Evers '15 and Women’s Law Caucus Hold Judicial Panel, Vigil

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As chair of the Women’s Law Caucus, Kathleen Evers '15 has already this year helped orchestrate two dissimilar but equally important events: a judicial panel to explore a recent study of women on the bench and a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence.

“The Women’s Law Caucus at Albany Law is a group focused on bringing a variety of important topics to the forefront of public discussion, including women’s issues but extending into the entire practice of law,” explained Evers.

On Oct. 22, a panel of five women judges from different levels of the judiciary explored the recent Center for Women and Government's 2012 report on the status ofwomen in state and federal courts in New York. The program was put on by the Women’s Law Caucus in conjunction with the Capital District Women’s Bar Association and the American Constitution Society.

“This year, through Dina Refki’s report and her involvement as panel moderator, we were able to focus the discussion a little more precisely,” said Evers. “The judges were able to start from the report’s findings, and then offer insight through their own diverse experiences and careers.”

The following day, Oct. 23, Evers and the other members of the Women’s Law Caucus welcomed the community for a candlelight vigil to honor and remember those affected by domestic violence, as well as acknowledge the critical role the legal profession plays on behalf of victims. Despite inclement weather, approximately 50 people attended this year’s vigil.

“The Women’s Law Caucus is doing some really great things,” said Evers. “But we’re not the only group. Look at what Phi Alpha Delta did with Trick or Treat Street, entertaining nearly 800 people with a safe Halloween experience, and what the Albany Law community is doing to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

She said, “Albany Law gives you an opportunity to be involved from your first year. Organizations like the Women’s Law Caucus are great opportunities to expand your legal education, help the community, and, ultimately, become a more well-rounded attorney.”

Evers, who is in the four-year J.D. program, grew up in Brooklyn and earned a criminal justice degree from St. John’s University in 2004. After a year in London, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work for a health care consulting firm, which helped her decide to pursue a career in law and public policy.

While at Albany Law, Evers has interned with the Governor’s Office of Counsel, where she will work again during the spring semester, as well as the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, where she worked on compliance issues. She is also a member of the Health Law Society and has been active with the Pro Bono Program.