The University of North Dakota School of Law and Law Women's Caucus is presenting the Twentieth Annual Helen Hamilton Day Celebration on Friday, April 5, 2002. The theme of this year's event is "Twenty Years of Change," and is designed to honor not only UND's first woman law graduate, but all people who have made contributions to women in the law. UND's Law Women's Caucus is celebrating the twentieth annual Helen Hamilton Day as a way to take a moment to reflect on the invaluable and ever increasing impact of women in the legal profession and society.
Schedule of Events
The day will begin with Registration and Breakfast in the Tisdale Lounge, located on the second floor of the UND Law School.
Attorney Dorraine A. Larison, from the Hall & Byers, P.A. firm in St. Cloud, Minn., will speak at 8:45am in the Baker Courtroom. Her topic is "Harassment and the Law: Where and How to Draw the Line." Attendees will learn how harassment law has changed over the past 20 years and where it is now, focusing on issues faced by employers.
At 10:10 am, join Sarah Andrews Herman, with Dorsey & Whitney, in Fargo, to learn more about "Gender Fairness in the Courts: How Far Have We Come?" This session will educate the audience about the changes our courts have made in the area of gender fairness from the past co-chair of North Dakota's Gender Fairness Task Force.
The morning session concludes with attorney Peter Forrest, from Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty, and Bennett, P.A., in Minneapolis. His lecture, "Shirley, Print My E-Mail For Me," will begin at 11:15 am, and will be a retrospective and prospective view of the many ways in which technology and the law are interwoven, including their impacts on society, the law, and particularly on women lawyers.
At 12:15 pm there will a luncheon at UND Memorial Union. Lunch will consist of a Chicken Breast Buffet. Meal Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8.00. There is also a vegetarian option available.
The keynote speaker is Frances Elisabeth Olsen, a professor at UCLA School of Law. Professor Olsen will talk from 1:30-3:00 pm and will discuss the "The Changing Face of Law: Women in the Legal Profession." Her lecture will be an examination of the professional strides women have made in the legal profession over the past 20 years.
The final event of the day is a panel discussion on "Urban and Rural Practice: The Fast Lane vs. The Vast Lane." Moderator and Professor James Grijalva will lead a dialogue focusing on how regional demographics affect the practice of law, as well as the challenges and opportunities of each situation. The panel participants include: Drew Wrigley, Fargo; Tamara Yon, Crookston, Minn.; Peter Forrest, Minneapolis, Minn.; Francis Olsen, Los Angeles, Calif.; Jeanne McLean, Grand Forks.
History of Helen Hamilton
Helen Hamilton was the first woman to graduate from the UND School of Law, Class of 1905. Hamilton was the only woman in the senior class and was also the class president. The following comments appeared in the information published in honor of the graduation of the Class of 1905: "She with all the charm of woman, She with all the breadth of man."
States began admitting women to the bar in 1920 after women obtained suffrage. Hamilton was listed as a member of the American Bar Association in 1925. She practiced law in Grand Forks for 43 years with the firms of Bangs, Cooley & Hamilton; and Bangs, Hamilton and Bangs. Helen Hamilton died on September 30, 1949 at the age of 75.
The entire day is free and open to the public. Attorneys attending the event can receive 4.75 North Dakota CLE credits, and 3 Minnesota CLE credits. Cost for the N.D. CLE credits is $45. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
To register in advance for the CLE credits or for more information, contact Kristine Goddard-Anderson at 701-777-9765 or email@example.com. March 26, 2002
March 26, 2002