The Chair oversees all YLW programs and serves as YLW’s primary advocate and representative in collaborations with law school faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders. The Chair provides support and guidance to all YLW Board members as they fulfill the responsibilities of their portfolios so that the entire board can work together effectively and efficiently in pursuit of YLW’s mission.
The Advocacy Chair promotes the rights and interests of women at the law school and within the legal profession at large. This involves identifying gender disparities in legal education and the legal profession, educating key stakeholders, and lobbying for structural changes. The Advocacy Chair spearheads a significant portion of the behind-the-scenes work of YLW, including meetings with faculty, administrators, and student leaders. The Advocacy Chair may also draft educational materials and plan community education events. A major aspect of the Advocacy Chair’s work is leading efforts related to the 2012 Speak Up report on gender dynamics at the law school. This work includes educating faculty and students at YLS about the report’s findings and lobbying for the implementation of its recommendations. The Advocacy Chair also organizes the annual YLW Faculty and Staff Awards, and coordinates informal faculty dinners with students.
Alumnae Relations Chair
The Alumnae Relations Chair works to connect past and present YLW members to create mentorship opportunities, highlight the achievements of our alumnae, and to foster community across the generations of Yale Law Women. The Alumnae Relations Chair coordinates the annual Yale Law Women summer mentorship program, which pairs current YLW members with alumnae who share their interests, and the annual “summer reunions” for mentor pairs in select cities. During the school year, the Alumnae Relations Chair runs YLW’s “Day in the Life” series. These events bring women from the diverse sectors of the legal profession back to Yale to give current students an informal opportunity to discuss everything from career trajectories to work-life balance. The Alumnae Relations Chair also runs YLW’s “Alumnae Spotlight” series, which highlights the careers and accomplishments of our alumnae. The Alumnae Relations Chair seeks to foster an active YLW alumnae community by communicating periodically with YLW alumnae through email newsletters, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Community Engagement Chair
The Community Engagement Chair strengthens the community of women at YLS by fostering inter-class relationships, allowing students to expand their networks, and enhancing students’ sense of connection to their peers. She facilitates mentorship opportunities primarily through the Big Sib/Little Sib program, which pairs incoming women with upper-level women who share their interests, and through faculty-student social programming. Other events range from small, intimate gatherings to “field trips” in the greater New Haven area to large-scale mixers. The Community Engagement Chair also organizes YLW’s community service programming and manages YLW’s social media presence.
Diversity & Inclusion Chair
Diversity & Inclusion Chair is responsible for collaborates with other affinity groups at the law school to build connections within the broader YLS community. She helps YLW members develop connections with women faculty members at Yale and beyond. The Diversity & Inclusion chair hosts a reading group that engages with themes ranging from gender-based violence to race and gender in the law. faculty to diversity, to "speak up" next steps, and op-eds on gender and the law provide opportunities for men and women of all classes at YLW to work with YLW and advocate for gender, racial, socieconomic, and other forms of diversity and success at the law school. The Diversity & Inclusion Chair also organizes welcome events for prospective students at Admitted Students Weekend.
The Outreach Chair focuses on advocacy and activism in the YLW community through developing insightful programming around women’s rights, women in politics, and social justice. She organizes high-profile speaking events featuring prominent women’s rights advocates, and engages the YLS community in YLW initiatives supporting women and enhancing gender equality. As part of this mission, the Outreach Chair runs a fall committee for students interested in reform at the law school to engage with themes ranging from faculty and student diversity, to "Speak Up!" next steps, and op-eds on gender and the law. The Outreach Chair also works to promote achievements of women at YLS and developing relationships with YLW’s sister organizations externally.
Professional Development Chair
The Professional Development Chair aims to help women law students achieve both professional success after they graduate and personal success in fulfilling their goals. She organizes workshops on hard and soft skills, including resume-writing, interviewing, job-searching, negotiating, relationship-building, and self-advocacy. The Professional Development Chair also collaborates with legal and professional organizations to connect students with mentors and alumnae. These collaborative efforts introduce students to the wide array of available opportunities and career paths. The Professional Development Chair strives to enable students to make the best choices for themselves, so that they can lead successful personal and professional lives in whatever career path they choose.
Special Projects Chair
The Special Projects Chair engages the YLS community in YLW initiatives supporting women and advocating for gender equality in the legal profession at large. As part of this mission, she runs a fall committee that provides opportunities for women at YLS to work with YLW and she oversees the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Initiative, a yearly survey and report that analyzes and promotes family friendly policies at the Vault 100 Firms. The Special Projects Chair also oversees a collection of distinct YLW initiatives. These include YLW Publications and the YLW Outline Bank, which promote informational transparency and serve as resources for students throughout their time at Yale, and the YLW Bar Exam Bank, which supports departing 3Ls moving on to the next phase. She is responsible for publicity for YLW, managing the YLW website and updating alumnae on YLW’s efforts through communications and newsletters. This year, the Special Projects Chair will further promote informational transparency at YLS by hosting panel discussions to help students adjust to life and succeed in law school.