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Women of Stanford Law (WSL)

Overview

The Women of Stanford Law (WSL) is an organization run for and by women at Stanford Law School. It supports female students in their academic, professional and personal capacities by -- among other things -- matching them with mentors, hosting speakers on a wide variety of topics, and organizing community outreach efforts.

All individuals at Stanford Law School are welcome to participate in WSL activities and programs. Should you have any questions about the organization or wish to become involved, please contact us at the email addresses provided to the right.

Brief overviews of WSL’s various committees are provided below.

Academic Committee

The Academic Committee organizes panels and events on academic topics of particular relevance to WSL members. The Committee also lobbies the administration to prioritize classes of interest and to hire professors who focus on these subjects. Specific events organized by the Academic Committee include the Cupcakes and Conversations series with Stanford Law professors, and a dinner with female members of the Stanford Law Review.

Alumni Mentoring Committee

The Alumni Mentoring Committee pairs current law students with Stanford Law School graduates according to their interests and preferences. These mentoring relationships are designed to help WSL's members get a better sense of their career options and navigate the transition from law student to professional. Our alumni mentors in turn develop long-lasting relationships with younger members of the community, learn about Stanford Law School today, and enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is responsible for publicizing WSL's events and maintaining its website. The Committee also works with the Development Committee to foster WSL's ongoing relationships with law firms and to coordinate events at which WSL's members can network with female attorneys.

Community Service and Social Justice Committee

The Community Service and Social Justice Committee organizes various volunteer activities, donation-based efforts, and social justice programming throughout the year. These events include, most prominently, our annual gift drive for CORA, the only agency in San Mateo County with the sole purpose of serving victims of domestic violence.

Development Committee

The Development Committee organizes activities and provides resources to help women develop their professional skills. The Committee works closely with OCS and the Communications Committee to monitor upcoming events of interest to WSL members, while suggesting and co-sponsoring many other events, including a lunchtime seminar on negotiations strategies.

Mentoring Committee

The Mentoring Committee pairs incoming 1Ls with upperclass women according to their interests and preferences. These pairs are parts of larger families, which generally have a common interest of some kind. The Mentoring Committee hosts a welcome dinner in the fall, and dessert hours in the winter and spring for all mentors and mentees.

Treasury

The Treasurer is responsible for managing WSL’s finances. She tracks our event expenditures throughout the year and works with the Office of Students Affairs and outside parties to obtain support for WSL functions.

For more information contact the 2013-2014 organization leaders:
Jaryn Fields - Co-President
Nida Vidutis - Co-President
Ali Karol - Vice President
Caroline Esser - Academic Chair
Michelle Hillenbrand - Community Service Chair
Cecilia Oyediran - Mentoring Chair
Maret Delf - Alumni Relations
Lauren Finkelstein - Alumni Relations