WLSO Symposium Celebrates 50 Years of Women at W&L Law This symposium will highlight the experiences of women over the past 50 years in relation to three pivotal events that are all observing anniversaries.
The Women Law Students Organization at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 9th Annual Lara D. Gass Symposium on Women in the Law on Friday, October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The symposium will include two virtual panels and two in-person events. All portions of the event are open to the public. Remote audience members can join the webinar here.
This year’s symposium will highlight the experiences of women over the past 50 years in relation to three pivotal events that are all observing 50-year anniversaries: the enactment of Title IX, the Equal Rights Amendment campaign, and the admission of women to W&L Law.
Panels on the Equal Rights Amendment (9:00 a.m.) and Title IX (10:00 a.m.) will be held on Zoom. A discussion on the admission of women to W&L Law will be held in Classroom B, Sydney Lewis Hall at 11:30 a.m. and will include comments from Lynn Rainville, executive director of institutional history and museums, as well as two of the first female W&L Law graduates, Harriet Dorsey and Angelica Light.
This session will be followed by the official dedication ceremony of an exhibit honoring the first female graduates. The display, in the Moot Court Lobby, includes photos of their time at the law school, news clippings about coeducation, and coverage of their graduation.
The annual WLSO symposium is named for Lara Gass ’14L, who spearheaded the first Women Law Students Organization panel on women in the law before passing away in a car accident during her third year at Washington and Lee Law School.