Support the Women, Leadership & Equality Program

Women, Leadership & Equality Program A Project of Designated Funds

The Women, Leadership & Equality Program at the School of Law combines teaching, experiential learning, and scholarship about women in the legal profession to prepare its graduates to become leaders in their chosen careers. It is the first and the only one of its kind at an American law school.

The Women, Leadership & Equality Program offers an innovative curriculum:

  • A research and theory seminar on the empirical studies documenting the structural barriers to women ascending to positions of leadership.
  • An applied seminar taught by nationally-known experts in personal negotiation, communication, strategic career planning, business development and fundraising, organizational behavior and dynamics, and leadership development.
  • An optional externship offering students the opportunity to work with state, local, and national organizations dedicated to serving women in need and shaping policy, including the National Women's Law Center, the House of Ruth, and the Maryland Women's Law Center.

Outstanding Scholarship:

  • More than fifteen symposia and panel discussions held over ten years, including "Title IX: Women, Athletics and the Law," "The Sway of the Swing Vote: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor," "Women and the 'New' Corporate Governance," and "The Case Against Human Trafficking: What Everyone Should Know."
  • More than thirty-five symposia papers, including both faculty and student articles, published on gender-related topics, including Professor Monopoli's articles, Gender and Constitutional Design, 115 Yale Law Journal 2643 (2006) and Marriage, Property & [In]Equality, 119 Yale Law Journal Online 61 (2009).

Exceptional Experiential Learning Opportunities:

A lifelong advocate of women's issues, Rose Zetzer earned her law degree in 1925, and was the first female member admitted to the Maryland State Bar Association in 1946. Throughout her career, Ms. Zetzer was devoted to women's rights; she fought for the repeal of laws discriminating against women, and lobbied Congress for the right of married women to work and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. A small group of third-year students who demonstrate a strong intellectual interest in and commitment to women's issues are chosen as the WLE Program's Rose Zetzer Fellows. Zetzer Fellows participate in a Workshop that provides training in professional skills, including communication, organizational dynamics, leadership, and personal negotiation.

  • More than a dozen local, state, and national organizations providing direct legal services to women in need and developing policy initiatives have accepted Rose Zetzer Fellows as externs, including the House of Ruth, The Women's Law Center of Maryland, and the National Women's Law Center.

How can you help?

By making a donation above, you support students' participation in this unique program advancing women in the legal profession.

Your gift will further provide an opportunity for students to engage in critical thinking about cutting-edge issues in gender and leadership. Our students participate in courses and academic research that focus on current theories and research studies that document and hypothesize about the slow progress of women to formal leadership positions and the barriers they face in the legal profession.

Make a commitment to the Women, Leadership & Equality Program and help us train the next generation of women leaders.

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