Meeting is tomorrow at 12 in Jeffries 0225. Come sign up and hear about events, mentorship, and elections!
Mentorship! Bagels! Events! Bagels! Elections! Did we mention bagels?! All this and more at our first General Body Meeting on Tuesday September 17 at 12 PM in JH 0225.
And visit us at the org fair on Friday September 13 at 4.
Hey WLSA! See the description for info on this event sponsored by the Muslim Students Association at the University of Michigan.
Join us on September 17 at 5:30 p.m. for an energizing discussion on Malcolm and Martin in Rackham Auditorium, featuring Omar Suleiman and UM's own Drs. Su'ad Abdulkhabeer and Stephen Ward. Free & Open to the University of Michigan Community. Pick up a ticket with your MCard from the Michigan Union Ticket Office, located in the League Underground. For accessibility accommodations, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/58AVgc6fvUsGVmAV6
[Image description: background picture of Malcolm and Martin smiling and shaking hands. Text reads: The Muslim Students Association and collaborators present: Malcolm & Martin: Intersecting Visions of Justice. Presented by Omar Suleiman, followed by dialogue and Q/A with Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer (American Culture) & Dr. Stephen Ward (Department of African American Studies). Malcolm & Martin dedicated their lives the Black struggle for liberation and global freedom for all. This event will present a more nuanced narrative of each icons' approach and how their ideologies shifted to push society toward equality and justice, as well as how can we apply these lessons in the struggle for justice today. Free & Open to the University of Michigan Community. Use your MCard to pick up your ticket from the Michigan Union Ticket Office, located in the League Underground. Sponsored by: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, Ross School of Business, Michigan Medicine, and more!
Hey 1Ls! Welcome to law school! Look for our notes tomorrow on our first day :)
The event tonight has moved to Arbor Brewing Company! See you there.
625 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI
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