An Exhibit Featuring Research on Earliest Latinas Licensed to Practice Law in California and Throughout the United States
Exhibit being shown at University of San Francisco
October 13 – November 11, 2016
An Opening Reception held on October 13, 2016 led lawyers, University representatives and students and other dignitaries to an unveiling of the Luminarias de la Ley (Luminaries of the Law) exhibit for the first time in California. The exhibit features the original research by former GHS partner Dolores Atencio and includes more than 50 mounted panels on display in the University of San Francisco’s Kalmanovitz Hall presenting the narrative of women’s progression in the legal profession from the late 1800s to 1980. This special event is sponsored by Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney, LLP (GHS), USF’s Center for Latina/o Studies in the Americas (CELASA), USF Law School, and the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Commission on the Status of Latinas in the Legal Profession.
CELASA’s Director Dr. Karina Hodoyan, Law School Dean John Trasviña and GHS Founder Mary Hernandez welcomed Dolores Atencio, Visiting Scholar from University of Denver, at the Opening Reception. As a lifetime member of the HNBA Latina Commission, Hernandez brought greetings from both GHS and the Commission. Prior to opening the Exhibit, Ms. Atencio provided a lecture to USF and Bay Area law students. Some of the California Luminaries featured in the Exhibit were pleased to be able to attend the reception and meet with the students and others viewing the historic exhibit.
Mary Hernandez stated: “As a majority woman-owned law firm, we are proud of the many amazing Latina women partners that we’ve had, more than any other firm that we know of in the country. We are particularly proud of Dolores’ dedication to this groundbreaking and incredibly inspiring work.”
In addition to her tremendous work over many years documenting the country’s Latina lawyers licensed to in the United States, Ms. Atencio is a past President of both the Colorado and Hispanic National Bar Association, a founding Co-Chair of the HNBA’s Latina Commission and 2014 recipient of the prestigious Ohtli Award, the highest honor awarded by the Mexican Government to non-citizens for altruistic work on behalf of Mexicans/Mexican Americans.
More information about the Luminarias project can be found here.