5th Annual Women in Law Leadership Lecture

- RWU Law Bristol Campus - Law 283RSVP Required

The fifth annual Roger Williams University School of Law Leadership Lecture will feature Rosie Hidalgo, Director, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice.

4:30 PM  Lecture - School of Law 283

Reception immediately following lecture.


Rosie Hidalgo
Rosie Hidalgo

Director Rosie Hidalgo joined the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) as its Director in July 2023, after serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence at the White House Gender Policy Council. She previously worked at OVW as Deputy Director for Policy in the Obama-Biden Administration, during which time Rosie was detailed to the Office of the Vice President, working with the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.

Director Hidalgo has worked in the movement to end gender-based violence for over 30 years as a public interest attorney and as a national policy advocate. At the outset of her career, she provided direct civil legal services through non-profit organizations in New York and Virginia. Prior to her work at the White House, she was the Senior Director of Public Policy for Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities (now Esperanza United), a national resource center with a focus on providing training, research, and policy advocacy to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault. Rosie also served on the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Ending Violence Against Women and on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The daughter of immigrants from Cuba, Rosie spent a total of 10 years as an adult living in three different countries in Latin America, including the Dominican Republic, where she helped establish and coordinate a community-based domestic violence prevention and intervention network and worked as a consultant for the World Bank on social services reforms.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.

In addition to the lecture, the program will feature the announcement of the winners of the RWU Law RBG Essay/Art Contest for RI school children.


This program has been approved for one Rhode Island MCLE credit.

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Special Accommodations
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