The women of Washington University are committed to making connections amongst one another, as well as with the many alumnae across the nation. With events often focused on women’s issues, the law school brings students and the legal community together to network and learn from one another’s experiences.
National Women’s Day Celebration
In 1871 Phoebe Couzins became the first woman to earn a degree from Washington University and the law school. Exactly 140 years later, on September 21, 2011, 140 women students, faculty, lawyers, judges, and alumnae gathered in the law school’s Crowder Courtyard to honor Couzins’ achievement and to celebrate the newly licensed women members of the Class of 2011. The event, held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, was co-sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) and the Career Services Office (CSO), and funded in part through the Burson Fund.
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The Women’s Law Caucus sponsors a mentoring program connecting first-year students with upperclasswomen and female faculty members.
For more information and to sign up: http://law.wustl.edu/organizations/WomensLawCaucus/mentor.html
International Women’s Day
Celebrated throughout the world, International Women's Day recognizes the accomplishments of women in both developed and developing countries. Since 2000, the Women's Law Caucus has been committed to giving this global holiday the attention it richly deserves. In past years, we have honored many prominent women for their accomplishments and contributions to the legal profession at our annual celebration, including United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Missouri Supreme Court Justice Ann K. Covington.
Public Interest Auction
Each year the Women's Law Caucus hosts an auction benefiting the Public Interest Stipend fund. This fund allows students to work for non-profits around the world during their summers and receive compensation for their efforts.
The auction is planned and executed by the female students at the law school and coordinated by a committee of the Women’s Law Caucus. They obtain donations from the faculty, other students, and St. Louis community. They prepare food and drinks, and create a theme and decorations that transforms the courtyard. The entire student body as well as members of the community are encouraged to attend and bid on the variety of items. The event is perennially successful, raising thousands of dollars for the Public Interest Stipend each year.