In honor of Women's History Month and the centennial of the women's right to vote in New York, on March 29, 2017, the NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law and Nixon Peabody LLP co-hosted a panel of women attorneys who currently have or recently had careers in politics. The event began with a welcome from Michal Ovadia, an Associate at Nixon Peabody LLP and Co-Chair of CWIL’s Legislative Affairs Subcommittee, brief remarks by CWIL Co-Chair Susan Harper, and NYSBA President Claire Gutekunst. Moderator Valerie Cartright, Councilwoman for the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York, led the panel through an engaging and thoughtful Q&A about their experiences in politics. The panelists were Minna Elias, New York Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; Karen Elinski, Immediate Past Head of TIAA-CREF Government Relations & Public Policy; and Mary Silver, Candidate for New York City Council, District 2. 

The panelists talked about everything from how they each got their starts in political careers to how they remain in touch with current issues and everything in between. Not surprisingly, for some of the panelists, issues close to their hearts – and homes – jump-started their political careers. The panelists also provided advice to those in the audience who are looking for ways to support women candidates including volunteering for campaigns. Afterwards, attendees and panelists continued the conversation over wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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