The University of Virginia School of Law will host the second annual Women’s Leadership in Academia Conference from July 18-19, with the goal of advancing women professors, librarians and clinicians in leadership positions in the legal academy. Conference programming is focused on building skills and providing tools and information that are directly applicable to women aspiring to be leaders in legal education. The conference will address the unique perspectives and challenges of women and provide programming that will be useful to developing leaders.
- Conference Logistics
- Conference Schedule
- Transportation and Lodging
- Getting to Charlottesville
- Places to Eat in Charlottesville
- Explore Charlottesville
- About the Women's Leadership Initiative
We look forward to welcoming you to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia School of Law! When you arrive at the law school on Thursday, please stop by the registration table in Clay Hall in front of Caplin Pavilion in order to pick up your name tag and tote bag. Printed conference schedules and wireless passwords will also be available.
Information on shuttle service to the law school from The Graduate, The Draftsman and The Residence Inn Downtown.
Walking Directions to the Law School from Residence Inn Millmont
The walking path from Residence Inn Millmont to the law school.
Parking is available both days in the “D2” lots around the law school building. You do not need a permit even though the signs will indicate otherwise.
Conference Dinner at Zocalo Restaurant on Thursday at 6:30 pm
All events are in Caplin Pavilion unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Implicit Bias Workshop
- Teri Dobbins Baxter, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
- Joy Radice, Director of Clinical Programs and Associate Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
- Paula Schaefer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
- Melanie Wilson, Dean and Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
Workshop 1 | Leading From Where We Are | Purcell Reading Room
- Cathy Hwang, Associate Professor, University of Utah College of Law
- Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law; Interim Director, Black Studies Program, UMKC College of Arts and Sciences
- Donna M. Nagy, Executive Associate Dean and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law
- Irma Russell, Edward A. Smith/ Missouri Chair in Law, the Constitution, and Society, Professor of Law, University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law
- Moderator: Joan MacLeod Heminway, Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law
Workshop 2 | What I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming Associate Dean | WB102
- Myriam Gilles, Professor of Law, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Cardozo Law
- Carolina Núñez, Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, BYU Law
- Usha Rodrigues ’01, University Professor, M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law, University of Georgia School of Law
- Lesley Wexler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Illinois College of Law
- Moderator: Christine Hurt, Associate Dean, George Sutherland Chair and Professor of Law, BYU Law
Buffet Lunch and Small Group Discussions
Law School Rankings: Conversation and Q&A With Robert Morse and Kellye Testy
- Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report
- Kellye Testy, President and CEO, Law School Admission Council
Overcoming Gender and Racial Stereotypes in Law School Leadership
- Penelope Andrews, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, New York Law School; Dean Emerita, University of Cape Town and Albany Law School
- Mary Lu Bilek, Dean and Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law; Dean Emerita, University of Massachusetts School of Law
- Valerie Couch, Dean Emeritus and Norman & Edem Professor of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law
- Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Camden; Dean Emerita, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
- Kimberly Mutcherson, Co-Dean and Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
- Laura Padilla, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
- Moderator: Rachel Van Cleave, Dean Emerita and Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law
Friday, July 19, 2019
Challenges and Opportunities in Law School Leadership
- Danielle M. Conway, Dean & Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law; Dean Emerita, University of Maine School of Law
- Gillian Lester, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
- Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
- L. Song Richardson, Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
- Moderator: Risa Goluboff, Dean, Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, Professor of History, UVA School of Law
Workshop 1 | A Coaching Toolkit for Leaders | Purcell Reading Room
- Melissa Berry, Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services, University of Washington School of Law
Workshop 2 | How to Negotiate | WB102
- Molly Bishop Shadel, Professor of Law, General Faculty, UVA School of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law; Core Planning Faculty Member, Leadership in Academic Matters, UVA
Strategies for the Dean Search Process
- Lucy Leske, Senior Partner, Education, Witt/Kieffer
- Lyrissa Lidsky, Dean and Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
- Tim McFeeley, Partner, Isaacson, Miller
- Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
- Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Dean, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
- Moderator: Hari M. Osofsky, Dean, Penn State Law and Penn State School of International Affairs; Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Geography, Penn State
Gender, Race and New Media
- Carliss Chatman, Assistant Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
- Danielle M. Conway, Dean & Donald J. Farage Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law
- Dahlia Lithwick, Slate senior editor and Newsweek contributing editor
- Leah Litman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
- Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law and Dean's Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law
- Dayna Bowen Matthew, William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law, UVA School of Law
- Moderator: Leslie Kendrick, Vice Dean and David H. Ibbeken ’71 Research Professor of Law
Located adjacent to UVA Law, the Inn at Darden features a Queen room, complimentary breakfast buffet and free parking. $125/night plus tax.
