Monday, March 8, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Virtual Panel

All Rise celebrates Suffolk Law’s rich history of successful alumnae and their ongoing contributions to the legal field. In honor of International Women’s Day, join us for the second part of our alumnae panel discussion titled Grit & Grace: Leadership, Inclusivity and Change. Our discussion will feature distinguished Suffolk Law alumnae – trailblazers and leaders – who will share lessons in leadership that support inclusion, advance racial and gender equity, and leverage diverse thinking.

This program is an extension of our November event ("Rise Up, Speak Up, Lift Every Voice”) and is the official launch event of Suffolk Law’s Diversity Week.


Judge Marcine S. Anderson JD’84 Hon. Marcine S. Anderson JD'84
District Court Judge, King County, Seattle, WA

Jessica A. Massey, JD’03 Jessica A. Massey JD'03
Assistant US Attorney, United States Department of Justice
Chief Compliance Officer, Hispanic National Bar Association

Tara Spann JD’95  Tara Spann JD’95
Chief People and Strategy Officer, MENTOR

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Renee LandersRenée M. Landers
Professor of Law and Director of Health Law Concentration and
Faculty Director, Masters of Science in Law Life Sciences Program
Suffolk University Law School

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View our November Panel

For questions about this event, please contact Alison E. McManus, Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, by email or at 617-305-6354.

Event Advisory Committee

Event Chair:
Honorable Joan N. Feeney (Ret.) JD'78

Tamela E. Bailey JD'04
Professor Emerita Karen M. Blum JD’74
Sarah Camougis JD'92
Jessica Duhamel JD'06
Joy Backer Kete JD'15
Deborah Marson JD’78
Susan Myers JD'91
Honorable Amy Nechtem JD’85
Carol A. Starkey JD’88
Regina C. Sullivan JD'88
Linda J. Wondrack JD'95

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sponsors list for 2021 All Rise

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Your sponsorship of All Rise will support two of the Law School’s critical funds - the Catherine T. Judge Scholarship and its Law Student Emergency Assistance Fund – both provide crucial financial aid to our law students.

The Professor Catherine T. Judge Scholarship honors Suffolk Law’s first full-time female professor while helping students overcome financial barriers to access a practice-ready legal education. Suffolk Law’s Student Emergency Assistance Fund helps law students who are facing unemployment, housing challenges, and additional economic insecurity as a result of COVID-19 by providing small emergency grants.

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please contact Nancy Galindo-Rodriguez, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations by email or at 617-573-8454.

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All Rise: Women at Suffolk Law

00:03 The Suffolk Law school really allowed me to find what was right for me, what I was passionate about.

00:09 You will see Suffolk law grads on the bench, you will see them in immigration court, in the government.

00:15 They really permeate every aspect of our society.

00:19 I feel a connection whenever I go because usually I run into someone who went to Suffolk.

00:27 Trailblazers from the first woman lawyer to the women today.

00:31 We have to think back and thank those who created the foundation.

00:35 We're able to further along because they started that path for us.

00:47 Fifty years ago when I started law school there were no women who were there to guide me and there were no men who cared.

00:56 So I just, I made my own way.

00:59 When I graduated, I was one of the first 100 women practicing law in the State of Vermont.

01:04 When I started in the field, there were very few, only a handful of women.

01:09 So I'd look around in the criminal court and I'd be the only woman there.

01:12 Suffolk was the door that opened for them and made everything else possible.

01:17 Suffolk gave me an opportunity, an aim and a goal. I think that's huge.

01:25 You look at a law school yearbook from the 1960s, you might see one or two women in that yearbook.

01:30 Now half of the class was female and that's because of the people that came before us.

01:34 It's real important for people to see what is possible. 

01:42 When I was in law school, Professor Judge was the only woman at Suffolk, and I was in class with 300.

01:48 I was 1 of 5 women in 300. It was reassuring to see a woman professor.

01:55 She showed by example what a female could accomplish.

02:00 Katherine was amazing. At first as a student you terrified of her and then you slowly but surely began to realize that she was so devoted,

02:09 so dedicated to teaching and so prepared.

02:13 She shaped me as a lawyer. She was always famous for saying in our contracts class what's your authority?

02:20 So I learned that if you're going to argue both sides, you better have authority to back up your argument.

02:25 She was tough, she was indomitable. She was really an extraordinary woman. 

02:39 It was a practical learning experience. They really taught you how to think practically, how to think logically.

02:46 And I felt comfortable in the courtroom from the beginning, and I feel like my training at Suffolk provided that to me.

02:52 Women of Suffolk law are so much better prepared in terms of joining the legal practice.

02:59 As a result, they are influencing the rule of law, they are influencing the way justice is administered and that is so essential to our society and our democracy.

03:09 We're still blazing trails.

03:11 We are the instrument and authors of change.

03:15 I am very proud to be a Suffolk law graduate.

03:19 I give back to Suffolk because I love this law school and I love this city.

03:24 It makes me feel like I'm doing something meaningful to help the next generation.

03:30 Our time has come to rise up and be heard.

03:34 The phrase all rise to me means all of us rising up together to help women advance in opportunities for leadership.

03:45 I really see Suffolk as a place where we are given that chance to rise up.

03:49 Suffolk law has so much to offer in terms of who you can be and women have done so much. We should celebrate that.