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Catholic University Women's Law Caucus Focuses on Network Building


On Saturday, Sept. 25, members of the CUA Women’s Law Caucus joined other law schools in the mid-Atlantic region to attend the First Annual D.C. Student Networking and Leadership Summit. 

Held at Georgetown University Law Center, attendees had the opportunity to hear a judge, professors, lobbyists, government lawyers and private practice attorneys discuss the tools needed to succeed in their respective fields.
L-R: Catherine Birdwell, president, CUA Women's Law Caucus;
1L Alicia Ferong and 1L Derry Earle. 

The speaking panel included Robin West, associate dean and professor of law and philosophy at Georgetown University Law Center; Lisa Horowitz, senior manager of professional development, McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Julia B. Weatherly, associate judge, Prince George’s County Circuit Court; Noha Sidhom, Office of General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Barbara Washburn, former director of legislative and regulatory affairs for General Motors Corporation. 
The panel was moderated by Professor Caprice Roberts, in her second year as a visiting professor at the Columbus School of Law. 
Attendees listened to the speakers offer advice on a wide array of issues affecting female law students and young attorneys. Topics included marketing oneself, looking “outside of the box” in today’s economy, finding opportunities to network and finding one’s voice in today’s legal world.
The panel discussion was followed by a cocktail reception where students had the opportunity to network with partners and associates from various law firms, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

 L-R, all 2Ls: Khaliunaa Garamgaibaatar, Julia Fisher, Jessica Grunberg, and Andrea Cole. Fisher and Grunberg serve as VPs of alumni relations and event planning. Cole is treasurer of the Women's Law Caucus.
The networking and leadership summit was time well spent for Catholic University law students, according to Women’s Law Caucus President Catherine Birdwell.
“We were thrilled to be a part of this program,” said Birdwell. “It was a wonderful opportunity for our members to gain insight and advice into their future roles as female attorneys, and we hope to participate in more programs like this in the future.”