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The MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture Features Keynote Speaker Carol Robles-Román

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis.


MWL is honored to welcome Carol Robles-Román, the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, a national organization that advances the rights of women and girls, as our Wahl Lecture keynote speaker.

A silent auction to benefit MWL's Law Student Scholarship Fund will be featured at the Wahl Lecture. For more information, please contact MWL Executive Director Debra Pexa ( or 612/338-3205).

Complete details and registration are available here.



Carol Robles-Román is the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund, a national organization that advances the rights of women and girls. In this role she creates public-private partnerships that promote gender equality for women and girls. Carol is a 2015 Ford Public Voices Fellow. The Public Voices Fellowship is part of a national initiative to dramatically increase the public impact of our nation's top underrepresented thought leaders.


Carol was Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for 12 years. She was the first woman to serve as Counsel to a New York City Mayor. She spearheaded public-private partnerships on behalf of vulnerable communities including women and children in the areas of domestic violence, enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, human trafficking and young people, diversity, and judicial selection. She led the city's efforts to combat domestic violence and human trafficking through the creation of Family Justice Centers in all five boroughs. She led the multimedia public awareness campaign Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking. She also increased ethnic, gender, and geographic diversity among mayoral appointments to the city's Family, Criminal and interim Civil Court judgeships.


Carol has significant experience in complex operations and government reform, as a former New York State Courts administrator and New York State Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. She was the first Special Inspector General for Bias Matters in the New York State Unified Court System, appointed by then Chief Judge Judith Kaye. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York and serves on its Executive Committee, and is on the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers. A lifelong New Yorker, she holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she received the Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contribution to the law school community, and a B.A. from Fordham University at Lincoln Center.


Carol is a nationally known public speaker and appears regularly in the media, speaking about national and international trends in the law and courts, women’s rights, immigration, human trafficking, and domestic violence. She is a member of New York’s New Abolitionists, a campaign launched by the Sanctuary for Families and the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition to end human trafficking in New York State and across the globe.


Carol has been widely recognized for her work, receiving awards including the National Women’s Political Caucus’ 2015 Women of Courage Award and the SmartCEO 2014 Brava Award. She was designated one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2011.



The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was established on the occasion of Justice Wahl’s retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The goal of the lecture series is to honor Justice Wahl, by recognizing women leaders who have broken ground, while pointing the way for women who will follow. The series continues to feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl has inspired so many of us.


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