#WIL2021 Speaker Lineup Confirmed with Addition of Nina Totenberg


Nina Totenberg to Speak at #WIL202103.30.21 — Nina Totenberg, NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the 13th annual Women in the Law Conference (#WIL2021), to be held virtually on Friday, May 21. Totenberg will join Mielle Marquis, director of external affairs, to talk about her close friendship with the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, her role as a trailblazer in journalism and much more. The stellar speaker lineup also features Michele Coleman Mayes, vice president, general counsel and secretary of the New York Public Library, who will be interviewed by the Honorable Victoria Roberts ’76, and Shirley Leung, columnist and associate editor at The Boston Globe, who will deliver a special presentation. Topical panels and breakouts and a mindfulness exercise led by Mindfulness Consultant Brenda Fingold will further help to bring this year’s theme, All In: Reimagining Inclusive Workplaces, to life. 

For program details and registration, please visit our conference page.


Michele Coleman Mayes
Michele Coleman Mayes is vice president, general counsel and secretary for the New York Public Library (2012 – present). She previously held the position of general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company (2007-2012) and Pitney Bowes Inc. (2003-2007). Ms. Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration from 2013-2014. She was chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014-2017. In 2015, she became a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO).  She is a sought after speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion. She is co-author of the book Courageous CounselConversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500. 

Shirley Leung
Shirley Leung is a columnist and associate editor at The Boston Globe. She has written on everything from the intersection of business and politics to gender and diversity issues in the workplace. She has been a three-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary. In 2018, Boston Magazine named her to its list of the “100 Most Influential People in Boston.” Shirley is also a contributor to WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio” and “Greater Boston,” as well as a regular guest on New England Cable News. Previously, Shirley served as The Globe's interim editorial page editor. She also has been The Globe’s business editor, where she oversaw its award-winning coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to The Globe, Shirley was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Princeton University, she started her career at her hometown paper, The Baltimore Sun.

Nina Totenberg 
Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition and Weekend Edition. Her coverage of the US Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. She is often featured in documentaries — most recently RBG — that deal with issues before the court. As Newsweek put it, “The mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. But the creme de la creme is Nina Totenberg.”

Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. On a lighter note, Esquire magazine twice named her one of the “Women We Love.” A frequent contributor on TV shows, she has also written for major newspapers and periodicals — among them, The New York Times MagazineThe Harvard Law ReviewThe Christian Science Monitor and New York Magazine, and others.

About the Conference

This conference provides career guidance and professional development growth to women attorneys and other professionals at all stages of their careers and brings together powerful decisionmakers from Massachusetts, Alaska, Canada, California, Illinois, New York, Washington, DC, and beyond.

We emphasize practical, useful information to take away from the full day's programming to further develop your career.

  • Top-notch panels, breakout sessions and speed mentoring with high level practitioners.
  • Learn how to position yourself to take the leap into a power role and be inspired by our expert panelists as they touch on topics such as civil rights, pay equity, economic and social justice, and best practices for advocacy.
  • Network, network, network – whether you want to advance where you are or move to a new opportunity, this is a great space to network for that next step. 

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

For more information, contact d.feldman@northeastern.edu.