NEW YORK – Last week, Weil offered me the opportunity to attend the 17th Annual Legal Momentum Aiming High Awards Luncheon. Legal Momentum is a phenomenal nonprofit organization that provides a legal voice for the rights of women. More specifically, the organization fights to ensure economic and personal security for all women and girls by advancing equity in education, the workplace and the courts. Although I was not familiar with the organization before receiving the invitation to the luncheon, the event was one of the highlights of my summer.
The luncheon, which was held at Cipriani 42nd Street, was an elegant event with many of New York’s best and brightest in attendance. Three other summer associates and I were seated at Weil’s table along with a partner who sits on the board of Legal Momentum. Hearing about the work that the Weil partner and the various speakers and honorees have done with the organization was inspiring. Not only did I learn a great deal about the cases that Legal Momentum has filed in support of women’s rights, but I also realized that I would personally like to get involved with the organization in the future through pro bono work.
Throughout the summer, the firm has repeatedly emphasized the importance of pro bono work, but more importantly, we have been encouraged to seek out pro bono work about which we are passionate. While I initially had a difficult time figuring out what that would mean to me, the Legal Momentum event helped me answer this question. I hope to follow in the footsteps of some of the powerful women whom I met at the event and use my legal experience to get involved with the organization throughout my legal career.