Fordham Law Women 2nd Annual Symposium

This Friday, September 27th, we invite you to attend the Second Annual Fordham Law Women Symposium!

About the Symposium:

Last year, Fordham Law Women hosted its first ever symposium, a collaboration with all six of Fordham Law School’s journals, to commemorate 100 Years of Women at Fordham Law.  As the name of the symposium suggests, Fordham Law Women organized a day of highlighting legal issues that disproportionately affect women, through the lens of each journal’s specialty area.  This year, Fordham Law Women’s second annual symposium will continue the student organization’s mission of bringing important gender and policy issues to the attention of members of the Fordham Law and New York legal community.

Fordham Urban Law Journal is especially proud to team up with the Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law to sponsor a panel on Impact Investing For Women. This panel is scheduled from 1:30 – 2:20 PM.  Don’t miss it!

Impact investing by women and for women is essential to narrowing the gender investing gap. Women have had less of a stake in venture capitalism and angel investments. The gender investment gap is the final frontier in paving the path for the long-term financial welfare and prosperity for women on a global scale. Becoming stakeholders and decision-makers in the global deployment of capital will enable women to shape their destiny — one that, until now, has primarily been decided by men. This panel seeks to address how impact investing with a gender lens supports women-led companies, investors, female entrepreneurs, and social enterprises, and how emerging initiatives can help or hinder this progress.  The panel will also address how investors, men and women included, in general can close the gender investing gap.


Bernice Grant, Senior Director of Entrepreneurial Law Program at Fordham Law School

Bernice Grant is the Senior Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Program and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at Fordham University School of Law.

Before joining Fordham, she was the Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She previously taught at New York University School of Law, where she was an Acting Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Lawyering Program. Before entering academia, she was a Corporate Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. She has also worked as Of Counsel to a transactional boutique law firm, Bryant Rabbino LLP.

She received her JD from Harvard Law School, and an L.L.M. from New York University School of Law. Before becoming an attorney, she received a B.S., magna cum laude, and M.S. in Accounting from Wake Forest University School of Business, then worked as a Certified Public Accountant at an international accounting firm.


Ana Demel, Adjunct Professor of Law and Partner, Vice-chair of the board of Pro Mujer, Inc. and former partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLC

Ana Demel teaches The Law and Business of Social Enterprise, Financing Development, and Project Finance at NYU School of Law; she is a member of the board of Pro Mujer. Prior to 2009, Ana was a partner at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP where her practice focused on international financing and business transactions, particularly in Latin America. At Cleary Gottlieb she advised private and public sector clients on a variety of transactions, including structured finance and project finance as well as sovereign debt restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she was involved in pro bono matters involving microfinance.

Mary Rose Brusewitz, Partner-in-Charge at Clark Hill PLC and Pro Bono Supervising Attorney at New York University School of Law

Mary Rose Brusewitz is a member in charge of Clark Hill’s New York office. She concentrates her practice on international transactions involving Latin America, Africa, Asia, India, Europe, and the US.

Brusewitz is active in impact investing, sustainability, accountability, ESG/SDG compliance, and corporate governance. She represents a provider of currency hedging to the impact space, as well as several funds active in investing debt and equity in sectors including microfinancing, solar energy, retail, sanitation, and housing. She has substantial experience in emerging markets development and finance. Areas include infrastructure, water, power, oil and gas, renewable energy, and mining. Her expertise includes structuring, implementing, administering, and exiting impact debt and equity investments; coordinating groups of investors, including DFIs, privately managed funds, commercial banks, for-profits, and nonprofits; blended capital structures; project and structured financing; private equity; cross-border investments; joint ventures; restructurings; workouts; insolvencies; and dispute resolution and mediation.

Brusewitz contributes substantial time and expertise on a pro bono basis for impact clients. She was a compliance panel member and panel chair of the independent accountability mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank. She is a pro bono supervising attorney at the International Transactions Clinic at New York University School of Law.

Loretta McCarthy, Managing Partner of Angel Network at Golden Seeds

Loretta McCarthy is Managing Partner, responsible for the Golden Seeds angel network nationwide, including member cultivation, orientation, and engagement.  Golden Seeds is a New York-based private equity fund focused on early-stage women-led businesses. It operates with the goal of raising substantial capital for women entrepreneurs and to encourage both women and men to become active venture investors, by providing a venue where they could learn and work together.

She is a frequent speaker – in the United States and internationally – about early-stage investing, women entrepreneurs and gender diversity. Prior to Golden Seeds, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at OppenheimerFunds, a leading asset management firm, as well as Vice President of Marketing at American Express. She brings to this role deep experience in strategy, marketing, product development, public affairs, and corporate communications. She has extensive experience serving on boards of directors of corporations and non-profit organizations.

See you there!