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Judge Arterton to Deliver Keynote Address at “Legally Female” Conference March 31


New Haven, Conn. — The Honorable Janet Bond Arterton, judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, will deliver the keynote address at the “Legally Female: What Does It Mean to Be Ms. JD?” conference being hosted by Yale Law School on March 31.

Judge Arterton will speak about her experiences as a woman in the legal profession. Her remarks will be introduced by Holly English, president-elect of the National Association of Women Lawyers.

The conference will bring together attorneys and students from across the country to talk about the challenges women face in the legal world today. Panel discussions will focus on the failed Harriet Miers nomination, the place of men in a 21st century “women’s movement” and the vast potential—and perils—of new technology. The conference will also feature the launch of a new weblog for women in the law, “Ms. JD”.

“We have been getting a very enthusiastic response to this conference,” said Julia Simon-Kerr, a second-year Yale Law student and one of the conference organizers. “I think that excitement reflects the fact that ‘Legally Female’ is doing something entirely new and very valuable: bridging the divide between the academic community, practicing lawyers and law students.”

Before being nominated to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1995, Arterton was a principal in the New Haven law firm formerly known as Garrison & Arterton, where she focused on labor, employment discrimination and employee rights litigation in federal and state courts. She has taught trial practice at Yale Law School and has been nominated by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America.”

Preregistration is required to attend the “Legally Female” conference. Go to CLE credit in the state of New York is available for professionals who pre-register by March 23. Individuals who work in public interest, government or legal academia and would like to inquire about financial assistance should email for individual consideration.


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