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Women’s Law Caucus: Empowering the next generation of female legal leaders

In the realm of law, women have progressively asserted their influence over the decades. Continuous victories chip away at inequities and empower women to effect change, resulting in greater educational and career prospects. The University of Tulsa proudly recognizes the admission and integration of women into the College of Law. And as graduates expand their journey, experiences gained from campus organizations like the Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) are crucial in offering support, preparation, and direction to future female attorneys.

TU’s WLC functions as a vital support system and advocacy platform. With a diverse leadership team, the caucus is dedicated to providing essential tools to navigate challenges. Officers Erin Kravchick (2L), Kaylee Lewis (3L), and Madison Plumhoff (3L) recognize the needs that many women require in their professional lives: acknowledging and addressing the unique obstacles faced by women in law as they navigate a demanding career path; offering practical resources such as mentorship, networking, and career guidance; and encouraging women to actively promote increased female representation within the legal sector.

“There are still areas where women are working toward equality, and we must continue to push for progress,” said Lewis, vice president of WLC. “Reflecting on women’s history makes me proud to be a woman. It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come and the significant impact women have had on history.”

Female lawyers face unique challenges requiring persistence, resilience, and the fortitude to establish a presence in a traditionally male-dominated field. Women in various industries often face challenges such as imposter syndrome, discovering their voice, and seizing growth opportunities while navigating their professional paths.

“I’m externing in the construction law industry, and it can seem very isolated,” said Plumhoff, past secretary of WLC. “There’s just one other woman attorney in my office. That’s something we all need to talk more about. It really shows how crucial it is to have greater representation of women in underrepresented legal industries.”

Mentors play a key role in helping students in their professional development. The caucus is grateful for faculty like Professors Janet Levit and Lyn Entzeroth, both former TU Law deans, as well as caring alumni within the TU Law community. “They provide valuable mentorship and guidance to enhance our comprehension of a woman’s agency in the field,” said Kravchick, president of WLC. “They’re always available to explore opportunities, ask questions, and get advice as respected figures in the legal community.”

The organization also is careful to take time to remember those who came before. Notable female trailblazer the late Fern Holland (JD ’96) is a revered alumna recognized for her courage and commitment to human rights. Her profound impact on WLC and its members is commemorated through an annual event held in her honor.

According to WLC leaders, positive change begins by identifying the myriad roles where women can excel in their careers and moving away from assumptions that confine them to entry-level positions. It’s about instilling in women the confidence that their perspectives can enhance and enrich discussions and decisions.

With a strong focus on inclusion and empowerment, the WLC is leading the way for women in the legal field. Their message is simple: The path ahead may have its challenges, but with unity, support, and determination, the future for female lawyers is brighter than ever.