2020 Virtual Women's Caucus Seminar



 Thursday, September 17th, 2020

From 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | 1 CLE Pending Approval

Business Meeting from 3:30 to 4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $25


 2020 Virtual WAJ Women's Caucus Seminar


 Thursday, September 17th

3:30 to 4:00 PM   -  WAJ Women's Caucus Business Meeting


4:00 PM  - Welcome 


Whitney A. Healy
Women's Caucus Chair







Rebecca L. Domnitz
​Women's Caucus Vice Chair




4:00 to 5:00 PM:  Special Guest Speakers


4:00 to 4:30 PM

RBG and You and Me

Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet


Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 3, 2018 and took office Aug. 1, 2018. Before joining the Supreme Court, she was elected as a judge to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2008 and was re-elected in 2014. She served as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Conference’s Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, as an associate dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College, on the board of the Association of Women Lawyers, and is on the faculty of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence. She is a member of the board of directors to the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Prior to being elected to the judiciary, Justice Dallet was an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2002 to 2007. She was appointed the first female presiding court commissioner for Milwaukee County in 2007, serving in that role until 2008. Justice Dallet was a special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1999 to 2002 and taught Trial Advocacy as an adjunct law professor at Marquette University Law School from 2005 to 2008. Immediately after law school, she clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Aaron Goodstein in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Justice Dallet received her B.A. summa cum laude with honors from The Ohio State University in 1991 and her J.D. summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1994, where she was an editor of law review.

Justice Dallet has been an active volunteer in her community for organizations such as the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, COA Youth and Family Centers and as a youth leader for Congregation Shalom in Fox Point.

Justice Dallet and her husband, Brad, have three children


4:30 to 5:00 PM


 Raising the Bar: Setting the Standard for Diversity in the Legal Profession

Makda Fessahaye, Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ Division of Adult Institutions and President of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers


Makda Fessahaye serves as the Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ Division of Adult Institutions. As Administrator, Makda is responsible for the day to day operations of the division, which includes operation and management of 36 correctional facilities, and 6 offices and bureaus. The division employs over 7,000 employees and cares for close to 24,000 individuals in custody. Prior to her role as Administrator, Makda served as Legal Counsel for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and primarily practiced employment law, open government law, and privacy law.

Makda serves in leadership positions for various organizations; she currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers, is on the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Leadership Development Committee, serves on Marquette University Law School’s Diversity Recruitment Committee, a member of Women in Focus, Inc. and is a Supervising Attorney for the Unemployment Appeals Clinic. In 2017, Makda was recognized at The Business Forum’s ATHENA Young Professional Awards, and in 2018, was named as one of Marquette University Law School’s “Rising Stars”. In 2019, she was named by her high school as the Young Alumni of the Year, and named by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of 2019’s Up and Coming Lawyers. She is also the recipient of the 2020 Wisconsin Women in Government Rising Star Award.
Makda received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science, and her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School.



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