Women in the Legal Profession: Leadership from Law School to Practice

Monday, March 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York Law School Events Center
185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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About The Panel
The panel discussion will center around how women can pursue leadership opportunities in the legal profession beginning in law school and continuing throughout their careers. Panelists will discuss peer networking in law school transitioning from student leader to new attorney, and cultivating mentor and sponsor relationships both in law school and in practice.  This annual event has become a focal point for young women at our school to network with successful women attorneys.

Deborah N. Archer, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Law, New York Law School Law Review; Donna Ruggerio, Associate Counsel, The Estee Lauder Companies; Jana Checa Chong, Intellectual Property Counsel, Louis Vuitton Americas; Julie Trivedi, Section Chief, Violent Criminal Enterprises, Queens County District Attorney’s Office; Lisa FleischmannDeputy Special Counsel for Federal Habeas Corpus, New York State Attorney General’s Office; Eve Helitzer, Associate, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.

Speaker Biographies

Deborah N. Archer, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Law, New York Law School

An expert in the areas of civil rights and racial discrimination, Deborah N. Archer is a Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law and Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. Dean Archer was previously an assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where she litigated at the trial and appellate level in cases involving affirmative action in higher education, employment discrimination, school desegregation, and voting rights. She was also a Marvin H. Karpatkin Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union, where she was involved in federal and state litigation on issues of race and poverty. Prior to joining New York Law School, Dean Archer was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

As Co-Director of the Impact Center, Dean Archer works with students and faculty to leverage the power of law and legal education to advance social justice, enrich the professional development of NYLS students, and have a positive impact on public interest law. And, as Director of the Racial Justice Project, she continues to work to protect the constitutional and civil rights of people of color and increase public awareness of racism, racial injustice, and structural racial inequality. Dean Archer has also participated as amicus counsel in several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal, including Ricci v. DeStefano, Fisher v. University of Texas, Shelby County v. Holder, and Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project.

Dean Archer graduated with honors from Smith College in 1993 and was awarded her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1996. She clerked for Judge Alvin Thompson in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Dean Archer is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She was selected as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and has also served on the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Civil Rights Committee and on the Committee on Civil Rights of the New York State Bar Association.  Dean Archer also previously served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at New York Law School.

Donna Ruggerio, Associate Counsel, The Estee Lauder Companies

As Associate Counsel for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Donna is responsible for global trademark clearance and prosecution, licensing, anti-counterfeiting, as well as trademark and copyright litigation management and conflict resolution for the AVEDA, Bumble and bumble, OJON, ORIGINS and PRESCRIPTIVES brands. In addition, Donna handles domain name registration and protection, as well as social media infringements for all Estée Lauder brands worldwide. Donna is the lead lawyer for Prescriptives Inc., as well as for Distributor Markets in Latin America, counseling senior management on a wide variety of IP and non-IP related issues. Donna administers the company’s law student internship program and serves as a mentor for first year law students through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.  She has been a guest speaker at New York Law School as part of the NYLS Fashion Law Speaker Series, a guest lecturer at Columbia University Law School, and has served on various panels.

Donna is a graduate of Long Island University-C.W. Post and Brooklyn Law School. Donna began her legal career as a paralegal holding positions at Friesner & Salzman, Ladas & Parry and Kenyon & Kenyon before coming to Estée Lauder where she spent her first 12 years with the company as a trademark paralegal. After attending law school at night while working full time for Estée Lauder, Donna spent one year with the firm Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman and Zissu before returning to Estée Lauder where she has been a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group for the last 12 years, and the Latin America Practice Group for the last 3 years.

Jana Checa Chong, Intellectual Property Counsel, Louis Vuitton Americas

Jana Checa Chong has served as Intellectual Property Counsel at Louis Vuitton since February 2014.  In her role at Louis Vuitton, Jana is involved in the civil enforcement of the intellectual property rights of Louis Vuitton as well as various LVMH fashion group brands including Christian Dior, Céline, Givenchy and Marc Jacobs.  Prior to joining Louis Vuitton, Jana was an associate attorney in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  Her practice focused on intellectual property litigation and white collar defense and investigations.  As part of Jana’s intellectual property practice, she had extensive experience representing brand owners in trademark infringement actions relating to internet-based counterfeiters.

