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  • Ways To Contribute to the Project

  • Make a Tax Deductible Contribution

    As with most things in life, this project would not be possible without the support of many, nor can it be completed without your continued help.  Individual or companies can support the Luminarias de la Ley Project by making a tax deductible contribution to the University of Denver Latinx Center Scholars Gift Fund.   Clink on the Community - Login link below or send your checks to: 

    DU Latinx Center Visiting Scholar Dolores Atencio

    University of Denver Sturm College of Law

    Ricketson Law Building  |  Room 476

    2255 East Evans Avenue  |  Denver, Colorado  80210

    Office:  303. 871.6572 |




  • Become a Sponsor of the Oral History Project

    The Luminarias Oral History Project intends to capture the life stories and careers of 50 Luminarias whose bar admissions and work are historically significant to the United States. Luminarias will be professionally videotaped.  Individual oral histories, and a compendium, will be made available to students throughout the country on-line, creating a unique educational program.  


    Sponsorship Levels

    Luminaria Sponsor


    Primera Sponsor (limited to 4 sponsors)


    Legacy Sponsor (limited to 5 sponsors)


    Abogadas (10 sponsors)




  • Provide Information About a Luminaria

    Some of the most valuable information collected has been provided by Latina lawyers and their families, especially when a Luminaria has passed.   Luminarias were or are:

    • Female lawyers who were / are Latina or Hispanic
    • Received a law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a U.S. or Puerto Rican law school
    • During the years 1880 (or earlier) through the end of 1980
    • Admitted* to a state bar or Puerto Rico from 1880 (or earlier) to 1980


     Visiting Scholar Atencio welcomes the following types of materials:

    • Photographs, professional and personal, from birth through her career
    • Articles written by or about the Luminaria
    • Other writings by the Luminaria (poems, stories, books, etc.)
    • Correspondence, professional or personal, to or from the Luminaria
    • Resumes and biographies
    • Copies of bar admission cards, college admission letters, letters of appointment, dinner or event programs, etc.
    • Videos about the Luminaria or videos in which the Luminaria appeared
    • Items unique to the Luminaria or her career such as photos of awards


     *Information about Latina-Hispanic female law graduates who either did not practice or pass the bar is appreciated.



  • Mil gracias - many thanks - to Select Donors:

    Hon. Mari Carmen AponteLuminaria, Washington, D.C. 

    Lillian Apodaca, Founding Partner, Bingham Hurst & Apodaca, P.C, Albuquerque

    Karina Ayala-Bermejo, ESQ., Chicago

    Patricia Diaz Dennis, Luminaria, San Antonio

    Yesenia Gallegos, Fox Rothschild, Los Angeles

    Hilda C. Galvan, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day, Dallas

    Mary T. Hernandez, Founding Partner, Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP, Los Angeles | San Diego | San Francisco Bay Area

    Ruth Noelle Mackey, Colorado Hispanic Bar President, 2017

    D. Scott Martinez, ESQ., Denver

    Alfredo E. Pena, ESQ., Denver

    Carrie Ricci, ESQ., Washington, D.C.

    Catherine C.A. Romero, ESQ., Seattle 

    Ramona Romero, ESQ., Princeton

    Professor Tom Romero, DU Sturm College of Law

    DianA Sen, ESQ., New York 


  • Carmen Pacheco & Betty Lugo, 1st Latina-owned firm in New York

This portfolio last updated: 02-May-2024 2:54 PM