The Honorable Sandra B. Sciortino, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Orange County, served as the keynote speaker of Mount Saint Mary College’s “The Triumphs and Obstacles Faced by Women in Law.”
Mount Saint Mary College presented a panel talk titled “The Triumphs and Obstacles Faced by Women in Law” on Wednesday, November 8.
The talk, made possible by both the Mount’s Pre-Law Society and the Women Empowerment Club, explored the inequalities that many women face in both their pursuit of legal education and professional practice. However, these obstacles didn’t serve as deterrents from success, noted keynote speaker, the Honorable Sandra B. Sciortino, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Orange County.
“I’ve seen far more women become lawyers since the 1980s when I first entered the profession,” she said. “The likelihood of seeing a female [professional] partner is much greater than it was 30 or 40 years ago.”
But there is still much work to be done, she added, for women to achieve parity with their male counterparts in law professions.
In addition to Sciortino, the panelists were Mount alumna Veronica A. McMillan’11, R.N., Esq., a partner with Arciero McMillan & Burgess, PC; Rebecca McGee, Esq., senior assistant District Attorney in Rockland County, N.Y.; and Jennifer Schneider, Esq., managing attorney with Drake Loeb PLLC.
The student moderators were Emily Brueckner of Newburgh, N.Y., vice president of the college’s Pre-Law Society; Amanda Asare of Brentwood, N.Y., president of the Mount’s Women Empowerment Club; Chrislyn Castro of Goshen, N.Y., treasurer and social manager of the Mount’s Pre-Law Society; and Sierra Morris of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., vice president of the Women Empowerment Club.