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Quae Vide - The Diversity Newsletter of Murtha Cullina LLP

January 7, 2013

Welcome to the 10th Issue of Quae Vide, Murtha Cullina's Diversity Newsletter.

One of the major themes for 2012 had to be politics and the qualities of leadership. Whatever one’s political leaning, it is worth considering two significant works and their depiction of the legislative process as it relates to important laws involving civil rights. Robert Caro’s The Life of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power detailed the political maneuvering of President Johnson to secure the votes of recalcitrant southern democratic congressional representatives to obtain passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited, under law, most forms of racial segregation. Reading President Johnson’s statement concerning the significance of the Act as he signs it into law (, one does not get a full appreciation of the role that the legislative process played in getting to that point in history.

Similarly, Steven Spielberg’s 2012 movie Lincoln focused in plot on the final four months of President Lincoln’s life. A good portion of Lincoln depicted his efforts to obtain passage, in the House of Representatives, of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (it had passed the Senate in April 1864, but languished in the House). As did Lyndon Johnson nearly 100 years later, Abraham Lincoln used the power of his office and his leadership qualities to obtain passage of one of the, then, most significant changes to the laws in our still young nation. As we begin 2013, we can only hope that our political leaders are able to demonstrate the courage and astuteness of President Lincoln with respect to passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and President Johnson for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to lead us down the path of justice for all in the coming years.

- Burt Cohen


In this issue:

  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Careers Symposium news
  • Murtha Cullina Hosts Claire Leonardi at Women Expanding Business event
  • CABO Celebrate's 5th anniversary and recognizes Dena M. Castricone
  • Murtha Cullina attorneys recognized as "New Leaders in the Law"


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