If you have questions about any of our committees, please contact a WLA officer for more information.
The 1L Committee focuses its efforts on programming constructed specifically to serve the 1L community and on the WLA’s 1L Representative class.
The Academic Committee puts on panels and events for WLA members on various aspects of academic life at HLS, including note-taking and outlining tips, professor specific test-taking advice, and choosing classes. The Academic Committee also provides WLA members with the WLA outline and exam bank (click here to contribute to our database). Specific events organized by the Academic Committee include the Coffee and Conversations professor speaker series, informal class advice minglers and the pre-exam Study Tips panel.
The Admissions Committee works closely with the HLS Office of Admissions to recruit outstanding female potential students to HLS. To achieve this goal, the Committee represents the WLA in student organization fairs for admitted students, contacts potential and admitted students through the Office of Admissions, and organizes the Women’s Toast in each admitted student weekend. The Admissions Committee is also available to arrange a meeting with a current student for those potential students or applicants who are visiting campus on their own; please reach out to the Admissions Chair to take advantage of this opportunity.
The Alumnae Committee works to develop relationships between current and former HLS women. The Committee provides opportunities for informal discussions with alumni and facilitates mentorship opportunities. The Committee also organizes the annual WLA trip to D.C. to meet, network with, and learn from leaders in government and public interest-minded organizations and firms.
The Communications Chair is responsible for publicity for the WLA, maintaining the WLA e-mail account and the WLA website. The Communications Chair also operates as the secretary of the WLA, in charge of taking minutes at Board Meetings, assisting with scheduling, and maintaining records.
The Conference Committee organizes the annual WLA conference in the spring semester. The Annual Conference, one of the largest events organized by a student organization at the Law School every year, draws hundreds of attendees. Past Conference titles include “This is What Equality Looks Like: The World We Want for Women and Girls”; “Mind the Gap: Achieving Actual Parity”; and “19%: When Will Women Have the Floor?”
The Firms Committee organizes activities and provides resources for women interested in pursuing jobs at firms, both large and small. The Committee works closely with OCS to monitor upcoming events of interest to WLA members, while suggesting and co-sponsoring many other events, including a panel to help 2Ls prepare for EIP and a panel to help 1Ls interested in a firm job during their first summer.
The Fundraising Committee is responsible for securing WLA sponsorships from sources external to HLS. This Committee also fosters the WLA’s ongoing relationships with large firms and affords excellent opportunities for students to network with female attorneys at various law firms. As part of its efforts, this Committee organizes an annual mixer for WLA 1L members with the WLA’s sponsor firms.
The International Committee works to create awareness of international women’s issues on the HLS campus, provides HLS women interested in international issues and international jobs with opportunities to pursue those interests, and reaches out to international students on the HLS campus. Specific events organized by the Committee include panels on international jobs and the JD/LLM networking banquet.
The Intersectional Committee is responsible for maintaining and growing the WLA’s relationship with the Law School’s affinity groups. The members and Chair of this Committee serve as the main representatives of the WLA to the HLS Diversity Collective and organize community-building and other events within this framework.
The Mentorship Committee is responsible for everything to do with the WLA’s Big/Little Sister program, from recruiting participants and matching them, to an annual kickoff party and Big/Little-targeted events throughout the year. 1L, LLM, and transfer students wishing to become Little Sisters should contact the Mentorship Chair (see who she is here) for more information.
Public Interest Committee:
The Public Interest Committee organizes activities and provides resources for women interested in pursuing public interest jobs during summers or after graduation. The Committee sponsors events connecting public interest-minded HLS students to each other and to professionals pursuing public interest work, and also works closely with OPIA to monitor upcoming events of interest and suggest and co-sponsor events.
Shatter the Ceiling Steering Committee:
The Shatter the Ceiling Steering Committee is in charge of leading the Shatter the Ceiling coalition, formed in 2013 to battle conditions it believes lead to a gender-gap in achievement within HLS–and that affect students and the legal community after graduation. Shatter the Ceiling is a movement sparked by WLA efforts, yet independent of it. The WLA provides funds and leadership for the coalition in recognition of the importance of its mission and of giving a voice to HLS women.
This Committee plans and organizes all the social activities for WLA members. The Committee provides social events, both large and small, that allow WLA members, and members of the HLS community, to network with each other in a fun, relaxing environment including the day trips to fun local destinations, happy hours, and the big end of the year brunch. The Committee is also responsible for organizing the Women’s Welcome champagne toast in the fall.
The Sustainability Chair is responsible for monitoring all WLA events and programs to make them as environmentally friendly as possible. She educates WLA board members on our environmental impact and organizes the annual WLA clothing swap and drive in collaboration with the Volunteer Committee.
The Treasurer is responsible for managing the finances for the WLA, including tracking expenses throughout the year and working with the Dean of Students office to support WLA events.
The Volunteer Committee provides various volunteer activities and donation-based efforts throughout the year for the WLA board and WLA members. These events include charity walks/runs, pro bono trips, volunteer opportunities at local shelters, clothing drives and more.
Women’s Issues Committee:
The Women’s Issues Committee creates events that facilitate the discussion of women’s issues for WLA members and the broader HLS community. The Committee provides new and bold ideas for panels that draw the HLS community, both men and women, to discuss many of the most important issues relating to women, including the ongoing dinner conversation series and the Feminist Perspectives on the 1L Curriculum series. The Committee also networks with the other gender organizations on campus and works with the school administration on issues of faculty diversity.