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Columbia Law School Women's Association
The Columbia Law School Women’s Association (CLWA) works to advance the position of women in the Law School, legal profession, and society at large. Although women have increased their opportunities in the legal profession, gender bias remains a problem. Such bias continues to present obstacles to women in the profession and to hinder the development of laws reflecting the needs and perspectives of women.
Each year, CLWA conducts a mentoring program where first-year students get matched with second- and third-year student members. There is also an academic panel to pass along studying tips and an exam de-stressing session in the fall.
CLWA brings speakers to Columbia for discussions and forums about important issues. Past topics have included: women in law firms, women in public interest, women on the bench, international women’s rights, sexual harassment, feminist jurisprudence, and the balance between professional and family obligations.
Every spring, CLWA sponsors the Myra Bradwell Dinner, a day to celebrate women in the legal profession. In 1869, Myra Bradwell was denied admission to the Illinois bar because she was a married woman. Past speakers have included Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, and Geraldine Ferraro.
CLWA serves as a liaison to alumna and to the administration about issues of concern to women. The group also coordinates an outreach program to admitted women students and networks with woman’s groups at the University to inform the Law School community about their campus events.