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About the Women's Law Caucus
The Women’s Law Caucus (WLC), founded in 1972, strives to emphasize the development and achievements of women in the field of law, while fostering relationships among law students, faculty and the community at large. As one of the largest and most active student-run organizations in the Law School, the WLC seeks to educate students about issues facing women in the legal field, and to inspire members to overcome gender-based barriers. Through public service projects and outreach to leading female lawyers and academics, our members build foundations for their futures in law. The value of the organization lies in our diverse backgrounds and experiences; we seek to cultivate a stimulating and supportive environment where students can equally contribute to, and share in, this resource.
The Women's Law Caucus is the largest student-run group at Washington University School of Law.
2016-2017 WLC Officers
Paige Greene, President
Paige Greene, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is the 2016-2017 Women’s Law Caucus President. Paige earned a B.A. in Public Policy & Law, and Hispanic Studies in 2013 from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Between college and law school, she worked as a paralegal at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC. Last year, Paige was selected as a 1L Legal Council on Legal Diversity Scholar. She spent her 1L summer at Quarles & Brady LLP in Chicago. Paige is grateful for this awesome network of WashU Law women, and is excited to facilitate networking and learning opportunities for the law school community this year!
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Michaela Connolly, Vice-President
Michaela Connolly is the 2016-2017 Women’s Law Caucus Vice President. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned a B.A. in English and French from Lafayette College. Prior to coming to Washington University School of Law, Michaela worked as a Litigation Paralegal at Simon & Simon, PC, in Philadelphia. She also worked as a Human Rights Advocacy Intern at MADRE, an International Women’s Human Rights Organization, and an Associate for the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC), in New York, NY. Michaela wishes to pursue litigation work, but has yet to identify a specific area of law in which she would like to practice. She spent her 1L summer working for Judge Gene E.K. Pratter of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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Francesca Staffetti, Treasurer
Francesca Staffetti is the Treasurer of the Women’s Law Caucus. Before coming to Washington University, she graduated in May 2015 from Emory University with a degree in Political Science. A Tampa native, Francesca returned for the summer to work for Singer & O’Donniley, P.A., to pursue real estate, land use, permitting and local government advocacy as a Summer Associate. Additionally, she spent the summer working as a Volunteer Compliance and Youth Outreach Coordinator for a state-level legislative campaign.
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Kelly Oeltjenbruns, Secretary
Kelly Oeltjenbruns, a native of Dayton, Iowa, will be serving as Secretary for the Women’s Law Caucus. Kelly attended Cornell College before joining the WashU community, and is interested in both firm work and prosecution. She spent this summer at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., in Kansas City, where – in addition to gaining great legal experience – she caught some Royals games and great BBQ. Kelly is excited to be in contact with the vast network of women that built this organization, and would love to hear any questions or ideas!
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Rebecca Swarm, Community Outreach Coordinator
Rebecca Swarm, a dual JD/ MSW student, is the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Women’s Law Caucus. As a native of St. Louis, Rebecca was excited to return to her hometown after spending four years in Dallas, Texas earning her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Rebecca plans to use her dual degree to work with youth involved in the criminal justice system. She spent her summer in New York City at the Center for Court Innovation. Rebecca is looking forward to the many opportunities to grow as an advocate and leader during her remaining time at Washington University.
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Elizabeth Doyon, Professional Development Chair
Elizabeth is a 2L from Wayland, Massachusetts. Before law school, she earned her B.S. in Newspaper and Online Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She will forever be an Orange fan, especially during March Madness. After college, Elizabeth worked as a Victim Witness Advocate with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Woburn, MA. She specialized in domestic violence crimes, and worked with and advocated for victims through the criminal law process. This past summer, Elizabeth worked at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Elizabeth intends to practice in Trust, Estate and Wealth Planning.
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Brittainy Cavender, Co-Auction Chair
Brittainy Cavender is a Co-Auction Chair for the Women’s Law Caucus. She is originally from Westphalia, Missouri. Prior to law school, she worked as an Operations Research Analyst for the U.S. Air Force in Washington, D.C. She has a M.S.E in Operations Research from University of Texas at Austin, in addition to a B.S. in Mathematics from Truman State University. She spent her 1L summer working at the Missouri Department of Agriculture in their General Counsel’s office. She intends to pursue regulatory law when she graduates.
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Sarah Langer, Co-Auction Chair
Sarah serves as a Co-Auction Chair for the Women’s Law Caucus. She is from Southern Maryland and spent her childhood in New Zealand. In 2015, she graduated from Washington University with majors in Women and Gender Studies and Anthropology. This past summer, Sarah worked with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri advocating for victims of domestic violence. She hopes to practice immigration or adoption law in the future.
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