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Women in the legal profession focus of April 5 conference

The Stanford University Law School will host a conference on women in law on Saturday, April 5. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Crown Quadrangle on Stanford's campus.

Titled "Women in the Legal Profession," the conference will feature panel discussions on topics such as race, gender, age and family; workplace survival strategies; and nontraditional careers. Speakers will include judges, corporate attorneys, law firm partners, and legal scholars and advocates from across the country.

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, professor of sociology at City University of New York, will give the keynote address during a 9 a.m. session. Late morning and afternoon panel discussions will be followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Stanford law Professor Deborah Rhode called the conference "an event that's of great interest and practical importance for practitioners and students. The range of issues that it will address about how to have a life in law are ones that every woman and man in the legal profession faces. We welcome the involvement of all students, alums and Bay Area practitioners." Rhode, director of the Keck Center on Legal Ethics and the Legal Profession, is one of the conference co-sponsors. She added that although the symposium addresses topics of particular importance to women because of the obstacles they face, she encourages men to attend as well. "We are hoping that all lawyers and prospective lawyers will take these issues seriously," Rhode said. She credited Stanford law students and alumni for helping to make the conference possible. Women of Stanford Law, a student organization, is also a co-sponsor of the event.

The conference is free for all students and $25 for other attendees. For more information, call the Law School Alumni Office at (415) 723-2730.


By Elaine Ray