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Join IJP’s Wanda Akin for “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening”!

Come join IJP’s Wanda Akin & NJICLE for this exciting event! 


Monday, June 12
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NJ Law Center, New Brunswick

Earn Up to 2.4 credits, including 1.2 in Ethics!
*Presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation

For more information, or to register now, click here or call NJICLE at (732) 214-8500.

Manal al-Sharif
Manal al-Sharif, who was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2012 and received the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, went from being a niqab-wearing conservative to a world renowned champion of women’s rights. She has now embarked on a limited-engagement speaking tour of the United States in support of women’s rights and her recently released book, Daring to Drive – A Saudi Woman’s Awakening (Simon & Schuster, 2017).
Round Table Discussion Speakers:
Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz (Ret.)
Drinker Biddlle & Reath, LLP (Princeton)
Speakers include:
Wanda M. Akin, Esq.
Co-Founder, International Justice Project (Newark)

Wanda M. Akin & Associates, Attorney at Law (Newark)
Professor Sally F. Goldfarb
Rutgers Law School (Camden)
Jeralyn L. Lawrence, Esq.
NJSBA Secretary

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus (Bridgewater)


“To Be Neutral, To Be Passive In A Situation, Is To Collaborate With Whatever Is Going On.” – Howard Zinn
What would you DARE to do –
for yourself, for your loved ones, for your clients?
As attorneys, we sometimes find ourselves at an ethical crossroads, where doing what’s right may seem complicated or challenging. We are guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct and ethics opinions,
but where can we turn for inspiration to take that next step?
Meet Manal al-Sharif, a woman who risked her life when she dared to break with tradition. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Manal al-Sharif grew-up in a poor enclave of Mecca. A star pupil, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. She soon became the first woman to hold a position in the Information Security division at Aramco, the Saudi national oil company, where she worked for nearly a decade – and for the first six years, as the only female in her department. She also married and had a son. But despite her many accomplishments, she was forbidden to drive herself anywhere outside of Aramco’s campus – despite owning her own car – simply because she was a woman.
In her presentation, called “Daring to Drive,” Ms. al-Sharif talks about the circumstances that led up to the day that she uploaded to YouTube a video of herself driving around the streets of Khobar. Within hours, the video had more than 120,000 views and she became the force and the face behind the Women2Drive Movement. Imprisoned for “Driving While Female,” Ms. al-Sharif talks about her life, how she was inspired by her
parents and by education, and how she stood up to the patriarchal society.
Ms. al-Sharif will tell her inspiring story and then will be joined by notable NJ State Bar Association members for a round table discussion on ethics and social justice. Our round table speakers have diverse backgrounds and will talk about their experiences and perspectives. Whether they represent crime victims before the International Court of Justice, have pioneered their way to the pinnacle of the legal profession or made choices to act ethically in the face of great opposition,
you will gain a new perspective and acquire strategies that you can use when you face similar ethical
challenges in your practice and in your life.
Don’t miss an evening that will challenge and inspire you – all while earning ethics credits!
Receive Manal’s book as part of your seminar materials!
 As an attendee of this special NJICLE National Speaker Series program, you’ll receive a copy of  Manal’s recently released book, Daring to Drive – A Saudi Woman’s Awakening (Simon & Schuster,  2017), which been described as “a ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest  family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement”.