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Tulane Law's pioneering women featured Oct. 14

October 11, 2013

Tulane Law School's long history of producing top-notch female lawyers will be on display Oct. 14 during “Pioneering Women of Tulane Law School,” a panel discussion set for 4:30-6 p.m. at the school’s Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room.

The event, which is open to the public, features women who represent decades of outstanding contributions to law, government and society.

Planned participants are: 
Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor, a forthcoming biography of Bessie Margolin (NC ’29, A&S ’30, LLB ’30). As Associate Solicitor for the Department of Labor, Margolin argued 27 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and won 24 of them.
Margot Mazeau (L ’58), who worked as senior principal attorney at the Federal Maritime Commission's Office of Hearing Counsel then as Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.

Cynthia Shoss (NC ’72, L ’74), a senior partner in the New York office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where she co-chairs its Insurance Transactions and Products Practice. She previously managed Dewey & LeBoeuf’s London office and later co-chaired the firm’s insurance regulatory group.

Terry O’Neill (L ’80), who practiced law in New Orleans before launching an academic career, teaching feminist legal theory and international women’s rights, as well as corporate law and finance. Since 2009, she has been President of the National Organization for Women.

Lynn Luker (L ’81, LLM ’85, LLM ’92), a prominent litigator who heads her own New Orleans firm. She is a longtime member of Tulane Law School’s adjunct faculty, co-director of Tulane’s Trial Advocacy Program and Chair of the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms.

Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown (L ’88, LLM ’98), who was confirmed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, in New Orleans, in 2011. She is the first African-American woman on the federal bench in Louisiana and previously was New Orleans City Attorney.

Judge Karen Wells Roby (L '87), who has been a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana since 1998. She practiced law in New Orleans for more than a decade before going on the bench and in 2013 finished her term as President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception in the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room.


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