Women in Law: Where Equality and Equity Exist in Local Government
As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” This three-women-panel of local government attorneys will discuss the transformation of what women in the male-dominated legal field looked like in the past to what women in the field look like now on a structural and policy level. The presentation will discuss the shift from issues related to equality for all women to what equitable actions local governments are currently doing to prioritize and value Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) women seeking employment. The presentation will also discuss the structure of a woman-majority litigation office in local government and an example of COVID-19 provisional language that create a disproportionate effect on women over men. Additional topics may be included.
Speakers: Deanna Shahnami, Patricia Miller, Deanne Durfee & Josette Flores