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New Era for the Equal Rights Amendment – Legal Convention

October 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join us in A New Era for the Equal Rights Amendment!
A New Era for the Equal Rights Amendment is a legal convention designed to bring together law students, elected representatives, legal scholars, and policy advocates from across the country to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment, the impact of ratification in Virginia (which could become the 38th and final state to ratify) and nationwide, and strategies for overcoming the legal and policy objections to constitutional change.

Event will be held at the University of Richmond Law School on October 26, 2019. Registration begins at 8:00AM and the program starts at 9:00AM. More details will be posted soon.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for new lawyers (fewer than 5 years of practice), or $65 for community members.

Click here to download the event flyer! Thank you to our sponsors!


An Introduction to the ERA

Toby Heytens: Virginia Solicitor General

  • Kate Kelly: Human Rights Attorney, Equality Now
  • U. S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (VA-7)

Moderated by: Brittany Record: Associate, Jones Day

Interpreting the ERA in the 21st Century:

  • Julie Suk: Dean for Master’s Programs, CUNY
  • Reva Siegel: Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor, Yale Law School
  • Nicole Tortoriello: Secular Society Women’s Rights Advocacy Counsel, ACLU

Moderated by: Jill Dash: Vice President for Strategic Engagement, American Constitution Society

Breakout Sessions:

Hosted by Virginia General Assembly Members Including:

  • Senator Jennifer McClellan (VA-9)
  • Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-2)
  • Delegate Jay Jones (VA-89)
  • Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (VA-41)

Equality Today and Tomorrow:

 Ellie Smeal: Co-Founder & President, Feminist Majority Foundation

  • Carol Jenkins: President, ERA Coalition
  • Andrea Miller: Co-Executive Director, People Demanding Action
  • Emilia Couture: Student, Generation Ratify

Moderated by: Michelle Kallen: Virginia Deputy Solicitor General

Recent Ratifiers:
  • Senator Pat Spearman (NV-1)
  • Representative Steven Andersson (IL-65)

Moderated by: Mark Herring, Virginia Attorney General

A Step Towards Equal Pay:

  • Andrea Johnson: Senior Counsel for State Policy, National Women’s Law Center
  • Jeff Lowe: Managing Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa
  • Anne Weisberg: Women’s Initiative Coordinator, Paul | Weiss

Moderated by: Courtney Toomath-West: Attorney, West PC

The Paths Forward:

  • Danaya Wright: Law Professor, University of Florida School of Law
  • Linda Coberly: Partner, Winston & Strawn
  • Jean Sweeney: Founder & CEO, Rethinking Eve

Moderated by: Trish Wallace: Legal Analyst, VARatifyERA 



October 26, 2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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University of Richmond Law School
231 Richmond Way VA 23226 United States


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