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Now it is 2013... and we realize this blog hasn't been updated in a while...
Last year, we instituted 2 new programs, one being an extension of the traditional WLA Mentor/Mentee program.
1) The Women in Law Brunch Series
The group votes on a type of attorney to invite, and then we host a formal brunch on a Saturday morning with the chosen attorney as our guest. We bring coffee, mimosas, quiche, croissants, fruit… you name it. About 15 students mingle for a little while with the attorney before we all gather round the table and listen to our speaker as she shares her story with us. She will usually speak for 30 minutes. Then there is an hour or so of a round-table discussion. This has been a very popular ever since it began last year; our goal is to host 2 per semester. Last year we hosted Deb Buccina (litigation), Kate Knox (corporate law) and the Attorney General, Janet Mills. Our first brunch of this fall semester 2013 will be held October 5th with guest Lori Dwyer (health care law, employment law, privacy law and risk compliance).
2) The Expanded Mentor Program
We decided to expand on the traditional mentor-mentee program, which facilitates one on one relationships between current law students and attorneys. We felt that people might enjoy events coming together to discuss ideas as small groups. We have a list-serve to communicate with the female professionals who wish to participate in the community. This past summer we had an event with Maine Congressional Candidate, Emily Cain, where we ate snacks and talked about the legislature. On Thursday November 21, 2013 from 5-6:30pm, we are going to get a group together again at the Cumberland Club in Portland to talk about two fascinating issues involving gender: sex trafficking around the world and transgender human rights in Botswana. Our speakers (with personal knowledge on these issues) include WLA Co-Chairs, Ali Tozier and Julie Healy, as well as two attorneys, Melissa Hewey and Courtney Beer. (If you are a female attorney in Maine not on the listserve, email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name added.)
We will also be presenting another Alumna Award, and will be voting on the recipient of that in our next meeting.
The WLA has many other events happening this year as well. It is a very active group. Stay tuned for updates!