1L & LLM Committee
The 1L and LLM Committee places 1Ls and other new members to be Representatives on the WLA committees. They support the Representatives in their new roles and strive to foster a community amongst them. They also provide programming throughout the year to serve the WLA’s 1L class.
The Academics Committee’s programming addresses various aspects of academic life at HLS, including tips on attending office hours, professor specific test-taking advice, and choosing classes. The Committee also organizes small-group coffee chats for those interested in careers in academia. These coffee chats enable students to build relationships with faculty and to learn about pursuing career opportunities.
The Alumnae Committee works to develop relationships between current and former HLS women. The Committee provides op-portunities for informal discussions with alumnae and facilitates mentorship opportunities. The Committee also organizes the annual WLA trip to D.C. to meet, network with, and learn from leaders in government, public-interest-minded organizations, and firms.
The Communications Committee is re-sponsible for publicity for the WLA, which includes maintaining the WLA e-mail account, website, blog, and social media platforms. The Communications Chair also operates as the secretary of the WLA, with responsibilities including taking minutes at Board Meetings, assisting with scheduling, and maintaining records.
Domestic Policy Committee
The Domestic Policy Committee creates events that facilitate the discussion of local, state, and national policy affecting women at HLS and beyond. They provide new and bold ideas for panels that draw the HLS community, both men and women, together to discuss many of the most important issues relating to women. The Committee is also responsible for holding an annual State of the Union of Women, which highlights the status of women across different intersectional issue areas.
Fall and Spring Conference Committees
The Fall and Spring Conference Committees each organize a two- or three-day conference in the fall or spring with keynote speakers, panel discussions, coffee chats, networking receptions, and social events. The 2017 inaugural fall conference, entitled “Feminism and Womanism Week,” will discuss what it means to be a feminist and how the feminist and womanist movements can work to become more diverse and inclusive. Meanwhile, the annual spring conference, now entering its 12th year, will tackle questions surrounding “why we march,” such as how to build coalitions, remain resilient in the face of a changing political climate, and foster change through multiple avenues. The fall and spring conferences promise to be some of the largest events on campus each year. Past speakers have included politicians, general counsels, law firm partners, activists, and professors.
Firms & Fundraising Committee
The Firms & Fundraising Committee is responsible for securing WLA sponsor-ships from sources external to HLS. This Committee fosters the WLA’s ongoing relationships with large, national firms and affords excellent opportunities for students to network with female attorneys at various law firms. In addition to sponsorships, the Committee organizes numerous events for HLS women interested in working at firms. These include panels with firm representatives for students to learn about various aspects about life at law firms; small group dinners where students can closely interact with lawyers; and a spring Firm Mixer for WLA members and the WLA’s sponsor firms.
The Governance Committee is tasked with helping to improve the internal workings and structure of the WLA. The WLA has grown to become of the largest student-run organizations at Harvard Law School. The Governance Committee works to design procedures and by-laws—using the legal and analytic tools that we have learned in the classroom—to ensure that the WLA reflects democratic values, accountability, and community standards. The committee’s goal is to guarantee that all women’s voices on campus are heard and respected.
Incoming Students Committee
The Incoming Students Committee is in charge of helping 1Ls, LLMs, and transfer students feel integrated into the HLS community. The Committee administers the WLA Big-Little Program, which matches incoming students (“Little Sisters”) with 2L or 3L mentors (“Big Sisters”). The Committee also plans various social events throughout the year to foster a sense of community within the organization. In addition, the Committee works with the HLS Office of Admissions to reach out to admitted students, answer any questions they may have, and meet up with them when they visit during Admitted Students Weekend.
The International Committee works to create awareness of international women’s issues on the HLS campus; provides HLS women interested in international issues and international jobs with opportunities to pursue those interests; and reaches out to international students on campus. Specific events organized by the Commit-tee include social events with international students, speaker events featuring women working in international law, and the International Women’s Day photo exhibition and celebration.
The LLM / SJD Committee seeks to foster a community among LLM and SJD women on campus. The committee organizes annual dinners and happy hours.
Each year the WLA provides a unique opportunity to build meaningful relationships with women working in various professional interest areas early on. Students are matched with a practicing female attorney in their preferred market and interest area for career development and advice. At the end of the year, students celebrate with their mentors at the annual WLA Mentorship Program Reception. Past mentee/mentor matches have been extremely successful and have led to some wonderful relationships!
The Outreach Committee collaborates with other affinity groups and student organizations on campus to promote intersectionality. They participate in the affinity group coalition, and organize small lunches and dinners with other student orgs for incoming 1Ls, transfers, and LLMs. They originate co-sponsorship opportunities with other organizations and help connect the WLA with the broader HLS community.
Sponsored by Shearman & Sterling LLP.
The Partnership Committee seeks to include men in the conversation of gender parity and develop committed gender allies among the men at HLS. Advocacy for women’s rights does not exist in a vacuum, and the Committee focuses on programming and events that allow for men to be allies for their female colleagues on campus. This Committee is open to men to sit in on.
Sponsored by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
Private Sector Committee
The Private Sector Committee organizes activities and provides resources for women interested in pursuing private sector jobs during summers or after graduation at either law firms or other opportunities such as consulting, banking, etc. The Committee aims to bring together private-sector-minded women with each other as well as professionals in the in the field. They work closely with the Office of Career Services (OCS) in creating events for HLS women.
Public Interest Committee
The Public Interest Committee organizes activities and provides resources for women interested in pursuing public interest jobs during summers or after graduation. The Committee sponsors events connecting public interest-minded HLS students to each other and to professionals pursuing public interest work, and also works closely with the Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) to monitor upcoming events of interest and suggest and co-sponsor events.
The Research Committee works on special data collection projects that are relevant to HLS, such as gender disparity in classroom participation and grades; data on Latin Honors, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Harvard Law Review, and Board of Student Adviser; and other ad hoc policy recommendations for the law school that include pregnancy policies and faculty diversity. This data is published on our blog and in the Harvard Law Record.
Shatter the Ceiling Committee
The Shatter the Ceiling Committee works to broaden awareness of and battle against gender disparities at HLS and within the broader legal community. The Committee writes blog posts and op-eds advocating for gender parity in the classroom and beyond at HLS. The Committee also hosts the Annual Shatter Awards, which recognize faculty members for outstanding work in creating gender and racial equality in the classroom.
The Social Committee plans and organizes all the social activities for WLA members. The Committee creates events, both large and small, that allow WLA members, and members of the HLS community, to network with each other in a fun, relaxing environment including the day trips to fun local destinations, happy hours, and the big end of the year brunch. The Committee is also responsible for organizing the Women’s Welcome champagne toast in the fall.
Venture Fund Committee
The Venture Fund Committee provides funding and logistical support to HLS women and other student organizations to allow them to invite women from various professional fields to speak on campus. Apart from logistical support and assistance in marketing and publicizing their events, the Venture Fund offers HLS women the unique opportunity to build their networks and interact with their role models.
The Volunteer Committee organizes various volunteer opportunities and donation-based efforts throughout the year for WLA members. These events include charity walks/runs, pro bono trips, volunteer opportunities at local shelters, clothing drives, and more.