Motherhood and the Law Symposium

Motherhood and the Law Half-Day Symposium

Half-Day Symposium | April 9, 2021

The Motherhood and the Law half-day Symposium will highlight the life challenges and career hurdles faced by women and femme lawyers as they balance motherhood and fulfilling and productive careers. The conference will feature engaging keynotes and panels designed to explore topics related to the socio-legal challenges of breastfeeding while working, the discriminatory "mother tax" and more. All are welcome to attend, learn and contribute to these valuable conversations.

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Mashayla Hays, Legal Fellow/ACLU of Kentucky
Attica Scott, Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
9:00 AM
Panel I: Issues around Breastfeeding
Shavonnie Carthens, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Louisville
Devin Shines, Compliance Officer, Stock Yards Bank & Trust Wealth Management
JoAnne Sweeny, Professor of Law, University of Louisville (moderator)
9:30 AM
Break 10:45 AM
Panel II: The Motherhood Penalty in the 21st Century
Michelle Browning Coughlin, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP (speaker and moderator)
Brianna Hill, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Chicago Housing Practice Group
Cassie Chambers Armstrong, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Louisville
11:00 AM
Aracely Munoz, Director, Center for Reproductive Rights
12:15 PM


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