Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Asst. Dean of Student Services Lauren Chite to Speak at Nassau Bar Association "Women in the Law" Symposium, October 21

Nassau County’s top women practicing law in private and public firms, the courts, higher education and government will come together for an innovative discussion of the issues that impact women in the legal profession in a special “Women in Law Symposium: Gender Equity Program” on October 21, hosted by the Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Among the speakers at the event will be newly-appointed Family Court Supervising Judge Hope Zimmerman, Nassau County Court Judge Meryl Berkowitz, Hofstra Law School Dean Nora Demleitner, Touro Law Center Assistant Dean Lauren Chite, Nassau County Attorney Lorna Goodman, Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Marilyn Gottlieb, and Meyer Suozzi English & Klein Managing Partner Lois Carter Schlissel.

“Women continue to make tremendous advances in the legal profession,” noted NCBA President Emily Franchina. “This symposium will explore the past, present and future issues affecting female attorneys in corporate and in-house fields, private practice, solo firms, small and large law firms, government and in the courts, through a series of roundtable discussion and networking opportunities, led by the top women legal professionals in the county.”

The first part of the program will explore how Title VII has changed the practice of law for women, careers for women attorneys in the corporate and in-house fields, goals and expectations for women in private practice, and a perspective from the bench of women in the courts. Then attendees will break out into smaller groups to discuss work-life balance, flex time and job share, public sector hiring in New York City and Long Island, professionalism, networking and client referrals, setting up and managing a firm, advocating for clients, the administration of government, and the role of women in government and politics. The final part of the program will be a review of the roundtable discussions followed by a cocktail party.

Reservations for “Women in the Law Symposium: Gender Equity Program” are $25 and free for members of the Nassau County Bar Association. Three optional Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available for an additional $75 fee. Reservations may be mailed to the Nassau Academy of Law, 15th and West Streets, Mineola, NY 11501, or by credit card by calling the Academy at 516-747-4464.

About the Nassau County Bar Association
Founded in 1899, the Nassau County Bar Association, with a membership of nearly 6,000 private and public attorneys, judges, legal educators and law students, is the largest suburban bar association in the country. NCBA demonstrates its commitment to the community by offering a variety of services for the public, including lawyer referral services, mortgage foreclosure and senior citizen clinics, judicial screening, public education programs and support for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides much-needed free legal services for the indigent of Nassau County. For more information, call (516) 747-4070, e-mail, or visit

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