The Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit presents part of Visiting Scholar Atencio's research on 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.
65 mounted panels relay the narrative of women's progression in the law from the late 1800s to the 1980s. Long-lost missing chapter on Latina lawyers is presented through individual panel vignettes of select Luminarias. The societal and legal obstacles faced by these earliest women lawyers in their quest to join the legal profession is captured by decade:
- 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"
With funding from MassMutual Financial Group, the Luminarias Exhibit is being professionally digitized by The Pickle Group. This Fall, the exhibit will be available on-line to students, professors, bar associations and the community through DU's Special Collections and Archives Department. Thanks to Rebecca Macey, DU's Manager of Exhibitions and Programs for her work with the Luminarias Exhibit.
Center for Women in the Law (CWIL) Women's Power Summit, Austin, Tx, April 10-12, 2019, Four Seasons Hotel
PAST EXHIBIT SHOWINGS
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, 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
DU Inaugural showing, November 2015 - February 2016
Sponsor, Mass Mutual Financial Group
To request a Luminarias Exhibit showing, contact Visiting Scholar Atencio, email@example.com.
Opening Reception & Exhibit Photos (click on pencil icon in each photo for content)