UCLA School of Law Launches Initiative to Empower and Support Women Graduates

Lauri Gavel
Director of Communications
UCLA School of Law
(310) 206-2611

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 10, 2015 – UCLA School of Law has launched a new initiative aimed at empowering and supporting the law school’s women graduates. The initiative, UCLA Law Women LEAD, which is based on the pillars of Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement and Distinction, will connect an intergenerational network of UCLA Law students and alumnae through a 24/7 communications platform, mentoring opportunities and professional programs.

“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to create a strong network that draws together women from different generations and from a range of practice areas,” UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “UCLA Law Women LEAD will help our alumnae find suitable career paths and provide them with the support that leads to success. The time is ripe to undertake this effort because of continuing barriers to gender parity in the legal profession.”

Led by a founding board of distinguished alumnae, the initiative is being co-chaired by UCLA Law alumnae Nancy L. Abell, a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, and Michelle Banks, executive vice president and general counsel at Gap Inc. UCLA Law alumna Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke at the UCLA Law Women LEAD launch event in January.

“My UCLA Law education has paved the way for my professional achievements, and I know my fellow alumnae are attaining their own goals every day,” Michelle Banks, UCLA Law Women LEAD co-chair, said. “By making it easier to connect with each other—our virtual network is now accessible at any time and from any location—we hope more alumnae will stay involved, mentor one another and help to support the next generation of female lawyers.”

“UCLA Law Women LEAD will support women from first-year law students to professionals at the most senior levels. The initiative will help women graduates build their global reputations, expand their influence and advance their careers,” LEAD Co-Chair Nancy L. Abell said.

For more information, please visit uclalawwomenlead.com.

About UCLA School of Law
Founded in 1949, UCLA School of Law is the youngest major law school in the nation and has established a tradition of innovation in its approach to teaching, research and scholarship. With approximately 100 faculty and 1,100 students, the school pioneered clinical teaching, is a leader in interdisciplinary research and training, and is at the forefront of efforts to link research to its effects on society and the legal profession. For more information, visit www.law.ucla.edu.