Quae Vide - The Diversity Newsletter of Murtha Cullina LLP
July 11, 2013
Welcome to the 11th Issue of Quae Vide, Murtha Cullina's Diversity Newsletter.
As we go to press, the U.S. Supreme Court’s term recently came to a close with a quartet of decisions that impacted important legal issues on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage equality. In each of these cases, the impact of historical discrimination is measured against what the litigants and a majority of the court believe to be contemporary realities, with the factor of what has come before us appearing less and less legally material over time. It is important, however, never to forget the past.
On a personal note, this fact was highlighted earlier in June when attending my college reunion. Like many liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern U.S., my alma mater had many years been an all male school (144 years at that time), until women were admitted as freshman in 1969, during a time of significant political turmoil over the last few years of the Sixties. At the reunion, we looked back over the forty years that had passed since graduation, and out of the group of 100 women classmates that started as freshmen, barely over 60% survived through graduation. Those women who did endure and graduated had outstanding careers in business, politics, government, medicine and law (one was a Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, another is the current dean of Temple Law School).
As we convened with some of the more recent alumni from classes populated with a much higher percentage of women students, it became more than self-evident that those 100 women who set foot on our campus in late August 1969 had pioneered the way for future generations of women who were now able to experience a small New England college liberal arts education without harassment or intimidation.
In the practice of law over the past 50 years, we also have pioneers: the first woman attorney who rose to partnership, the first attorney of color who also rose to partnership, the first woman to serve on the U.S. or a state Supreme Court, the first woman attorney or attorney of color who served on their firm’s management committee, and many other “firsts.” The practice of law, like my alma mater, has pioneers who have paved the way for others whose paths will hopefully be smoother. It remains important to remember what has come before us, Supreme Court decisions notwithstanding.
In this issue:
- Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Hosts 3rd Annual Building Careers Symposium
- Murtha Cullina's Women Expanding Business Initiative (WEB) hosts events in New Haven and Boston
- Gender Diversity of Boards of U.S. Public Companies. Written by Edward B. Whittemore.
- Murtha Cullina Attorneys getting involved
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