The Dickinson Law Review will present “The Impact of Women of Color in the Judiciary,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023 in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Dickinson Law. Members of the judiciary and academia will discuss how women of color have shaped the judiciary, and the role of women of color on the bench moving forward. The symposium is being co-sponsored by the Steele Family Leadership Program in Gender and Racial Equity and the Macon Bolling Allen Civil Rights and Transitional Justice Program at Penn State Dickinson Law.

Each year, the Dickinson Law Review symposium brings together stakeholders in the legal community — including practitioners, academics, jurists, and law students — for scholarly dialogue about forthcoming or recently published articles.


If you plan to attend in person, please register here. If you plan to attend via our live webinar, please register here.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this program for 4.5 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure credit and 0.0 hours of ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism credit. CLE credit can be earned by attending in person or by webinar. Pre-registration is required. Attendees must register by end of day Monday, March 20.

Tentative schedule of the symposium:

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Dickinson Law Review and Topic
Seth Trott 23, Editor in Chief, Dickinson Law Review

9:15 to 9:30 a.m.

Welcome from Dean Conway and Introduction of the Hon. Arianna J. Freeman
Danielle M. Conway, Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Keynote by the Hon. Arianna J. Freeman, United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit

10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

A Comparative Analysis of Representation and Jurisprudence in Key Domestic and International Fora
Introduction by Nikolajs Gaikis ’24, Associate Editor, Dickinson Law Review

Shruti Rana, Senior Assistant Dean for Curricular and Undergraduate Affairs & Affiliated Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law

11:00 a.m. to Noon

Panel: Trial Judges on the Impact of Women in the Judiciary
Introduction by Brent Powers ’24, Associate Editor, Dickinson Law Review


  • The Hon. Alicea Elloras-Ally ’99, New York City Family Court
  • The Hon. Stella Tsai, Orphans’ Court Division, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
  • The Hon. Lillian Harris Ransom, Senior Judge, Homicide Team Leader, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia
  • Moderated by Erin Varley ’18, Deputy District Attorney, Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office
Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Catered Lunch

1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Remarks by the Hon. Lillian Wan, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department
Introduction by Heather Townsend ’23, Executive Research Editor, Dickinson Law Review

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Women Judges in Germany: Tradition and Change in Comparison to the Judiciary in Other Countries
Introduction by Jonah Mallow ’24, Associate Editor, Dickinson Law Review

Ulrike Schultz, Senior Academic, Fern Universität Hagen

2:15 to 3:25 p.m.

Panel: Appellate Judges on the Impact of Women in the Judiciary
Introduction by Hannah Pasco ’24, Associate Editor, Dickinson Law Review


3:25 to 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Minh Eric Le ’23, Executive Symposium Editor, Dickinson Law Review