Rochester Alumnae Event Examines Legacy of Women in Legal Profession

4/13/2010 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Esq., author of Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, was the featured speaker at the event "Successes and Challenges Facing Women Attorneys: Where We Are and Where We Need To Be," held on Thursday, April 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Constellation Brands in Victor, N.Y.

The event, part of Albany Law School's Stoneman Series, also featured a panel discussion about the legacy of women in the legal profession. Panelists and advisory group members included:

  • Kelley Ross Brown '91, Partner, Woods Oviatt & Gilman
  • Margaret Clemens '84, Partner, Littler Mendelson
  • Hon. Patricia Marks '74, Monroe County Supreme Court Judge
  • Regina Morano-Lattuca '95, Vice President and General Counsel, Thompson Health
  • Gail Norris '83, Vice Provost for Technology Transfer Policy, University of Rochester
  • Amanda Ordyk '06, Senior Appellate Court Attorney in the Decisions area, NYS Appellate Division, 4th Department
  • Susan Roberts '88, Corporate Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Bausch & Lomb, Inc.
  • Aileen Brown Shinaman '88, Senior Counsel to the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dale Skivington '79, Assistant General Counsel and Director, Eastman Kodak Company
  • Sharon Stiller '75, Partner, Boylan Brown Code Vigdor & Wilson, LLP

For more information, visit or contact 518-445-3220 or The alumnae event, which is sponsored by Sharon Stiller '75, was followed by an alumni reception from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also held at Constellation Brands and hosted by Trustee Thomas J. Mullin '76, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Constellation.

In addition to being an author, Rikleen is the founder and executive director of the Bowditch Institute for Women's Success. As the former president of the Boston Bar Association, she established the Task-Force on Professional Challenges and Family Needs, which produced a report "Facing the Grail - Confronting the Costs of Work/Family Imbalance" that received national attention for its in-depth analysis of the cost of attrition in law firms. 

Albany Law School's Stoneman Series celebrates the achievements of Kate Stoneman - an Albany Law graduate and the first woman admitted to practice law in New York state - and all subsequent Albany Law School alumnae.