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Georgetown Law Recognizes Outstanding Alumnae Leaders

June 10, 2013 —

Jane Golden Belford (L'78) Jane Golden Belford (L'78)
Laurie S. Fulton (L'89) Laurie S. Fulton (L'89)
Marcia Nirenstein (L'80) Marcia Nirenstein (L'80)
Leslie M. Turner (L'85) Leslie M. Turner (L'85)
Joyce Utz (N'89, L'92) Joyce Utz (N'89, L'92)

Georgetown University Law Center will honor the achievements of five highly accomplished women graduates with the 2013 Alumnae Award at its annual Women's Forum on June 14.

Jane Golden Belford (L’78), Laurie S. Fulton (L’89), Marcia Nirenstein (L’80), Leslie M. Turner (L’85) and Joyce Utz (N’89, L’92) will receive Law Center Alumnae Awards for their contributions to the legal profession, their communities and the Law Center. 

Belford is the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, the highest ecclesiastical or decision-making office a layperson can hold in the Catholic Church. She is the first woman and the first layperson to hold this position in the history of the Archdiocese. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner in the firm Foley & Lardner LLP. During her career, Belford has worked on behalf of many charitable organizations and has received numerous honors, including the Law Center's Paul R. Dean Alumni Award.

Fulton is a partner at Williams & Connolly LLP, where her areas of practice include data breach and cyber security, class actions, government and congressional investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. She served as United States ambassador to Denmark from 2009 to 2013. She co-founded Green Partnerships for Growth and co-hosted the Conference on the Role of Women in Global Security. Fulton has served as a Georgetown Law alumni admissions interviewer. 

Nirenstein was a corporate partner in the Washington D.C., office of Skadden Arps until her retirement earlier this year. At the firm, she represented both domestic and international clients in complex M&A transactions, private equity funds and investors and developers in tax equity transactions involving wind, solar and clean coal projects. Nirenstein is one of the founding board members and president of IsraAID(US) Global Humanitarian Assistance, Inc. She is a member of the law alumni board and has served as an admissions interviewer, career network mentor, law firm challenge agent and co-chair of her 25th law reunion. 

Turner was elected senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Hershey Company in 2012. She leads Hershey’s legal, government relations, corporate security and corporate secretary functions and is as a member of the company’s global leadership team. Prior to joining Hershey, she was chief legal officer of Coca-Cola North America; associate general counsel at Coca-Cola Company Bottling Investments Group; and a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP. She also served in several roles at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Turner is a member of Georgetown Law's board of visitors and a trustee of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. 

Utz is an international legal consultant. She splits her time between New York, London and Palestine, where she works on a number of international development projects focusing on rule of law and women’s educational issues. She has been involved with numerous Georgetown Law projects over the years, including the Public Interest Law Scholars program, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Women’s Forum. She is a former member of the law alumni board, law reunion volunteer and law alumni admissions interviewer. 

Founded in 1998, the Georgetown Law Women’s Forum grew out of discussions with law alumnae about the special issues, opportunities and constraints faced by women law professionals. The annual event is designed to develop networks of Law Center alumnae and to foster mentoring relationships between alumnae and students. 

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