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Monday, November 26, 2018

New Oral History Collection at Stanford Law School (100 pioneering women lawyers)

We were excited to recently learn of a new oral history collection profiling nearly 100 pioneering women lawyers available at https://abawtp.law.stanford.edu/ or you may browse for alumni by alma mater here  We hope you will all take some time to browse through these amazing histories.  And please spread the word!  Here is the press release issued from Stanford Law School:

Stanford Law School Launches the American Bar Association’s Women Trailblazers in the Law Website

Stanford Law School’s Robert Crown Law Library has launched a new site for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) oral history project entitled “Women Trailblazers in the Law” (WTP). The website offers open access to the oral histories of close to 100 senior women who have made important contributions to the law and have opened opportunities for other women in the profession.

In the last half-century or more, women in law have made huge strides, many of them making history by attending law school, sometimes as the only female in their class, and succeeding in the profession against the odds. Brooksley Born, JD ’64 (BA ’61), and Linda Ferren, WTP Director and Executive Director of the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit, set out to capture the stories of these remarkable women when they initiated the Women Trailblazers in the Law Project, a collaborative research project of the ABA and the American Bar Foundation, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research institute for the study of law."

“By opening opportunities for women in the legal profession and in many cases using their skills to further women’s legal rights, these women made significant contributions to the equality of all women that must not be forgotten,” said Born, chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division WTP Committee, whose own story is included in the collection. Born was the first woman president of the Stanford Law Review and went on to have a successful legal career including serving as chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1996 to 1999.

According to Linda Ferren, “Our goal from the start was to turn a spotlight on women who, because of their gender, had to struggle to secure a foothold in the legal community just a few decades ago.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the ABA to capture the oral histories of women pioneers in the legal profession,” said M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean. “It is truly an honor for Stanford Law to preserve this priceless collection and provide access to these rich and inspiring stories of women, in their own voices, who overcame barriers in a male-dominated profession and advanced the interests of all women.”

WTP captures the full-life oral histories of women pioneers in the legal profession nationwide, memorializing their stories in their own voices and preserving their experiences and observations for future generationsIn addition to Born, other Stanford Law alumni in WTP include Judge LaDoris Cordell, JD ’74, Mary Cranston, JD ’75 (BA ’70), Judge Shirley Hufstedler, JD ’49, Judge Fern Smith, JD ’75 (BA ’72), and Judge Miriam Wolff, JD ’40 (BA ’37). A book based on the collection, Lives in the Law: Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers, by Jill Norgren, was published last May by New York University Press.

The WTP collection is now housed at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford; two other WTP repositories are the Library of Congress and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard. The new WTP website allows easy online access to the collection and resources and will focus on long-term preservation of print and digitized WTP content. In addition, the oral histories have been added to the Stanford Digital Repository.

“The goal of the Stanford Law Library with this project has been to enhance public access to and discoverability of these important oral histories, not just for the benefit of law students and legal scholars, but also for anyone interested in the rich history of these trailblazing women,” said Beth Williams, senior director of the Robert Crown Law Library.

Click here for access to the WTP website: https://abawtp.law.stanford.edu. Learn more about BornHufstedlerand Wolff from their profiles in Stanford Lawyer.

About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education.  Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business and high technology.  Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.

About the Robert Crown Law Library

The Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School is a friendly, comfortable, and well-equipped legal research library that supports the curriculum, programs and clinics of the law school.

The law library has a print collection of over 500,000 books along with millions of pages of online documents.  The Robert Crown Law Library welcomes Stanford students, faculty, and staff to delve into its rich collection and turn to the Library’s service-oriented staff for help with their research needs.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

JRCLS Leadership Conference 2018

The 2018 JRCLS Leadership Conference was held on October 4 and 5 on BYU Campus and at Aspen Grove. During the dinner on Thursday evening, Angel Zimmerman received a plaque and an enthusiastic ovation in recognition of her work as Chair of the International WIL Committee for the past 2 years, and Susannah Thomas officially became the new Chair of the WIL Committee. 

