Georgetown Law Recognizes Five Outstanding Women Leaders

April 18, 2012 —

Georgetown University Law Center will honor five highly accomplished women with the 2012 Alumnae Award. The award recognizes women leaders for their contributions to the legal profession, their communities and the Law Center. It will be presented at Women’s Forum on April 20.

The honorees:

Sarah Cogan (Class of 1981)

Cogan is a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and a member of the firm's Corporate Department. As head of the firm's Investment Management Practice Group, she represents closed-end investment companies, mutual funds, investment advisors and independent directors of investment companies. Cogan is the national chair of the Georgetown Law annual fund. 

Deborah Epstein (Faculty, Law Clinic Fellow 1991)

Epstein is the director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and associate dean of the clinical education and public interest and community service programs at Georgetown Law. Until 2001, she co-directed the D.C. Superior Court's Domestic Violence Intake Center and directed the Emergency Domestic Relations Project, a public interest organization providing legal and educational services to indigent victims of intimate abuse. In 2011, Epstein was named Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers by the Clinical Legal Education Association.

Amy Friend (Class of 1984)

Friend is the managing director of Promontory Financial Group, a global financial consulting firm. Previously, she served as chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, where she played a leadership role in developing legislative responses to the financial crisis, including the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 

Lynn Leibovitz (Class of 1985)

Leibovitz is an associate judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Previously, she served as an assistant U.S. attorney, where she prosecuted homicides and federal narcotics and racketeering cases, served as the office's training director, and in 2000, was appointed deputy chief of the Homicide Division, a position she held until her appointment to the bench in 2001. Leibovitz was an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Georgetown Law from 1997 to 2006. 

Ann Beth Stebbins (Georgetown College Class of 1986, Georgetown Law Class of 1994)

Stebbins is a corporate partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she concentrates primarily on mergers and acquisitions. She spent eight years in the firm's London office and has been involved in a variety of cross-border transactions representing acquirers, targets and financial advisors. In 2001, The M&A Advisor named her as "Woman Dealmaker of the Year," and mergermarket ranked her among the top 10 individual lawyers for European mergers and acquisitions in terms of aggregate value. Stebbins is a member of the law alumni board.

The Georgetown Law Women’s Forum, which grew out of discussions with law alumnae about the special issues, opportunities and constraints faced by women law professionals, is designed to develop networks of Law Center alumnae and to foster mentoring relationships between alumnae and students.

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