Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group Launched

June 03, 2013

On Wednesday, May 22, the Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group held its inaugural event in the University’s Lowenstein atrium. Approximately 150 alumnae lawyers, judges, and legal professionals—ranging from recent graduates to those who graduated in the early 1970s—attended to exchange personal contacts and discuss networking plans.

Outreach is a primary goal of the Women’s Networking Group. The group is eager to increase membership on its LinkedIn page, which currently includes over 250 members.

“Social media is a very powerful tool,” said Victoria Turchetti ‘03, one of the group’s three co-founders. “We think it can be very useful and successful in terms of communicating with alumnae.” There are also email communications for those alumnae who do not participate in social media.

Turchetti also explained the importance of a networking group that serves female legal professionals.

“Having personal relations is especially important for women, because we tend not to have the built-in, traditional, social and networking activities that male lawyers typically engage in. That’s why forming mentoring circles and encouraging women to network with one another is so critical,” she said.

During the reception, current president of the New York Women’s Bar Association and Women’s Networking Group co-founder Judge Jacqueline Silbermann ’72 offered a toast. Maura Monaghan ’96 is the third co-founder and gave the opening remarks.

The Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group is planning its upcoming networking events for the fall, which will include general mentoring as well as an event to help women who are looking to reenter the workforce after taking time off to care for their families. The group also holds monthly conference calls the first Friday of every month at 9:00 a.m. The next conference call is June 7.

The group invites all alumnae to join and get involved. “The Fordham Law Women’s Networking Group is an alumnae-formed and alumnae-driven group. While the Law School provides administrative support, it’s crucial that we have alumnae support, because we’re the ones driving and planning these events,” said Turchetti.

For more information or to join the group, contact Victoria Turchetti, Assistant Dean Michael Schiumo, or Peter Pallotta. Join the group’s LinkedIn page here.