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The AIJA Women Network: Identifying and counteracting bias

 Tuesday, 25 August

 14:30 – 15:30 CET

Biases. We have all experienced them. We all have them. The inaugural session of the AIJA Women Network will discuss the types of bias that women lawyers often face, including performance bias, attribution bias, likeability bias, maternal bias, affinity bias, double discrimination and intersectionality. The session will also cover strategies to reduce the impact of bias at the individual and organisational level, and participants will be given room to share their experiences.

General reporters:

  • Francesca dalla Volta, Brown Rudnick LLP, United Kingdom
  • Katia Garvey, Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter, LPA, United States
  • Friederike Henke, Buren N.V., Netherlands

Please register to the congress to attend this session


Katja Garvey

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, United States

Moderator & General Reporter

Katja joined Kegler Brown in 2013, focusing predominantly in the
firm’s Corporate and M&A practices, providing legal due diligence
expertise and offering creative and efficient strategies on complex
domestic and cross-border deals, including mergers, acquisitions,
dispositions, recapitalizations, and joint ventures. She is also an
active member of the Global Business practice, focusing on the
European market.

Francesca Dalla Volta

Brown Rudnick LLP, United Kingdom

Moderator & General Reporter

Francesca Dalla Volta is an associate in Brown Rudnick’s London office, where her practice focuses on assisting clients involved in international disputes and arbitration. Prior to becoming a qualified solicitor, Francesca worked at the firm as a trainee solicitor and paralegal with the International Disputes Practice group. In these roles she has gained experience in a wide range of disputes, including those arising from complex financial investments and director/shareholder disputes. Further, Francesca’s understanding of the principles of both common law and civil law systems helped her to develop unique multi-cultural analytical abilities. In addition to Italian, her native language, Francesca is fluent in English. Francesca has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish.

Renauld G. Clarke

Brown Rudnick LLP, United States

Renauld Clarke is Brown Rudnick’s Director of Equity, Inclusion & Diversity. In this role, Renauld collaborates with the various departments of the firm to develop and implement global strategies to recruit, retain and advance the careers of women, LGBT+ and diverse professionals at the firm and in the legal profession generally. Renauld also assesses and monitors Firm policies and procedures that maintain an equitable and inclusive workplace.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Renauld was a Senior Manager for diversity and inclusion at a global law firm in New York where he worked for more than 5 years. He also worked as consultant and in-house counsel at The FutureWork Institute where he designed and facilitated inclusion-related workshops for law firms, corporations and municipal organisations. Renauld earned his J.D. and B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Charlotte Perquin-Deelen

Dirkzwager, Netherlands

Charlotte Perquin-Deelen is a corporate lawyer at Dirkzwager legal & tax (the Netherlands). Her main focus is corporate governance in the health care industry. Recently she obtained her PhD at the Radboud University Nijmegen on the topic ‘Biases in the boardroom and courtroom. A legal and philosophical analysis on the task of executive and non-executive directors and the court’s opinion, partly based on empirical research’ (Wolters Kluwer 2020). Her PhD is a result of Charlotte’s multidisciplinary background in both law and philosophy: after finishing her bachelor’s, Charlotte obtained a Research Master’s Degree in Corporate Law and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Cognition at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Furthermore, Charlotte is secretary of the editorial board of one of the leading Dutch judicial corporate magazines and is a research fellow at the Radboud Business Law Institute.

General reporters

Friederike Henke

Buren N.V., Netherlands


Paola Fudakowska

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legal Directorate; President of AIJA, United Kingdom

Jennifer Maxwell

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Canada