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100 years of excellence for Emory Law, women scholars

2017 was a historic year as the School of Law celebrated its centennial and the university marked a century of women's contributions to the life of our institution.

Last spring, both centennials were observed with special events.

Law and women intersected — some might say collided — in 1917, when 29-year-old Eléonore Raoul enrolled in Emory’s newly opened Lamar School of Law, not only challenging convention but quietly changing history. The suffragette and community organizer would go on to become one of the university’s first female graduates and trigger a new wave of scholars at Emory.

In March, Emory recognized “100 Years of Women of Excellence at Emory University, 1917–2017” with a reception and awards dinner, which featured keynote remarks by former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears 80L, an Emory trustee.

The celebration was also marked by a featured exhibit, “100 Years of Women at Emory: Many Milestones of Progress,” at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and a special panel, “Educated=Empowered: 100 Years of Emory Women as Change-Makers.”

The Emory University School of Law marked its 100th anniversary in April 2017 with the Emory Law Centennial Gala, which drew some 1,200 celebrants to a weekend of reunion and centennial-themed activities celebrating Emory Law’s founding in 1916.

The gala featured remarks by former US President Bill Clinton and former senator and Emory Law alumnus Sam Nunn. Emory Law also celebrated this milestone by honoring 100 alumni and faculty who’ve made extraordinary contributions to the law school and the world at large.

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