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UCLA School of Law Launches Women LEAD Initiative

by Courtney A. Powers

UCLA School of Law recently launched UCLA Law Women LEAD, a new initiative aimed at empowering and supporting UCLA Law's women graduates.  The initiative is based on the pillars of Leadership, Empowerment, Advancement and Distinction.


Created in response to the continuing barriers facing women in the legal profession, LEAD is an intergenerational network of students and alumnae, offering programming and networking opportunities to help support women from new law students to seasoned professionals.  


LEAD is spearheaded by UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran, along with co-chairs Nancy L. Abell, a partner at Paul Hastings LLP, and Michelle Banks, executive vice president and general counsel at Gap  Inc.   According to Dean Moran,  the goals of LEAD are to "help women graduates build their global reputations, advance their careers and expand their influence."   LEAD's powerful social media platform suggests connections between members based on shared career interests and goals, and makes it easy for members to solicit and receive career advice and make new connections.


Speaking at the recent LEAD launch event, United States Senator and UCLA Law alumna Kirsten Gillibrand emphasized the importance of women supporting women at critical junctures of career development, citing the key advice she received from Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton on her first (and successful) run for Congress.  


For more information or to join the LEAD network, please visit


Photo Caption:  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran at the recent LEAD launch event.



Courtney A Powers is Vice President and General Counsel of GRACE and co-chair of WLALA's Outreach Committee.