Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit

Join GW Law as they host the Luminarias de la Ley exhibit from November 9-18. View all events associated with this exhibit below.

The Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit presents part of Ms. Atencio's research on the earliest Latina lawyers. The inaugural exhibit was shown at the University of Denver Anderson Academic Commons from November 2015 through February 2016, and began travelling the country with its debut at the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, September 2016.

Around 50 mounted panels relay the narrative of women's progression in the law from the late 1800s to the 1980s featuring individual stories of 39 selected Luminarias. The societal and legal obstacles faced by these earliest women 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"


Lecture by Visiting Scholar Dolores S. Atencio
This event has been cancelled
November 9: Noon - 1 pm

Opening Reception
November 9: 6 - 8 pm
Tasher Great Room

Exhibit Open to the Public
November 10-18

Lawtinas Leadership Panel
November 18: 10 am - Noon
Please RSVP by November 6 to [email protected].