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  • Luminarias Exhibit



  • The Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit features part of Visiting Scholar Atencio's research about the earliest Latina lawyers. The inaugural exhibit, the first of its kind, was shown at the University of Denver Anderson Academic Commons November 11, 2015 through February 2016.  Fifty-five (55) panels relay the narrative of women's progression in the law from the late 1800s to 1980, with the missing chapter on Latina lawyers featured in vignettes of 32 select LuminariasThe exhibit starts with the 1873 case of Bradwell v. U.S. in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld state law prohibiting women from practicing law and ends in 1980 with the confirmation of the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  The societal and legal obstacles faced by these earliest women lawyers in their quest to join the legal profession is captured by decade.  Decade Panels (1900 – 1980) includes statistical data on the small, then increasing number of women lawyers, while describing the cultural and professional barriers they endured:   

    • Women Entering the Law
    • Late 1800s, First Women Lawyers
    • Early 1900s, Emerging Portias
    • 1920s, Women's Liberation
    • 1930s, Crash of Feminist Ideals
    • 1940s, War Time Opportunities
    • 1950s, Homeward Bound
    • 1960s, Second Wave of Feminism
    • 1970s, Exploding onto the Legal Landscape
    • 1980s, "You've Come a Long Way, Baby"
  • Digitial Exhibit

  • With funding from MassMutual Financial Group, the Luminarias Exhibit is being professionally digitized by The Pickle Group.  The digital exhibit will be available on-line to students, professors, bar associations and the community through the DU Latinx Center. Thanks to Rebecca Macey, DU's Manager of Exhibitions and Programs for her work with the Luminarias Exhibit.


  • Exhibit Showings



    Hogan Lovells | Washington, D.C. Office | October 2019


    Center for Women in the Law(CWIL), University of Texas Law at Austin | CWIL Women's Power Summit, Austin, Tx, April 10-12, 2019, Four Seasons Hotel


    Arnold & Porter, Washington D.C. Office, October 2018 | Special thanks to partner Raul Herrera


    George Washington University Law - Washington, D.C., October 2017


    Loyola Law School - Los Angeles, August 19 - September 1, 2017 | Sponsors:  Entravision, Law Firm of Felipe Plascencia, Garcia Hernandez Sahwney, LLP and HNBA Latina Commission  


    Brooklyn Law School, November 18 - December 16, 2016 | Sponsors:  HNBA Latina Commission & Regional II (New York), Puerto Rican Bar Association, Dominican Bar Association


    Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention | Chicago, Illinois, September 2016 | Sponsor:  HNBA Latina Commission


    University of  San Francisco Law / Center for Latino/a Studies of the Americas (CELASA), October 13 - November 11, 2016, Kalmanovitz Hall | Sponsors:  Garcia Hernandez Sahwney, LLP,  HNBA Latina Commission  


    University of Denver Inaugural showing, November 2015 - February 2016 | Sponsor, Mass Mutual Financial Group


    To request a Luminarias Exhibit showing, contact Visiting Scholar Atencio,


  • Opening Reception & Exhibit Photos (click on pencil icon in each photo for content)

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