Lara Bazelon and Host Lyons Filmer

Ambitious Like a Mother / Ambiciosa como Madre

~Para la traducción al español, haga clic aquí~

Join Host Lyons Filmer in conversation with law professor, advocate, author, and mother Lara Bazelon about embracing imbalance when it comes to work, life, and motherhood. Lara’s recent book, Ambitious Like a Mother: Why Prioritizing Your Career Is Good For Your Kids, was published in April.

This is the second conversation in our Empowering Women in Today’s World series, co-presented by the Mesa Refuge and The New School at Commonweal. You can find recordings of the whole series on the New School’s YouTube playlist, Soundcloud playlist, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. Watch and/or listen in Spanish or English.

Lara Bazelon

Lara is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law where she directs the criminal and racial justice clinics.  From 2012-2015, she was a visiting associate clinical professor at Loyola Law School and the director of the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent. She was a trial attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles for seven years. As a 2017 Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation Criminal Justice Fellow at the Mesa Refuge, Lara used her residency to complete her well-received book Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction (Beacon Press 2018).

Host Lyons Filmer

Lyons is the former program director at community radio KWMR in Point Reyes Station, California, where she served for 18 years. Her interest in radio began in college, where she was a music DJ and news reader. In the 1990s, she was a volunteer programmer at KPFA in Berkeley, where she produced and hosted programs on women’s issues, drama and literature. She joined KWMR in 1999 and became its program director soon after. Among other programs, Lyons hosts “Mesa Refuge Interviews,” talking with the current residents of Mesa Refuge Writers Retreat.