On November 11, 2015, Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP Partner Mary T. Hernández attended the Opening Exhibit of Luminarias de la Ley, Luminaries of the Law at the University of Denver in Colorado. The Exhibit features original research on the First Latina Lawyers (1900-1980) by GHS former partner Dolores Atencio. Approximately 47 mounted panels in University of Denver’s Academic Commons presented the narrative of women’s progression in the legal profession starting from the late 1800s to 1980s. A number of State leaders were on hand at the opening to congratulate Dolores and the University of Denver on the Exhibit, including former U.S. Senator Ken Salazar and Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. Two of the women Luminaries featured in the Exhibit, Christine Arguello, the first Hispanic appointed to the federal bench in Colorado, and Patricia Diaz-Dennis, the first Latina appointed to the NLRB and the FCC, also attended the opening event.
GHS Managing Partner Bonifacio Bonny Garcia stated: “As a woman-owned law firm, we are proud to sponsor this important work by Dolores Atencio, a Latina pioneer in her own right. We are so inspired by Dolores, who has dedicated countless hours over more than two decades to bring the stories of these fabulous women to light.” More information about the Luminaries de la Ley project can be viewed here.