Feminism: What Does It Mean for Professional Women?

The Women’s Strategy Committee recently hosted an interactive presentation in our New York office moderated by MoFo litigation partner Carrie H. Cohen featuring Patricia López Aufranc—a leading lawyer from Buenos Aires, Argentina and a well-known advocate for women’s empowerment—in which participants discussed the meaning of feminism in today’s world and what it means for professional women.

On June 26, more than 20 women and more than a handful of male attendees from all walks of the firm—interns, administrative professionals, summer associates, and lawyers from all levels and practice groups—explored the following questions with Patricia:

  • What relevance does feminism have today?
  • What are the major achievements feminism has accomplished during the last 10 years?
  • What should twenty-first-century feminism look like?

During the course of the hour-long discussion, which ran 30 minutes over due to the enthusiastically engaged audience, participants listened as Patricia shared her insights on the evolution of feminism and the role it has assumed in today’s professional environment while also volunteering their own thoughts on the current state of the movement and suggestions for moving forward.

Morrison & Foerster, a longtime champion for the advancement of women within the legal profession, was honored to welcome Patricia to our office and to provide our employees with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into this matter that will continue to transform modern society.

From 1987 to 2017, Patricia López Aufranc was a partner at Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, where she is presently of counsel. Her practice has focused on international financial and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and a wide range of business contracts.

She currently serves on the International Association of Lawyers’ Strategy Implementation Group and sits on both the Governing Board and the Rule of Law Section. In 2015, she was a fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.

She graduated from the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires in 1975. She also earned a Diplôme Supérieur in Corporate Law from the School of Law of the University of Paris II (Panthéon) in 1977 and a Master in Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School in 1985.

She was previously a professor of International Business Transactions at the Southwestern University School of Law Summer Program in Argentina from 1994 to 1999. She also taught Capital Markets Regulation at the Di Tella University in Buenos Aires from 2001 to 2005. Today, she continues to lecture at several local universities.

Her articles on women’s advancement in the legal profession have been published in Argentina and abroad and she regularly makes presentations in local and international forums.

She has been identified as leading lawyer in banking, capital markets, and international trade by several publications including Euromoney Publications, Chambers, Global Counsel 3000, and Latin Lawyer.

Patricia López Aufranc (left) and MoFo’s Carrie H. Cohen (right), Co-Chair of the Women’s Strategy Committee

Patricia López Aufranc (center) sharing her insights on feminism with the MoFo audience