Luminarias: Lessons Lived and Learned. The First 100 Years of Latina Lawyers

  • 17 Sep 2024
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • Webinar


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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor may be one of the best known and most readily recognized Latina members of the legal profession, but she and the many other talented and inspiring Latina lawyers are only the latest in a long, and too often overlooked, history. Lawyer, scholar, leader, and activist Dolores Atencio has dedicated years to documenting and sharing the history of the earliest Latina lawyers. Hear from her now as she recounts some of the stories of early Latina trailblazers and what she learned from exploring this forgotten history and previews her forthcoming book, The Illustrious Impact of Luminarias on the Law: The Legal Handicraft of the First Latina Article III Judges, State Supreme Court Justices, and Public Interest Litigators. Then join Professor Atencio and a panel of modern-day Latina trailblazers as they discuss lessons learned and visions for the future. 



  • Dolores Atencio
    Visiting Scholar,
    University of Denver, Latinx Center, Sturm College of Law


  • Liz Atlee
    Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer,

  • Elizabeth Bodamer
    Director of Research,
    Law School Admission Council

  • Nora Garrote
    Venable (Ret.)

  • Nuris Portuondo
    Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel,
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Lola Velazquez-Aguilu
    Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, and Chief of Staff - Neuromodulation,
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The program is being offered free of charge to all lawyers and staff for IILP’s Visionary Partners, Partners, and Allies. Unsure if your firm/company supports IILP? Find out here.

The program is open to the public.


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