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US Coffeehouse | Women of the law

Fellowship Event / Online


US Timezones: 10 - 11am PT / 1 - 2pm ET

  • Gender
  • Leadership

The United States recently inaugurated its first woman as Vice President, a woman of African and South Asian descent.

Vice President Kamala Harris is also a lawyer, having received her JD in 1989 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. A large portion of her career, prior to federal office, was spent as a prosecutor, including stints as District Attorney of San Francisco, and Attorney General of California. Her story is becoming better known with each passing day, but there are thousands of women in the legal profession that have stories to tell, too.

Our panel is ready to do just that, tell their stories of progression from 1L to: the leadership of a judicial bench, advocacy efforts on behalf of those that can’t easily speak for themselves, and to helping recruit the next wave of talent on behalf of their client organizations. Our panelists will be:

  • The Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby has been Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals since 2017, having been nominated to that bench as an Associate Judge in 2006. As Chief Judge, she concurrently serves as chair of the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia. Prior to her elevation to the DC Court of Appeals, the Chief Judge served as a Magistrate Judge, then Associate Judge, of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for over a decade.
  • Sara Elizabeth Dill, JD/LLM FRSA is a partner at Anethum Global. Her primary areas of focus include international law, foreign affairs, war crimes, human rights, cross-border illicit finance and national security. Sara currently serves as the Arab Region War Crimes officer for the International Bar Association, and her TEDx talk, “Women Are Not Weapons of War” focused on the unique plight of women during armed conflict.
  • Aubrey Jones, JD is the Head of Talent Advisement/Success Partner at Leverage to Lead.  Her focus is on placing senior level women and POC in roles where they can find success and live authentically.  Prior to working in the recruiting world, Aubrey worked as an associate at a large national law firm.

This event is taking place on Wednesday, March 3rd between:

  • 10 - 11am PST
  • 1 - 2pm EST
  • 6 - 7pm GMT

To access the log-in details to join this free event, please register in advance. Zoom information will be shared 48 hours, 2 hours, and 10 minutes prior to the event start time.

RSA US Coffeehouses are Fellow-led virtual "fireside chat" opportunities to amplify or showcase voices that offer unique perspectives on salient topics that are aligned with the RSA ethos of "resolving the challenges of our time." US based RSA Fellows are encouraged to reach out to RSA US staff at to discuss hosting their own RSA US Coffeehouse.

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