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Thursday, August 8, 2013

History and its Lessons

Our history matters.  It teaches the lessons we've learned to future women attorneys. As we tell our youth that it is important to gather our pioneer stories while grandparents are still alive, we also need to be actively doing so with our Women in Law history as well. Listed below are a few examples of where our history is being preserved, recognized and appreciated.

Event honoring 1st 100 women lawyers in Utah
The Utah State Bar, two law schools from Utah and the Women Lawyers of Utah organization worked on a project entitled Women Trailblazers in the Law which focused on the first 100 women lawyers of Utah. The written project is very good. The video project, now on youtube, is very, very good. Here is the site:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3g-73GUu8c. This video has some great insights, advice and interesting stories from some of Utah's first 100 women lawyers. For example, one lawyer says "There is not one right way to be a lawyer". Another states, "If we [meaning women lawyers] are absent from the decision making...[our communities] are impoverished".

This next example is a website for “women lawyer firsts”: http://ncwba.org/history/women-lawyer-firsts/The beginning sentence states "Because there are many glass ceilings as yet unbroken, noting “firsts” of women in the law is a matter for current events, not just history long past."

One parting idea: many of our local bar associations have put out wonderful publications or books, but the cost to keep them in print is not cost beneficial. Therefore, these sources of information become unavailable. What can be done? The Women Attorney Association of Topeka had an idea. It was granted permission last year to have Washburn Law make an electronic copy of Journeys on the Road Less Travelled: Kansas Women Attorneys. http://contentdm.washburnlaw.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/womenattorneys/id/14. Great idea.

Let's remember to appreciate and learn from those amazing women who came before us. 

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