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. CLWA fosters an inclusive community for women within the Law School and provides career and academic resources to members and to the law school community.
Each year, CLWA organizes a mentoring program to match first-year students with with second- and third-year CLWA members. Mentors advise their mentees on tackling 1L classes, summer job searches, and general law school survival tips. The group sponsors multiple social events for participants in the mentoring program.
CLWA also raises awareness within the Law School community about issues disproportionately impacting women. The group 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 honorees 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.
If you are interested in reaching CLWA leadership to learn more about the organization, email firstname.lastname@example.org.