Former WMU-Cooley Law School Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Karen Fultz spoke about women empowerment during the third annual Blue Jeans Brunch honoring Women’s History Month on March 10. More than 60 women from the legal community and WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus participated in the event, dressing up in blue jeans to celebrate current and future female lawyers.
The networking event, which was held at the Ulele Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Tampa, was designed to bring women together and provide an opportunity to network with other successful trailblazing female professionals in the local area. During her remarks, Fultz encouraged women to incorporate the FISH! Philosophy into their everyday lives in an effort to build a brand and value. The FISH! Philosophy is a four-step process which includes choosing one’s attitude, learning through play, making someone’s day and being in the moment.
Planning committee members with keynote speaker pictured (left-right) Ana Luna; Dionnie Wynter, WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay campus director and event host; Mia Banks; Karen Fultz, former WMU-Cooley Law School Assistant Dean and Associate Professor; Ashley Hart; A'Isha Muhsin; and Regeline Sabbat during the annual Blue Jeans Brunch honoring Women’s History Month at Ulele Restaurant and Brewery on March 10.
Fultz explained the importance of releasing the grasp of social media to focus more on self-development and building personal relationships with genuine support networks. Fultz reminded the attendees that at all levels of success, attitude will dictate the altitude of their accomplishments.
Frank Charles Miranda, P.A. a Tampa based litigation firm with over 30 years of combined legal practice focusing primarily on real estate litigation, personal injury litigation and business/transactional litigation, was the top sponsor of the event.
“We chose to sponsor this event because we enjoy giving back to the community and helping future leaders grow,” said Lauren Frieder, trial attorney at Frank Charles Miranda, P.A. “Furthermore, every day we fight for those who do not have a voice, and as a female attorney, I want women to remember how important their voice is in this world. The time has already come for women to stand up together and no longer be silent and anything I can do to help strengthen our voice and unity, I will do.”
Other sponsors included: Ameen Shaffi Law, WMU-Cooley Law School Tampa Bay campus Student Bar Association, Husman Law Firm, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, WMU-Cooley Law School Alumni Association, Wynter Law Practice, WMU-Cooley Law Journal, Jorge O. Acosta, Badawi Law, WMU-Cooley Law School Family Law Society and The Men of Cooley.