Five Alumnae Honored at Women’s Forum

June 19, 2013 — On June 14, Georgetown Law’s Women’s Forum honored some of the Law Center’s most distinguished alumnae. At the urging of Dean William M. Treanor, honorees 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) shared thoughts about their careers — and of course, about Georgetown Law — after receiving a Law Center Alumnae Award.

 “I wanted to be a Perry Mason lawyer,” said Turner, now the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Hershey Company. Unfortunately, Mason “didn’t talk about clerkships, he didn’t talk about networking, he didn’t talk about ‘leaning in’” the way that Georgetown Law did.

Fulton, a partner at Williams and Connolly and the former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, recalled how women administrators at the Law Center influenced students in the 1980s. Nirenstein, who spent a 31-year career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, said Georgetown gave her the opportunity to interview with law firm employers. 

Belford, now the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Washington, said the skills she developed at Georgetown served her well when she shifted her focus from Fortune 500 companies to those less fortunate. 

Utz, an international consultant who teaches legal ethics and works on women’s educational issues in Palestine, encouraged three Palestinian students to attend the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London; two of the students, both women, have enrolled in Georgetown’s LL.M. program for the fall. 

Professor Ginger Patterson opened the day’s events, noting that since 1985, women have comprised at least 40 percent of the law school population. “We’ve had 28 years of a solid presence of women in the legal academies … so where do we stand?” she asked.

Treanor said that Georgetown is proud of the achievements of its alumnae. “[They] are really transforming the world,” he said.

A full list of events and speakers is available here.