Jana received a received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University.  She received a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Fordham Moot Court Board and as Associate Editor of the Fordham Law Review.

Julie Trivedi, District Attorney, Queens District Attorney’s Office

Julie S. Trivedi is currently the Section Chief of the Violent Criminal enterprises within the Narcotics Investigation Bureau at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Trivedi joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2001.  She was promoted to Senior District Attorney in 2009 and to Supervisor in 2014.  Ms. Trivedi has focused her career investigating violent gangs who commit gang related shootings, traffic narcotics and firearms in Southeast Queens.  She had spearheaded investigations, involving the use of the wiretaps, social media and other unconventional resources within the New York City Police Department.

Ms. Trivedi received the Thomas E. Dewey Medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for her outstanding work as a prosecutor. She has also been Honored by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office with the Investigations Distinguished Service Award.

Ms. Trivedi received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University at Albany, and received her law degree from New York Law School.

Ms. Trivedi is a member of the South Asian Bar Association.  She is also fluent in Gujarati.

Lisa Fleischmann, Deputy Special Counsel for Federal Habeas Corpus, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Lisa graduated from St. John’s School of Law in 1992, and then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County from 1992 to 1998.  She handled appeals during her entire tenure in the Bronx, and also tried some cases.

Lisa worked for some private firms between 1998 and 2001, handling a variety of work, including medical malpractice and municipal liability.

Lisa has been with the New York State Attorney General’s office since 2001.  She worked in the Litigation Bureau, defending actions against New York State and its officials, between 2001 and 2005.  She tried cases and supervised civil litigation.  Lisa transferred to the federal habeas corpus section, within the office’s Appeals and Opinions Division, and now handle responses to habeas corpus petitions and criminal appeals from state-court prosecutions handled by the Attorney General’s office.  She is a Deputy Supervisor.  In that capacity, she handles her own caseload and argues fairly regularly in the Second Circuit and state appellate courts, and edits her colleagues’ briefs and other written work.

Lisa has been an adjunct professor at NYLS since 2002.  She started teaching legal writing, and has been teaching litigation document drafting since 2003.

Eve HelitzerAssociate, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP

Eve Helitzer is an associate in Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP’s Divorce and Family Law practice areas.  Her practice focuses in all aspects of divorce and family law, including pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements, divorces (custody, visitation, support, and equitable distribution), appeals, modification and post-judgment enforcement proceedings, legal separation, and relocation matters. She also handles custody and property disputes involving unmarried parties. She has worked on high net-worth cases involving long term marriages and complex asset and valuation issues as well as cases involving short term marriages with relatively few assets.

While she is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience, she also is a trained mediator who utilizes alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and works with mediators, parent coordinators, therapists, forensic accountants, and other professionals to assist families in resolving custody and financial disputes outside of Court.

Ms. Helitzer was named a Metro Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers magazine, a supplement in the New York Times in 2014 and 2015 for Family Law.

Ms. Helitzer is a member of the Matrimonial Law, Litigation and Legislative Committees of the New York Women’s Bar Association.

Notable cases that Ms. Helitzer has been involved with are: Khaira v. Khaira, 93 A.D.3d 194, 938 N.Y.S.2d 513 (1d Dept. 2012); Smith v. Smith, 66 A.D.3d 584, 888 N.Y.S.2d 14 (1d Dept. 2009); Harari v. Davis, 59 A.D.3d 182, 871 N.Y.S.2d 907 (1d Dept. 2009); Siskind v. Schael, 62 A.D.3d 805, 879 N.Y.S.2d 504 (2d Dept. 2009); and Friedman v. Roman, 65 A.D.3d 1187, 885 N.Y.S.2d 740 (2d Dept. 2009).

Ms. Helitzer received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Brandeis University, with a double major in Anthropology and Fine Arts in May 2003. She graduated from Hofstra University School of Law in May 2006, where she focused her coursework on matrimonial law and family law.

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