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The USC Gould School of Law Women’s in Law Association cordially invites you to the 3rd Annual Ruth J. Lavine ’43 Women in Law Symposium. Please join in an engaging panel discussion and networking luncheon featuring esteemed speakers: USC Gould Interim Dean Franita Tolson and Executive Director of the Immigrant Defenders Center, Lindsay Toczylowski ’08. We look forward to your attendance at this occasion in honoring the legacy of Ruth J. Lavine and celebrating the accomplishments of women in the legal field. Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to attend this event may contact It is requested that individuals requiring accommodations notify the events team at least 7 days prior to the event. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide accommodations in an effective and timely manner.


About the Namesake:

Ruth J. Lavine (LLB 1943) was a model of perseverance, a pioneer in legal practice, and an inspiration for generations of women in law. During her trailblazing career, Ruth was a partner at Fain, Lavine, Kaufman and Young; she was elected the first woman president of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation and served as president of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; and she was founder, along with her husband Richard (LLB 1942), of the Richard and Ruth Lavine Family Foundation. Until her passing in 2023, Ruth remained an active, dedicated supporter of USC Gould and its students — leaving an enduring legacy through the establishment of the Ruth J. Lavine ’43 Women in Law Symposium.

Learn more about Ruth J. Lavine’s inspiring personal story and professional achievements