WLSO Symposium Focuses on Legal “Grey Spaces” The Women Law Students Organization at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 10th Annual Lara D. Gass Symposium on Women in the Law on Friday, October 13.
The Women Law Students Organization at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 10th Annual Lara D. Gass Symposium on Women in the Law on Friday, October 13. The free event will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Classroom C, Sydney Lewis Hall.
The symposium, titled “Grey Spaces,” will explore a variety of legal issues in the workplace that affect women. The first panel will focus on the economic impacts of being a woman and explore the legal implications of salary gaps, the pink tax, and more. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Megan F. Hess, Associate Professor of Accounting at W&L, and include commentary from Carrie Stanton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at W&L Law and Katharine L. Shester, Professor of Economics at W&L.
The second panel at 10:30 a.m. will address what the legal field looks like for women, including recourse for workplace harassment, the reality of glass ceilings, FMLA, and more. The panel will be moderated by Andrea Hilton, Associate Director of Career Planning and Professional Development at W&L Law and include analysis from Alexi Pfeffer-Gillett, Assistant Professor of Law at W&L Law, Jamie Abrams, Professor of Law and Director of Legal Rhetoric at American University Washington College of Law, and Susan Carle, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law.
The final panel, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, will examine recent developments in both property and privacy law and the intersection of technology, bodily autonomy and data collection. The panel will be moderated by Melanie D. Wilson, Dean and Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law at W&L Law. Panelists include Jane Bambauer, Brechner Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Teri Dobbins Baxter, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Alexandra Klein, Assistant Professor of Law and Englehardt Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University School of Law, and Joshua Fairfield, William Donald Bain Family Professor of Law and Director of Artificial Intelligence Strategy at W&L Law.
The annual WLSO symposium is named for Lara Gass ’14L, who spearheaded the first Women Law Students Organization panel on women in the law before passing away in a car accident during her third year at W&L Law.
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