Notable Events

First Picket Line - Womens Suffrage
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1921 Statue Dedication
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Dean Thomas Buergenthal shaking hands with the Pope.
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Dean Claudio Grossman with Justices Breyer and Scalia
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  • Having founded a law school devoted to creating opportunities for women as well as men, Mussey and Gillett instilled in the law school a progressive and pioneering spirit of standing up to injustice. Of the many events that defined the early 1900's, the women's movement was certainly one of the more consequential and progressive.

  • Both Mussey and Gillett spent considerable time advocating and working on behalf of women's issues. Along with their colleague Belva Lockwood, the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court, they worked tirelessly on various legislation pertaining to women's rights, including the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Together with several WCL graduates, Mussey and Gillett founded the D.C. Women's Bar Association, which was created in response to the exclusion of women from the D.C. Bar Association. Gillett also served on the boards of various women's organizations, including the D.C. Equal Suffrage Association and the National Woman Suffrage Association. Mussey is especially remembered for leading a contingent of women lawyers in the historic suffrage parade along Pennsylvania Avenue on March 3, 1913, one day before the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson.

  • Rebecca Blain, Margaret Hopkins Worrell, and Fannie I. Pierce representing the Washington College of Law at the dedication of the statues of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony at the Capital, February 15, 1921.

  • As a result of Mussey's and Gillett's numerous meritorious activities, many prominent Americans called on President Taft to consider nominating one of the women for the position of Supreme Court justice vacated by the death of Justice Harlan.

  • In 1975, Dean Buergenthal had the opportunity to shake hands with the Pope.

  • Law Day with Judge Robinson, click here for photo gallery

  • Supreme Court Day, 1976

  • Supreme Court Day, 1982

  • WCL was pleased to welcome Justices Scalia and Breyer to discuss "The Relevance of Foreign Law for American Constitutional Adjudication," which addressed such topics as using foreign court precedent in deciding U.S. constitutional cases and whether the U.S. should take into account shifting world standards on social and moral issues such as the death penalty. The discussion was moderated by NYU Law Professor Norman Dorsen.

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- Washington College of Law Brochure: 1896-1996 Celebrating a Century of Excellence. University Publications, American University, 1996.