Susannah Thomas and Angel Zimmerman

On Friday we held our traditional WIL Breakfast where we met with old friends and made new ones. During the breakfast, each attendee introduced themselves and shared an experience when they were anxiously engaged in a good cause. We were especially grateful to our international friends for joining us and for those at our breakfast who were able to translate for them. We have some of the world’s most outstanding women participating in JRCLS. 

During the Leadership Conference we applauded the leaders of outstanding chapters, including Angel Zimmerman on behalf of Kansas City and Jenny Wilson on behalf Orange County. Both Angel and Jenny are members of the WIL Committee. 

We were also privileged and grateful to meet members of the NAACP leadership. 

Angel Zimmerman (center)

We hope everyone will be able to join us for the  2019 JRCLS Annual Conference in Seattle on February 14-16, 2019.  See HERE for more details.

Monday, October 8, 2018

JRCLS WIL Pre-law Conference 2018

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the JRCLS Women in Law sponsored its annual Women in Law Pre-law Conference and Networking Event.  We had nearly 140 attendees, which may be a new record!  

We began the evening with a well-attended law school tour.

Following the tour we had a keynote panel with Stephenie Larsen (BYU Law grad; CEO and Founder of Encircle Together); Angel Zimmerman (Washburn Law grad; outgoing WIL Committee Chair; owner of her own law practice); and Lindsay Combs (2L at BYU Law). The panel was moderated by Susannah Thomas (BYU Law Grad; Federal attorney; new Chair of WIL Committee). The panel discussed a variety of issues such as why law school; work-life balance; the intersection of lawyering and parenting; gender bias; and law and religion.

Stephenie Larsen 
Angel Zimmerman
Lindsay Combs

After the panel discussion, we had a Practice Area Networking activity and reception, where students met with female attorneys from different areas of law practice to learn about their experiences.

We are grateful to all of our panelists and other attorneys who took time from their schedules to join us. We also give many thanks to the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Gayla Sorensen, Rachel Stock, and many others who helped to make this possible.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Please join us for our first JRCLS Women in Law and BYU Management Society Women in Business conference.

MARCH 30, 2018 at BYU Tanner Building 4th floor from 1 - 4pm with a reception to follow.

We are delighted to have Katrina Lantos Swett as our keynote speaker.  Dr. Lantos Swett is the former Chair and Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).  She has worked tirelessly around the world for religious liberty and women's issues.

Other speaker topics include: Women in Leadership in politics, law, business, education and religious liberty.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Webinar: Women are Natural Entrepreneurs

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

WIB Webinar -- "Relaunching Your Professional Career: What You Should Know Before Going Back to Work" by Jennifer Anderson

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Date: October 24, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Place: https://tinyurl.com/WIBAndersonWebinar

Address: 730 TNRB, Provo

Event Cost: $0.00 0.00

Deadline: October 24, 2017

Contact: Rixa Oman

Contact Phone: 8014226824

Contact Email: rixa@byu.edu


You are invited to a webinar featuring
Jennifer Anderson, Corporate Trainer and Career Coach
Topic: "Relaunching Your Professional Career: What You Should Know Before Going Back to Work"
  • Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM Utah Time


If you've made it a focus on being at home full time and not working (perhaps for raising children, nursing ailing family member, etc.), and now you're ready to work outside the home again, there are key career development techniques you need to know before you start your job search. This webinar is geared toward women who need to know how to successfully navigate the job search.
Jennifer   Anderson, Corporate Trainer and Career Coach, will share some actionable steps for how to get back in the game!
  1. Networking in-person            
  2. Being realistic with expectations
  3. Networking through social media      
  4. Targeting women-friendly companies
The concepts shared will apply to women who are transitioning to working outside of the home, as well as women who are working now and want to improve their job prospects, and those looking for their first job.
Please share this webinar information with women in your life. They don't have to be BYU graduates to benefit from this helpful career development information.