Nancy Gertner Champions Women's Rights in Legal Field at Burns & Levinson Women's Forum

Burns & Levinson, a Boston-based law firm, recently hosted its second successful event as part of the Burns & Levinson Women’s Forum. The evening featured a discussion with retired United States Federal Judge Nancy Gertner.  Fresh from the bench, Justice Gertner spoke candidly of gender dynamics in the courtroom, of challenges facing women trial lawyers and of the responsibility of those who have attained positions of power to speak up and continue to work for equality of opportunity for their junior colleagues. 

Judge Gertner noted that, too often, when attorneys from private law firms would appear in front of her the junior attorneys who actually did the work would sit behind their senior male colleagues who would argue the motions.  “Currently 15% of women in the legal profession are equity partners,” says Gertner.  “My generation felt like we were carrying the banner for everyone. Today’s generation of women attorneys need to keep that banner held high.”

Ellen Zucker, a partner at Burns & Levinson, commented on the night:   “Smart, impassioned and now freely irreverent, Judge Gertner lead an inspiring conversation about women in the law.   While we might miss her as part of the judiciary, this talk confirmed (if there was any doubt) that she has a lot to offer the legal community in this next phase of her professional life.  We were delighted to have her join us.”

The Burns & Levinson Women’s Forum holds regular events around topics of interest to women attorneys. Initiated by the women partners at the firm, the Burns & Levinson Women’s Forum is designed to offer a place for conversation among experienced women lawyers on topics of importance to the women in their profession in their communities. 

The next event is scheduled for late January 2012 and will feature a discussion about women in-house counsel.

This event is invitation-only and limited to senior women attorneys; inquiries on being added to the invitation list are welcome.

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