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Kilgore Society Newsletter - February 4, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Denver, CO
Colorado Ivy+ Women Event: Sip 'n Pastel Art Event and Social
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 5:30pm
40 West Arts Gallery | 1560 Teller St., Lakewood, CO 80214

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New York, NY
The Path to Partnership: The Real Deal
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 6:30 - 9:00pm
Jones Day | 222 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017-6702

The purpose of this discussion is for associates to receive candid advice on how to achieve this milestone in their careers and overcome the challenges faced by minorities and women in large law firms.  To this end, our panelists will provide the audience with valuable insights about their experiences on their path to partnership.  Presented by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Read more here.

Philadelphia, PA
The Kilgore Society & Wharton Club of Philadelphia PreEstate Planning for Women: Taking Control of Your Financial Future Now
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Penn Law

Join us as our panel of estate planning and financial planning experts discuss an array of topics critically important to women when it comes to strategically managing wealth and planning ahead for all manner of life events.  Invite coming soon.

Los Angeles, CA & San Francisco, CA
More Kilgore Events in CA!
March 2015 - locations and times TBD
Keep an eye out for information on upcoming Kilgore events in Los Angeles and San Francisco next month.  If you are interested in hosting, please contact Corey Fulton at


Job Opportunities
Global Consumer Goods Manufacturing Company [name withheld], Lead Labor & Employment Counsel for Latin America (Mexico)
For more details, click here.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Senior Counsel (New York, NY)
For more details, click here.

Wrongful Conviction Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, Staff Attorney (Tucson, AZ)
For more details, click here.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Staff Attorney (Washington, DC)
For more details, click here.

Community Legal Services, Staff Attorney for Employment/Farmworker/Low Income Tax Clinic (Phoenix, AZ)
For more details, click here.

St. John's University School of Law, Legal Writing Professor (Queens, NY)
For more details, click here.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Legal and Legislative Policy Advocate (Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC)
For more details, click here.

Fellowships & Awards
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: John A. Payton Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy Fellowship
Deadline: March 16, 2015

For more details, please click here.

Rhode Island Center for Justice
The Center for Justice, acting as a host site, seeks recent law school graduates able to bring funding for their work through their own law school institutions.  As a host site, the Center matches the interests and skills of recent law school graduates with the needs of the community, to develop a project that is rewarding for the new attorney, and beneficial to the Rhode Island community. 

The Center seeks to develop projects with clear goals and a plan for sustainability following the funded time frame.  Areas of practice where there is a clear need in Rhode Island and capacity for training and supervision include: housing, immigration, and workers' rights.  The Center is open and available for informal conversations about other projects and practice areas.

For more details, please click here.

David Carliner Public Interest Award
Deadline: March 16, 2015
Open to any public interest attorney who graduated between 2003 and 2008, the award recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers, and the winner of the award receives a $10,000 cash prize, transportation and lodging, in full, to the ACS National Convention in Washington, DC to accept the award in person, and an award of $2,500 to the recipient's organization. 

For more details, please click here.

Alumnae Notes

Fran Griesing L'81
Griesing, the Managing Member of her law firm, Griesing Law LLC, was recently named as one of Enterprising Women Magazine's Class of 2015, its 13th annual tribute to top women entrepreneurs from North America and around the globe. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. 

Read more here.

Alisa Melekhina L'14
Melekhina was recently profiled by the American Lawyer in an article discussing her thriving chess career that she maintains as a junior associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.  She is one of 12 women to qualify this year for the U.S. Women's Chess Championship, a two-week long tournament that will take place in St. Louis in April.

Read more here.

Pilar Ramos L'97
Ramos, currently the Executive Vice President and Associate General Counsel, North America for MasterCard Worldwide will be serving as the Keynote Speaker for tonight's Penn Law Women's Association (PLWA) Annual Dinner hosted by our partner Penn Law student organization, the PLWA.

Meredith Slawe L'05
Slawe was recently named a partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where she is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation practice group. 


In the News

Women 8, Men 0 at Obama's Press Conference (Wall Street Journal, 12/19/14)
While President Barack Obama answered questions on a variety of topics at his year-end news conference, one theme started emerging: all of the questioners were women. In an unprecedented move, the president called on eight women and no men. The White House confirmed what observers assumed: It was a conscious choice.

Read more here.

When Talking About Bias Backfires (New York Times, 12/6/14; Part 1 in a four-part series by Sheryl Sandberg and Wharton Prof. Adam Grant, entitled Women at Work)
When we communicate that a vast majority of people hold some biases, we need to make sure that we're not legitimating prejudice. By reinforcing the idea that people want to conquer their biases and that there are benefits to doing so, we send a more effective message: Most people don't want to discriminate, and you shouldn't either.

Read more here.

Speaking While Female (New York Times, 1/12/15; Part 2 in a four-part series by Sheryl Sandberg and Wharton Prof. Adam Grant, entitled Women at Work)
We've all seen it: when a woman speaks in a professional setting, she walks a tightrope. Either she's barely heard or she's judged as too aggressive. When a man says virtually the same thing, heads nod in appreciation for his fine idea. As a result, women often decide that saying less is more.

Read more here.

How Not to Be "Manterrupted" in Meetings (, 1/14/15)
In response to the most recent Sandberg/Grant essay, a guide for men, women, and bosses.
Read more here.

Amal Clooney Reveals Her Court Outfit: "I'm wearing Ede & Ravenscroft" (Telegraph, 1/29/15)
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney bats away interest in what she was wearing for Armenia genocide court appearance with joking reference to English legal robe makers.

Read more here.

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