Past Events

October 17th, 2023

Family or Career: The Challenges and Solutions to Parenting in the Legal Profession

The Gender Equity Initiative organised the event to highlight the obstacles parents, especially mothers, continue to face as they strive to take care of their families while also excelling in their legal careers. Moderated by Anika Gray (Director, Gender Equity Initiative), the panel featured highly accomplished lawyers Stephanie Scharf (Past President, National Association of Women Lawyers) and Paulette Brown (Past President, American and National Bar Associations) sharing their research, personal stories, and also offering practical advice to the students on how they can ensure their future workplaces are designed to effectively cater to the needs of parents.

November 8th, 2023 (ongoing programming)

Determined to Rise

See more about the Determined to Rise event.

November 10th, 2023

Gender and Intersectional Bias in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference

The Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) and the Law and Technology Initiative (LTI) at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and McCormick School of Engineering joined forces to put on the Gender and Intersectional Bias in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference.

The Conference brought together technology and legal experts to discuss the many manifestations of gender and intersectional biases in AI as well as the current legal and socio-technical approaches being used to mitigate those biases.

See more information on the conference here and here

November 16th, 2023 (ongoing series) 

Women Who Inspire: Conversations with Women Lawyers Changing Our World

In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and the International Day to End Violence Against Women, the Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) centered our first Women Who Inspire speaker series on women lawyers working on the response to and prevention of violence against women, girls and LGBTQ2+ people.

Dean Hari Osofsky moderated the conversation, which featured Former President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Global Professor at NYU Law School, Professor Tracy Robinson and Principal Director and Founder of Shared Roots Mediation, Adjunct Professor Christine Evans.

January 17th, 2024

Racial Disparities in Healthcare, including Maternal Health

It was our pleasure to collaborate with Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine's Office of Diversity & Inclusion, to co-host the panel discussion on racial disparities in healthcare, including access to reproductive and maternal healthcare. The panelists (Dr. Melissa Simon, Professor Juliet Sorensen, Professor Ruqaiijah Yearby Dr. Veronica Y. Womack) demonstrated how far we have to go in guaranteeing equitable treatment and equality of opportunity to all, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, ethnicity, disability etc.

February 28th, 2024

Post-Dobbs: Advancing Reproductive Justice as An Issue of Equality

Dobbs was more than just a court case – it was a cataclysmic event that stripped women of the right to have an abortion and undermined their right to bodily autonomy and equal protection of the law. In "Post-Dobbs: Advancing Reproductive Justice as An Issue of Equality" our panelists of leading reproductive experts discussed the impact of the Dobb's decision on women's access to reproductive services, including abortion and IVF, and the lessons to be learned from Latin America and the inter-American system.

March 6th, 2024

Right to Own Guns v Right to Protection from Domestic Violence: A Discussion on the United States v. Rahimi Supreme Court Case.

The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide by 500%, particularly when survivors attempt to leave. In "Right to Own Guns v Right to Protection from Domestic Violence" our panelists of leading domestic violence experts discussed United States v Rahimi and its implications for survivors of domestic violence.