To reserve a room at the Inn at Darden:
- Book online.
- Call the Inn at 434-297-7384 and reference “Women's Leadership in Academia.”
Located a short walk (.5 miles) from UVA Law, the hotel offers a Queen Suite, full kitchen, complimentary breakfast buffet and free parking. $148/night plus tax.
To reserve a room at the Residence Inn Millmont Street: Call 434-923-0300
Located 2 miles from UVA Law, the hotel is on West Main Street, on “The Corner” and just across from UVA Grounds. The hotel offers a King room, onsite restaurant and rooftop bar. Valet parking is $15/night. Rate is $139/night plus tax.
To reserve a room at the Graduate:
- Call 434-295-4333 before July 5 and request the “Women’s Leadership in Legal Academia Conference.”
- Book online.
Located 2.5 miles from UVA Law, the hotel is within walking distance of Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall. The hotel offers a King Studio Suite, complimentary breakfast buffet and free parking. $159/night plus tax.
To make a reservation, book online before July 12.
A boutique hotel located on West Main Street, it’s 2.5 miles from UVA School of Law in the heart of downtown Charlottesville. The Draftsman offers king rooms and an onsite restaurant. Valet parking is $18/night. Rate is $229/night plus tax. (434) 984-8000
Charlottesville has many great places to eat at a variety of price ranges. The Inn at Darden and Residence Inn on Millmont St. are within walking distance of Sedona Tap House and Barracks Road Shopping Center, which has many dining options. The downtown hotels are located between the Corner, the merchant and dining area by the University, and the Downtown Mall, a pedestrian mall with a variety of restaurants. This search tool allows you to search Charlottesville restaurants by cuisine, price, and location. This guide lists nearly every restaurant in Charlottesville by cuisine. Here are 43 recommendations of not-to-be missed dishes. For those of you staying through Saturday, the farmer’s market on Saturday morning offers the chance to browse local food and products while enjoying coffee, homemade doughnuts, and more.
The University of Virginia, in conjunction with the law schools of the University of Georgia, Yale University, UCLA, Brigham Young University, Michigan State University, and University of Tennessee, are spearheading a program that will feature leadership conferences aimed at preparing women in legal education for leadership opportunities and advancement.
This initiative is in response to valuable feedback from Discussions on Women’s Leadership in Legal Academia held during the 2017 and 2018 AALS Annual Meeting. Our colleagues expressed a need for a sustained project to foster women’s leadership. Based on that feedback, we began developing a conference to address needs such as negotiation skills, conflict management, and effective communication.
The 2019 Women’s Leadership in Academia Conference at the University of Virginia School of Law is the second annual conference and follows the very successful inaugural conference held at the University of Georgia last year. The UGA conference brought together women from all over the country, and we hope to bring still more together this year. These gatherings are just the beginning of what we see as a long-term initiative to advance women in legal education.
As this initiative moves forward, future conferences will rotate among partner schools. In addition, we will use the AALS Annual Meeting as a way to bring our community together, provide leadership programming, and give women legal educators a chance to network and provide feedback on the continuing initiative. Each year, please look for the Women’s Leadership Initiative event at the AALS Annual Meeting!